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Greek Shipping Company confirms collision with USS JOHN S MCCAIN

Greek shipping company Stealth Maritime Corporation confirmed Monday afternoon the collision of one of its oil tankers, ALNIC MC, with Missile destroyer, US Navy vessel USS JOHN S MCCAIN off the coast of Singapore in the early morning. In a statement uploaded on its website, the company said: Stealth Maritime …

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Belgian woman arrested on ferry to Greece over membership in terror group

A 22-year-old woman with Belgian citizenship was arrested on suspicion of membership in a terror group. The woman was arrested late Friday night while on a passenger ferry sailing from Italy to Greece, en route Bari-Corfu-Igoumenitsa. The arrest followed a Europol warrant on charges of extremism. The Greek Coast Guard …

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Greece asks Return of Parthenon Marbles as part of Brexit deal

Greece is pushing that the return of the stolen Parthenon Marbles becomes part of the Brexit talks deal. MEP Stelios Kouloglou, from ruling SYRIZA, is demanding that negotiators bring up the issue as part of the discussions. Kouloglou has written twice to the European Commission to ask them to play a …

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Trump fires Greek-American Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

US President Donal Trump announced on Twitter that he fired the White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. He replaced him with retired General John F. Kelly. Appointing Priebus to this powerful position had made Greeks and Greek-Americans proud as the 45-year-old has Greek roots from his mother side. I …

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UK-EU freedom of movement to ‘end in March 2019’, says minister

Brexit: A new immigration system will be in place by March 2019 when the free movement of people between the EU and the UK ends, a minister has said. Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis was speaking as the government commissioned a “detailed assessment” of the costs and benefits of EU migrants. …

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Germany warns its citizens travelling to Turkey ‘they risk arrest’

Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign   Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey. The German government on Friday warned citizens travelling to Turkey that they are at risk of arrest. Foreign Minister Sigmar …

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Michael Karloutsos appointed Acting Chief of Protocol in US State Department

Member of the Greek-American community, Michael Karloutsos, has been appointed Acting Chief of Protocol, a high-profile position in the State Department. He will work under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He will begin his new work on July 23. It is a political appointment by the president of the United …

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Groundhog Day: Cyprus reunification talks collapse in Crans-Montana on Turkey’s insistence

Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus collapsed amid anger and recriminations in the early hours of Friday, marking the end of  a 10-day long process in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The United Nations had said that the talks in July was the “the best chance” for a deal to end …

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Erdogan orchestrated July 15 Coup in Turkey, claims SCF in Sweden

The failed coup attempt on July 15 2016 in Turkey was orchestrated by President Recep Tayip Erdogan, Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) claims. “It was a pretext for a mass persecution of critics and opponents in a state of perpetual emergency,” the SCF concluded in its researched report ‘July 15: …

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PM May unveils proposals for EU citizens in UK after Brexit

About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed at the European Union Summit on Thursday.  A new “UK settled status” would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access …

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China welcomes Greece’s veto on EU Human Rights statement

As expected, China welcomed Greece’s move to block a European Union statement on the country’s human rights record. “Chinese experts on Sunday called for fairness and greater understanding of human rights record in China, Chinese Global Times writes. According to the experts and analysts, China and EU have different approach …

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Greece takes over Egypt’s diplomatic representation in Doha

The Greek embassy in Doha will take over the diplomatic representation of Egypt after the country cut ties with Qatar. Greece responded positive to a relevant request by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry, the Foreign Ministry in Athens said in a statement on Monday. Greece is at the disposal …

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