Greece

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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

'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... More »

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... More »

Missing American Scientist Found Dead in a Cave

Suzanne Eaton had been missing for a week in Crete

(Newser) - The search for an American scientist missing for a week on the Greek island of Crete has ended with a body. Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports the body of Suzanne Eaton has been found in a cave about six miles from where she was last seen near Chania; Reuters describes the... More »

American Scientist Vanishes on Greek Island

Friends, family fear something happened to Suzanne Eaton while she was running

(Newser) - An American scientist vanished in Greece on Tuesday, and friends and family fear something may have happened to her while she was out running. Suzanne Eaton, a molecular biologist with Germany's Max Planck Institute, was on the island of Crete for a conference and disappeared near the port of... More »

Greece Raising Dozens of 'Harmful' Shipwrecks

Boats, some leaking petroleum, will be scrapped

(Newser) - The hulking remains of a cargo ship rise up through the water, listing to one side with a rusting hull exposed, its glory days of sailing the world's seas and oceans long gone. This is just one of dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships that lie semi-submerged or... More »

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 »

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