Turkey: 12 dead, 31 rescued after migrant boat sinks
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off the Turkish coast on Monday, leaving at least 12 migrants dead, Turkey's coast guard said.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Aegean Sea has seen a "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, a Greek marine conservation group said Monday.
Greek coast guards recovers 2 bodies on Lesbos
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says the bodies of a woman and a girl have been separately recovered on the shores of the island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say three people, including two small boys, have died after a boat carrying migrants from Turkey foundered overnight off the island of Samos.
Greek authorities rescue 21 migrants adrift off usual route
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have rescued 21 migrants found adrift in a small boat in a section of the northeastern Aegean Sea off the usual illegal immigration...
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattles Greek island of Rhodes
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has struck off the Aegean Sea resort island of Rhodes. No injuries or damage immediately reported.
The Athens University Geodynamic Institute says the undersea quake struck at 16:30 local time (14:30GMT) Thursday some 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Rhodes, in the southeastern Aegean near the Turkish coast.
Its epicenter was about 10 kilometers beneath the sea bed.
Albanian navy extends help for EU’s maritime border mission
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry has extended for a year its navy's participation in the search-and-rescue operations of European Union border control force Frontex.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Wednesday said the mission, mainly in the Aegean Sea, will continue in 2019. Albania's navy contributes one warship to the operations.
Xhacka said Albanian sailors have "saved thousands of human lives" during the last two years when refugees have tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
Turkey: 4 migrants killed, 6 missing after boats sinks
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish coast guard on Monday recovered four bodies and was still searching for six missing migrants after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.
Boat sinks off Turkish coast: 2 migrants killed, 20 rescued
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says coast guards have rescued some 20 people after a boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean Sea coast. Two of the migrants later died in the hospital.
Anadolu Agency said the boat, believed to be carrying around 30 people, sank early Monday near the resort of Gumbet, near Bodrum. The area is close to the Greek island of Kos.
Greece: Ancient wrecks, pottery found at ships’ ‘graveyard’
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek-U.S. team of marine archaeologists has located three more ancient shipwrecks with pottery cargoes, including 1,900-year-old branded designer lamps, and two from much later times in a rich graveyard of ships in the eastern Aegean Sea, a project official said Tuesday.
3 people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are looking for three missing people on a Greek island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region.
The storm has been moving slowly in a northeasterly direction, affecting Aegean Sea islands as well as Greece's central mainland. It is expected to hit parts of northern and northeast Greece later in the day.
Storm Zorba bears down on Greece, Athens area also alerted
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have extended a severe weather warning to include greater Athens and most of southern Greece over the weekend as a second powerful storm — dubbed Zorba — heads eastward toward the country.
The island of Crete, other southern islands in the Aegean Sea and most of the southern mainland was also placed on alert as the national meteorological service said weather conditions could be life-threatening. Winds are expected to reach up to 100 kph (62 mph).
Fierce gales close schools on 3 Greek islands, halt ferries
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Gale force winds predicted for parts of Greece, some exceeding 100 kph (62 mph), prompted authorities to halt ferry services and shut down schools on three islands Wednesday.
The storm named Xenofon sent temperatures dropping from nearly 30 C (86 F) on Monday to 18 C (64 F) on Wednesday, while the first snowfall was reported in mountainous areas.
Schools on the Aegean Sea islands of Andros, Mykonos and Tinos will also remain closed Thursday amid the severe weather warnings.
The Latest: Greek officials: Migrant camp a health hazard
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Greek regional authorities are threatening to shut a migrant camp on the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos unless the government takes quick action to improve conditions there.
The northern Aegean regional authority says the Moria camp is "unsuitable and a threat to public health and the environment."
Conditions at the camp for migrants newly-arrived from Turkey have been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a Turkish cargo ship and a Greek warship have collided in the eastern Aegean Sea, without causing injuries or severe damage.
A Greek navy statement says the Turkish-flagged Karmate put on speed and made off into Turkish waters after Friday's pre-dawn incident, ignoring radio messages from the Armatolos gunboat to stop.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Greece on Monday to refrain from "provocations" after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that the Turkish coast guards had removed the flag from the island off the coast of the Aegean resort of Didim.
Greek fighter jet crashes into Aegean Sea, pilot killed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek air force fighter jet crashed into the Aegean Sea on Thursday after returning from a patrol, killing the pilot, Defense Ministry officials said.
