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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 »

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 »

Bones May Belong to Teen Sacrificed to Zeus

Giving credence to legends of human sacrifices in ancient Greece

(Newser) - An ancient legend tells of a man sneaking a human boy into an animal sacrifice to Zeus on Greece's Mount Lykaion and being turned into a wolf as punishment, the Washington Post reports. But despite Plato and others writing about ongoing human sacrifices, archaeologists have never been able to... More »

Among Antikythera Shipwreck Finds, an Odd Item

But no new remnants of the famed Mechanism

(Newser) - The Antikythera shipwreck is a gift that keeps on giving. First discovered in 1900 by sponge divers and dating to about 65BC, it has been explored multiple times in the decades since, including in 1976 when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew surfaced with almost 300 objects, including human remains. Now... More »

Naval Bases Found That Once Guarded World's First Democracy

Archaeologists make huge find in Athens

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered massive naval bases that once enabled Athens to fight off the Persian Empire—and develop the world's first democracy. Among the recent finds at the Port of Piraeus, Greece's biggest seaport, are ship-sheds that held hundreds of warships known as triremes, the Smithsonian reports. "... More »

Underwater 'Lost City' Is Something Else Entirely

Looks like mystery off of Greek island comes down to methane

(Newser) - A "lost city" discovered by snorkelers off the Greek island of Zakynthos isn't an underwater metropolis after all. "We investigated the site, which is between [6.5 to 16 feet] underwater, and found that it is actually a natural geologically occurring phenomenon," Julian Andrews, lead author... More »

Aristotle's Lost Tomb May Have Finally Been Discovered

The philosopher died 2.4K years ago, but no one knew where he was buried

(Newser) - Nearly 2,400 years after his death, archaeologists believe they've finally found the tomb of Aristotle. Researchers made the discovery during a 20-year dig in the ancient Greek city of Stagira, reports Atlas Obscura . Aristotle was born there in 384 BC, but he died in a different city, Chalcis,... More »

'Emblem' of Refugee Failure Is Being Dismantled

Greek riot police begin clearing Idomeni, peacefully so far

(Newser) - An "emblem of Europe's failure to manage the refugee crisis," as the Guardian puts it, will soon be no more. At daybreak Tuesday, roughly one Greek riot cop for every 20 residents entered Idomeni, the refugee camp on the Greece-Macedonia border, and began clearing out inhabitants. That... More »

Nobel Buzz Builds for Greek Islanders

They have been on the frontlines of the refugee crisis

(Newser) - Some 1 million refugees flooded into Europe last year—fleeing war, oppression, and poverty in the Middle East and Africa—and more than 80% of them came through Greece, CNN reports, a situation that has thrust residents of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea onto the frontlines of the... More »

7 Kids Among 18 Dead as Migrant Boats Sink

One boat heading to Greek island didn't turn back right away after hitting rocks

(Newser) - A wooden boat carrying migrants from the Turkish town of Ayvacik to the Greek island of Lesbos hit rocks at the start of its perilous journey, but it kept going. That turned out to be a fatal mistake, as the boat sank Wednesday, killing 14, including seven children holed up... More »

More Than 50 Migrants Drown in Deadly 3 Days

Many of those who drowned were children fleeing war

(Newser) - Twenty-two migrants—many of them children—drowned in two boat accidents Thursday and Friday in Greece's Aegean Sea, the BBC reports. According to NBC News , the fatal shipwrecks are part of a particularly deadly three-day stretch in Greece, with more than 50 migrants and refugees dying in the Aegean... More »

Archaeologists Discover Tomb Stuffed With Riches

Inside: a 'griffin warrior'

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove in the undisturbed grave of a warrior who died some 3,500 years ago in Greece. Found in the ancient city of Pylos in May, the 5-foot-deep grave contained a bronze sword with an ivory hilt; a gold-hilted dagger; four gold rings; a gold... More »

Drowned Toddler Sadly Illustrates Migrant Crisis

Syrian boy drowned trying to reach Greece

(Newser) - (Warning: Links on this story go to disturbing images.) Photos of the lifeless body of a Syrian toddler who drowned while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos were sweeping the Internet today and fast becoming THE images of Europe's migrant crisis. They're disturbing, however, so... More »

Greek Stock Market Carnage Enters 2nd Day

US investors aren't completely immune

(Newser) - At this rate, Greek banks may soon start to look like a canny investment. The Athens Stock Exchange had its worst drop on record yesterday when it reopened after being closed for more than a month, and things have not improved in early trading at the main Greek stock market... More »

Greek Stock Market Reopens, Crashes

Bank shares fall as low as they can go

(Newser) - The main Greek stock market reopened today after being closed for more than a month and shares in major banks performed as expected: as badly as possible. The country's four main banks dived 30% in early trading, which is the maximum single-day fall allowed, the BBC reports. The Athens... More »

Greece Lawmakers Back Austerity Plan

Bailout is on track again, though IMF now has concerns

(Newser) - Greece keeps inching toward its convoluted bailout: Lawmakers have approved an austerity package demanded by European creditors, reports Reuters . This time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras endorsed them, despite having championed a referendum that shot down a similar package less than two weeks ago. He had to face down a revolt... More »

IMF: Greek Deal Sucks

Greek lawmakers vote on tough austerity measures today

(Newser) - The deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made under intense pressure after 17 hours of talks is a lousy one that will doom the country to many more years of economic misery, according to the International Monetary Fund. A leaked IMF report says that Greece's level of debt... More »

EU: We Have an 'aGreekment'

New bailout deal reached after marathon talks

(Newser) - After a grueling 17 hours of talks at an emergency summit, eurozone leaders have emerged with an "aGreekment," as EU chief Donald Tusk puts it, instead of a " Grexit ." Leaders have agreed—in principle—on a deal that "means continued support for Greece," Tusk... More »

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