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Greek divers uncover World War Two era Italian submarine wreckage after 80 years

Greek divers have discovered the wreckage of an Italian submarine 80 years after it was sunk by the Allied Forces in the Aegean Sea during World War Two. The Jantina, which had sailed from the Greek island of Leros with 48 sailors on board, sank on July 5, 1941, after being hit by torpedoes fired […]

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Refugee boat sinks off the coast of Greece; 3 dead, 12 rescued and 35 feared missing

Greek authorities launched a sea-and-air search and rescue operation in the Aegean Sea after a migrant smuggling vessel sank, leaving at least three people dead and dozens reported missing. The coast guard said 12 people, all believed to be from Iraq, were rescued from an inflatable dinghy off the island of Folegandros in the southern […]

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Pope Francis slams Europe’s treatment of migrants

The Pope slammed the way Europe is treating migrants. Speaking on the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met dozens of migrants, Pope Francis said they were being used for political propaganda. He urged focus on the causes of migration, such as “forgotten wars”, instead of punishing those who feel their effects. And he criticised […]

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Greece proposes €100 monthly fine for people over-60s who refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Greece is to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over. Fines of €100 will be imposed at monthly intervals from mid-January on those who refuse, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. The money will go towards the Greek health system, which is struggling with a surge in hospital admissions. About 63% of Greece’s […]

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6.0 magnitude earthquake off the Greek island of Karpathos shakes towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean

An earthquake struck off the Greek island of Karpathos early on Tuesday, shaking towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, however. “Really felt that one … Lasted for 30 seconds,” a witness in Lindos, Rhodes, said in a posting on the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s […]

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6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts the Greek Island of Crete, several aftershocks reported

The Greek island of Crete has been hit by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), with the epicentre near the eastern tip. Some buildings were damaged, and thousands of people were seen leaving their homes in panic. There are so far no reports of casualties. Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics put the epicentre […]

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Earthquake of 5.8-magnitude hits Greece’s biggest island of Crete, one person killed

An earthquake has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, with reports that at least one person was killed and several wounded as buildings collapsed. People were sent rushing out on to the streets when the magnitude-5.8 quake struck around 9:15am. Several aftershocks followed. Greek media reported that one man died after a church collapsed […]

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Greece launches probe into plane crash that killed witness in Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial

Greece launched an investigation into the crash of a private plane from Israel that killed a prosecution witness in Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial. Haim Geron, a former senior official at Israel’s ministry of communications, and his wife Esther were killed when the single-engine Cessna 182 plane crashed late on Monday off the island of Samos. […]

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Brazilian wife of Greek ambassador sentenced to 31 years in prison over his murder

A Brazilian woman was sentenced to 31 years in jail for plotting to kill her husband, the former Greek ambassador of Brazil. In 2016, Kyriakos Amiridis’ charred remains were found in the boot of a burnt-out car in Rio de Janeiro. His wife Françoise de Souza Oliveira had been having an affair with a military […]

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Greece installs 40km long fence along Turkey border amid concern of surge in migrants from Afghanistan

Greece installed a 40km long fence and surveillance system along its border with Turkey amid concern over a surge of migrants from Afghanistan. “We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said on a visit to the region of Evros on Friday. “Our borders will remain inviolable.” His comments came […]

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Greece: New wildfires outside Athens threatens homes, villages evacuated

Powerful winds stirred two wildfires outside Athens, Greece, threatening homes and forcing the evacuation of villages. More than 500 wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Greece, which, like other countries in the Mediterranean region including Turkey and Tunisia, has seen some of its highest temperatures in decades. On Monday, a blaze broke out […]

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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 […]