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PHOTOS: Greek cafes still shuttered by COVID-19 measures

PHOTOS: Greek cafes still shuttered by COVID-19 measures

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ByThe Associated PressApril 4, 2021, 6:43 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATHENS, Greece -- Silence has replaced the low hum of conversation and the clink of glasses that pervaded the sidewalk cafes across Athens. Their chairs and tables, once occupied throughout the day and deep into the night, stand stacked in empty piles, some secured by chains.When coronavirus infections rose again in Greece in the fall, the government imposed a second lockdown. Retail stores, bars, restaurants and cafes found themselves shuttered once more, forced to close their doors in early November to prevent the virus's insidious spread.Retail stores opened briefly during the Christmas holidays, with social distancing measures in place, and starting Monday will be allowed to reope...
Coronavirus: Seven Greek islands added to England’s quarantine list

Coronavirus: Seven Greek islands added to England’s quarantine list

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Travellers arriving in England from seven Greek islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Wednesday, Grant Shapps has said.The islands affected are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos (also known as Zante).The government says islands can be treated differently from their mainland countries if infection rates differ.But airlines have been critical of the time it has taken - Easyjet's boss said the change was "too little, too late".Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Transport Secretary Mr Shapps said the government would use better data to pinpoint risks on popular islands. He said that would provide "increased flexibility" to add or remove them from the...
Turkey deports suspected Islamic State fighter to U.S. after he was ