Kastellorizo

Turkish paper claims Ankara asked Athens to take down iselt flag

Turkish media on Tuesday claimed that Ankara had asked Athens to take down a Greek flag erected on an Aegean islet disputed by Turkey before doing so itself.

According to daily Hurriyet, Ankara had told authorities in Athens on Saturday that a Greek flag had been spotted by its coast guard on the tiny islet of Mikros Anthropofagos near Fourni.

Government says no evidence of violation of Greek territory

Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Monday that there was no evidence of any "violation of Greek territory" following claims by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that the Turkish coast guard took down Greek flag from an Aegean islet.

Yildirim had indicated that the islet was in a "disputed area" in the Aegean, a concept that Greece rejects.

Turkish PM's office denies helicopter incident, Hurriyet reports

The Turkish prime minister's office has denied an incident involving a lights-out Turkish helicopter flight off Greece's eastern Aegean islet of Ro, Hurriyet reports quoting sources.

Earlier Tuesday, Maximos Mansion confirmed the late Monday incident, which prompted Greek troops to fire tracer rounds as a warning, adding however that the helicopter did not violate Greece's airspace.

PM's office: Turkish helicopter was flying lights-out, but did not violate Greek airspace

The prime minister's office reacted to Monday's incident near Ro saying that the Turkish helicopter was flying near the eastern Aegean islet with its navigation lights out, but did not violate Greece's airspace.

The lights-out flight ostensibly occurred in the context of "safe provocativeness," it said, adding that such tactics carry the risk of potential accidents.

The Greek defending the rights of Aboriginal Australians

Andrew Jackomos is fighting to improve the living conditions of young members of the Koori tribe, indigenous Australians of New South Wales and Victoria. Still, when the 65-year-old walked around Kastellorizo, the island from which his grandfather emigrated, he felt a sense of awe. "My heart is shared between all of my ancestors," Jackomos tells Kathimerini.

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