Farmer missing as severe storms lash Greek islands
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fire service crews are searching for a missing farmer on the Greek island of Crete where severe storm weather has grounded flights, damaged highways and homes, and caused a...
Greece: 4 bodies recovered from car swept into river
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say rescue crews have recovered the bodies of four people who were swept away in their car by a swollen river on the southern island of Crete, following heavy rainfall in the region.
The fire department said rescue crews located the car in the Geropotamos river on Monday, with all four people still inside.
Greek tugboat found packed with cannabis, stimulants
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have seized 6.5 tons of cannabis and a large quantity of pills containing the banned stimulant Fenethylline hidden in a tug boat on the south coast of the island of Crete.
The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the cannabis and an estimated 258,000 stimulant pills were found in a hidden compartment and that the vessel was at the small post of Agia Galini. It said the investigation was ongoing and gave no further details.
The Latest: Greece arrests 5,633 at airports with fake ID
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local):
Greek authorities say they have arrested 5,633 people, mostly migrants, so far this year for trying to fly out of the country with forged identity papers — with sharp increases in arrests at key airports.
Police said the largest number of arrests was at Iraklion airport on Crete, where 1,511 people were caught compared with 666 in all of 2017.
Olympiakos’ Fortounis gets ban for obscene celebration
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis has been handed a one-match ban in the Greek league as punishment for an obscene goal celebration during a game this month.
Fortounis will miss this weekend's match against OFI on the island of Crete after the penalty was announced Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Greece international mouthed obscenities toward opposing fans after scoring against AEK Athens on Oct. 7 during a 1-1 draw. He later apologized for the incident.
Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on the island of Crete. The talks were the sixth meeting between the three leaders aimed at forming an energy-based alliance in the east Mediterranean.
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).
Fire on Greek island ferry extinguished after 3 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say a fire on a ferry connecting the mainland to the island of Crete has been put out after raging for three days.
The fire on the Eleftherios Venizelos ferry started early Wednesday 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the port of Piraeus, its destination. Despite heavy smoke, the boat reached the port with none of its 875 passengers or 141 crew members harmed amid the blaze.
Greek ferry fire sends smoke billowing, but all aboard safe
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out on a ferry sailing to the island of Crete from mainland Greece early Wednesday, forcing hundreds of passengers to don life vests and wait on the deck for hours before they were safely evacuated when the ship returned to port.
German passenger jet makes safe unscheduled landing on Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek explosives disposal experts are checking a German Condor Airlines passenger jet flying from Egypt that made a safe unscheduled landing on the southern island of Crete after reporting a potential bomb threat.
Military officials say the Boeing 757 jet was escorted to Chania airport by two Greek air force F-16 fighters scrambled after the pilot reported the threat, and landed without incident late Thursday. The airport had been placed on a state of alert.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard has located a wooden fishing boat with dozens of migrants on board who have sent out a distress call while sailing south of the island of Crete.
Three coast guard vessels and an aircraft from the European border patrol agency Frontex were sent to search for the vessel. The roughly 20-meter (66-foot) boat, carrying about 45 people, was spotted by passing ships 16 miles (25 kilometers) south of Crete.
Haze of African dust shrouds parts of Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Swaths of Greece have been shrouded in haze as persistent southerly winds have carried waves of dust from the African continent across the Mediterranean.
Greek museum strike shut sites in Athens, Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Museums and archaeological sites in the wider Athens area and on the Greek island of Crete are shut for the day because of a strike by guards over a benefits dispute with the Culture Ministry.
Sites affected by Friday's strike included Greece's famed Acropolis in Athens, where disappointed tourists hoping to visit the Parthenon headed instead to a nearby hill to view the monument from afar. The nearby Acropolis Museum, however, remained open.
Greece seizes ship for allegedly taking explosives to Libya
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have impounded a Tanzanian-flagged freighter and arrested its crew for allegedly carrying explosives to Libya in breach of an international ban.
