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

Turkey threatens migrant deal after Greek coup ruling

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Turkey could not look favorably on a country which protects terrorists traitors coup plotters says Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

'POLITICAL' DECISION? Turkish army officers leave the Supreme Court building in Athens escorted by Greek police, after judges block their extradition to Turkey to face trial over their alleged involvement in the July attempted coup, on January 26, 2017. Photo by Eleftherios Elis/AFP

When the bell rings: My story of getting bullied

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Bullying is more than just physical harm It’s the harshest form of rejection one that gets in the way of our growth and self discovery

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

It will mark the first time since the eastern Mediterranean island was divided that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will have presented maps describing the borders of a reunified country

A man holds a sign calling on rival Cypriot leaders to find a solution during a peace rally by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia on January 10, 2017 as peace talks continue between rival Cypriot leaders in Geneva to find a settlement ending decades of division on the island. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Senior Russian diplomat found dead in Greece – police

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:28 AM

Andrei Malanin is found lying on his back on the bedroom floor a police source says adding there were no signs of forced entry


Europe cold snap kills dozens, prompts travel chaos

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The double digit sub zero temperatures hit Poland particularly hard with the mercury plummeting below minus 20 degrees Celsius minus 4 Fahrenheit in some regions

DEEP FREEZE. View of a park shot through a windshield covered in snow, in Berlin on January 7, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by wife's cop lover – police

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:49 AM

4th UPDATE Rio de Janeiro police homicide division chief Evaristo Magalhaes calls the case a crime of passion

CRIME SCENE. A man looks at the burned-out rental car of missing Greek ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis, at a parking lot outside the police station in Belford Roxo, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, on December 30, 2016, a day after it was found with a body inside. Photo by Fabio Tiexeira

Body in burned car in Rio raises fears for missing Greek ambassador

Dec 30, 2016 - 9:45 AM

Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis has been missing since Monday December 26

BURNED. A body found in a burned car is feared to be Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis who has been missing since Monday, December 26.

EU, IMF 'going in circles' on Greek debt relief

Dec 04, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Eurozone finance ministers meet Monday December 5 as far apart as ever on the debt relief measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund IMF for it to back their bailout program for Greece

A man withdraws cash from an ATM machine in Athens on July 19, 2016. Kostis Ntantamis/AFP

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:07 PM

UPDATED Despite the failure UN chief Ban Ki moon remains hopeful that a deal can be reached this year and will personally support those efforts

PEACE TALKS. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (L) faces Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (R) next to Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Elizabeth Spehar (2ndL) and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth (3rdL) during Cyprus Peace Talks on November 20, 2016 in Mont-Pelerin, Western Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cyprus peace deal hangs in the balance

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Seen by experts as the last best chance to reunify Cyprus the make or break discussions in Switzerland could lead to a multi billion euro deal or scupper prospects of solving one of the world s longest running political problems

Protesters and peace activists take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Birol Bebek/AFP

WATCH: Obama urges 'course correction' on globalization

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED When we see people global elites wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different set of rules avoiding taxes manipulating loopholes this feeds a profound sense of injustice Obama says

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016.  Yorhos Karahalis/Pool/AFP

Obama warns against 'crude' nationalism

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:07 AM

After a year of populist shocks from Britain s vote to leave the EU to Trump s surprise win last week and the rise of anti migrant movements in Europe Obama cautions against succumbing to divisive instincts

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016. Yorgos Karahalis/AFP

Obama in Europe to reassure allies

Nov 15, 2016 - 6:10 PM

With Europeans worried by Trump s downplaying of the importance of the NATO alliance Obama says Washington had to resist the urge of isolationism

US President Barack Obama and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos (L) review a presidential honor guard during the official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens on November 15, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Obama on farewell tour to Europe fearful of 'Trump effect'

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:03 AM

In the name of a peaceful transition the American president must now do his best to reassure his European counterparts about the future of American democracy under a President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Grenade thrown at French embassy in Greece, policeman hurt

Nov 10, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Police are working on the theory that the attack was staged by local anarchists who regularly carry out acts of violence against diplomatic missions

GRENADE INVESTIGATION. Police officers examine the entrance to the French embassy in central Athens, after two motorcyclists threw a hand granade and injured the guard, early on November 10, 2016. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/ AFP

Cyprus leaders set for make-or-break talks

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:58 PM

The talks are billed as the last best chance to end one of the world s longest running political crises

A man bicycles past the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Mamas in the town of Morphou in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on November 2, 2016. Florian Choblet/AFP

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nov 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Negotiations are due to discuss the previously intractable issue of territorial adjustments on the Mediterranean resort island

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades talks during a televised press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on November 4, 2016, ahead of a five-day summit in Geneva aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. Yiannis Kourtoglou/Pool/AFP

