Athens News Agency
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.
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.
US President Donald Trump has lauded the ratification and implementation of the Prespa Agreement in letters to PM Alexis Tsipras and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
Trump described the Prespa Accord as the most historic accomplishment in the Balkans since the Dayton Accord and praised the leadership of Tsipras and Zaev.
The Greek parliament will vote late Jan. 24 on a deal to change Macedonia's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, the Athens News Agency reported.
Christmas trees will be recycled after the holiday season as part of a pilot program that will begin in Thessaloniki in northern Greece.
The aim of the initiative by the Environment Ministry and the Solid Waste Management Agency (FODSA) is for other regions across the country to implement the program, whose main slogan is "no Christmas trees at the landfill."
Core profit at Hellenic Petroleum, Greece's biggest oil refiner, is expected to top 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) this year, the company's chief executive said on Sunday.
Core profit, or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), including oil inventory holdings, came in at 851 million euros last year.