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Coast guard vessel collides with refugee boat near Kos, three missing

Three refugees, including a child, were missing and six were injured off the island of Kos on Wednesday morning after a Coast Guard boat collided with their rubber dinghy carrying 34 people on board.
The dinghy capsized throwing all passengers into the water, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported.

Coast guard vessel rams refugee boat near Kos, three missing

Three refugees, including a child, were missing and six were injured off the island of Kos on Wednesday morning after a Coast Guard boat rammed their rubber dinghy carrying 34 people on board.

The dinghy capsized throwing all passengers into the water, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported.

50,000 holidaymakers stranded due to Thomas Cook collapse to be repatriated, Theoharis says

Some 50,000 holidaymakers stranded in Greece due to the collapse of the Thomas Cook tour operator are to be repatriated in the coming days, Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis told Skai television on Monday. 

The first 22,000 are to be repatriated over the next three days, the minister said, adding that aircraft were to arrive on Monday at Zakynthos, Kos and Corfu. 

Theoharis: 50,000 holidaymakers stranded in Greece to be repatriated in coming days

Some 50,000 holidaymakers stranded in Greece due to the collapse of the Thomas Cook travel agency are to be repatriated in the coming days, Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis told Skai television on Monday. 

The first 22,000 are to be repatriated over the next three days, the minister said, adding that aircraft were to arrive on Monday at Zakynthos, Kos and Corfu. 

Fire suspect arrested on Leros

A 20-year-old foreign national was arrested on Saturday and charged with starting Friday's fire on the southeastern Aegean island of Leros.

The fire began in the area of Merikia and soon spread, burning more than 4 hectares of pine forest.

The suspect, who is a resident of the island, appeared before a prosecutor on the nearby island of Kos.

Numbers of German tourists decline

A recession at home, combined with Greek hotels' loss of competitiveness, due to their being overburdened by taxation, and the recovery of destinations such as Egypt and Turkey, has led to a drop in the number of German tourists this year.
Reservations by Germans on Crete were down 6 percent in July compared to the same month last year, while those in Rhodes dropped 5 percent.

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