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Greece’s prime minister apologies for failure to tackle wildfires: ‘I understand pain of whose houses burnt’

Greece’s prime minister has apologised for failures in tackling the wildfires tearing across the country.Hundreds of firefighters have been battling huge blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and destroyed dozens of properties.”We may have done what was humanly possible, but in many cases it was not enough,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.Thick […]

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Greece Fire: Strong winds push flames towards villages; hundreds evacuated by ferry

Wildfires are continuing to rip through the Greek island of Evia with strong winds driving flames towards villages.More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated from the island, many of those by ferry.A number of wildfires have struck the country in recent days. One blaze in the northern suburb of Athens is said to have […]

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Greece Wildfire: Hundreds evacuated by the sea as fires encroach land

Thousands of people fled wildfires burning out of control in Greece and Turkey on Friday, as a protracted heatwave turned forests into tinderboxes and flames threatened populated areas, electricity installations and historic sites. On the Greek island of Evia, the coastguard mounted a major operation to evacuate hundreds of people by sea, using patrol boats […]

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Greece Wildfires: Massive blaze north of Athens forces hundreds to abandon their homes

A massive wildfire near a forest north of Athens, Greece has forced hundreds to leave their homes as the fires reached residential areas. Thick plumes of smoke passed over the capital on Tuesday and prompted multiple evacuations near Tatoi, 20km north of Athens. People fled their homes in cars and on motorcycles and headed towards […]

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Athens police recover Picasso, Mondrian artworks stolen in 2012

A painting by Pablo Picasso that was stolen nine years ago during a heist was recovered. On Monday, police in Athens said Picasso’s Woman’s Head had been found along with a 1905 painting of a windmill by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Both were taken, along with a third artwork, during an elaborate 2012 heist at […]

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Greece: ‘Several active and scattered’ blazes continue burning for the third day near Athens

Hundreds of firefighters have battled a forest fire west of Greece’s capital Athens for a third day, and brought the main front of the blaze under control as weather conditions improved. Backed by 16 aircraft and by the army, more than 270 firefighters fought the fire on the Geraneia mountain range, described by authorities as […]

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Greece: Prominent journalist shot dead by bike-borne assassins in Athens

A prominent Greek journalist has been shot dead near his home in the capital, Athens, in a rare crime targeting a member of the media that shocked colleagues. Giorgos Karaivaz, who specialised in crime reporting and worked for private station Star TV, was returning home from work when he was ambushed by two individuals on […]

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‘I’m in pain’: Hundreds of people march against police brutality in Greece

Police in Athens clashed with youths protesting against an incident of police violence that prompted widespread condemnation and putting the police under spotlight. At least 5,000 people took part in a march on Tuesday in the capital’s Nea Smyrni neighbourhood amid an uproar after a video on social media showed a police officer beating a […]

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Powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Greece, sending people in panic

A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled central Greece on Wednesday sending people running in panic. Tremors were felt across the country and as far as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit after midday and was at a depth of 10km, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The epicentre was 20km […]

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Grammy-nominated Scottish musician Sophie Xeon, tragically dies aged 34

Grammy-nominated Scottish musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, and DJ, Sophie Xeon died in a “terrible accident” on Saturday morning aged 34, according to a statement from the musician’s record label Transgressive. “Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident. True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full […]