Pompeo blasts Ukraine critics for ‘silly gotcha game’

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the Trump administration’s approach to Ukraine, which is driving an impeachment inquiry in Congress, and called it typical of the transactional way countries deal with one another.

Pompeo said the focus from the media and commentators on President Donald Trump and Ukraine is “wrong” because it doesn’t “impact real people’s lives.”

Greek PM asks U.S.’s Pompeo for help to calm offshore tensions with Turkey

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the United States on Saturday to use its influence to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a dispute over offshore rights.

Mitsotakis told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Turkish moves south of the island in recent days were a “flagrant violation” of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.

Tensions grow as Cyprus says Turkish drilling ship violates its rights

ATHENS (Reuters) - Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling intensified on Friday, with Nicosia accusing Turkey of a “severe escalation” of violations of its sovereign rights.

Turkey announced on Thursday that it had sent an oil-and-gas drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus where Greek Cypriot authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos, days after deadly fire

MORIA (Greece), Oct 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Around a thousand migrants staged a fresh protest in Europe’s largest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, days after a deadly fire at the vastly overcrowded facility.

A procession made up mainly of women and children, with some elderly people, left Moria camp walking towards the port of Mytilene, with demonstrators shouting slogans.

But police road-block stopped them half-way to Mytilene.

Greece wants to return 10,000 migrants to Turkey after deadly camp fire

1 October 2019; AFP: Greece said Monday it wanted to start sending back thousands of migrants to Turkey, a day after a deadly fire sparked riots at an overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos.

The decision, taken at an emergency cabinet meeting, came as officials in Greece and abroad called for action to ease the pressure on the crowded migrant camps spread across the Aegean islands.

Greece wants to return 10,000 migrants to Turkey by 2020

ATHENS, Oct 1 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Greek government said it wants to send 10,000 migrants back to Turkey by the end of 2020, following an emergency cabinet meeting.

Athens would increase the rate from the “1,805 returned in the 4.5 years under the previous Syria government” of left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras, a cabinet statement said, a day after a deadly fire at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Greek police make arrest in 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American.

Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany.

Greece joins RescEu's mechanism against natural disasters with two fire-fighting aircraft

ELEFSINA, Greece, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Greece joined with two fire-fighting aircraft the fleet of the new RescEU system to tackle natural disasters across Europe.

During a celebratory event held on Thursday at Elefsina's airbase, near Athens, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced that the European Commission will in parallel support Greece in repairing two water-dropping Canadair type aircraft by allocating 2.25 million euros (2.5 million U.S dollars).

Greek PM pledges "growth for all", outlining program with tax cuts, reforms

ATHENS, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday pledged "growth for all", outlining his government's economic policy for the next 12 months, which includes tax cuts and reforms to support development in the post-bailout era.

"Currently we not only have a vision, but also the plan for a better Greece," he said, addressing the opening ceremony at the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Greece's largest annual trade fair held in the northern port city.

2 Israelis arrested on suspicion of raping German teen

2 Sep 2019; MEMO: Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old German teen on the Greek island of Crete.

The two Israelis – a 29-year-old and 35-year-old man who have not been named – were arrested yesterday in Hersonissos, a popular tourist resort on the Greek island of Crete, after the German teen filed a complaint to local police.

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