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GAME SCHEDULE: Gilas Youth at FIBA U19 World Cup 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The tallest Gilas Youth team sizes up to lofty expectations in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health, education

May 12, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Public hospitals and schools in Greece continue to struggle as a result of the country's debt crisis, affecting poverty-stricken patients and the quality of education

Retired tenor Achilleas Papadopoulos looks at the medicines he received at the social pharmacy of Elliniko in this picture taken on February 27, 2019. - The pharmacy runs on donated medicine and disposables. Some 40,000 people have brought medicine, many from abroad. During nearly a decade of cuts imposed as Greece struggled to avert national bankruptcy, public education and health were among the sectors hit the hardest as the country lost a quarter of its national output. Amid sweeping layoffs, wage cuts and tax hikes, many found themselves unable to keep up with their social insurance contributions, and were therefore pushed out of state-provided health support. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece in unique island exhibition

May 11, 2019 - 11:23 PM

British contemporary artist Antony Gormley is showing 29 of his sculptures on the island of Delos

A tourist walks past the steel sculpture "Shift II" by renowned British artist Antony Gormley and part of his exhibition "Sight" and displayed at the archaeological museum on the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on May 3, 2019. Near the Greek island of Mykonos, in the Cyclades, the uninhabited island of Delos, known for its archaeological riches, hosts for the first time on an ancient Greek site an exhibition of contemporary art: 29 sculptures by the British artist Antony Gormley. The exhibition will run until October 30, 2019. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

Grenade blast outside Russian consulate in Greece – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) The attack occurs at around 0200 GMT, with no one immediately claiming responsibility

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

Greek MPs approve Macedonia name change in 'historic' deal

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approve the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition

HISTORIC. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on January 25, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

4 arrested in plot to target Muslims in New York state

Jan 24, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Police identify 3 young men arrested for allegedly planning a 'potentially lethal, attack on a Muslim community. A fourth unidentified suspect, aged 16, was also detained.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 23, 2019 shows booking photos courtesy of the Greece Police Department, of three of four suspects (L-R)Vincent Vetromile 19,of Greece, NY, Brian Colaneri, 20, of Gates,NY and Andrew Crysel, 18 of East Rochester,NY. - Four young people between the ages of 16 and 20 have been arrested in northern New York State and accused of preparing a "potentially lethal" attack on a Muslim community regularly targeted by extremist sites, police said Wednesday. Police in the small town of Greece, near the Canadian border, recovered three explosive devices and 23 weapons - mostly shotguns - from the homes of arrested youth, according to spokeswoman Jared Rene. (Photos by HO / The Greece Police Department / AFP)

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia deal amid political turmoil

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on January 23 and 24 before the vote

PROTESTS. Protestors hold a flag of the Greece's Macedonia region in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on January 20, 2019 during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonian accord

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Greeks are protesting a planned name change for its neighbor: 'There is only one Macedonia, the Greek Macedonia'

NAME CHANGE. Greeks protest the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. The proposal faces resistance in Greece because of what critics see as the implied claims to Greek land and cultural heritage. For most Greeks, Macedonia is the name of their history-rich northern province made famous by Alexander the Great's conquests. Photo by AFP

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Our parliament found the strength but it wasn't easy. But I am convinced that the Greek parliament will also find the strength to make the decision,' says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

But the switch to 'the Republic of North Macedonia' is an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Gloves come off as Greek elections loom

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:59 PM

With the ballot scheduled for October but expected as early as March, hostility between the ruling leftist Syriza party and the frontrunning New Democracy conservatives has hit fever pitch

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, wearing a tie, waves before addressing the parliamentary group of leftist Syriza and coalition partner Independent Greeks in Athens, on June 22, 2018, after Eurozone financial ministers have agreed to complete the eight-year bailout program for Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 22, 2018 said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun out of control, sparking three bailouts and threatening the country's euro membership. Tsipras, who hates ties and hasn't worn one since becoming prime minister in 2015, had pledged at the time he would wear one "only when (Greece's) debt is cut".  Milos Bicanski / AFP

