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Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

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Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body

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3 more found dead after Greek flash flood, raising total to 19

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Death toll from Greek flooding now stands at 19

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Death toll from Greek flooding now stands at 19


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Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

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Six missing after deadly Greek floods

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Six missing after deadly Greek floods


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Athens flash floods: 16 dead as rain wreaks havoc on Greek capital

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Rights groups urge Greece to end 'containment policy'
With winter weather nearing, 20 humanitarian groups have warned authorities in Greece that "lives will be lost" unless asylum seekers stranded in crammed and unsafe island camps are allowed to relocate to the mainland. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Greek and international organisations said thousands of people faced the bleak prospect of being forced to endure freezing temperatures in summer tents   Read More ...
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The Latest: Macron denounces sale of migrants in Libya
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): French President Emmanuel Macron has denounced as a "crime against humanity" the auctioning of migrants in Libya as recently seen in video footage. Macron said Wednesday that "what has been revealed ... definitely falls into the category of trafficking of human beings." The video, broadcast last week on CNN, showed the bidding and sale of migrant men   Read More ...
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Greece upgrades 2018 growth forecast
ATHENS (AFP) - The Greek government has upgraded slightly its forecast for economic growth next year, according to its final 2018 budget, tabled late Tuesday. The government is expecting the economy to grow by 2.5 percent in 2018, fractionally higher than the 2.4 percent contained in the draft budget last month. And the country's public finances will be in the black, with Athens pencilling in a budget surplus equivalent to 3   Read More ...
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Greek life suspensions keep coming on college campuses. Here's all of them from 2017
The deaths of at least four fraternity pledges this year have helped fuel a re-examination of Greek life at US colleges, which have long struggled with how to crack down on hazing and alcohol abuse without disbanding the organizations. (Nov. 22) Four pledges have died in drinking-related incidents this year, again shedding light on the culture of drinking, and sometimes hazing, at American universities   Read More ...
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Pledge deaths at US colleges fuel reviews of Greek life
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The deaths of at least four fraternity pledges this year have helped fuel a re-examination of Greek life at U.S. colleges. More and more schools are hitting pause on the organizations as they grapple with how to prevent hazing, alcohol misuse and other misconduct. The move comes after pledges died at Florida State, Texas State, Penn State and Louisiana State universities   Read More ...
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Pledge deaths at US colleges fuel reviews of Greek life
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The deaths of at least four fraternity pledges this year have helped fuel a re-examination of Greek life at U.S. colleges. More and more schools are hitting pause on the organizations as they grapple with how to prevent hazing, alcohol misuse and other misconduct. The move comes after pledges died at Florida State, Texas State, Penn State and Louisiana State universities   Read More ...
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Cyprus, Egypt, Greece pledge closer cooperation on migration
Cyprus, Egypt and Greece are to step up efforts to tackle illegal migration across the eastern Mediterranean and hone their anti-terrorism tactics.Sisi said Egypt, Cyprus and Greece are "conscientious" in their efforts to restore stability in the volatile region and to deal with emerging crises in neighboring countries.The 2,000 megawatt cable, known as the EuroAfrica Interconnector, will stretch nearly 1,600 kilometers from Greece to Egypt through Cyprus   Read More ...
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Greece, Looking to Move Past Bailouts, Unveils Ambitious Budget
ATHENS — The Greek government on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious draft budget for next year, the latest sign the country is making progress in its economic recovery after years of painful austerity and international bailouts. The government projected that the economy will grow 2.5 percent next year, after a 1.6 percent anticipated increase this year, a further sign of Greece’s confidence as it looks to wean itself off the financial assistance it has relied on for the last eight years   Read More ...
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Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law
ATHENS (AFP) - On Greece's rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties. Now, the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced plans to make sharia optional for such disputes, following recurring criticism by rights groups and a looming ruling by the European court of human rights   Read More ...
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Greece submits last bailout budget but austerity continues
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is promising bailout lenders continued austerity and high primary budget surpluses in its 2018 budget — the last under eight years of international rescue programs. In the budget submitted to parliament late Tuesday, the government set targets of primary surpluses — the budget balance before debt repayment — higher than previously estimated, at 2.44 percent this year and 3   Read More ...
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60-year-old Canadian man kayaks solo from Norway to Greece in a paddle for peace
A 60-year-old Canadian man arrived at the port of Piraeus in Greece on Tuesday after having kayaked alone from Oslo, Norway in order to promote a campaign that rewards acts of peace, kindness and humanity.Mark Fuhrmann, a hobby kayaker from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and who now lives in Norway, paddled for 183 days through seas, rivers and the channels of 15 European countries on a 5,400 kilometre journey that began in April   Read More ...
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Greece submits last bailout budget but austerity continues
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is promising bailout lenders continued austerity and high primary budget surpluses in its 2018 budget — the last under eight years of international rescue programs. In the budget submitted to parliament late Tuesday, the government set targets of primary surpluses — the budget balance before debt repayment — higher than previously estimated, at 2.44 percent this year and 3   Read More ...
