Greece's coast guard says 12 Israeli tourists have been rescued after they got caught in high winds during a kayak trip between two islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
The tourists alerted authorities after setting out from the island of Kos on Friday to nearby Nissiros, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) to the south.
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.
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.
Chinese doctors recently participated in a ceremony that revived the Hippocratic Oath in its birthplace, the Asclepeion archaeological site on the Greek island of Kos, where Hippocrates (460-370 BC), the ancient Greek father of Western medicine, lived and practiced, the International Health Tourism Center (IHTC) announced on Wednesday.
Leading British tour operator Thomas Cook announced this week that it has acquired two new properties in Greece, which will take its total number of hotel units in this country to four.
The operator has bought out Casa Cook Kos, a 100-room unit that it has been operating on the Dodecanese island and which has been the most profitable unit bearing the company's name.