NEWS Migration

Greece can handle volume of migrant arrivals, minister says

“Sixty-thousand migrants and refugees is not such a huge number,” Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Skai TV Friday, saying that Greece could easily handle the volume of arrivals “if we didn’t... distribute them between only 200 of the country’s 354 municipalities.”

NEWS Politics

Tsipras hedges bets on outcome of TV tender, TIF, education bill

Legislation on private education, the television license tender and the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) are the three issues that in the coming days will top the agenda of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is banking on their successful outcome to offset lagging poll numbers and the expected outcry over tax hikes and spending cuts this fall.

NEWS Fires

Four injured in large fires on island of Chios

Two major fires engulfed forested areas in the northern part of the island of Chios Friday – barely a month after a blaze burnt large tracts of mastic tree plantations in the island’s southern part – injuring four people in the village of Sidirounta, which was evacuated.

NEWS Crime

Three arrested for blackmail on Crete

Police in the town of Rethymno on Crete have arrested a 68-year-old man and two accomplices for allegedly blackmailing a woman, 34, and a man, 38, on two separate occasions with the threat of violence, and extracting a total of 40,000 euros from them.

NEWS Earthquake

Light tremor hits Evia, Skyros

An 4.1 magnitude quake with its epicenter in the sea between the islands of Evia and Skyros rattled surrounding areas and was felt as far as Athens on Friday.

NEWS Crime

Three arrested for robbing cabbies

A gang that robbed tax drivers in Megara, west of Athens, was broken up Friday by police who arrested three people, aged 18, 20 and 27, and are searching for a 22-year-old accomplice.



Honorary event for Olympic team

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos chats with swimmer Spyros Gianniotis, a silver medalist in Rio, during an official reception to honor Greece’s Olympic team at the Presidential Mansion Thursday. The event was marred by controversy after 19-year-old shooter Anna Korakaki, who won two of Greece’s six medals, including one gold, said she had not been invited to the event. [Alexandros Vlachos/ANA-MPA]