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EU suspends funding to NGO aiding refugees in Greece following claims of sexual abuse and corruption

The European Union has suspended funding to a non-government organization (NGO) aiding refugees in Greece pending an investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and financial corruption, a spokesman for European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has said. “Although these remain allegations under investigation, the Commission is …

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Pensioners defy rain to protest cuts, as unions call on new anti-austerity rally May 18/2017

Hundreds of pensioners defied the rain and took to the streets to protest the new austerity package to be voted Thursday night at the Greek Parliament. With umbrellas and raincoats, they joined their voices to prevent more austerity measures threatening to put their survival at risk. Holding banners and chanting …

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Athens: Anti-austerity police protesters against riot police VIDEO

Tension between protesters from police, fire brigades and coast guard on one side and riot police on the other side broke out short after 8 o’ clock in the evening on Wednesday when the angry protesters tried to break the police cordon and enter the Greek Parliament. Riots policemen and …

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Police fires teargas at rioters during anti-austerity protest on general strike day

Police fired teargas at rioters during the big anti-austerity protest in downtown Athens on Wednesday. Thousands joined the unions rally on the day of the general strike. People wearing hoods started to throw stones at riot police squads when the big rally of unions and political parties reached the building …

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Plenary of Greek parliament expels Golden Dawn from austerity bill debate

The Plenary of the Greek Parliament  decided on Wednesday to expel the parliamentary group of extreme right-wing Golden Dawn after the incident two days ago. The Golden Dawn group will not be able to participate in the debates on the omnibus bill containing the new package of austerity measures 2018-2021. …

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Food poisoning in Souda camp sends 40 refugees and migrants to hospital

Dozens of refugees and migrants from Souda camp on the island of Chios were transported to the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. Local media report that “according to all indications, the poisoning was caused by the chicken meal they had for lunch.” Two local catering companies in contract with the …

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EU warns Turkey after 114 Greece’s airspace violations on a single day

Turkish aircraft and helicopters illegally entered Greece’s airspace 141 times on May 15, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported. Airspace violations are a common practice by Ankara to reiterates its unfounded claims in the Aegean Sea. 20 Turkish F-16, 5 CN-235 maritime surveillance aircraft and 19 helicopters entered the …

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Three SAT commandos try to flee to Greece, as Turkish purge continues without mercy

Three commandos from the Turkish Underwater Attack Commandos (SAT) attempted to flee to Greece as the Turkish purge continues without mercy. A woman and her 3-day-old baby were thrown to jail for alleged links with the Gulen movement, the Turkish government considers as mastermind behind the failed coup attempt. The …

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Relics of St Helena and the Holy Cross arrive in Greece

For the first time, the holy relics of St Helena will be displayed in Athens together with a section of the Holy Cross. It is also the first time that holy relics leave the permanent residence in St Marcus Basilica n the Vatican Museums in Italy. This will be the …

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Erdogan tells Tsipras in Beijing to extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers

For one hour and ten minutes, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting in Beijing on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation organized by the Chinese government on Friday. The agenda of topics to be discussed was full: …

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Greek court hands 15-year sentences to suspected jihadists with refugee status

A Greek court on Friday handed 15-year prison sentences to two suspected jihadists with Swedish passports trying to enter Turkey carrying combat items, a local justice source said. The suspects’ lawyer said the men, who have refugee status in Sweden, would appeal against the sentence. They will remain incarcerated until …

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Turkey tests its home-made long-range ballistic missile BORA Video

Turkey has tested its first domestically manufactured ballistic missile BORA, the country’s defence minister announced on Thursday. The Bora, or “storm”, long-range missile was tested near the Black Sea coastal region of Sinop, Fikri Isik told broadcaster A Haber. “Our missile Bora, with a range of 280km, was just test-fired …

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ND leader Mitsotakis promises jobs to …the children of pensioners

The leader of Greece’s main opposition party conservative New Democracy promised jobs to the unemployed children of … pensioners. Visiting a kafeneion, a traditional Greek coffee shop, in Kallithea suburb of south Athens, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: “I do not promise hiring in the public sector,” but stressed that his aim …

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Orthodox Christians, incl Greeks, want a strong Russia to counter the West

Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe but also in Greece express pro-Russia views and many would like to see Russia playing a stronger role in the area in order to balance the influence of the West. According to a survey conducted by PEW Research Center majorities in Orthodox countries …

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