Greece drafts NBA superstar Antetokounmpo to woo tourists

"I'm Giannis Antetokounmpo. Visit my beautiful country, Greece," the NBA All-Star beams, standing before a row of classical Greek columns in Greece's latest push to attract tourists.

In the ensuing 60-second clip, footage of Antetokounmpo on the court alternates between postcard images of Greece: turquoise waters, whitewashed chapels and ancient monuments.

Giannis Haroulis | Thessaloniki | June 18

Singer-songwriter Giannis Haroulis, known for infusing the traditional music of Crete with modern folk and rock elements, is performing at the open-air Gis Theater as part of the summer festival organized every year by the National Theater of Northern Greece. The show on Monday, June 18, starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost 13 euros.

Migrant farm workers see camp go up in smoke

Dozens of migrant farm workers in Nea Manolada in the northwestern Peloponnese saw their scant belongings go up in smoke on Thursday morning after a fire burned through a camp of makeshift shelters.

There were no injuries reported during the incident, though the workers, who are mostly Bangladeshi migrants, lamented the loss of hard-earned cash and important papers like passports.

Violent thugs and silent bystanders

Four males, aged between 17 and 36, punching and kicking a 75-year-old man, who is a top city official and of fragile health (Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris recently had heart surgery). It was a despicable spectacle that played out on TV and computer screens around the world. The nationalist thugs who carried out the attack should be ashamed of themselves.

Letter from the front

The search for the fallen Greek soldiers in the Albanian front of 1940-41.

Reporting: Yiannis Papadopoulos/ Camera: Giorgos Moutafis/ Video editing: Gogo Bebelou/ Translated from Greek to English: Christine Sturmey


New government officials sworn in after mini-reshuffle

Six new members of the cabinet were sworn in at the Presidential Mansion on Thursday after a mini-reshuffle that was prompted by the resignation of two ministers earlier this week.

Ioannis Dragasakis, formerly the deputy prime minister, was sworn in as economy minister, taking over from Dimitris Papadimitriou, who resigned on Tuesday.

Journalist Vaxevanis arrested following defamation action by Samaras

The journalist Costas Vaxevanis was arrested on Monday following a legal suit lodged against him by former conservative prime minister Antonis Samaras for defamation.

Vaxevanis had been at the Athens appeals court for the hearing of another legal suit against him brought by Lina Nikolopoulou, the wife of Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras.