5.1-magnitude quake shakes Athens, no serious injuries, major damages

ATHENS, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The Greek state mechanism has been put on alert and there was no cause for alarm, Greek officials said after an earthquake measuring 5.1 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Athens on Friday.

No serious injuries or major damages were reported and Acropolis and other treasures in museums and archaeological sites were intact, officials said, as several aftershocks measuring 3 to 4.4 have been recorded by scientists.

Alleged migrant smugglers arrested on Greek islands

19 July 2019; DW: Greek police have arrested 15 people suspected of facilitating migrant smuggling on two Greek islands. There are reports they charged up to €6,000 to make false travel documents.

State officials said on Thursday they detained people allegedly forming part of the two groups on the islands of Samos and Kos.

Six individuals, who are reported to include a security official working at Kos airport, were taken into custody this week.

Oldest human remains outside Africa found in Europe: researchers

11 July 2019; DW: More than 200,000 years old, skull fragments found in Greece show Homo sapiens reached Europe from Africa much earlier than previously known. The findings may upend theories about migration from the cradle of humankind.

Researchers at the University of Tübingen and the University of Athens on Wednesday said they identified the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa.

Several killed in heavy storms in northern Greece

11 July 2019; DW: At least six people have been killed and dozens more have been injured after tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit the Halkidiki peninsula. The victims, including two children, were tourists visiting Greece.

At least six people died and many more were injured in storms that hit northern Greece, state broadcaster ERT reported early on Thursday.

Tourists from the Czech Republic, Romania and Russia were among those who died in the storms. Two of the victims were children.

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

9 July 2019; AFP: Greece's new conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in Monday after a sweeping election victory put him in charge of the EU's most indebted member with promises to end a decade of economic crisis.

"The Greek people gave us a strong mandate to change Greece. We will honour it to the full," the 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant said after taking his oath of office in a televised ceremony, his wife and three children close by.

Greece creditors say no changes in bailout terms for new PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s bailout creditors on Monday bluntly rejected calls from the country’s new conservative government to ease draconian budget conditions agreed as part of its rescue program.

Conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Monday, a day after his resounding election victory on campaign pledges to cut taxes and negotiate new terms with international lenders.

Euro area finance ministers meeting hours later in Brussels said key targets already agreed with Athens would not be changed.

Conservative party wins Greek election, ousts left-wing PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis comfortably won Greece’s parliamentary elections Sunday, delivering a stinging blow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after a tumultuous four years in office as the country struggled through a crippling financial crisis.

With more than 90% of votes counted, Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party had 39.8% of the votes, compared to 31.5% for Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party.

Greek election front-runner keeps campaign unusually low-key

LAVRIO, Greece (AP) — On an exhaustive tour of Greece’s blue collar towns and city suburbs, Kyriakos Mitsotakis has a spring in his step. It’s no wonder - he’s the overwhelming favorite to become the country’s next prime minister as the unlikely heir of a powerful political family.

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