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Illegal Migrant Sea Crossings to Europe in 2018 Break 55,000

Migrant sea crossings to Europe in 2018 have broken 55,000, with Spain outstripping Italy and Greece as the number one point of arrival for the first time following the installation of a Socialist government in Madrid.

Burned cars are collected together at an old soccer field in Rafina, as clean-up operations get underway following a deadly wildfire in the area east of Athens, Thursday, July 26, 2018. Rescuers intensified a grim house-to-house search Wednesday for more casualties from a deadly forest fire outside Athens, as the …

Greek Opposition Slams Government Response to Wildfires; 85 Dead, Arson Suspected

The administration of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing intense criticism for its response to deadly wildfires that killed 85 people at last count. The opposition accused the Tsipras government of incompetence and arrogance, while the government blamed illegal construction in the affected areas and suggested terrorists might have set the fires.

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PICS: Death Toll Rises as Wildfires Ravage Greek Coast

RAFINA, Greece (AP) — The death toll from twin wildfires that raged through Greek seaside areas looked set to increase to around 50 Tuesday after rescue crews reported finding the bodies of more than 20 people huddled closely together near a beach northeast of the capital, Athens.

Greece's northern province of Macedonia was the cradle of Alexander the Great's empire and is a source of intense pride for modern-day Greeks

Greece, Russia Expel Diplomats over Macedonia Controversy

A Greek diplomatic source told Reuters on Wednesday that Greece will expel two Russian diplomats “suspected of meddling in the politically sensitive issue of Macedonia.” Greek media later said that up to four people might be expelled. Russia has threatened to retaliate in kind, creating one of the most serious breaches to date between the two countries.

The preliminary agreement to change Macedonia's name was signed by both sides earlier this month

Macedonia Name Deal Going Nowhere Fast in Greece

The deal struck by the Greek and Macedonian prime ministers to end the 30-year argument over what the Macedonian republic should be called is making little progress through the Greek government. On Tuesday, an influential member of the governing political coalition announced he was ready to bring the entire government down if the name deal moves forward.

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Macedonia Name Deal Could Topple Greek Government

The 30-year battle between Greece and Macedonia over what the Republic of Macedonia should be called appeared to conclude on Tuesday with an agreement to add the word “North” to its name. Unfortunately, the Greek opposition promptly filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while the Macedonian president declared he has no intention of signing the deal his own prime minister negotiated.

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Turkey Suspends Migrant Deal with Greece

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has suspended a bilateral agreement with Greece allowing Athens to return migrants to Turkey, in retaliation for Greece’s failure to extradite eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after Turkey’s failed 2016 military coup.

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Lesbos: Europe’s Migrant Barrier Nears Breaking Point

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — At the heart of Moria, an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, is a dark rectangular building ringed with police guards and coils of razor wire. Taking photographs of it is prohibited.

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Jewish Headstones Smashed in Athens Cemetery

Unknown assailants destroyed several Jewish headstones in a cemetery in a southwestern suburb of Athens, Greek police said Saturday, announcing they would launch an investigation.

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In Greek City, Middle Eastern Migrants Line Up… to Get Arrested

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Several hundred refugees and migrants have gathered outside a police station in Greece’s second largest city, waiting for hours to be formally arrested in order to gain temporary residence in the European Union country.

In this April 20, 2015 file photo, municipality workers walk past a billboard showing pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on display during a two-day visit by the Chinese president to launch an ambitious $45 billion economic corridor …

China: Western Political Parties Have Been ‘Kidnapped By Votes’

China’s Communist Party paper People’s Daily Online published a superficially hilarious critique of democracy on Tuesday in which “experts” complain that “Western political parties are nowadays being kidnapped by votes.” Underneath the shocking revelation that politicians don’t always keep their campaign promises is a more serious critique of democracy as hypocritical, inefficient, and more difficult to purge of corruption than modern Chinese Communism.

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Turkey Threatens to Sink Italian Oil Vessel Off Cyprus

The government of Cyprus has accused the Turkish military of threatening to sink an oil and natural gas exploration vessel doing exploratory work off the Cypriot coast. The vessel, the Saipem 12000 charted by the Italian firm Eni, was previously blockaded by Turkish warships on

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Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece and Seize Aegean Islands

Turkey is already involved in a military incursion into Syria and might be on the verge of a full-scale conflict with the Syrian government, or even a confrontation with U.S. forces, but the Turkish ruling party is also surprisingly enthusiastic about invading Greece. Even some Turkish politicians are hot for a war with Greece they believe they would easily win.