Hours after EU deal, Turkey rounds up 1,300 migrants bound for Greece


AYVACIK, Turkey Turkish authorities rounded up some 1,300 migrants on Monday that they said were planning to sail to Greece from hideouts near secluded Aegean beaches and forests, hours after striking a deal with the European Union on stemming refugee flows.

Greek-Turkish Twitter dogfight started in error: official

ATHENS Greece and Turkey fought a brief dogfight on Twitter over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane due to an error by an aide in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office, a Greek official said on Monday.

World, Russia, Turkey, 30 Nov 2015

Latvia urges Greece to tighten border to ease refugee crisis

RIGA The president of Latvia has urged Greece to demonstrate a "changed attitude" on border security to stem a flow of migrants, but sees no need to re-erect Europe's internal frontiers in response to the refugee crisis or Paris attacks.

Greek PM fails to get opposition backing on pension reform

ATHENS Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to secure the backing of Greek opposition parties on Saturday for tough pension reforms the country has promised to submit by December under its international bailout.

World, 28 Nov 2015

Police, migrants clash on Macedonia border; soldiers build fence

IDOMENI, Greece Police in Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out. | Video

World, Migrant Crisis 28 Nov 2015

Stranded migrants try to storm into Macedonia, tear down fence

IDOMENI, Greece Hundreds of Moroccans, Algerians and Pakistanis tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the crossing and demanding to be allowed to carry on into northern Europe. | Video

Special Report: Greek shipowners talk up their role to protect tax breaks

PIRAEUS, Greece On the day he took office as Greece's shipping minister in June 2012, Kostis Moussouroulis received a visit from a 90-year-old shipowner. He still remembers the older man's words: "Don't forget, the best minister of shipping and maritime affairs is the minister who is doing nothing for the shipping industry. He is the one who is leaving us alone." | Video

U.N. decries Balkans border curbs on refugees; arrivals in Greece fall

GENEVA The United Nations on Tuesday condemned new restrictions on refugees that have left around 1,000 migrants stuck at the main border crossing into Macedonia from Greece, denied entry due to their nationalities in violation of international law.

Bomb blast in central Athens damages Cypriot Embassy

ATHENS A bomb exploded outside the offices of a Greek business federation in central Athens on Tuesday, badly damaging the nearby Cypriot Embassy but causing no injuries, police officials said. | Video

World, 24 Nov 2015

Stranded migrants block railway, call hunger strike

IDOMENI, Greece Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greeceā€™s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. | Video

World, Migrant Crisis, 23 Nov 2015