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Greece submits last bailout budget but austerity continues
ATHENS, Greece – Greece's government is promising bailout lenders continued austerity and high primary budget surpluses in its 2018 budget — the last under eight years of international rescue programs. In the budget submitted to parliament late Tuesday, the government set targets of primary surpluses — the budget balance before debt repayment — higher than previously estimated, at 2.44 percent this year and 3   Read More ...
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[WATCH] Greece: illegal construction played central role in flash floods that killed 20
(Photo: AM 920) Bad planning and illegal construction in Athens are said to have played a ‘central role’ in the deadly flash floods, which resulted in the deaths of 20 people last week, according to experts. Around 1,000 home and business owners are eligible for the emergency assistance and funding, which authorities have pledged for those made homeless by the disaster   Read More ...
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Athens traffic snarled as subway workers hold 24-hour strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Workers on the Greek capital's subway system have walked off the job in a 24-hour strike that has snarled traffic across Athens. The metro workers' union called the strike to protest what they say is underfunding of the public transport system, and the possibility that the Athens Metro would be included in privatization plans. The Athens Metro is the capital's most popular mode of public transport, serving nearly 1 million passengers per day   Read More ...
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Greece: Body recovered, bringing flood death toll to 21
ATHENS, Greece – Greece's fire department says search crews have recovered the body of a one person missing since deadly floods struck near Athens last week, bringing the death toll to 21. The man's body was recovered Tuesday in the Mandra district west of Athens, the area hardest hit by the floods and where the vast majority of fatalities occurred. Disaster response crews continue to search for one more missing person   Read More ...
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Body recovered, bringing flood death toll to 21
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's fire department says search crews have recovered the body of a one person missing since deadly floods struck near Athens last week, bringing the death toll to 21. The man's body was recovered Tuesday in the Mandra district west of Athens, the area hardest hit by the floods and where the vast majority of fatalities occurred   Read More ...
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Body recovered, bringing flood death toll to 21
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's fire department says search crews have recovered the body of a one person missing since deadly floods struck near Athens last week, bringing the death toll to 21. The man's body was recovered Tuesday in the Mandra district west of Athens, the area hardest hit by the floods and where the vast majority of fatalities occurred   Read More ...
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Greece to overshoot budget surplus targets in 2018: Government official
Greece expects to overshoot its budget surplus targets for a third consecutive year in 2018, a senior government official said on Monday, an outcome that could help ease the austerity burden imposed on a recession-weary population. In a final budget draft due to be submitted to parliament on Tuesday, Greek authorities will outline projections of a primary surplus — the fiscal surplus excluding debt repayments - of between 2   Read More ...
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School for refugee minors on Greek island
Attempting to give young unaccompanied refugees a sense of normality – a new school on the Greek island of Lesbos is teaching Greek, English, mathematics and music to some 150 young people. Gecko Kids, named after the lizard, opened its doors in August. The youngsters range in age from 12 to 17 and come from some 20 countries. Accommodation, food and medical care are also provided   Read More ...
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Greece: Island mayor vows to oppose new migrant facilities
ATHENS, Greece – Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the Greek island of Lesbos to show their opposition to a government attempt to expand the shelter capacity for migrants and refugees. The island's mayor, Spyros Galinos, led the protests on Monday as municipal services were halted in a 24-hour strike. Authorities on Lesbos and four other eastern Greek islands are demanding that others areas share the burden of hosting migrants camps, which are up to four times over capacity on the five islands   Read More ...
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Greek island on strike in protest against becoming migrant 'prison'
ATHENS: Residents on the Greek island of Lesbos went on strike on Monday to protest against European policies they say have turned it into a "prison" for migrants and refugees. Islanders shut businesses, shops, municipal offices, nurseries and pharmacies and dozens rallied on a central square, calling on the government to transfer asylum-seekers to the mainland. "Lesbos is not a place of exile," a banner read   Read More ...
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Greek island on strike in protest against becoming migrant 'prison'
ATHENS (Reuters) - Residents on the Greek island of Lesbos went on strike on Monday to protest against European policies they say have turned it into a "prison" for migrants and refugees. Islanders shut businesses, shops, municipal offices, nurseries and pharmacies and dozens rallied on a central square, calling on the government to transfer asylum-seekers to the mainland. "Lesbos is not a place of exile," a banner read   Read More ...
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2 still missing in deadly floods that killed 20
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Specialized disaster response crews were combing the area west of Athens Monday for two men missing from last week's flash floods that killed at least 20 people, while the government announced relief measures for those whose homes or businesses were damaged. The search operation was concentrating on the Mandra area west of the Greek capital, the hardest hit by Wednesday's disaster, which was among the worst to have hit the wider Athens area in decades   Read More ...
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2 still missing in deadly floods that killed 20
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescue crews are continuing the search for two people still missing from last week's deadly flash floods west of the Greek capital that killed at least 20 people, while the government announced relief measures for those whose homes or businesses were damaged. Last Wednesday's floods on the outskirts of Athens turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris that flung cars against buildings, inundated homes and businesses and cut a section of a major highway   Read More ...