Tired of waiting in Greece, Syrians bid to return home

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Refugees and migrants find themselves with no way ahead their hopes to travel onward to a European country proving to be virtually impossible

TRAPPED. Migrants walk next to the railway station of Didymoteicho some 400 km North-East from Thessaloniki, near the Greek-Turkish border, on October 25, 2016. "I want to return to Syria. There is the war in my country, but it's been seven months since we live in Greece as prisoners." Adan, from Aleppo, abandoned his dream of going to Germany, like thousands other Syrians trapped in Greece. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Eurozone approves 2.8B euros in bailout funds for Greece

Oct 25, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Following the latest disbursement approved by the European Stability Mechanism ESM Greece will have received 31 7 billion euros of the 86 billion euro bailout granted in July 2015

A man withdraws cash from an ATM machine in Athens on July 19, 2016. Kostis Ntantamis/AFP

Migrants clash with police, torch Greek camp offices

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The incident takes place at the Moria camp one of 5 centers on Greek Aegean islands which have borne the brunt of Europe s migrant crisis

DESTROYED. This picture taken on October 24, 2016, shows containers used as an office by asylum officials destroyed by a fire in the Moria hotspot on the island of Lesbos. Photo by AFP.

Loans, planned railways, arms: What China has done for its 'friends'

Oct 23, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The partnerships and deals China has made with various countries are in line with its economic diplomacy

New Greek bailout finds IMF in a political bind

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:00 PM

If the International Monetary Fund bails Greece out again some will surely see Europe s hand pulling the strings

epaselect epaselect epa04845996 An old man stands outside a shop selling Greek and European flags in central Athens, Greece 14 July 2015. Greece's deal with its creditors keeps the country in the European Union, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after eurozone leaders agreed to a new bailout programme. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Internal auditor hits IMF handling of 2010 Greece bailout

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:24 PM

An independent probe into the IMF s handling of European bailouts finds that it bent its rules and was vulnerable to political pressure as it embarked on the ill fated 2010 Greece rescue

A file photo dated May 18, 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. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy'

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Alexis Tsipras says people should be allowed to elect the nation s president – who is currently chosen by parliament – if efforts by lawmakers fail

CHARTER CHANGE. Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras speaks on the constitution reform outside the parliament building in Athens on July 25, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

World powers urge 'stability' in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

3rd UPDATE A US defense official says the ongoing coup attempt is not affecting operations targeting ISIS

SUPPORT. People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Photos by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

The sun and Santorini

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:24 PM

What s it like to explore Santorini a dream destination for many travelers? Writer Oscar H Purugganan shares his beautiful experience

Emergency measure that feeds Greek crisis

Jul 03, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Overall the Greek economy which had begun growing again at the end of 2014 shrinks by 1 4 in the first quarter of 2016

Employees of the Greek largest retail chain, Marinopoulos, Carrefour's franchise partner in Greece and some Balkan countries, march towards the company's building after breaking into the company's premises in Southern Athens on June 29, 2016 after the company filed for protection from its creditors, under the threat of confiscations. Marinopoulos, Greece’s biggest supermarket chain, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/ AFP

UN chief in Greece sees 'tremendous challenge' of migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens the UN chief also hailed Greece for managing the refugee influx at the same time as grappling with its huge debt crisis

MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the city of Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 6, 2016. Serbia, Croatia and Hungary sent groups of police officers to help the Macedonian police in handling of the migrant crisis on the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Greece clears more makeshift migrant camps

Jun 14, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Greek police clear two more improvised migrant camps near its border with Macedonia moving occupants to state run facilities

A refugee family registers prior to a asylum procedure at the refugee camp at the former olympic complex, in the area of the old Athens airport on June 13, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek police move migrants from Macedonia border camp

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The camp closures are part of a strategy by Greece to prevent a buildup of migrants in squalid conditions after EU countries began to shutter their borders to the human influx

In this file photo, two men eat on the ground after the sunset at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees in Polykastro on June 8, 2016. Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Hundreds feared missing off Greece in new migrant sinking

Jun 03, 2016 - 7:08 PM

UPDATED Until this point 340 people have been rescued and nine bodies have been recovered the Greek coastguard says in a statement without giving details on the migrants nationalities

Migrants hurt, tents torched in Lesbos brawl

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis battle each other with clubs and stones

Volunteers help an injured migrant, following overnight clashes between migrants at the Moria migrant detention camp on the island of Lesbos, early on June 2, 2016. Over a dozen migrants were hurt on June 2 in a brawl in the main detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos that also saw nearly 30 tents torched. Hundreds of people -- mainly families with children -- were evacuated from the camp during the night as rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis went at each other with clubs and stones. There were nearly 3,000 people in the Moria camp ahead of the clash, most of them asylum applicants trying to avoid deportation to Turkey under an EU deal that went into effect in March.  / AFP PHOTO / STR