Thessaloniki also known as Thessalonica, Salonika or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Macedonia. Greeks consider it like συμπρωτεύουσα (the associated-capital) of the Northern Greece. Indeed, Thessaloniki was already the largest city of the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople.

Country: Greece Population: 385 406

Fire breaks out in scrap metal recycling yard in Thessaloniki

A fire broke out under undetermined conditions at a scrap metal recycling yard in Diavata near the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday. 

Successive explosions are allegedly taking place, while fragments are reportedly being propelled into the surrounding area. 

Firefighting forces have been dispatched to the scene, and traffic regulations have been implemented.

Springtime weather back after brief cold snap

A weather pattern known as an Omega block will be bringing another taste of spring to Greece as of Monday, after a wintry weather system dubbed Avgi covered many parts of the country with snow for a short spell in late January. According to forecasts, daytime temperatures in will rise starting on Monday, to reach highs of 19-20 degrees Celsius later in the week.

Farmers protest at Thessaloniki agriculture fair

Protesting farmers with their tractors take part in a rally outside an agricultural fair in the port city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, Thursday. Greek farmers - hit by rising costs and crop damage caused by recent floods and wildfires - are threatening to block highways to press demands for tax relief and higher subsidy payments. [Giannis Papanikos/AP]

Violence breaks out at student demo in downtown Athens 

A student rally in central Athens erupted into violence on Thursday, with protesters clashing with police.

Skirmishes began in front of Parliament on Syntagma Square as protesters tried to breach the security cordon and reach the House, prompting police to deploy tear gas. The situation has reportedly escalated and spread to Vassilissis Sofias Avenue