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Greece's Economy Is Rising Like a Phoenix

Companies and tourists are pouring money in again

(Newser) - If you assumed Greece had yet to recover from the financial pummeling it took a decade ago, you'd be mostly wrong. The New York Times provides an updated economic picture of the country that "nearly broke the eurozone" with its three international bailouts over the years between 2010...

Crew Pushes Man Trying to Board Ferry Into Water

Greek government expresses shock at passenger's death

(Newser) - A Greek island ferry captain and three of his crew faced homicide charges Wednesday over the death of a tardy passenger who was pushed by crew members into the sea as he tried to force his way onto the departing vessel in the country's main port of Piraeus. The...

After Wall of Fire, Greece Finds 18 Bodies

They might have been migrants

(Newser) - Firefighters found the bodies of 18 people while scouring the area of a major wildfire in northeastern Greece burning out of control for a fourth day Tuesday. Authorities were examining whether the group might have been migrants who entered the country through the nearby border with Turkey, per the AP...

Tourists Who Had to Flee Fires Offered Freebie Vacation

PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis promises them a free week next spring or fall

(Newser) - The vacationers who had to be evacuated from the Greek island of Rhodes due to wildfires have been invited back—on the government's dime. The BBC reports that while Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis didn't specify how the free week would take shape or how impacted tourists could claim...

Plane Fighting Greek Wildfire Crashes

Both pilots were killed in island crash

(Newser) - A Greek air force water-dropping plane crashed while diving into a wildfire in southern Greece on Tuesday, killing both pilots, as authorities battled blazes that have been raging for days across the country amid a return of heat wave temperatures. Summer wildfires blamed on climate change have also struck other...

Two Irish Teens Die Separately on Same Greek Island

One fell, the other collapsed after hearing news of his friend

(Newser) - Two Irish teenagers celebrating graduation with their fellow classmates on a Greek island died hours apart in separate incidents, reports the Irish Examiner . Andrew O'Donnell and Max Wall were both 18 and celebrating the end of the equivalent of high school with friends on the island of Ios. O'...

Greeks Give Conservatives Votes to Form Government

Opposition called vote critical to democracy, but economy also concerned voters

(Newser) - Greece's conservative New Democracy party won a landslide victory in the country's second election in five weeks Sunday, official projections based on early returns showed, gaining enough parliamentary seats to form a government for a second four-year term. Kyriakos Mitsotakis' party is projected to win 40.5% of...

Greece Suffers One of Its 'Biggest Migrant Tragedies'
750 People Aboard,
Only 104 Rescues

750 People Aboard, Only 104 Rescues

The BBC reports that up to 100 migrant children were on vessel that sank off the coast of Greece

(Newser) - The full scope of the tragedy after a fishing vessel packed with migrants sank this week off the coast of Greece is not yet clear, but the current death toll of 78 looks certain to rise. The BBC reports 750 were aboard, including up to 100 children. (However, estimates on...

Billionaire Forced to Give Up World's Priciest Ancient Coin

Gold 'Eid Mar' coin, which sold for $4.2M in 2020, was looted, fraudulently sold

(Newser) - The world's most expensive ancient coin—one commemorating the murder of Julius Caesar, minted by the very Brutus who betrayed him—has been seized from its US buyer and repatriated to Greece. The "extraordinarily rare" coin, one of only three gold versions known to exist, and 28 other...

Raid Turns Up What Could Be a Precious Painting

If the unknown Jackson Pollock work is authentic, it could be worth $54M

(Newser) - A previously unknown painting by Jackson Pollock, worth upwards of $54 million, has been found during a raid on alleged international art smugglers. The painting turned up in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia during an operation targeting an organized criminal group known to operate across Greece, per Art News . Five...

