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Greek Coast Guard fires warning shots against migrant boat

Greece's Coast Guard said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots against a vessel which it said was carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece.

The incident took place at about 3.40 a.m. on Tuesday, when a private boat with an unspecified number of passengers attempted to sail towards the island of Rhodes.

Greece opens fire at civilian boat in Aegean Sea

Greece opened fire at a boat carrying civilians off the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea, said the Turkish Coast Guard Command on Aug. 11. 

In a statement, the command said two Turkish and one Syrian nationals were injured and the boat sank due to the attack.

It said the attack took place 0040GMT in the Greek waters, 7.2 nautical miles from Turkey's Mugla province.

De Guindos: Countries like Greece need grants

Indebted eurozone countries such as Greece or Italy need European Union grants rather than loans to deal with the impact of the coronavirus crisis, European Central Bank Vice-President Luis de Guindos said on Wednesday.

PM aides refute talk of imminent reshuffle

Close aides of the Greek Prime Minister on Wednesday sought to put an end to talks of an imminent cabinet reshuffle saying that, after returning from his two-day visit to Israel, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he does not intend to go through with it "in the coming days."

Ministry issuing travel papers for refugees

The Migration Ministry has opened an office offering travel documents to refugees to help them go to other European Union countries, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Tuesday, following the departure of hundreds of migrants from state facilities, many of whom have been camping out in city squares.

Greek PM lays wreath at Holocaust memorial

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday visited Jerusalem's Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, where he took part in a wreath-laying ceremony. Greece's conservative leader also visited the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, honoring the people who saved Jews during World War II. The list includes Evangelia Georgiadou, aunt of the Greek premier.

Only 18 NGOs granted right to enter migrant centers

Only 18 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will reserve the right to enter reception and identification centers (RICs) as well as accommodation facilities for migrants and refugees in Greece, the Migration and Asylum Ministry said on Wednesday.

North Macedonia, Greece: Rewriting History after Prespa

Alexandros lives in the province of Macedonia in north-western Greece, home to the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Aleksandar is a citizen of North Macedonia, the neighbouring country that emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Greece makes competitiveness leap

Last summer's change of government played a decisive role in improving Greece's ranking on the global competitiveness chart by nine positions compared with 2019, according to the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Greece, Israel send Turkey joint message

Amid an escalationof tension between Athens and Ankara in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece and Israel urged respect for the sovereign rights of all states within their continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, in line with international law.

ATHEX: Bourse grows 4.5% in one day

World markets were upbeat on Tuesday, following the announcement of bolstering measures by the central banks of the US and Japan, while expectations for an economic rebound starting in the second half of the year added to global stocks' upward swing. In Greece, Athinon Avenue enjoyed a day of significant gains that rose over the course of the day across the board.

Police dismantle hydroponic cannabis farm in central Greece

A fully equipped laboratory for the hydroponic cultivation of cannabis was located in the basement of a house in the area of Fthiotida in central Greece, the Hellenic police (ELAS) said on Tuesday.

The basement was raided on Monday by officers of the narcotics unit, who arrested and charged a woman with the illicit cultivation of drugs, trafficking and violating gun laws.