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Greece says Turkey is being 'petty' over Hagia Sophia


ATHENS Greece on Tuesday described Turkey's decision to convert the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to a mosque as "unnecessary and petty" and called for tougher European Union action over Ankara's gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean.

Greece condemns Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

ATHENS Greece condemned a decision by Turkey on Friday to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, saying it would have repercussions not only on relations between the two countries, but on Turkey's ties with the European Union.

World, Turkey, Jul 10 2020

Greece toughens rules for visitors at Bulgarian border

ATHENS Greece will allow in visitors through its border with Bulgaria only if they show a negative COVID-19 test, the government said on Friday, as it tries to contain the spread of the disease during the peak tourism season.

World, Jul 10 2020

Greece passes law regulating demonstrations, thousands march in Athens

ATHENS Greece’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday regulating street demonstrations as thousands marched through central Athens to denounce the new law.

World, Jul 09 2020

Greek researchers say close to launching own, cheaper COVID-19 test

ATHENS Researchers in Greece say they are close to launching a molecular test to detect COVID-19 which could provide a cheaper alternative to imported kits and uninterrupted access to supplies.

Health, World, Jul 09 2020

Greece steps up distancing checks after party scenes

ATHENS Greece will step up spot checks to ensure the public and businesses stick to social-distancing rules, authorities said on Thursday, saying people were lowering their guard too soon after the COVID-19 lockdown.

World, Health, Jul 09 2020

Greek government seeks curbs on right to protest, unions push back

ATHENS Public sector workers walked off their jobs on Wednesday in defence of Greeks' right to protest, as lawmakers began debating a government bill to place restrictions on the country's frequent street demonstrations.

World, Jul 08 2020

Greece relocates group of young refugees to Portugal

ATHENS Greece moved 25 unaccompanied minors from overcrowded migrant camps to Portugal on Tuesday as part of a relocation programme to EU countries.

World, Jul 07 2020

Greek PM on Erdogan: At least I can pick up the phone now

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday he felt more comfortable picking up the phone to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan since an ice-breaking call in June.

World, Jul 07 2020

British PM's father defends trip to Greece despite COVID-19 advisory

LONDON The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday defended his decision to fly to Greece even though at that time the government advice was for UK nationals to avoid all but essential international travel.

World, Jul 04 2020