Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A documentary about an Israeli human rights lawyer has won the top prize in its category at the Thessaloniki International Festival.
Greek court refuses to extradite dissident to Iran
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has refused to extradite to Iran an Iranian political dissident and Christian wanted in her country for alleged drugs-smuggling, citing fears that she...
Greek police find 4 children, 3 adults hidden in truck
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece say they found seven migrants — four of them children — hidden in a furniture truck whose driver allegedly had been paid to take them from...
AEK Athens coach Ouzounidis quits after draw against PAOK
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK Athens coach Marinos Ouzounidis resigned Tuesday with the defending Greek champions 14 points behind league leader PAOK Thessaloniki.
The 50-year-old coach and former national team defender quit two days after his team was held to a 1-1 draw at home by 10-man PAOK — saved from defeat by a late goal from AEK forward Ezequiel Ponce.
Greek farmers vow to keep up roadblocks despite court action
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Farmers blocking a key highway in Greece for a second day to demand tax cuts are vowing to keep up their protest despite a summons for leaders to appear in court for transport disruptions.
Protest leader Rizos Maroudas on Tuesday accused the left-wing government of seeking their prosecution to avoid the embarrassment of ordering their arrest.
He said he and another nine organizers have received summonses for inciting the blockades.
Greece: Anti-racism law invoked in Jewish memorial vandalism
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A prosecutor in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has ordered an urgent investigation into the destruction by unknown vandals of a local Jewish memorial.
Prosecutor Evangelos Zarkantzias instructed police Monday to treat the attack on a monument marking a former Jewish cemetery as a breach of Greece's laws against racism, which carry harsher penalties than ordinary vandalism.
Greek president, jeered by name deal foes, denounces Nazism
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — About 250 nationalist protesters gathered in Greece's second-largest city Sunday to denounce the ratification of a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia, jeering at "traitor politicians" as some public officials left a concert hall after an International Holocaust Remembrance Day performance.
Vandals smash Greek university’s memorial to Jewish cemetery
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A university in Greece's second-largest city says unknown vandals smashed a campus monument that marks the site of a former Jewish cemetery.
The University of Thessaloniki issued a statement on Friday condemning the significant damage inflicted on the marble monument overnight.
The centuries-old cemetery was razed during the German Nazi occupation, and the university was built on its site.
Greek police search more campuses amid letter scare
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have searched at least 10 more university and college buildings after letters containing white powder were sent to campuses around the country.
Passengers angry after flight to Greece diverted to Romania
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — For about 200 passengers, the flight from London to Thessaloniki in northern Greece took almost 24 hours.
Foggy conditions in Thessaloniki airport led Ryanair to divert the flight from London Stansted Airport to the city of Timisoara in western Romania, late Friday.
The Latest: Greek warehouse with 44 migrants brings arrests
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
Police in northern Greece have arrested a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman from Romania for alleged migrant trafficking.
Police in the city of Thessaloniki said the arrests happened on Tuesday morning as the two suspects left a warehouse where 44 migrants who allegedly crossed the Greece-Turkey border in small groups were being housed temporarily.
Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor Macedonia that would end a decades-long name dispute.
The protesters challenged a heavily patrolled police cordon late Friday in the northern city of Thessaloniki where left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to supporters in a televised address.
Greece: More than 100 people detained during rioting
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say more than 100 people were detained during rioting in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki following events marking the 10th anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager.
Police said Friday that 66 people were detained in Athens during the violence that began Thursday afternoon, with 13 of those arrested.
Another 15 people were arrested in Thessaloniki after 52 people who had been detained.
Greek court acquits 21 over raid on gold mining facilities
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Friday acquitted 21 people accused of raiding prospective gold mining facilities that some see as a welcome foreign investment but many local residents strongly oppose on environmental grounds.
About 40 masked people attacked the facilities at Skouries in the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece in February 2013. They allegedly assaulted security guards and set fire to machinery and offices.
Greek high school unrest amid fears of far-right resurgence
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Led by a horseman draped in a Greek flag, about 1,200 high school students marched through the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest government efforts to end a three-decade-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia.
Protesters waved Greek flags, shouted slogans and displayed banners against Macedonia — and against another two neighboring countries, Albania and Turkey — amid rising concern over school infiltration by nationalists and the extreme far-right.
Macedonia, Greece say progress made on school books talks
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Senior officials from Greece and neighbor Macedonia said Friday that progress has been made in talks to revise school books in the two countries as part of an effort to end hostility between the two countries.
The two Balkan countries are seeking to end decades of tension with an agreement that would see Greece's neighbor change its name to North Macedonia and both sides takes a series of actions aimed at refraining from hostile actions or rhetoric.
The Latest: 2 men stabbed, robbed in Greek migrant camp
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
Greek authorities say two migrants required hospital treatment after being robbed by other residents in an overcrowded camp in the north of the country.
Police said Tuesday the men, an Iranian and an Iraqi national, suffered stab wounds after being attacked in the Diavata camp for migrants west of Thessaloniki.
