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Twin boys, father drowned when migrants boat sinks off Samos

Two boys aged 4,5 and their father were drowned in the early morning hours of Thursday, when the boat carrying them together with other migrants sank off the island of Samos. The Greek Coast Guard spotted eleven migrants, among them three children, swimming in the sea area East of the …

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Eerie scenery with heavy Thunderstorm and Sahara Dust striking Samos

A unique combination of Sahara dust and heavy thunderstorm hit the island of Samos, creating an eerie scenery from another world or planet.  Barometric low Phoebus caused a particularly intense thunderstorm while strong south winds were transporting billions of particles of Sahara Dust. The red particles ‘stole’ the blue of …

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Samos: Powerful storm, impressive pictures by local photographer

One of the stongest storms of the last years stroke the island of Samos on Saturday night. The powerful phenomenon not only caused power cuts and problems in the road network. It also created an impressive scenery that local photographer Manolis Thravalos captured with his camera. “Thousands of lightnings turned …

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First grocery store by refugees for refugees to open on Samos

A new grocery store is about to open on the island of Samos, one of the five Greek islands that have received the main inflow of refugees. However, this store will be different form the others: It will be run by a refugees’ cooperative and its customers will be refugees …

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Two policemen arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking ring

Two police officers were arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking helping migrant to cross from Turkey into Greece via the Evros river. It is the second case in a week where policemen are accused of such illegal actions. The two officers were arrested in Soulfi, North East Greece on …

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Lesvos prosecutor files against 30 NGO members facilitating migrants trafficking

Greek authorities have struck a blow to a NGO suspected to have been involved in facilitating the illegal arrivals of refugees and migrants to the islands of Lesvos and Samos. The NGO was mainly operating on the island of Lesvos and the hot spot of Moria. Investigation that has lasted …

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Two earthquakes rattle Samos island and the eastern Aegean Sea

An earthquake with magnitude 4.5 on the Richter scale occurred at 11:10 on Thursday morning. Epicenter was the beach of Marathokampos in the south of the island of Samos in the Eastern Aegean Sea. The earthquake had a debt of 10 km. Two hours earlier, at 9:44 a tremor with …

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Migration Minister reassures “no new hot spots on the islands, no asylum seekers returns”

Migration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, dismissed dress reports that new hot spots will be established on the islands or that asylum seekers returns from Germany will be place on the five islands. In a letter to the mayors of the islands that have received the majority of refugees and migrants, that …

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Dozens of migrants rescued in S&R operation NW off Samos

Dozens of migrants and refugees on an inflatable boat were accompanied to the port of Karlovasi on the island of Samos on Monday morning. One of the passengers had reportedly called the international rescue phone number saying that they were in dire situation. A Search and Rescue operation was launched …

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Migrant boat capsizes in the Aegean, 16 dead among them several children

A far-reaching tragedy with migrants and refugees occurred on Saturday morning in the sea area off ​​Poros, in the southeast of  the island of Agathonisi, Dodecanese. A wooden boat carrying people from Turkey to Greece capsized causing the death of at least 14 people, among them several children. Two women …

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15-year-old girl knocks down thief with a single karate strike

Lessons in martial arts proved life-saving for a teenager girl on the island of Samos. With a single vital point targeting karate strike she managed to knocked a thief down. The 15-year-old gymnasium student had left school  Friday noon and was walking to the place where her mother woks.  At …

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Volunteer firefighter sentenced for setting wildfire in Samos last week

A 45-year-old volunteer firefighter was sentenced to eight months imprisonment on 3-year suspension for a wildfire in Kontakeika area on the island of Samos last week. Last Thursday evening, the man had reportedly informed the volunteer firefighters units of the island about a fire in the area. He furthermore claimed …

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Samos: Eupalinos Tunnel, the Masterpiece of Ancient Engineering, opens to public

One of the greatest engineering achievements of ancient times, a Greek wonder on the island of Samos, the 6th century BC Eupalinos Tunnel re-opened to the public this week following extensive restoration works. The 1,036m tunnel or Eupalinian aqueduct was excavated more than 2,500 years ago from both ends using …

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5 children among 12 drowned refugees after boat capsizes off Turkey coast

A boat carrying 22 refugees has capsized near the Kuşadası district of Turkey’s Aydın province on Friday. Search and rescue teams have rescued eight people. They have initially found 11 bodies. The remaining three are reportedly still missing. According to latest information, the number of dead has increased to 12. …

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Refugees and migrants flows increase again: 566 new arrivals in last five days

Refugees and migrants flow from Turkey to Greece started to rise again. In last five days, a total of 566 people arrived to the Greek islands on boat coming form Turkey. Most affected are the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos. It is unclear whether the flow increase is due …

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