The Merchant Marine Ministry says the Andromeda was stopped off the southern Greek island of Crete over the weekend following a tip and escorted to a Cretan port for an inspection.
Greek authorities say tugboat carried 6 tons of cannabis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have seized more than six tons of processed cannabis from a tugboat in the Mediterranean Sea and arrested the vessel's six Syrian crew members.
A Merchant Marine Ministry statement said the Andreas was intercepted about 50 miles south of the island of Crete and boarded by special harbor police forces on Tuesday.
Hosting holiday gatherings should be fun, both for the guests and the hosts. Serving fun wines helps set just the right tone. Stick with easy drinking, reasonably priced wines. Crisp, aromatic whites, refreshing rosés and fruity reds will work nicely.
Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77.
His family announced his death in Heraklion, Crete on Saturday "after a long illness." on Saturday.
Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease.
Historical, quaint and located right on Dixie Highway is the Village of Crete. It's a small suburb with plenty of places to enjoy good eats. I highly suggest you take the time to visit.
2 wheels good, 4 wheels bad? ATV owners protest in Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of four-wheel motorbike owners, most from Greek holiday resorts, blocked traffic Monday outside the country's Transport Ministry to protest a proposed vehicle ban.
The bikes, also known as all-terrain vehicles, ATVs, or quad-bikes, are popular among tourists on Crete, Zakynthos and other Greek islands, and are often seen as a safer option than motorbikes.
Oscar-winning cinematographer Walter Lassally dies in Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hospital officials on Greece's island of Crete say German-born cinematographer Walter Lassally, who won an Academy Award for the 1964 movie Zorba the Greek, has died following complications from surgery. He was 90.
Lassally lived outside the city of Hania, near the beach that served as the backdrop for the movie's final scene with actors Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates dancing to the music of Zorba the Greek.
Greek authorities pick up 210 migrants off Crete and Lesbos
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say that 103 migrants picked up off a crippled yacht are being taken to port on the southern island of Crete.
A coast guard statement says the vessel was located by a merchant ship east of Crete early Tuesday, after authorities received a distress call by phone.
The yacht's point of departure and destination were unknown.
Strong earthquake rattles Greek island of Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Institute of Geodynamics says that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled the island of Crete.
The earthquake occurred at 11:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT) off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The Institute reported that the epicenter is near the coastal town of Ierapetra and about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of the island's largest city, Heraklion.
Greece: Quake rattles island of Crete, no injuries reported
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 has jolted the island of Crete, but there no reports by authorities of injuries or serious damage.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 8:50 p.m. (1850 GMT) Wednesday east of the Crete, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the island town of Sitia.
Seismologist Emmanuel M. Scordilis of the University of Thessaloniki told The Associated Press that "quakes of this medium range depth usually have weak aftershock activity."
Greek ferry workers end 9-day strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers.
Yiannis Halas, general secretary of the Pan-Hellenic Seamen's Federation, said Saturday the strike was suspended even though, in his words, "none of our issues has been resolved."
Greece ferry strike hits island supplies
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek ferry workers on Friday extended a nationwide strike into the weekend, hitting supplies to the country's islands and triggering violent protests on Crete.
The Pan-Hellenic Seamen's Federation, or PNO, extended its weeklong strike until early Sunday in a protest against new tax regulations for ferry workers as well as other measures imposed under Greece's international bailout commitments.
Greece holds Syrian wanted in Belgium for migrant smuggling
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested a Syrian man on the island of Crete who is wanted in Belgium for alleged involvement in a migrant-smuggling ring.
A police statement says the 51-year-old suspect was taken into custody Thursday in western Crete.
Friday's statement said the man is wanted in Belgium for alleged participation in a criminal organization, facilitating the illegal entry and residence of migrants, forgery and dealing in forged documents.
A slice of life on the Greek island of Crete comes to Bethlehem with the production of “Zorba,” presented by Clay & Wattles Theater Co. The Tony-winning musical opens Saturday, July 30, at The Gary The Olivia Theater, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14.