East Med on track with US backing

In what is seen as a response to the trilateral summit next Wednesday in Jerusalem between Greece, Israel and Cyprus, with the participation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Turkey has announced that it will start a naval exercise on the same day off the Mediterranean island's southern coast and within part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Byzantinist Speros Vryonis who documented 1955 state-planned Istanbul pogrom dies at 90

By George Gilson

What those who met him remember best about Speros Vryonis, one of the most beloved and respected members of the Greek-American community who died on  11 March at age 90,  is the kindness and gentleness of character of one of the top Byzantinists of his generation whose scholarly activity and publications covered a dazzling array of subjects.