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Greek PM, Patriarch voice hope Halki seminary will soon reopen

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (4-L), his partner Betty Peristera Baziana (2-L), Greek Orthodox Patriarch Vartholomaios (3-L) and Ibrahin Kalin (L), a special adviser to the President of Turkey, visit the Theological School of Halki, Wednesday. Tsipras and Vartholomaios both voiced hope that the seminary, closed since 1971, will soon reopen. [EPA]

Members of Rouvikonas storm Greek-Turkish Chamber in Athens

About 20 members of Rouvikonas anti-establishment group on Wednesday stormed the Greek-Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Nea Erithrea north of Athens.

The incident took place as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on an official visit to Turkey.

No more information was immediately available.

Turkey's energy import bill up 15.6 percent in 2018

Turkey's energy import bill in 2018 increased by nearly 15.6 percent compared to 2017, according to Turkish Statistical Institute's (TÜİK) data on Feb. 6.

Tsipras, Erdogan Agree to Dialogue on Aegean, Cyprus Issues

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held no-holds-barred talks in Ankara this afternoon and confirmed that they wish to lay the foundations for a bold, historic resolution of decades-long disputes, from the Aegean to the Cyprus problem, To VIMA reports.

Tsipras visits Orthodox Halki seminary

Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday visited an Istanbul seminary shut down in 1971, becoming the first serving Greek prime minister to do so.

Turkey condemns French declaration of Armenian genocide commemoration day

Turkey on Wednesday said it strongly condemned French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to declare April 24 as a day for the commemoration of the Armenian genocide, an issue that caused regular friction between Turkey and European Union nations.

Tsipras to visit Orthodox Halki seminary

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will on Wednesday visit an Istanbul seminary shut down in 1971, reigniting hopes it will be reopened by Turkey and once again train priests for the Greek Orthodox community.

Greek PM to visit Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will on Wednesday visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

The visit, which takes place on the second day of Tsipras's trip to Turkey, is scheduled to take place at 9.15 a.m.

Built in the 6th century under order of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, Hagia Sophia - a UNESCO world heritage site - was once Christendom's greatest cathedral.