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Burundi-born ex-police officer seeks to be Greece’s first black lawmaker

In working-class neighborhoods on the outskirts of Athens, Spiros Richard Hagabimana is going door-to-door in an election campaign that could see him become Greece’s first black lawmaker. It is a remarkable journey for Hagabimana, who just eight years ago was jailed in his native Burundi for refusing to open fire …

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Evros fence as tourist attraction? Great interest by Greeks & foreigners (POLL)

The Evros fence that prohibits migrants from illegally entering Greece from its north-easter border with Turkey has become an attraction for tourists. There is a big interest by Greeks and foreigners to visit the ‘site’ and travel agents ask to guide visitors there. Tourist agents in Athens, as well as …

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Greek far-right party seeks to defy election ban

 A retired senior prosecutor in Greece was named Friday as the new leader of a far-right party as it seeks to sidestep a ban on its participation in an upcoming general election. Participation of the Greeks Party could potentially change the outcome of the May 21 parliamentary election as poll …

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Greek PM instrumentalizes “Evros fence” and “migration” for election purposes

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis rushed to Evros at the border with Turkey on Friday to participate in the signing ceremony between the state and a private company to extend the border fence by 35 km. “The Evros border fence sign-off constitutes the first part of the full 140-kilometer length,” the …

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Biden marks Greece’s Independence Day; Hanks, Wilson steal the show

Surrounded by Greek-American politicians and community leaders U.S. President Joe Biden marked Greek Independence Day at the White House on Wednesday. One of the featured guests included the actress Rita Wilson, who is of Greek descent and performed four songs including one in Greek for the first time. Rita Wilson …

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Refuge claims girls’ death in Evros was set up; sparks confrontation ND-SYRIZA

A refugee has claimed that the 5-year-old girl’s death on an islet of the Evros river at the borders with Turkey “was set up.” Traffickers said to have suggested the allegedly fake story that became a media sensation last August. The girl had allegedly died after she was bitten by …

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Another 400 patrol officers at Evros border with Turkey

Another 400 border patrol officers will be hired in 2023 to better protect Greece’s borders, Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos announced on Friday. The minister was speaking after a meeting of his at the Ropodi region’s police headquarters on matters of security and migration. Some 250 of these border patrol …

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86 Pakistani nationals return home with AVR program

Eighty-six Pakistani nationals returned to their home country voluntarily on Tuesday, boarding a flight chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The migrants’ return was organized in the framework of the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) program, in cooperation with the Greek Migration & Asylum Ministry’s Asylum Service and the …

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Two survivors of Kafireas shipwreck arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

Two men who are believed to be responsible for the sinking of a boat that cost the lives of 22 people at Cape Kafireas were arrested by the Port Authority of Karystos, in southern Evia island, on Thursday. According to the 12 survivors, the boat was carrying 68 migrants when …

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