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Greece to give millions in compensation to flood victims
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Monday it would offer emergency compensation worth millions of euros to hundreds of households affected by flash flooding west of Athens that killed at least 20 people on Nov. 15. Hundreds of homes and businesses were extensively damaged in the coastal towns of Mandra and Nea Peramos when a torrent of mud and water smashed into the settlements, built along dry gullies on the foothills of a mountain range   Read More ...
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Greece to give millions in compensation to flood victims
ATHENS: Greece said on Monday it would offer emergency compensation worth millions of euros to hundreds of households affected by flash flooding west of Athens that killed at least 20 people on Nov. 15. Hundreds of homes and businesses were extensively damaged in the coastal towns of Mandra and Nea Peramos when a torrent of mud and water smashed into the settlements, built along dry gullies on the foothills of a mountain range   Read More ...
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Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20
ATHENS: Greece's government on Monday (Nov 20) announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing. "All households (confirmed to) have sustained damage will receive an emergency benefit of €5,000 (US$6,000)," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a statement. The freak flood struck early on Wednesday in the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens   Read More ...
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Greek socialist leader elected to head center-left alliance
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's socialist leader has been elected as the leader of a new center-left alliance. With the counting almost complete, the 53-year-old Fofi Gennimata, a former Athens governor and minister, leads with 57 percent Sunday. Her runoff rival, 38-year-old Nikos Androulakis, a European Parliament legislator and former socialist youth leader, is getting 43 percent. Both qualified for the runoff in the vote last week, where they decisively defeated incumbent Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis, and Stavros Theodorakis, leader of centrist party To Potami, as well as five other candidates   Read More ...
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Greek centrists elect alliance leader to boost popularity
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek centrists elected politician Fofi Gennimata on Sunday to lead a center-left party alliance, hoping to win back voters disillusioned after seven years of crisis and boost their popularity as the country emerges from bailouts. Past attempts by centrists to form parties and alliances have not fared well and the latest bid is seen as a last-ditch effort to restore unity and attract voters, many of whom defected to the ruling leftist Syriza party over the years of painful bailout reforms   Read More ...
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Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say that the body of an 83-year-old man has been found in the Athens suburb of Mandra that was struck by flash flooding, raising the overall death toll to 20. The body was dug out from debris on Sunday several kilometers from where the man was last seen. He had gone hunting when the deadly flash flood struck Wednesday   Read More ...
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Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say that the body of an 83-year-old man has been found in the Athens suburb of Mandra that was struck by flash flooding, raising the overall death toll to 20. The body was dug out from debris on Sunday several kilometers from where the man was last seen. He had gone hunting when the deadly flash flood struck Wednesday   Read More ...
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Protests and riots as Greece remembers student uprising
Athens, Greece - When the Athens Polytechnic student uprising happened in 1973, Evangelos Kouris had just recently finished law school. Now 75, he comes out every November 17 to commemorate that uprising, which set into motion a chain of events that toppled a hardline military government - known as "the Regime of Colonels", or in Greece, simply as "the Junta" - the following year   Read More ...
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3 more found dead after Greek flash flood, raising total to 19
Greek authorities say three more people have been found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the overall death toll to 19. The fire department says the body of a man was found Saturday on the grounds of a factory near the suburb of Mandra, 25 kilometres northwest of the Greek capital. The coast guard also announced Saturday that a patrol ship had found the bodies of two men in the sea south of Mandra   Read More ...
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3 more found dead in deadly Greek flood
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say three more people have been found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the overall death toll to 19. The fire department said the body of a man was found yesterday on the grounds of a factory near the suburb of Mandra, 25 kilometres (16 miles) north-west of the Greek capital   Read More ...
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Death toll from Greek flood rises to 19
ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say three more people have been found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the overall death toll to 19. The fire department says the body of a man was found Saturday on the grounds of a factory near the suburb of Mandra, 25 kilometres (16 miles) northwest of the Greek capital   Read More ...
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Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death in Heraklion, Crete on Saturday "after a long illness." on Saturday. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease   Read More ...
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Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fotis Kafatos, a molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death "after a long illness" on Saturday. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease   Read More ...
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Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fotis Kafatos, a molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death "after a long illness" on Saturday. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease   Read More ...
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Death toll from Greek flooding now stands at 19
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek authorities say three more people have been found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the total death toll to 19. The fire department says the body of a man was found Saturday on a factory grounds near the suburb of Mandra, 25 kilometres northwest of the Greek capital. The body has still not been retrieved because of debris and a nearby leaking propane tank   Read More ...
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