‘We need Turkey to buy the Patriot’ missile defense system, acting Pentagon chief says

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he wanted NATO ally Turkey to remain in the F-35 fighter jet program, but added that Ankara needed to buy the Patriot missile defense system.

At a House of Representatives Armed Services Committee hearing, Shanahan was asked whether the United States wanted Turkey in the F-35 program.

Grenade thrown at Russian consulate in Greece; no injuries

Forensic experts search the area outside the Russian consulate in Athens, Friday. Police say a bomb disposal squad has been sent to the Russian consulate in Athens after cameras showed a suspicious object believed to be a hand grenade being thrown over the perimeter fence overnight. [Thanassis Stavrakis/AP]

DefMin Les: Romania will have maintenance centres for Patriot missile systems

Romania will create maintenance centres for the Patriot surface-to-air missile systems, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les announced on Thursday. According to him, the creation of the maintenance centres is part of the contract Romania concluded with the US partners, which also provides industrial cooperation regarding the missile system.

Clashes break out during student protest in central Athens

Clashes broke out on Monday in central Athens during a protest by students over planned changes to the higher education system.

Hooded youths lobbed Molotov cocktails at police on the fringes of Parliament and officers responded by firing tear gas during the violence which was short-lived and did not result in any injuries, according to sources.

More than 170 officers burnt by petrol bombs, official says

Commenting on the claim on Wednesday by SYRIZA MP Giorgos Kyritsis that nobody had died in Greece from petrol bombs, the general secretary of the Special Guards unit, Efstratios Mavroidakos, said on Thursday that more than 170 police officers had suffered burns from Molotov cocktails within a year.