The officials said the single-seater Mirage 2000-5 crashed north of the island of Skyros in the central Aegean. They gave no information about the possible cause of the crash.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister described Turkey on Wednesday as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and said he had ordered the deployment of more military personnel to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said 7,000 service members were being moved to the islands and a border area in northeast Greece amid a spike in tension between the two NATO allies.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of migrants who sent out a distress call while off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Samos were rescued Monday after their boat was towed to land, Greek authorities said.
The boat, carrying 58 people, was located north of Samos in rough seas and was towed to the island by the European border agency Frontex, the Greek coast guard said.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the sinking of a suspected migrant boat off Greece (all times local):
Greece's coast guard says 16 migrants have died after a boat sank off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, including six children.
This raises the figure from the 14 announced previously.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Friday rejected a new request from Turkey for the extradition of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in July 2016 after a failed military coup.
The Athens appeals court ruled that the men would not get a fair trial in Turkey and would face inhumane treatment there if extradited. Turkey argues that the men were involved in the coup, which they deny.
Collision of Greek boat, Turkish vessel caught on video
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Video footage surfaced Saturday of the moment a Turkish coast guard vessel collided with a stationary Greek patrol boat near a pair of Aegean Sea islets over which the two countries almost went to war in 1996.
Cameras on the Greek coast guard boat recorded two videos. They show the Turkish vessel hitting or scraping the Greek one near the stern.
Turkey, Greece to use dialogue to calm Aegean tensions
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey and Greece have agreed to settle tensions through dialogue, a day after a Greek coast guard vessel was damaged in a collision with a Turkish patrol boat in the Aegean Sea.
Yildirim said he told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a late Tuesday telephone call that Greece must refrain from acts that strain ties, adding that the Aegean should be a "sea of friendship."
Excavations show remote Greek islet was early industrial hub
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Excavations next to the uninhabited Greek islet of Keros, already identified as the enigmatic hub of a forgotten religion, have now revealed traces of intense industrial activity more than 4,500 years ago, Greece's Culture Ministry said Wednesday.
Turkish coast guard in dramatic rescue of stranded migrants
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's coast guard launched a dramatic rescue operation Thursday to evacuate migrants stranded on rocks in the Aegean Sea.
The coast guard said in a statement that 51 migrants attempted to illegally cross to Greece on a rubber dinghy from the western province of Izmir. Authorities intervened after receiving an emergency call at 01:12 local time (1012 GMT).
Leaders of Turkey, Greece air grievances at tense conference
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Turkey publicly aired their grievances Thursday in a tense news conference as a two-day visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a rocky start.
Emergency declared after storm on Greek island of Symi
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the small Aegean Sea island of Symi after a torrential rainfall flooded homes and shops, swept vehicles into the sea and cut power to the island.
Storm sweeps cars into the sea on Greek island of Symi
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are rushing fire brigade teams to the Aegean Sea island of Symi after flooding following heavy rainfall swept cars into the sea, inundated buildings and cut the power supply.
Authorities said that about 10 cars were swept into the sea in the island's main harbor on Monday. Officials were investigating a report that one man was missing.
Greece-bound boat with 310 migrants stopped in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities say 310 migrants have been stopped from crossing the Aegean Sea to reach Greece.
Turkey's coast guard said the migrants were stopped Friday afternoon while travelling in a fishing boat south of the Dardanelles in western Turkey.
The coast guard says the passengers included 110 Syrians, 179 Pakistanis and Afghan, Indian, Sri Lankan, Somali and Iranian nationals.
Rights groups urge Greece to ease migrant ‘containment’
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Human rights and aid groups are urging Greece's government to end a "containment policy" of migrants reaching islands in the Aegean Sea from Turkey, warning of worsening conditions ahead of winter.
Greek island in state of emergency after storm flooding
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have declared the northern Aegean Sea island of Samothrace in a state of emergency after storms severely damaged roads, buildings and the drinking water supply. No deaths or injuries have been reported.
A government statement said Wednesday that military and civilian teams from other parts of the country have been sent to Samothrace to help repair the flood damage.
Greek island ferry hits quay on Sifnos, 2 passengers hurt
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say two people were lightly injured when a high-speed ferry carrying nearly 200 passengers hit a quay on the Aegean Sea island of Sifnos.
