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Defense cooperation with allies at 'excellent level,' minister says

Greece's cooperation with its NATO allies and with the United States in particular is at an "excellent level," Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis said on Tuesday during a visit to an air base in Larissa, central Greece. Large-size photography exhibition in open air for EU Summit

A number of 28 large-size pictures showing images from every European Union member state will be exhibited over April 18 - May 16 on the pedestrian street Nicolae Balcescu in the central Romanian city of Sibiu, to celebrate the Romanian presidency of the Council of EU, ahead of the European Union Summit to be held here on May 9, informs a release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

Case for Parthenon Marbles’ return boosted

Drawing on data gleaned from 19th century Ottoman archives, Acropolis Museum director Dimitrios Pandermalis has challenged claims by the British Museum that Lord Elgin had obtained permission from the sultan when Greece was under Turkish rule to transfer the Parthenon Marbles from Athens to London.

Greece offers assistance in Notre Dame restoration

Greece is ready to contribute to efforts for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Minister of Culture Myrsini Zorba said in the wake of Monday's devastating fire at one of the French capital's most popular landmarks.

US navy boosting presence in Greek waters

USS Mitscher Commander Ian Scaliatine on Monday welcomed a small group of Greek journalists for a tour of the Piraeus-docked destroyer, confirming an increased American presence in Greece's seas over recent weeks.

North Macedonia Fails to Lower Road Death Rate

They compared well to the deadliest year in a while, 2013, which saw 199 road deaths.

However, over a decade, the country has made no real progress and is just back where it started.

According to European Commission data on road deaths in the 28 member states for last year, 25,100 people died on European roads in 2018, representing a rate of 49 casualties per 1 million people.

Greek President demands return of Parthenon Marbles

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos today demanded the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum and blasted Lord Elgin's hacking off of the magnificent sculptures as an act of cultural vandalism.

Mitsotakis reacts to Notre Dame fire

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has expressed his sadness at the devastating fire engulfing Notre Dame cathedral this evening.

Greece gains economic ‘freedom’ by repaying IMF loans earlier, PM says

Repaying earlier expensive International Monetary Fund loans is a significant step for Greece which will create favorable conditions for its economy, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, promising more relief measures.

"We are gaining points of [economic] freedom," Tsipras said during an interview with Greece's Antenna television.

North Macedonia Would-be Presidents Hunt Undecided Voters

Pendarovski's slogan, "Forward Together", and Siljanovska's slogan, "Justice for Macedonia - the Fatherland Calls", reflect these two opposed narratives.

But both blocs share one common a concern - that not enough undecided voters will support either contestant.

Their absence on April 21 could put the required electoral threshold for the election, of 40 per cent, in jeopardy.

Greek language must be protected, says patriarch

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios has called upon Greeks to safeguard their national language as one of the world's most valuable cultural goods.

Greek sites, museums saw almost 10 pct more visitors last year

The total number of visitors to museums and archaeological sites in Greece rose by 9.8 percent and 17 percent respectively in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Michael Sotirhos, first Greek-American ambassador to Athens, dies

Michael G. Sotirhos, who in 1989 became the first American of Greek descent to be appointed US ambassador to Greece, died on Sunday in Florida. He was 91.

The son of Greek migrants who arrived in the US through Ellis Island in 1923, Sotirhos was born and raised in Manhattan. He graduated from Baruch College at The City University of New York.