Convicts tap their inner thespian
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Stage director Aikaterini Papageorgiou is set to open her second production with a theater workshop she helped set up at the Greek capital’s Korydallos Prison.

Erdogan puts his Hamas connection back in the limelight
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This week kicked off with Turkish President Erdogan stating that 1000 Hamas members were being treated in Turkey, a comment that Turkish officials tried to walk back, saw The Times report that Hamas may have been planning to establish a base in Turkey, and culminated with the Turkish leader suggesting that Israel would “set its sights” on Turkey if it defeated Hamas in Gaza.

Lanthimos’ ‘Kinds of Kindness’ premieres at Cannes
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Still fresh off the great success of “Poor Things,” Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos (second from right) and cast members Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Hong Chau, Jesse Plemons and Joe Alwyn pose on the red carpet during arrivals for the screening of the film “Kinds of Kindness” at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Friday.


Capturing the essence
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The awe-inspiring Kallimarmaro Stadium in Athens without spectators. “I’m not interested in the picturesque, touristic impression,” says landscape and architecture photographer Erieta Attali.

Holding Turkey accountable for the 2017 Sheridan Circle attack
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Andreas Akaras, an attorney with the law firm Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday who is part of the team representing the victims of the Sheridan Circle attacks, joins Thanos Davelis to look into the letter over 70 members of Congress sent to the Biden administration this week, urging it to hold Turkey accountable for the 2017 attack by Erdogan’s security guards against American protesters in Washington, DC.


India is their country, and Crete their home
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Kamanjit Singh arrived on the island of Crete from India 12 years ago to work. He remains on the island to this day and is one of about 1,000 members of the Indian community that has been established in two communities of the Rethymno region.

Reforming public healthcare with AI integration
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Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis (far left) speaks at the Ygeiamou conference in Athens on Wednesday, where Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasized his government’s commitment to enhancing the Greek public health system with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI).

20 years later: Revisiting the Annan Plan for Cyprus
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Endy Zemenides, the executive director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, joins Thanos Davelis to break down why the rejection of the Annan plan 20 years ago needs to be revisited, and its historic significance reconsidered. We also look into other regional developments – from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meeting with Turkish President Erdogan to the latest diplomatic crisis with North Macedonia.



North Macedonia’s new president triggers diplomatic spat with Greece
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North Macedonia’s new president, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, has sparked a diplomatic crisis with Greece following her decision during her swearing-in ceremony to refer to her country simply as “Macedonia” rather than the constitutional name “North Macedonia.” John Psaropoulos, an independent journalist based in Athens and Al Jazeera’s Southeast Europe correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis to look into this latest diplomatic spat and its broader implications for Athens, Skopje, the Prespes Agreement, and the region.

Europe’s radical right and the upcoming elections
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Alexandra Voudouri, Kathimerini’s Brussels correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis to look at the rise of the far right, how radical-right forces are already influencing European policies, and what it means for the future direction of Europe.


Flamingos make rest stop on long journey
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A flock of flamingo birds rest at the Nea Kios coastal wetland near the port of Nafplio in the Peloponnese on Saturday. World Migratory Bird Day, aimed at highlighting the need to protect migratory birds, is celebrated on the second Saturday of May. 

The griffin who wanted to be a lion
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Conservator Alexander Zokos carefully cleans the elaborate, oval ivory lid of a compass (jewelry box) found in the tomb of of a Bronze Age warrior (Griffin Warrior) at Pylos dated to around 1500 BC, and which was brought to light by archaeologists Sharon Stocker and Jack Davis of the University of Cincinnati in 2015.


Mt Lycabettus church slapped with fine
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The city planning department of the Municipality of Athens has imposed a fine of 1.26 million euros on the Church of Agios Isidoros on Lycabettus Hill in central Athens for illegal expansion into a forest area with arbitrary constructions.

Sidewalks, bus stops, Athens transport network banes
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Apart from its aging fleet of buses, a thorn in Athens’ urban transport is the network of stops where, in addition to problematic locations in several cases, there are broken canopies, damaged seats, tilted poles etc.

Is Erdogan facing a crisis of legitimacy?
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Expert Henri Barkey joins Thanos Davelis to look at what we should expect from Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan both at home and abroad as he looks to regain the initiative following his party’s sweeping defeat in the recent municipal elections.


Female choir captivates at ancient stoa
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The female vocal ensemble Chores performs under the direction of Greece’s Eurovision entry, Marina Satti, at the Stoa of Attalos in the Ancient Agora of Athens on Wednesday.

Turkey converts Chora into a mosque as USCIRF puts the spotlight on religious freedom
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Expert Tugba Tanyieri Erdemir joins Thanos Davelis to look at what the latest decision by Turkey’s government to convert the monastery of Chora, a former Byzantine church and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Istanbul, into a mosque will mean for the site, and look at the message it sends on religious freedom, especially in light of the latest USCIRF report.