Vatican Giving Up Parthenon Pieces It Has Held for Centuries

The move ratchets up pressure on the British Museum to do the same

(Newser) - The Vatican and Greece finalized a deal Tuesday for the return of three sculpture fragments from the Parthenon that have been in the collection of the Vatican Museums for two centuries, the latest case of a Western museum bowing to demands for restitution. The Vatican has termed the return an...

Audio Reveals Directive for Train Driver to Blow Red Light

'Go, go,' urged stationmaster who's since been arrested after Greek train crash that killed 57

(Newser) - The death toll from Tuesday's train crash in Greece rose to 57 as of Thursday, and Greek rail workers went on strike to protest working conditions and what they say is an outdated rail system. Now, a new development: dispatch audio in which one of the drivers of the...

Greek Rail Workers Strike After Crash Kills 43

They're protesting working conditions, lack of modernization

(Newser) - Rescuers using cranes and heavy machinery on Thursday searched the wreckage of trains involved in a deadly collision that sent Greece into national mourning and prompted strikes and protests over rail safety. The death toll from Wednesday's head-on crash involving a passenger train and freight train remained at 43...

After Horrific Train Crash, an Arrest and a Resignation

Station manager charged with manslaughter by negligence

(Newser) - There's nothing left of the front two carriages of a passenger train that collided with a freight train near Tempe, Greece, on Tuesday. The cars, which caught fire, are "completely destroyed," the BBC reports, adding it's unclear how many people died. The death toll stands at...

At Least 16 Killed in Greece Train Crash
29 Dead, 85 Hurt in
Greece Train Disaster

29 Dead, 85 Hurt in Greece Train Disaster

'This is a terrible night ... It’s hard to describe the scene'

(Newser) - This story has been updated with the most recent death toll. A passenger train collided with an oncoming freight train in northern Greece early Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring at least 85, Fire Service officials said. Multiple train cars derailed and at least three caught fire after the crash...

Constantine, Last King of Greece, Dies
Constantine, Last
King of Greece, Dies

Constantine, Last King of Greece, Dies

Country abolished monarchy in 1973

(Newser) - Constantine, the former and last king of Greece, who won an Olympic gold medal before becoming entangled in his country's volatile politics in the 1960s as king and spent decades in exile, has died. He was 82. Doctors at the private Hygeia Hospital in Athens confirmed to the AP...

Greek Monastery Holds 25K Ancient Ottoman Manuscripts

They're now being studied for the first time

(Newser) - Deep inside the medieval fortified Pantokrator Monastery in the Mount Athos monastic Orthodox Christian community, researchers are for the first time tapping a virtually unknown treasure—thousands of Ottoman-era manuscripts that include the oldest of their kind in the world. The libraries of the self-governed community, established more than 1,...

1.8K-Year-Old Hercules Statue Unearthed From 'Small Rome'

Statue of the demigod unearthed in ancient Greek metropolis of Philippi

(Newser) - A larger-than-life statue of the mythical hero Hercules has been discovered hiding in the ancient Greek metropolis of Philippi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Researchers with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki uncovered the classical statue, dating back 1,800 years to the Roman period, during excavations on a main street...

Lightning Kills Runner 9 Hours Into Trail Race
The Race Started at 7pm.
At 4am, Tragedy Struck

The Race Started at 7pm. At 4am, Tragedy Struck

The 55-year-old was racing up a Greek mountain at night when lightning hit

(Newser) - Lightning struck Sunday during a nighttime trail race up a Greek mountain, killing one runner and seriously injuring another, Greek police and the fire service reported. The two men were running in the Six Peaks race, which passes through the six highest peaks of Mount Falakro in northern Greece, when...

3 Arrested After Tourist Hit by Helicopter Rotor

Jack Fenton died in 'gory' accident after disembarking in Athens

(Newser) - Police in Greece are investigating the horrific death of a young British tourist at a heliport near Athens. Authorities say 22-year-old Jack Fenton was killed instantly when he walked behind a Bell 407 helicopter and was hit by its tail rotor soon after he disembarked from a flight from the...

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