Greek silk road town finds itself back in fashion

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

There is an air of revival in this dormant, isolated Greek town now that silk is again de rigueur on the world's most prestigious catwalks, and demand from designers for the luxurious fabric is rising

A woman shows silk cocoons at a silk fabric factory in the Greek northern town of Soufli on October 10, 2018. The small town of Soufli has been a key centre for Greek silk production since the 19th century. This was also the first area in Europe to rear silkworms after they were smuggled by Byzantine monks out of India in the 6th century AD. Silk, much of it homemade, has sustained the town of around 4,000 inhabitants for decades, although the number of factories has fallen.   ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

6.8 magnitude earthquake causes Greek island damage, no injuries

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The tremor is followed by over a dozen aftershocks, the national observatory in Athens says

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:56 AM

More than 90% of those who voted in the referendum on Sunday, September 30, supported the name change, but only a third of the electorate turned out, results show

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Macedonia votes on new name to end Greek row

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Though non-binding, a majority vote to rename the country "North Macedonia" will give the parliament a political mandate to change the constitution

VOTE. Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his son Dushko cast their ballot for a referendum to rename their country North Macedonia in a bid to settle a long-running row with Greece and unlock its path to NATO and EU membership in Strumica on September 30, 2018. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Death toll in wildfires in Greece rises to 91

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Another 25 remain missing, says a spokeswoman, giving a precise figure for the first time after mounting criticism over the issue

BURNED. A photo shows a burnt house following a wildfire at the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Forensics experts press ahead with the difficult task of identifying the bodies of those who perished in the catastrophe, where at least 87 people perished

WILDFIRE. A fireman investigates the interior of a burnt out restaurant at the seaside resort od Mati, in the eastern Attica region after the deadly fires swept the area earlier in the week on July 27, 2018. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Serious' signs arson started deadly Greek wildfire

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Authorities are also examining whether another fire, which broke out hours earlier on July 23 near Kineta to the west of the Greek capital, was 'intentionally' lit

WILDFIRE. A picture taken on July 26, 2018 shows burnt cars parked outside a football stadium following a wildfire at the village of Rafina, near Athens. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Greek wildfires toll rises to 81 amid search for survivors

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Firefighters continue to search for bodies after receiving numerous calls reporting people missing

WILDFIRE'S CASUALTY. A charred body lies next to a car during wildfires in the village of Mati near Athens, on July 23, 2018.  Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Greece in mourning as horrifying wildfires kill 74

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The death toll could surpass that from the blazes which hit Greece's southern island of Evia in 2007 in which 77 people perished

WILDFIRE. A firefighter reacts as a house burns during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. Photo by Valerie Gache/AFP

Macedonia MPs ratify Greece deal, paving way for referendum

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says the referendum on the name change would take place 'probably at the end of September'

WATCH: Thirdy Ravena sinks buzzer-beater to nip Greece U21 squad

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The UAAP Finals MVP breaks the Greek team's heart with a clutch 3-pointer for the Ateneo Blue Eagles

CLUTCH. Thirdy Ravena has made Ateneo's Greece visit an avenue to showcase his wares. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Officials in Athens insist that the deal will help stabilize the historically volatile Balkan region, permitting Greece to focus on other regional challenges

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

May 28, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Built at the end of the 19th century, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

At least 14 migrants die as boat capsizes off Greece – police

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Police recovers 8 more bodies after the corpses of a man, a woman and 4 children surfaced off the island of Agathonissi

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Greece in mourning, several still missing in deadly flood

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Rescue crews try to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continues to fall

STRANDED. Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens on November 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall in the area caused damage and left 15 people dead. Valerie Gache/AFP

Greece approves law allowing legal sex change from 15

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The governing leftist Syriza party secures the law's passage with support from the small liberal To Potami party, with 148 votes in favor out of 285 MPs present

Blame game in Greece as oil spill spreads to Piraeus port

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The Greek flagged tanker carries around 2 500 tons of fuel some of which quickly covered beaches and coves on the southeastern side of the island opposite Athens and Piraeus the country s biggest port

GREECE OIL SPILL. Workers try to clean up oil that has washed ashore, on September 12, 2017 on a beach of Salamis island near Athens, after an old tanker sank close to Salamis island over the weekend. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Macron outlines plan for Europe revival from Athens

