Greece is a country in the southern Balkans


Retired bank workers accused of robbing safes released from custody

Five former bank workers in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, accused of lifting some 2.7 million euros worth of cash, gold and jewelry from safes, were released from pretrial custody on Thursday.

The five retired bank workers denied charges of embezzlement, among others, in their depositions to an investigating magistrate, who ordered their release.

Greek July unemployment drops to 19 percent , lowest since August 2011

Greece's jobless rate eased to 19 percent in July from 19.1 percent in the previous month, falling to its lowest level since August 2011, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT showed on Thursday.

Seasonally adjusted data showed the number of unemployed at 897,861 people, with younger persons aged up to 24 bearing the brunt of being out of work.

Presidents Pavlopoulos and Steinmeier hail close Greek-German ties

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday called for an end to austerity and for policies that focus on supporting social institutions, warning that "inequalities give rise to entities and bodies that seek to destroy the European Union," during a meeting in Athens with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steimeier.

German president in Athens, meeting with counterpart Pavlopoulos

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Athens on Thursday holding talks with his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Following his talks with Pavlopoulos, Steinmeier is due to meet Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion at noon.

Santorini donkeys gets some respite with ban on obese tourists

Greece's Ministry of Agriculture has introduced new rules to protect the donkeys of Santorini, including a riding ban on tourists who weigh more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds), following a campaign by animal rights groups saying that burdening the donkeys with excessive loads is tantamount to torture.

Balkan Saint's Relics Draw Huge Crowds in Romania

Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christian believers are expected to arrive starting on Thursday in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi for the country's largest and most well-known pilgrimage dedicated to St Parascheva, deemed the protector of Moldova and Bukovina.

Many Romanian Orthodox Christians believe that the relics hosted by the cathedral in Iasi have miraculous healing powers.