Turkey still risks EU sanctions over sea dispute
Greece said Thursday that neighbor Turkey has so far refused to take action requested by the European Union to avoid sanctions from the bloc.Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said ongoing Turkish offshore gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has undermined efforts to restart talks on a longstanding sea boundary dispute, which has escalated military tension between the two NATO members and regional rivals."Europe is not naive," Petsas said Thursday."Turkey received the opportunity and the time to change course. It chose not to do so."EU leaders on Dec. 10-11 will meet to discuss a ran...
Strike brings Greece to a halt as ferries, metro stop running
Several Greek islands were cut off from the rest of the world and people in Athens were left without public transport as state employees and seamen held a strike Thursday.The strike meant ferries did not service many islands, trains and metro lines in the capital did not run, and school lessons were cancelled, causing serious disruption to daily life.Staff at state-run hospitals also briefly took part in the strike - but they returned to work after only a few minutes due to the coronavirus pandemic, state broadcaster ERT reported.The unions are seeking more money and the hiring of more civil s...
Turkey detains suspected Gülenists trying to flee to Greece
Five people have been caught by the Turkish authorities in the north-west of the country while attempting to flee to neighbouring Greece illegally. Two of those detained are suspected to be members of the outlawed Gülen movement.According to the state-aligned newspaper Yeni Safak, citing anonymous security sources, the five fugitives were caught in the village of Pasakoy in the province of Edirne near the Greek border. The political affiliation of the three non-Gülenists is not known.The Gülen movement – known as FETÖ within Turkey – follows the US-based modernist cleric Fethullah Gülen. He is...
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Turkey calls Greece for dialogue on East Med
Turkey reiterated its call Saturday for dialogue with Greece regarding its seismic research activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Anadolu reports.The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Greece issued another statement "reiterating the known claims and objections of Oruc Reis [seismic research vessel] regarding the seismic research activity carried out on the Turkish continental shelf.""These allegations and objections were answered with six statements made by our Ministry since last July," the ministry said. "Turkey will continue to resolutely protect its rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots...
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Greece facing UN legal action over illegal deportation of Syrian to Turkey
Greece is to be targeted by a case being filed at the United Nations' human rights committee for illegally expelling a Syrian refugee, in what is the latest allegation of Greece committing such a violation of human rights this year.The 26-year-old unnamed man, who spoke to the British newspaper the Guardian about his story, had been granted asylum in Germany before he found out in 2016 that his 11-year-old brother had gone missing around the border from Turkey to Greece while trying to follow him to Europe.The man then travelled to Greece's northeastern Evros region where his brother was last ...
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Higher expectations for China-Greece ties
Piraeus port, Greece File photo: VCGZhang Qiyue, Chinese Ambassador to Greece Photo: Courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in GreeceMore than two thousand years ago, ancient Greeks thought of the far-off land in the east with beautiful imagination, dubbing China "the land of silk," and it wasn't long before the two ancient civilizations conducted trading and learned from each other via the ancient Silk Road.Fast forward to the 21st century, and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), rooted in the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, has added new meaning to the relationship between China and Greece, and op...
Michigan man who fought deportation to Iraq sworn in as US citizen
DETROIT — The lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that sought the release of 1,400 Iraqi Americans was sworn in as a United States citizen on Friday after winning his immigration case.Usama “Sam” Hamama of West Bloomfield Township said he finally feels liberated.“I honestly told my wife ‘something’s gone.’ I just feel like my mind, back, shoulders, you feel free,” Hamama told The Detroit News. “Where I came from, I didn’t have rights, and when I came here, I didn’t respect the rights, and now I finally feel like I have a responsibility for my own. I thank God, I really do.”The case, filed...
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New York fights virus resurgence as Trump touts vaccine breakthrough
New York (AFP) - New York battled to fend off a second wave of coronavirus infections with new restrictions on bars and restaurants Friday, as Donald Trump said the first Americans would start receiving a vaccine in "a matter of weeks."In his first public address since being declared the loser of the November 3 election, the US president touted medical breakthroughs that happened under his watch but said he remained firmly against new lockdowns.He predicted a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which the companies have said is 90 percent effective in trials so far, would receive...
The Acropolis can wait: Greece now requires negative Covid test
Is the Acropolis calling your name? Dying for a gyro? Then you'll have to be tested for the coronavirus first, per new rules put in place for tourists by the Greek government.Travellers can enter Greece only if they can provide a negative PCR test that comes from a recognized laboratory in the country of departure that is also less than 72 hours old.The measure, which began Wednesday, is for air and land travel. Many countries have adopted similar measures in recent weeks.The test results must includes a diagnosis in English as well as the person travelling's name, address and passport number....
NBA mock draft 2.0: James Wiseman moves to No. 1, Knicks nab guard Killian Hayes
NEW YORK — We knew this draft would be unpredictable. There aren’t set stars at the top, not like last year with a locked in order of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett. These prospects are far from sure things. In addition, the scouting capabilities are muddied because of a pandemic and the teams with the top-2 picks have immediate playoff aspirations. The Warriors, who own the second pick, are trying to win another title. So expect trades, expect unpredictability. Fittingly, we have some movement in our mock drafts from the last version, including at the top.———1. Minnesota Timberwolv...
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