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This Week in History: November 30 – December 6

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 3, 1912: First Balkan War Ends The Balkan League, a military coalition between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, signed an armistice agreement with the Ottoman Empire on this day in history, with Greece refusing to sign the truce agreement despite being

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In Valedictory Speech, Obama Takes Note of Values he Sought in Office

By Jeff Mason ATHENS, Nov 16 – President Barack Obama extolled the strengths of democracy from its Greek birthplace on Wednesday in a valedictory speech aimed at highlighting the values he sought to respect in office and prodding his Republican successor, Donald Trump, to follow suit. On a farewell trip to Europe, Obama tried to

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Refugees Languish in Greek Limbo as Alarm Grows in Brussels

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Nov 1 – Seven months after the European Union and Turkey struck an agreement to turn back the tide of Syrians fleeing west, not a single refugee has been sent back from Greece, and Brussels is losing its patience as overcrowded camps grow violent. The agreement reached in March was designed

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Protesters Attack EU Asylum Offices on Greece’s Lesbos

ATHENS, Oct 24 – Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday, protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said. About 70 people, most from Pakistan and Bangladesh, threw rocks and burning blankets at EASO containers inside the Moria migrant

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Refugees: Finding Home in Lesvos

Lesvos knows that the newcomers will contribute more than they receive; few can be more conscious of this than those who were once uprooted themselves. For this reason, residents of Lesvos do not see a burden in today’s refugees, but a new world in its inception. Full story here: http://newsweekme.com/?p=6542 Social Streams

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Greece Rejects Asylum Requests by Three Turkish Soldiers

ATHENS, Sept 21 – Greece has rejected asylum requests from three of a group of eight Turkish soldiers who fled there after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July, police sources said on Wednesday. Turkey has formally sought the men’s extradition, calling them “traitors” and “terrorist elements”. The soldiers deny involvement in the coup.

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Thousands Flee Greek Migrant Camp Fire as Tensions Flare

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Sept 20 – Thousands of people fled a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday night after fire swept through tents and housing cabins during violence among residents, police said. The fire was over by mid-day on Tuesday at the Moria camp which houses the 5,700 migrants on

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EU to Double Emergency Aid for Refugees Stuck in Greece

ATHENS, Sept 10 – The European Union will more than double emergency aid to Greece in order to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the country for months. Some 115 million euros ($129 million) in emergency support is being provided by the EU, in addition to 83 million euros

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Migrant Arrivals to Greek Islands Jump to Highest in Weeks

ATHENS, Aug 30  – More than 460 migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey on Tuesday, the highest in several weeks, despite a European Union deal with Ankara agreed in March to close off that route. Greek authorities recorded 462 new arrivals between Monday and Tuesday morning, up from 149 the previous day.

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