‘Operation Ben’… Greek TV show spawns new leads

South Yorkshire police said that the appeal made by Ben Needham’s mother on a three-hour Greek TV show – “Light at the End of the Tunnel” – resulted in a number of calls concerning the disappearance of little Ben 24 years ago while on holiday on the island of Kos, Greece. One of the leads concern the claim by a man who believes that it could be him and who is willing to undergo DNA tests.

New leads emerge on missing Ben Needham after family appeal on Greek TV

British police said on Saturday that they are investigating new leads after the family of Ben Needham, the toddler who disappeared on the Greek island of Kos 24 years ago, appeared on Greek TV on Friday night.

South Yorkshire police said they received ?a number of calls? after the Fos sto Tounel (Light at the End of the Tunnel) show on Alpha TV.

13 people arrested for human trafficking in ?zmir

Thirteen people allegedly operating human trafficking activities were arrested in the western province of ?zmir early April 23, after many migrants were rescued illegally en route to the European Union. 

A total of 13 of 17 people who were detained on April 22 on allegations of human smuggling have been arrested by a ?zmir court after being interrogated at the prosecution office.

Hania and Athens are the top picks for Easter visitors

By Stathis Kousounis

Athens and Hania (pictured) are the first choices among foreign holidaymakers heading to Greece next week for Catholic and Protestant Easter, according to international online travel search engine Trivago.

The data collected concerns searches for holidays in Greece between April 2 and 5.

Ankara wants confidence-building talks in March

 Turkey will reserve swaths of Aegean if Athens procrastinates, sources say

Ankara is insisting that Greek and Turkish authorities begin talks on confidence-building measures before the end of this month otherwise it will reserve large swaths of the Aegean for military maneuvers as of April 1, Kathimerini understands.

Turkish helicopter conducts flyover of Kos – military issues statement

A Turkish military helicopter was tracked and spotted flying over the eastern Aegean island of Kos on Thursday, reportedly at an altitude of less than 1,000 feet.

The aircraft entered the Athens FIR at 09.08 GMT, while a minute later it was over the eastern portion of the island, exiting the Athens FIR at 09.13 GMT.

Greek doctors offered 450-euro bonus to work on small islands

The Southern Aegean Regional Authority said on Tuesday that it is going to pay 60 new doctors an extra 450 euros a month for three years to help cover the shortage of medics on many Cycladic and Dodecanese islands.

Authorities want the doctors to work at various local health centers and hospitals.