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Death toll from flu since October rises to 122

The death toll from the flu virus in Greece has risen to 122 since last October, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO).
Citing the latest data in its weekly report Thursday, KEELPNO said that three patients who had contracted the virus died between March 11 and 17, noting that seven patients were admitted to the intensive care units of Greek hospitals.

Greek PM urges ‘progressive’ alliance against Weber

Europe's progressive forces have a responsibility to prevent the election of Manfred Weber, the European Peoples Party's (EPP) lead candidate for the upcoming European elections, as president of the European Commission, said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Thursday.

Greek, Turkish FMs’ comments spark ire at home

The joint statements on Thursday by Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Antalya, that Ankara should not be excluded from the unfolding energy game in the Eastern Mediterranean, sparked a war of words between the government and opposition New Democracy.

Drug runners arrested in Kastoria and Thesprotia

Police in Kastoria, northern Greece, on Thursday announced the confiscation of 68.8 kilograms of hashish after a car being driven by a 45-year-old foreign national was stopped and inspected.
The man was arrested by border guards on Wednesday after a check on the vehicle turned up four rucksacks containing 57 packages of the drug.

Cavusoglu makes demands, Katrougalos cites international law

Foreign Minister Yorgos Katrougalos and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks in the Turkish seaside resort of Antalya as the first step toward a sweeping dialogue that Alexis Tsipras and Tayyip Erdogan had announced during their recent meeting in Ankara.

IMF says early loan repayment is up to Athens

The early repayment of Greece's loans from the International Monetary Fund is a decision the Greek authorities will make, said IMF spokesman Gerry Rice on Thursday, while noting that this would require the consent of the country's other official creditors.

Costello: Challengesremain for Greece

Greece is sending out a signal that the country has returned to normality, although several challenges remain, the head of the European Commission's mission to Greece, Declan Costello, said on Wednesday.

This way to safety

Waves lash the Tourlitis lighthouse off the Aegean island of Andros Thursday amid strong winds. Built in 1887, the lighthouse, which sits atop a spindly rock spire, is known as Greece's first automated lighthouse which could function without a keeper. Following its destruction during World War Two, it was rebuilt in 1994 with funding from the Goulandris family.

Turkey, Greece to resume Aegean talks

Turkish and Greek officials will come together next month to discuss what confidence building measures they can impose to avoid new confrontations in the Aegean Sea, Greece's top diplomat said, while also informing about an agreement for the relaunch of exploratory talks for the resolution of all problems stemming from the Aegean.

Turkey’s threats and Greece’s strength

Despite Greece's consistent efforts to limit tensions with Turkey over the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean by avoiding over-the-top reactions and statements, the climate remains restive.

Pew study finds most Greeks view migrants as burden

Three in four Greeks see migrants as a burden on the country and more than half believe them to be responsible for crime, a survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants by the Washington-based Pew Research Center has found.

Prosecutor to probe attacks on refugees

Greece's Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou has ordered an investigation into whether two incidents involving attacks on migrants should be treated as racially motivated and charges should be brought against individuals involved in the assaults.