Athens News Agency

Fierce clashes over migrants between riot police, islanders over permanent detention centres

Police in riot gear threw teargas and fired water cannon at Greek islanders as they tried to prevent access to construction sites for new migrant detention centers by setting fires, hurling flares and blockading the gates.

Locals on Lesvos and Chios are worried that the centers, which would replace temporary camps with open access, will leave the islands permanently overcrowded.

General strike in Greece: Transportation suspended, banks closed, media shut down

All private and state-owned media in Greece have launched a 24-hour strike today, joining the workers' general strike organized by the General Confederation of Employees in Greece.
The strike will last from Wednesday at six in the morning until about the same time on Thursday, Athens News Agency (ANA) reports.

Seven dead, over 100 injured in disastrous ‘supercell’ storm in Halkidiki

At least seven people, including six tourists, were killed and more than 100 others injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops.

Witnesses said the storm had come and gone in a matter of minutes. Winds of over 100 kph (60 mph) were reported on the Halkidiki peninsula, popular with tourists in the summer.

ExxonMobil, Total sign gas, oil exploration deal with Greece

Greece today awarded licenses to ExxonMobil and Total to search for hydrocarbons off the island of Crete, marking the country's first major foray into an oil and gas search in the region.

The two companies, in a consortium with Hellenic Petroleum, have an eight-year research and exploitation license in two offshore blocks lying south and south-west of Crete.

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