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Woman's Sentence for Fudging School Record: 'Inhumane'

Now Greece and the world are paying attention

(Newser) - A woman in Greece has roused her nation—and now the world—after getting a 10-year sentence for altering her elementary-school record, the New York Times reports. "This decision is not simply inhumane," says the Hellenic League for Human Rights. "It is another very indicative sign of... More »

Have Arachnophobia? Steer Clear of Aitoliko

Webs cover the trees and shrubs of the Greek town as spiders feast on flies

(Newser) - It's not quite the World Wide Web—but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start. Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes, and low vegetation... More »

The World's 'Biggest-Ever Financial Rescue' Is Over

8-year bailout era is officially over in Greece

(Newser) - "I wake up in the morning to a nightmare. How will I manage my finances and my responsibilities? This is what I wake up to every morning." That reality is not set to change for Yorgos Vagelakos, an 81-year-old retiree living in Athens—even as Greece's reality... More »

They Married Thursday, She Was a Widow Days Later

Irish newlywed among 81 dead in Greece wildfires

(Newser) - An Irish couple's idyllic Greek honeymoon has become a disaster from which only one will return. Days after arriving in the seaside resort of Mati, Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp became separated from his new bride as they ran to escape a fast-moving wildfire ; he is now among the 81 dead,... More »

As Flaming Pine Cones Rained Down, Their Only Option: Swim

Wildfire death toll in Greece now stands at 80

(Newser) - The death toll in Greece stands at 80 in the wake of devastating and fast-moving wildfires that struck near Athens Monday during what Reuters describes as a late afternoon siesta time. Much of the focus has been on Mati, a seaside town frequented by area tourists. Many fled into the... More »

Realizing Death Was Certain, 26 People Embraced

Deadly fires reportedly kill 60 people near Athens

(Newser) - "They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced." That's the head of Greece's Red Cross commenting on a devastating scene: A group of 26 people who... More »

Name Change Ends 27-Year Dispute Between 2 Countries

Macedonia agrees to become Republic of North Macedonia

(Newser) - Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced. Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran Zaev said the former Yugoslav republic'... More »

Region Known for Healthy Diet Now Known for Overweight Kids

For children, the 'Mediterranean diet is gone,' says researchers

(Newser) - The Mediterranean diet is seen as one of the world's healthiest. Now, however, a new report suggests a surprising irony: Kids who live in the Mediterranean region are among the most overweight children in the world. For example, 43% of 9-year-old boys and girls in Cyprus are overweight or... More »

Ancient City of Bargylia Could Be Yours for $8M

The property includes a theater, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis

(Newser) - The ancient Greek city of Bargylia in modern-day Turkey is on the market and could be yours for just $8 million, reports MNN . Located 19 miles from Bodrum on 300 acres overlooking the Gulf of Güllük, the property includes a theatre, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis, according to... More »

Thousands Watch Judas Effigy Burn in Easter Tradition

A town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula has observed Orthodox Easter by burning an effigy of Judas

(Newser) - A town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula has observed Orthodox Easter by burning an effigy of Judas. A fleet of about 20 small boats circled around a raft bearing a wire model of the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ, then set the figure alight. On land in the town on... More »

Ancient Greek Monument Just Got Even More Impressive

It houses one of the world's oldest plumbing networks: scientists

(Newser) - The Greek island of Keros surely impressed ancient visitors, with terraces and buildings made of gleaming white stone jutting out of the Aegean Sea. As it turns out, what couldn't be seen may have been even more impressive, reports the Guardian . An international team has uncovered a sophisticated plumbing... More »

'Everything Is Lost. The Disaster Is Biblical'

Severe storm turned roads into rivers near Athens, killing 14

(Newser) - Greece declared a day of national mourning after floods on the outskirts of Athens left at least 14 dead Wednesday, flipping over cars, smashing into homes, and cutting off highway traffic. The flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris inundated houses and businesses. Drivers scrambled out... More »

Tiny Stone Holds Unparalleled Ancient Greek Art

'It's brought some people to tears'

(Newser) - The director of the British School at Athens tells the New York Times it's "a masterpiece of miniature art." The woman who discovered it had an even more profound reaction. "Looking at the image for the first time was a very moving experience," Shari Stocker... More »

Missing Hiker in Greece Was Dismembered and Eaten

Coroner believes the culprit is a wolf or wolves

(Newser) - A missing British hiker whose dismembered, fleshless remains were found in Greece was probably attacked by wolves while walking alone on a remote path, torn apart, and devoured, a Greek coroner said after an autopsy Wednesday. Nikos Kifnidis told the AP that both the woman's thigh bones had been... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Turkey, Greek Islands

2 tourists killed on Kos; 70 hurt in Turkey

(Newser) - Rescuers are checking for trapped people inside houses on the Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake struck the area at night. Authorities have confirmed two deaths and say about 30 people are injured. The epicenter of the 6.5-magnitude quake early Friday morning was between Kos and Bodrum,... More »

At Root of Greek Bar Fight That Killed American: a Selfie

Or so police tell the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - It's something one might do while on vacation on a Greek island: Ask a waitress at a bar to take a selfie with you. For American Bakari Henderson, it was allegedly a fatal move . Police tell the Washington Post that the bar fight that left the 22-year-old University of... More »

American, 22, Killed in Greek Bar Fight

Bakari Henderson was on the island of Zakynthos with friends

(Newser) - An American was beaten to death by a group of 10 men in a bar fight on the Greek island of Zakynthos, CNN reports. Bakari Henderson, 22, was out with friends on Friday night when a man approached him and a fight broke out, state news agency ANA-MPA reports via... More »

Greek Ex-PM Injured When Bomb Explodes in Car

Lucas Papademos' injuries not considered to be life-threatening

(Newser) - A bomb exploded inside the car of former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos in Athens Thursday, leaving him and two Bank of Greece employees with non-life-threatening injuries, the AP reports. The blast was thought to have been caused by a letter bomb; an anonymous official says the explosion occurred when... More »

One of Europe's Longest Conflicts May Finally End

After 40 years, talks could reunify island of Cyprus

(Newser) - It may not generate the headlines of other global conflicts, but the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has the distinction of being home to Europe's last divided capital city. After four decades, however, that might soon change. The island has been split between a Greece-controlled area and a smaller Turkey-controlled... More »

Brazil Cop Admits to Killing Greek Ambassador Over Affair

Rio police officer says ambassador's wife told him to murder her husband

(Newser) - Police searching for Greece's missing ambassador to Brazil found his burnt-out car in a Rio suburb Thursday with a body inside. Forensic experts are trying to determine whether the body is that of Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was last heard from Monday when he phoned his wife, the BBC... More »

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