Alexandros Avramidis

Greece's Mount Athos elders trust God and science to protect them from COVID

Nov 23 2021

MOUNT ATHOS, Greece In the chapel of a monastery on Greece's Mount Athos, Father Makarios read the gospel while conducting a liturgy as he waited for his anti-coronavirus vaccination. | Video

EU border agency trials high tech controls as Afghan fighting spreads

Aug 13 2021

ALEXANDROUPOLIS, Greece The EU's border agency is trialling new high-tech surveillance equipment to detect migrant boats, just as rapid gains by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have raised the prospect of a surge in people fleeing to Europe.

Greek metalworking firm offers workers cash bonus for COVID-19 vaccinations

Jul 09 2021

ATHENS, July 9 A Greek metalworking company is offering workers a 500 euro ($593) bonus to get vaccinated against COVID-19, worried that fresh infections could derail a boom in orders as the economy starts to pick up following the first wave of the pandemic.

Nightclub taxi drives away the blues in lockdown Greece

Jan 15 2021

THESSALONIKI, Greece Greek taxi driver Konstantinos Bekio is doing his bit to lift his passengers' spirits amid the gloom of coronavirus lockdown, turning his cab into a nightclub complete with strobe lights and music. | Video

Doctors in northern Greece warn hospitals at breaking point

Nov 12 2020

THESSALONIKI A surge in coronavirus infections in Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki is pushing the hospital system to its limits, doctors at a medical facility say, as the second wave of the pandemic takes a toll.

Student with disabilities conquers Greece's highest peak

Oct 16 2020

DRAMA, Greece A Greek university student with disabilities has achieved her lifelong ambition of reaching the summit of Mount Olympus, Greece's highest peak strapped to the back of a friend.

Migrant stowaways ride Greek freight trains seeking escape to north

Sep 12 2019

THESSALONIKI, Greece The unassuming freight train rumbles across the countryside in northern Greece, but a moving shadow cast on the ground reveals human figures hiding between its wagons.

At least seven killed as freak storm lashes Greek resorts

Jul 11 2019

NEA PLAGIA, Greece At least seven people, including six tourists, were killed and more than 100 others injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops. | Video

Voracious beetle kills swathes of Greek forest

Jun 21 2019

THESSALONIKI, Greece Greek authorities are felling large parts of a forest because of a seemingly unstoppable beetle munching its way through trees.

Greek police fire tear gas at migrants as border convoy grows

Apr 05 2019

ATHENS/DIAVATA, Greece Greek police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse migrants who had gathered in a field near the country's border with Northern Macedonia in the hope of making their way illegally up through the Balkans toward northern Europe. | Video

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