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Greece to tear down illegal buildings after killer blaze


ATHENS Greece will demolish thousands of illegal buildings in response to the death of dozens of people who were unable to escape a maze of poorly planned streets in the country's worst wildfire disaster.

Russia expels Greek diplomats in retaliatory move

MOSCOW Russia said on Monday it had summoned Greece's ambassador to Moscow and told him it was responding in kind to what it called an unfriendly decision by Athens to expel two Russian diplomats.

World, Russia, Aug 06 2018

At peak of European heatwave, Portugal battles wildfire, power outage

LISBON More than 740 firefighters battled a forest fire in southern Portugal on Saturday as temperatures climbed to near record highs in the Iberian Peninsula amid a Europe-wide heatwave that has brought drought and wildfires from Greece to Sweden. | Video

Environment, World, Aug 04 2018

Greek civil protection minister resigns after killer wildfire

ATHENS Greek Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas resigned on Friday in the wake of a wildfire last month that killed 88 people and led to widespread criticism of the government for its handling of the disaster.

World, Aug 03 2018

Pace of migrant arrivals in Greece via land from Turkey quickens: agency

ATHENS More than 10,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece from Turkey through the northern Evros river crossing in the first half of 2018, a non governmental organization said on Thursday, a quicker pace of arrivals compared to 2017.

World, Turkey, Aug 02 2018

After Greek fire kills scores, politicians' gloves come off

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused the opposition on Tuesday of exploiting one of the country's worst ever natural disasters in a deepening political row over the deaths of at least 91 people in a fire.

Environment, World, Jul 31 2018

Greek PM meets survivors in fire-stricken town as families mourn dead

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met survivors of a wildfire that killed at least 91 people during his first visit to the town of Mati on Monday, as rescue teams kept recovering bodies and families mourned their dead. | Video

Environment, World, Jul 31 2018

Macedonia sets Sept. 30 for referendum on name deal with Greece

SKOPJE The Macedonian parliament on Monday set Sept. 30 as the date for a referendum on NATO and EU membership bids and on its agreement with Greece on the country's name.

World, Jul 30 2018

Greek seaside town remembers lives lost to wildfire

MATI, Greece Mourners gathered in a church in the Greek coastal town of Mati on Sunday where they wept and lit candles in memory of those killed when a massive wildfire swept through the popular resort near Athens earlier this week.

World, Jul 29 2018

Greece to start burying wildfire victims, government facing criticism

ATHENS Greece will this weekend begin burying the victims of a devastating wildfire near Athens which killed at least 88 people, and has prompted criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.

World, Environment, Jul 28 2018