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Choosing a symbol of ancient Athenian democracy – Pnyx Hill – for his speech French President Emmanuel Macron says he intends to present fellow European leaders with a roadmap to fix Europe for the next decade

REVIVAL. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Antetokounmpo says farewell to Eurobasket-bound Greek teammates

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not represent Greece in the Eurobasket tournament

CONTROVERSY. "I am really disappointed that I will not help the team in the upcoming Eurobasket. I do not want to say anything now about my decision,". Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Macedonia aims to solve protracted name row with Greece

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Greece has protested the use of Macedonia as its northern neighbor s name

The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Greek judges accuse Tsipras government of 'dirty' attacks

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The government is systematically attempting to subjugate and control justice the association of judges and prosecutors protested over the weekend

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the Greek parliament on July 11, 2017 in Athens. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek holiday island battles to recover from deadly quake

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The quake strikes at the height of the tourism season Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meanwhile warns against dramatizing the issue

AFTERMATH. Firefighters walk past a bar where two tourists died on the island of Kos following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake which struck the region on July 21, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

2 tourists killed as earthquake hits Greek, Turkish resorts

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:53 AM

4th UPDATE The quake struck at 1:31 am with an epicenter approximately 10 3 kilometers 6 4 miles south of Bodrum Turkey

PANIC. In this screen grab taken from a cell phone video, tourists stand outside the Marmara Club Hotel after an earthquake in Theologos, Greece about 30 km from Rhodes on July 20, 2017. Sonia Bakaric/AFP

'Highly constructive' talks on Cyprus, says UN

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:28 AM

The negotiations have been billed as the best chance for resolving one of the world s longest running political crises

PEACE TALKS. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci pose for a photograph during Cyprus peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Antetokounmpo brothers - from migrants to hoops ambassadors

Jun 25, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Giannis Antekokounmpo wants to help other young people in Greece and Africa as his way of giving back

BROTHERHOOD FOR A CAUSE. The parents of Giannis and Thannasis Antetokounmpo came from Nigeria to Greece looking for a better life. Now basketball players in their respective leagues, they thank their parents for lessons learned along the way. Photo by Eleftherios Elis/AFP

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

Greece seeks bailout, debt breakthroughs

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:42 AM

IMF chief Christine Lagarde and the eurozone s 19 finance ministers meet in Luxembourg with hopes riding high that the talks will secure the release of the latest tranche of Greece s 86 billion euro 97 billion bailout agreed in 2015

One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Greek islands

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The tremor felt as far as Athens and Izmir in Turkey damaged at least 3 churches and shops in south Lesbos local owners say while rock slides blocked some roads

SHAKEN. Rubble is strewn along a street in the village Plomari on the Greek island of Lesbos on June 12, 2017, following an earthquake. Stringer/AFP

Greece, creditors look to debt relief after provisional fiscal deal

May 02, 2017 - 12:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Greece reaches a preliminary deal with its creditors that should pave the way for long awaited debt relief talks the Greek finance minister says

A woman stands by European Union and Greek flags in central Athens on April 21, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greek troops defuse WWII bomb after mass evacuation

Feb 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED Around 70 000 people evacuate ahead of the operation to defuse the bomb

Military personnel of the Hellenic Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team stand at the site of a World War II bomb in Kordelio, a suburb of Thessaloniki, on February 12, 2017, ahead of an operation to defuse the bomb.  Greek authorities on February 11 began evacuating some 70,000 people. The bomb, containing nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives, was unearthed in the northern city during road works last week and is due to be defused on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS

Greece hopes migrant burden will turn into boon

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Unlike in the 1990s and early 2000s when the migrants mainly from Albania and Bulgaria benefited from a booming economy Greece has been unable to make the most of the recent arrivals

An Afghani refugee carries bags of received food for his family near tents set up on a baseball field at a refugee camp in the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, in a southern Athens suburb, on January 11, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

IMF says Greece debt 'explosive' in long term

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The pessimistic report though in keeping with the fund s repeated statements on the topic makes it more unlikely the IMF stays on the sidelines of any new European loan deal for Greece

A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA