Greece

  • Athens comes to standstill for Golden Dawn verdict
    ATHENS, October 7 (Reuters): Thousands of people converged on Greece's main appeals court on Wednesday ahead of a ruling on whether the country's far-right Golden Dawn party was a criminal group. Holding banners - some of which read "Crack down on the Nazis" - a sea of people surrounded the building in Athens, where a three-bench court was due to start reading out its verdict around 0800 GMT, the culmination of a trial which started in 2015. Golden Dawn lea
  • Turkey may resume talks with Greece, warns against EU sanctions
    ISTANBUL, September 20 (Reuters): Turkey and Greece could soon resume talks over their contested Mediterranean claims but European Union leaders meeting this week will not help if they threaten sanctions, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Sunday. The NATO members and neighbours have been locked in a bitter dispute over the extent of their continental shelves in the eastern Mediterranean. Tensions flared last month when Turkey sent a vessel to survey for gas and oil in
  • Three dead after rare Mediterranean storm batters Greece
    ATHENS, September 20 (Reuters): Three people have died after Cyclone Ianos, a rare storm known as a medicane, battered Greece, flooding streets and homes, Greek authorities said on Sunday. Ianos uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese. It swept through central Greece on Saturday, hitting the cities of Karditsa and Farsala before it moved south to the island of Crete. The body of a man was found under the collapsed roof of his ho
  • Fire guts Greek refugee camp, forces thousands to flee
    LESBOS, Greece, September 9 (Reuters): Thousands of migrants fled fires early on Wednesday that tore through an overcrowded camp under coronavirus lockdown on the Greek island of Lesbos, but there were no reports of any casualties. A migration ministry official said the Moria camp, which hosts over 12,000 people, was "probably totally destroyed" and that the government was struggling to find alternative shelter for the migrants who were gathered on streets outside the
  • Five killed as thunderstorms flood Greek island homes
    ATHENS, August 9 (Reuters): At least five people were killed when torrential rain and thunderstorms caused flash flooding on the Greek island of Evia over the weekend, officials said on Sunday. Most of the victims, including a baby, were found in or near their homes in Evia, northeast of Athens, fire brigade officials said. Rescuers were still searching for two people who were reported missing. The fire department received hundreds of calls to pump water from homes and vehic
  • Greek firefighters battle forest blaze for second day near seaside village
    ATHENS, July 23 (Reuters): Greek firefighters on Thursday battled a wind-driven forest fire that burned through pine forest and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people near the seaside village of Kechries in the eastern Peleponnese, officials said. Thick smoke billowed above treetops licked by flames as more than 236 firefighters tackled the blaze, assisted by four helicopters, eight planes municipal staff and volunteers. "The fire burned olive and pine trees in a t