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World Dec 05Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos
Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe’s indifference and self-interest “that condemns to death those on the fringes.”…
World Nov 30Migrant crisis highlighted in pope’s Greece-Cyprus trip
LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen refugees…
Health Jun 01Greece, Germany kick off EU vaccination travel certificates
The certificates are being issued to people who are fully vaccinated as well as those have already contracted the virus and developed antibodies and others who have had a PCR test within the last 72 hours.
World May 31In post-pandemic Europe, migrants will face digital fortress
The European Union has poured 3 billion euros into security tech research following the refugee crisis in 2015-16, when more than 1 million people — many escaping wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — fled to Greece and on to…
World Jan 01World quietly rings in 2021 after enduring a year many prefer to forget
As midnight rolled from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the New Year’s experience mirrored national responses to the virus itself.
World Dec 31Major cities ring in a muted New Year’s amid global pandemic
New Year's Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year filled with challenges.
World Sep 29Pompeo voices support for talks between Greece, Turkey
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed support for talks between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies whose relations deteriorated to the point where both had warships facing off in the Mediterranean Sea.
World Sep 09Fire sweeps through refugee camp in Greece on virus lockdown
A major overnight fire swept through Greece's largest refugee camp, which had been placed under COVID-19 lockdown.
World Jul 07Greece’s left-wing leader concedes election
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has conceded his country’s parliamentary election and said he phoned conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis to congratulate him on his victory.
World Jun 23Landmark Istanbul loss a blow to Turkey’s Erdogan
Voters in Istanbul cast ballots Sunday in a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party narrowly lost the mayor's office in Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years.