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Police in Greece's second-largest city say they have arrested two people as suspects in an attack that left the mayor of Thessaloniki hospitalized.

Mayor Yiannis Boutaris of Greece's second-largest city was hospitalized Saturday with head, back and leg injuries after being set upon by nationalist extremists.

Thessaloniki City Council President Calypso Goula said Boutaris was attending a flag-lowering ceremony Saturday in commemoration of the so-called "Pontic Genocide," the...

Police forced dozens of migrants, most Afghan asylum-seekers, who had been camped out on the main square of Lesvos island’s capital since last week, onto buses and transported them to the Moria camp in the early hours of Monday after downtown Mytilini turned into a battleground on April 22.

The operation was intended to end clashes that raged all night in the center of the eastern Aegean island’s capital after a group of some 200 men chanting far-right slogans attacked the migrants...

Turkey's Athens Consulate-General came under attack late April 4, according to Consul-General Oya Yazar.

Yazar told Anadolu Agency that a group of 15 to 20 people came to the street where the consulate is located in the evening of Wednesday and began smearing the building's walls with red paint.

No one was injured in the attack; however, the windows of the consulate’s waiting room were broken, Yazar said.

The assailants later escaped, she added.

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 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.

The man was slightly burned and was treated at a local hospital, an official said. Local media said the incident took place outside an asylum office at Moria camp, which is a former military base set on a hilltop.

Conditions there are poor.

More than 60,000 refugees and migrants, most from Syria,...

A group of 25 people reportedly attacked a branch of Turkish lender Ziraat Bank in the northeastern Greek city of Komotini.

The masked suspects, calling themselves "anti-government anarchists," threw stones at the Ziraat Bank building after they launched a protest in the city center.

The main entrance of the bank and its windows were damaged during the attack.

No injuries were reported as the incident happened out of banking hours.

At the protest in central...

At least 16 people, including six children, perished Saturday after a migrant boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, the deadliest disaster in the area since a controversial deal between the EU and Turkey to try to stem the flow of migrants two years ago.

The boat was ferrying migrants from Turkey to Greece when it went down overnight off the island of Agathonissi.

Two women and a man who managed to swim to safety on the island sounded the alarm and port police said they believe two...

Turkish Muslims in Greece say their rights as a minority are being taken away by the state as elected religious leaders are no longer recognised by the government.

At the end of World War One, part of the Ottoman Empire became Greece and under the Treaty of Lausanne, Turkish Muslims who stayed were allowed to elect their own religious leaders.

However, Turkish Muslims' identities and rights in the region of Western Thrace are slowly being eroded. 

 

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Chants blared through speakers as a crane lifted a massive Greek flag above Syntagma Square, where Greeks converged from across the country to rally against negotiations over a name dispute between Athens and Skopje.

Hundreds of buses transported demonstrators from across the country for the "Macedonia is Greek" demonstration. Tens of thousands assembled in the city centre, with organisers claiming more than one million people would take to the streets.

"Hands off Macedonia,"...

Turkey on Thursday criticized Greece's increased pressure on the elected muftis of the Muslim Turkish minority of Western Thrace.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Greece, which did not recognize the elected muftis, had recently increased the level of pressure against them through legal investigations.

The statement said the Greek Parliament adopted a law on Tuesday, according to which powers emanating from the Sharia Law became optional for the Turkish minority of...

Hundreds of refugees near the Moria camp on the Greek island, Lesvos are facing "critical" conditions due to overpopulation. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, refugees tell tales of need, of the little they have to protect themselves from the rain, the cold, of safety issues and bad sanitation conditions.

Sherife al-Hassoun, 65, from Syria's Deir ez-Zor, is staying in an olive grove next to the overcrowded Moria Hotspot with her 11 grandchildren, of whom the youngest is three months old. "...

Determined to take their fight to bitter the end, 14 refugees are on hunger strike in the centre of Athens, asking to be reunited with their families in northwest Europe. Most of them Syrians, they can’t wait to meet their parents, children or siblings and put the horror of war behind them. They say that because they are desperate, they are easy prey to smugglers. “The smugglers are taking advantage of us.” says Fawaz, a refugee from Syria. “Greece gives them the opportunity to do this. In...

Syrian refugees stranded in Greece chanted "no more waiting!" and protested outside the German embassy in Athens on Wednesday against delays in reuniting with their relatives in Germany. About 150 people, among them young children, marched from parliament to the embassy holding up cardboard banners in English reading "I want my family" and shouting slogans about travel to Germany.

Greek media have reported that Greece and Germany have informally agreed to slow down refugee...

Greek judicial authorities have ordered an investigation into allegations that staff at a European Union-funded NGO sexually exploited refugees and misused money intended for their welfare. Immigration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas on Monday handed Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou a letter from the EU’s top humanitarian aid official outlining the allegations.

The NGO allegedly involved was not publicly named, and no details on the claims were provided. Dimitriou ordered a...

More than 62,000 refugees and migrants have been stuck in Greece since borders closed across the Balkans in March 2016. Most of Elliniko's residents live in tents inside the domestic arrivals terminal, or in a pair of deserted Olympic sports stadiums behind the out-of-business airport on the outskirts of the Greek capital, Athens.

Lucy Carrigan, the regional coordinator of communications at the International Rescue Committee, says that the lack of "ownership" refugees and migrants...

A group of Syrian refugees stranded on a Greek island launched a hunger strike in protest at the long processing of their asylum application, witnesses told dpa on Monday. The 14 Kurds from Syria, sitting wrapped in blankets in front of the asylum bureau at Moria camp on Lesbos, have been refusing nourishment since Friday. Their application for shelter in the European Union had been rejected in the first instance, and their appeal has been taking months to process.

Police refused to...