Greece

  • A refugee boy, rescued at open sea, is helped to disembark a Frontex patrol vessel at the port of Mytilene on the Lesbos island, Greece March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTSBKW8
    March 22, 2016  

    The UN refugee agency is refusing to cooperate with European authorities in processing and deporting the migrants stranded in Greece — a move that could destabilize the recent deal with Turkey to stem the migrant flow. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant was on the island of Lesbos as the last boats arrived from Turkey after an EU deadline that effectively closed the refugee trail. Continue reading

  • A refugee boy shouts slogans as refugees and migrants protest to demand for the opening of the Greek-Macedonian border, in a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTSBJ6K
    March 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, despite the EU’s recent deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe and return them back across the Aegean, nearly 50,000 refugees are now stranded in Greece. Also, following a weekend bombing that killed four, Turkish authorities are searching for three suspects believed to be planning further suicide attacks in the name of the Islamic State group. Continue reading

  • A Pakistani migrant looks at his phone next to railway tracks at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 16, 2016. Picture taken March 16. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTSB8W1
    March 19, 2016  

    Most Syrian refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey are expected to be sent back, under an agreement between the EU and Turkey. In exchange, Europe will accept some Syrian refugees from Turkey and provide billions of dollars to help pay for it all. To discuss migrant conditions in Greece, Associated Press reporter Derek Gatopoulos joins Alison Stewart via Skype. Continue reading

  • Migrants scuffle as they try to get products from a truck, at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov - RTSA8JX
    March 10, 2016  

    As thousands of refugees huddle stranded on the borders of Greece, many eastern European nations are pushing for the continent to seal its borders, a stance that puts them at odds with their western compatriots and could potentially destabilize the European Union. In Poland, anti-government demonstrations are spreading against the right-wing government. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
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  • Israeli security forces search the area where, according to Israeli police spokesperson, at least 10 Israelis were stabbed, in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9V4S
    March 8, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, an American tourist was killed and a dozen Israelis were wounded in a wave of attacks by Palestinian militants in the cities of Jaffa and Jerusalem. Also, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles in recent days — action that U.S. officials said may violate a UN prohibition, though it does not break the recent nuclear agreement. Continue reading

  • A migrant plays with a baby at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 6, 2016. Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters
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    At least 18 people drowned and hundreds were rescued on Sunday as they attempted to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece, raising the total number of migrants who died along the treacherous route in the first two months of 2016 to more than 400.
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  • Migrants who are waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian sit in their tent at a makeshift camp, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS9C0Q
    March 4, 2016  

    New European border restrictions have left more than 10,000 migrants stranded at the border between Greece and Macedonia. Some experts have classified the situation as a “humanitarian catastrophe,” but eastern European states appear reluctant to take action. Judy Woodruff talks to David O’Sullivan, the European Union’s ambassador to the U.S., for more on the EU’s approach to the crisis. Continue reading

  • Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc., watches as FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
    March 3, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a dozen major tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, filed briefs supporting Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone despite federal court order. Also, Florida lawmakers approved a bill that could reinstate the death penalty after capital punishment in the state was previously struck down by the Supreme Court in January. Continue reading

  • Stranded refugees take part in a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border as they wait for the border crossing to reopen near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 28, 2016. Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters
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    Hundreds of migrants trapped along Greece’s border with Macedonia staged protests Sunday that forced a cargo train to turn back. Macedonia and several Balkan countries have recently increased restrictions to halt the number of refugees passing through. Continue reading

  • A Frontex helicopter patrols over a Syrian child that has just arrived at a beach at the Greek island of Lesbos August 10, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded on Greek islands -- in some cases for over two weeks -- waiting for temporary documents before continuing their travel to northern Europe. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe. REUTERS/Antonis Pasvantis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1NQNO
    February 19, 2016  

    Refugees from the Middle East continue to hazard the perilous crossing from Turkey to Greece, with an average of two children having drowned every day since September 2015. In response, NATO and the EU are increasing their border protection and naval rescue efforts in the Aegean Sea, despite conflicting ideas of how to deter the rising tide of asylum seekers. Malcolm Brabant reports. Continue reading

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