Greece: Police, anarchists mark 1973 uprising with clashes
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A march to the U.S. Embassy in Greece held Saturday for the anniversary of a fatally suppressed 1973 student uprising was mostly peaceful, while police officers and anarchists clashed in Athens and the next two next largest cities long after dark.
Woman killed after car carrying migrants in Greece crashes
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police say a woman died and another nine people injured when a car full of migrants who had illegally entered Greece crashed on a northern road.
The accident occurred some 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Thessaloniki Tuesday, shortly after the car, into which nine passengers had been squashed, drove through a police roadblock without stopping.
The Latest: Greece arrests 2 migrant traffickers
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Greek police say they have arrested two Pakistani migrant traffickers operating from Turkey.
Police nabbed the suspects, 23 and 26, on Friday as they carried nine migrants from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, across a river separating Greece and Turkey. The two suspects had just landed their small boat on the Greek side.
Van carrying migrants crashes; boy killed, 27 others injured
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say that a 4-year-old Iraqi boy has been killed and 27 others injured when a van carrying migrants struck a truck while fleeing police in northern Greece.
Police said Saturday that the two traffickers, including the 24-year-old Iraqi driver, were among the injured.
Greece: Tear gas fired at protest of Albania police shooting
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have set off tear gas and flash grenades during a rally to protest the fatal police shooting of a man in Albania.
Albanian police shot Greek-Albanian dual citizen Constantinos Katsifas over the weekend, saying he opened fire on officers at an ethnic Greek village.
The Greek government has urged Albania to provide more information. Katsifas' death has prompted several protests, mostly by supporters of Greek far-right political groups.
Greek, Italian presidents attend WWII commemoration parade
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday attended Greece's annual military parade commemorating Greece's entry into World War II — against Italy.
Mattarella appeared at the parade in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, at the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who later hailed his counterpart's presence.
PAOK fan given suspended sentence for assault
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A PAOK Thessaloniki soccer fan has been given a suspended 12-month jail sentence for assaulting Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia, an act which cost the northern Greek club the game and a three-point deduction last season.
A court in Thessaloniki found the 26-year-old man guilty of causing bodily harm to Garcia, who was hit in the face by a roll of paper thrown from the stands during warmups. The defendant was also banned from attending PAOK matches for two years.
The Latest: 11 migrants, trafficker injured in Greece crash
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Greek police say 11 migrants and one trafficker have been injured when the SUV that was carrying them at high speed overturned on a highway in northern Greece.
Police say the car, which was carrying the migrants from the border with Turkey toward Thessaloniki, had previously not stopped at a police checkpoint, but there was no chase.
The car caught fire but all occupants managed to get out.
The Latest: Spain says 3 migrants dead, 17 missing at sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Spain's maritime rescue service says it has recovered the bodies of three migrants but feared that another 17 were missing in the Mediterranean Sea.
11 killed in crash of car carrying migrants in Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A speeding car carrying migrants collided with a truck in northern Greece on Saturday, killing 11 people, police said.
Ten of the victims were believed to be migrants who crossed into the Greece from Turkey. The 11th person was the car's driver and a suspected migrant smuggler, police said.
The Latest: Cyprus picks up 21 Syrians from drifting boat
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
Cyprus authorities say 21 Syrian migrants were picked up from a boat that was drifting off the Mediterranean island's southeastern tip.
Police said a merchant vessel spotted the smaller boat south of Cape Greco on Monday morning and notified Cypriot authorities.
A police patrol boat was dispatched to pick up the people on the drifting boat and to take them to the port in Larnaca for processing.
Migrants seeking winter shelter overwhelm northern Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Several hundred asylum-seekers camped outside a police station Monday in northern Greece, lining up to be arrested and formally processed as a surge in illegal migration overwhelmed authorities in the region.
After sleeping on benches and patches of grass in a central square in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, the migrants formed a line outside the police station, seeking a place at a migrant camp before the winter.
Greece imports referees as fix for soccer violence
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — When Greek league rivals AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki met last season, a disallowed goal late in the match — which was, finally, allowed — threw the sport into chaos.
PAOK's owner stormed onto the field in protest with a gun strapped to his belt, the league was suspended for two weeks, and FIFA forced Greece to make a series of urgent reforms or face expulsion from international competition.
Europa League wins for Chelsea, Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla
Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.
Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.
2 Chelsea fans attacked in Greece before Europa League game
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say two Chelsea fans were injured in an attack by suspected local fans ahead of a Europe League match at PAOK Thessaloniki.
Police say the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki shortly before dawn Thursday. An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to the hospital.
The three assailants escaped and police said the Chelsea fans did not wish to press charges.
Greece: Violence at rallies to mark rapper’s killing
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Violence has broken out at rallies in several Greek cities organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the killing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas that triggered a crackdown against the extreme right political party Golden Dawn.
Clashes between protesters and police occurred near Athens and in the cities of Patras and Thessaloniki, where groups of protesters challenged police cordons, hurling rocks, bottles and firebombs.
