World War II bomb defused in Greek city after 75,000 people evacuated

Feb 12, 2017

World War II bomb defused in Greek city after 75,000 people evacuated

Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki evacuated an estimated 75,000 people Sunday so army experts could defuse a 500-pound (227-kg) unexploded World War II bomb found under a gas station. The evacuation started at 7 a.m. Police went house-to-house ringing bells and ...

Jan 30, 2017

Greek, Turkish warships in brief standoff near disputed islets

Greek and Turkish warships were involved Sunday in a brief faceoff near a group of disputed Greek islets in the Aegean, coinciding with renewed tensions between Athens and Ankara. The Greek defense ministry said a Turkish navy missile boat, “along with two special forces ...

A winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

Jan 21, 2017

A winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

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As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you’ve got more than beaches on your mind, there’s plenty of upside to ...

Dec 25, 2016

Eurozone clears way to resume debt relief for Greece

Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Saturday said Greece had cleared up doubts and could expect a positive decision on debt relief, defusing a row over surprise handouts announced by Athens. “Happy to conclude that we have cleared the way for ESM to go ahead ...

Ex-Japanese Olympian educating refugees in Greece

Oct 14, 2016

Ex-Japanese Olympian educating refugees in Greece

Naoko Imoto, a former Japanese Olympic swimmer, felt blessed in many ways compared with athletes from many other countries. While she could practice in a supportive environment in terms of food and facilities, athletes from many other countries had no such opportunities. The realization ...

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 6, 2016

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

The EU’s beefed-up version of its struggling border force goes into operation Thursday, as the squabbling bloc struggles to find a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II. European Union officials were due to inaugurate the new task force ...