A coast guard statement says the Seajet II was damaged during the collision Wednesday morning. The vessel had been due to call at several ports in the Cyclades island group after leaving Greece's main port of Piraeus.
The coast guard said all 196 passengers on board were able to disembark on Sifnos.
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits Greek island of Rhodes
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Aegean Sea island of Rhodes, but no injuries or damage have been reported.
The Athens Institute of Geodynamics said the epicenter of Friday afternoon's quake was in the sea south of Rhodes.
Greece is one of the world's most earthquake-prone areas, but serious damage and fatalities are rare.
Yacht’s distress call leads to big Greek marijuana bust
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A rescue operation in the eastern Aegean Sea has turned into a big marijuana bust.
A Greek coast guard statement says a Turkish-flagged wooden sailboat that issued a distress call near the island of Nisyros was found to be carrying around 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of marijuana. The three Turkish nationals on board were arrested.
Greek authorities seize 2 tons of marijuana on Italian yacht
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have seized roughly two tons of Albania-grown marijuana on an Italian-flagged yacht destined for the Aegean Sea islands.
The coast guard says the seizure followed a tip-off and took place early Friday south of the Greek island of Kythera, at the entrance to the Aegean.
It was one of the largest quantities of marijuana ever confiscated in Greece.
ISTANBUL (AP) — A tourist boat capsized off Turkey's coast in less than a minute Wednesday, killing at least one person and leaving two people missing, according to Turkish news agencies.
KOS, Greece (AP) — Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey's sprawling coast.
KOS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Greece and Turkey (all times local):
Two strong aftershocks have struck the eastern Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other, sending startled residents and tourists scurrying away from homes and restaurants.
KOS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea region (all times local):
A powerful earthquake has shaken shook beach resorts in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region.
KOS, Greece (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook beach resorts Friday in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region.
Only a few miles apart, Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum were hit hours before dawn by the shallow undersea quake that caused a two-foot (0.6-meter) sea swell and havoc among residents and thousands of vacationers at bars and restaurants.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister told his Turkish counterpart Monday that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a cargo ship carrying vehicles has caught fire off the island of Rhodes but none of the 32 people on board are in immediate danger.
The Merchant Marine Ministry says the blaze broke out Thursday on the Cypriot-flagged Med Star as it was sailing two nautical miles off Rhodes in the Aegean Sea.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say an air force pilot has been rescued after his fighter jet crashed during a training flight into the Aegean Sea.
The jet was one of a pair of aging Mirage 2000s engaged in aerial combat training south of the Sporades island complex Monday. An air force statement said the plane developed engine problems, forcing the pilot to eject.
The statement said he was later picked up by a military search and rescue helicopter.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):
Turkey's coast guard says it stopped 71 Syrian migrants attempting to reach Greece.
The migrants were stopped in a rubber dinghy early Tuesday in Izmir province, on the Aegean sea, as they began their journey to the Greek island of Lesbos.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.1 has struck off the eastern Aegean Sea resort island of Rhodes but no injuries or damage have been reported.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 14:30 local time (1130GMT) Wednesday off the island's southwestern tip. The epicenter was about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Athens.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
Greek police say a Syrian refugee suffered severe burns after setting himself on fire at a camp on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Chios.
Police say the motive for the 29-year-old man's action was not immediately clear.
A police statement said the refugee poured a flammable liquid over himself and set it on fire Thursday. A policeman who tried to help him suffered burns on his face and hands.
The Latest: 41 rescued on Aegean Sea after distress call
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Greece's coast guard says 41 migrants have been rescued from a sailboat that made a distress call from the southern Aegean Sea, and are being transported to the country's main port of Piraeus.
A coast guard plane spotted the boat during a search and rescue operation Monday between the southern islands of Kythira and Antikythira, and the passengers were picked up by a nearby cargo ship.
Greek authorities probing 3 migrant deaths on island camp
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are investigating the deaths of three migrants over the past week in a camp on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Lesbos.
Two of the men, an Egyptian and a Syrian national, were found dead in their tents in the Moria camp last week. A third migrant, a Pakistani, died in his tent Monday.
Initial indications suggest they were poisoned by fumes from stoves lit inside the tents to counter bitter winter conditions.