Migrants injured crossing Greece-Turkey border
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Three migrants were injured when the truck in which they were riding with 38 others crashed through a fence in Greece and collided with a parked car outside a town near the Greece-Turkey border, police said Sunday.
Police said the truck's 27-year-old Afghan driver was arrested after the accident outside Didymoticho on Saturday. They alleged he failed to stop at a police checkpoint before the truck ended up in a home's front yard.
Prime minister says Greece back on road to economic recovery
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras painted an optimistic vision Saturday night of a Greece that has emerged from eight years of financial austerity imposed by creditors and is on the road to economic recovery.
Laying out his economic program for the coming year in a speech at Greece's largest trade fair, Tsipras said he will seek to keep lowering the unemployment rate that peaked at nearly 28 percent in 2013, raise wages and cut some taxes.
The Latest: Multiple protests converge at Greece trade fair
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on an international trade fair in Greece: (all times local):
Police in northern Greece have clashed briefly with extreme left protesters outside an international trade fair where the prime minister is hosting the commerce secretary of the United States.
Riot police use tear gas as Greeks protest
The Latest: Macedonia detains 14 migrants, smuggling suspect
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Macedonian police say they have detained a 41-year old man accused of smuggling 14 migrants found crammed into a car that was stopped after a highway chase in the south of the country near the Greek border.
Police say they have detained 11 Afghan and three Pakistani nationals. The smuggling suspect also has been held for questioning under a 30-day detention order.
Greek police rescue 60 migrants dumped on northern highway
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in northern Greece have rescued 60 Iraqi migrants, including 27 children, found walking along a major highway after a smuggling truck dumped them far from their destination.
Police said the migrants, who had illegally entered Greece through the land border with Turkey, were found on Tuesday 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Thessaloniki.
Earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 jolts central Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a provisional magnitude of 5.0 has shaken towns in central Greece. Police say there are no immediate reports of any serious damage or injury.
The Department of Geophysics at the University of Thessaloniki said the quake occurred at 10:12 a.m. local time (0812GMT) 25 kilometers (15 miles) outside the central Greek city of Karditsa.
Greece: Suspected burglar dies in fall from 6th-floor window
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki say a 43-year-old man was killed while allegedly committing a burglary on Saturday night.
The city's police said Sunday that the man allegedly broke into a 6th-floor warehouse at around 10 p.m. and stole a pneumatic drill. They think he tried to get out through a window, but slipped and landed on a metal awning on the first floor.
9 teenage migrants detained over riot in Greek facility
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have detained nine teenagers in a hostel for unaccompanied migrants, following a riot over allegedly poor food and internet services at the facility.
Police said the trouble broke out Monday in the hostel in the eastern Thessaloniki district of Pylaia, where 30 unaccompanied minors live.
They said residents set fire to their mattresses and caused extensive damage to the facility.
2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two Greek soldiers freed after months in a Turkish prison returned to their home country by government jet early Wednesday after their unexpected release eased tensions between the neighbors and historical rivals.
Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he phoned his Turkish counterpart to express his satisfaction with the soldiers' release and invite him to visit Greece.
The Latest: 2 soldiers now in Greece after Turkey freed them
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the release from a Turkish prison of two Greek soldiers (all times local):
3:30 a.m. Wednesday
A government jet carrying two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison has landed in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
5 PAOK fans hurt by hooligans before Basel match
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss police say five fans of Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki were hurt in an attack by local hooligans at a hotel in Basel.
The incident on Wednesday came hours before Thessaloniki beat FC Basel 3-0 in a Champions League qualifying match, eliminating the Swiss team 5-1 on aggregate.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A panel of senior judges in Greece has accepted a new Russian extradition request for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik, further complicating an international legal battle surrounding the 38-year-old computer expert.
The court in the northern city of Thessaloniki ruled in favor of the Russian request Monday.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek court agreed Friday to extradite a Russian cybercrime suspect to France, a decision the Russian government protested and which could further sour relations between the two countries after Greece expelled two Russian diplomats.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A former mayor of Greece's second-largest city has been convicted of money laundering related to the embezzlement of city funds and sentenced to eight years in prison.
The court verdict on Friday was the second conviction for Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, a former sprinting champion who was mayor of Thessaloniki from 1999 to 2010.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister has hosted a regional summit of four Balkan countries in the northern city of Thessaloniki, amid peaceful protests against a deal for neighboring Macedonia to change its name.
Alexis Tsipras met Wednesday with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the prime ministers of Romania and Bulgaria, Viorica Dancila and Boyko Borissov.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Russian authorities have sent a new extradition request to Greece for a Russian cybercrime suspect also sought on criminal charges by the U.S. and France.
Alexander Vinnik, 38, a former bitcoin platform operator, was informed of the new Russian request by Thessaloniki court officials Wednesday, and is not contesting it.
Russia initially sought Vinnik on lesser fraud charges. The new request raises the amount allegedly involved to 750 million rubles ($12 million).