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Greek government faces confidence vote after botched blizzard response
Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras files censure motion, also citing poor handling of wildfires and pandemic

Helena Smith in Athens

27, Jan, 2022 @5:50 PM

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Greek PM faces blizzard of anger as thousands stranded in Athens snow
Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologises as drivers are trapped on motorway, schools close and power is cut

Helena Smith in Athens

26, Jan, 2022 @4:55 PM

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Greek government blamed for hunger crisis in refugee camps
Aid charity says 6,000 people, many of whom are children, believed to have no food allowance due to cuts in service

Helena Smith in Athens

24, Jan, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Greece receives six French fighter jets as part of €11.5bn military overhaul
Government has announced a seven-fold increase in defence spending amid tensions with Turkey over gas reserves

Helena Smith in Athens

19, Jan, 2022 @4:53 PM

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Greece to step up Parthenon marbles pressure amid signs tide is turning
Campaign for British Museum to return antiquities boosted by support from the Times newspaper

Helena Smith in Athens

18, Jan, 2022 @2:12 PM

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UK reports 109,133 new cases and 335 deaths; Omicron becomes dominant variant in Germany – as it happened
UK cases and deaths down on the previous day; variant now accounts for 73.3% of cases in Germany compared with 44.3% seven days ago

Samantha Lock (now); Harry Taylor , Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach and Martin Belam (earlier)

14, Jan, 2022 @12:49 AM

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Rising anger with Turkey drives calls for reunification in crisis-hit northern Cyprus
With the economy in freefall and allegations of political interference, people have taken to the streets to advocate for federal future

Helena Smith in North Nicosia

09, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Dozens of refugees believed dead after boat sinks in Greek waters
Coastguard says survivors unlikely in incident that comes days after more than 160 people drowned off Libyan coast

Helena Smith in Athens

22, Dec, 2021 @5:56 PM

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Calls for femicide to become separate crime in Greece mount as two more women killed
‘It has to be recognised as a term and as a crime’, says government opposition, after unprecedented number of women murdered by partners

Helena Smith in Athens

21, Dec, 2021 @11:47 AM

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Coronavirus live: US Covid deaths reach new high; Omicron poses threat – as it happened
Moderna chief cautions against assumptions Omicron is milder than Delta; Pfizer says pill cut hospitalisation and deaths in high-risk patients

Léonie Chao-Fong (now); Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

15, Dec, 2021 @2:15 AM

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Pope castigates Europe over migration crisis during return to Lesbos
Francis says fear, indifference and cynical disregard continue to condemn people to death at sea

Helena Smith in Athens

05, Dec, 2021 @4:47 PM

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Pope Francis criticises Europe’s divided response to migration crisis
Pontiff uses visit to Greece to highlight plight of migrants and refugees, and voice concern over threat to democracy

Helena Smith in Athens

04, Dec, 2021 @8:04 PM

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