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Cops: Man Tried to Illegally Sell 'Exceptional Work of Art' for $120K

Greek police believe 5th-century BC statue was taken from temple on or near Acropolis

(Newser) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of antiquities smuggling for trying to sell an ancient marble statue of "exceptional artwork" that once likely adorned a temple on Athens' famed Acropolis or the slopes around it, Greek authorities said Friday. Police said the fifth-century BC statue was recovered following...

You Never Know What May Surface in Greece Construction

Like the head of an ancient Greek god, for example

(Newser) - A bust of the ancient god Hermes, in good condition, was discovered in central Athens during sewage work, per the AP . The Greek Culture Ministry said the head, one of many that served as street markers in ancient Athens, appears to be from around 300BC. It depicts Hermes at "...

He Thought the Girl Was Dead. Then, 'She Opened Her Eyes'

After quake, 3-year-old Elif Perincek is pulled alive from rubble in Turkey, as is 14-year-old Idil Sirin

(Newser) - Some good news amid tragedy as two girls in Turkey were rescued from the rubble left by Friday's earthquake in the Aegean Sea, nearly three days after the powerful temblor shook that country and Greece. Per CNN , a 3-year-old girl identified as Elif Perincek was pulled alive Monday out...

Quake, Tsunami Wreak Havoc on Greece, Turkey

At least 6 dead in Izmir, hundreds injured after 6.6 magnitude temblor in Aegean Sea

(Newser) - A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Officials said at least six people were killed and scores were injured. A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district of Izmir,...

Court Rules That Far-Right Party Is a Criminal Group

Cheers and celebrations erupt in Greece after ruling against the Golden Dawn

(Newser) - A Greek court ruled Wednesday that the far-right Golden Dawn party was operating as a criminal organization, delivering landmark guilty verdicts following a politically charged five-year trial against dozens of defendants, the AP reports. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, rose to become Greece's third-largest...

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'This Fire Was Expected'
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'This Fire Was Expected'

Europe's largest refugee camp, Moria, is largely destroyed in blaze

(Newser) - Little of Europe's largest refugee camp has been left standing after a fire swept through on Tuesday night—with Wednesday night bringing more fires. The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is home to nearly 13,000 people, some 70% of them from Afghanistan but the...

4-Year-Old on Unicorn Saved by Ferry Captain

Strong currents took Greek girl to open sea

(Newser) - In a feat worthy of Greek mythology, a heroic sea captain rescued a young girl who had been taken to treacherous waters by a unicorn. The 4-year-old was playing on an inflatable unicorn pool toy when a strong current took her away from the beach at the town of Antirio...

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks Now Greek Citizens

Celebrity couple get official documents from PM

(Newser) - Rita Wilson, who is partially of Greek descent, and husband Tom Hanks are now officially Greek citizens. The country's prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced Sunday that the celebrity couple had received citizenship, posting an Instagram photo of them holding their new Greek passports alongside the PM and his wife....

10-Story Hotel Ordered to Shrink to 8 Stories

Greece cultural council sides with locals in Athens whose view was obstructed

(Newser) - It's one thing for a city to reject plans for a tall hotel near a world-famous site. It's another to do so after the hotel has been built. That's now the case in Athens, Greece, where a 10-story hotel near the Acropolis has been ordered to remove...

3 Men Caught, Sentenced Over Infamous Drowning

Turkey sentences them to 125 years each

(Newser) - Turkey has thrown three human traffickers behind bars in the case of a Syrian toddler whose death made headlines around the world, CNN reports. The three organizers, caught by Turkish law enforcement after fleeing the trial, were each sentenced Friday to 125 years in prison. Their crime: "killing with...

EU to Migrants: Europe Is 'Closed'
EU to Migrants:
Europe Is 'Closed'

EU to Migrants: Europe Is 'Closed'

As Cypriot police pepper-spray protesters

(Newser) - Cyprus riot police used pepper spray on Saturday to thwart Turkish Cypriot protesters trying to shove their way through a barricaded crossing point in the heart of the ethnically divided island nation's capital, the AP reports. Several dozen protesters tried to push their way through a cordon of riot...

Thousands of Refugees Mass at EU Border

They gather at Turkey's western border to enter Greece

(Newser) - Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe, the AP reports. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military...

Woman Lost at Sea Survived on Candy

'I still have one lolly left, mum!'

(Newser) - A New Zealand woman lost at sea in a rubber dinghy for two days survived by eating a handful of boiled sweets she had in her day pack. Kushila Stein, 45, was helping a British man bring a yacht from southern Turkey to Athens when she lost an oar and...

34 Years After TWA Hijacking, an Arrest

Greek police are holding Lebanese national in 1985 hijacking that killed American Navy diver

(Newser) - Greek police said Saturday they arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American. Police said a 65-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany. Police...

Astrophysicist Found in Ravine Died Instantly

Natalie Christopher's death was the result of a fall

(Newser) - The death of a British astrophysicist who went missing while on a run on the Greek island of Ikaria was a tragedy but not a crime. An autopsy has determined that Natalie Christopher, 35, died from severe craniocerebral (aka head) injuries sustained during her fall down a ravine on Aug....

Female Astrophysicist's Body Found in Ravine in Greece

Natalie Christopher was vacationing on the island of Ikaria

(Newser) - It's a story with echoes of one that made major news in July : A British scientist has been found dead after reportedly setting out for a run on a Greek island. CNN reports 35-year-old Natalie Christopher was vacationing on Ikaria with her partner. He woke up Monday to find...

Police: Suspect in Scientist's Murder Hit Her Twice With Car

The 27-year-old has been arrested in connection with Suzanne Eaton's death

(Newser) - The 27-year-old man who had been questioned in the death of an American scientist on the Greek island of Crete has now been arrested, reports the New York Times . The man's name has not been released, but he is said to be the son of a priest who lives...

Sources: 27-Year-Old Admitted Murdering American Scientist

The Greek man has been detained in connection with Suzanne Eaton's death

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man suspected of murdering American biologist Suzanne Eaton in Greece has been detained, with local media alleging he has confessed to the crime, reports the BBC . On Monday morning ABC News reported by way of a source that Eaton had suffered defensive wounds inflicted by a knife. In...

'Something Complicated' Happened During Professor's Murder

Police say they have evidence that could identify killer of Suzanne Eaton

(Newser) - Police in Crete may be closing in on the killer of American professor Suzanne Eaton, who was found dead in a World War II bunker on the Greek island last week. A high-level police source tells ABC that the murderer could be identified by some "crucial evidence" left behind...

Scientist Found in Bunker Died From 'Criminal Act'

Suzanne Eaton was reportedly suffocated

(Newser) - The American scientist whose body was found in a World War II bunker on Crete nearly a week after she vanished died as the result of a "criminal act." A state coroner tells the AP he believes the death occurred near the time Suzanne Eaton was last sighted...

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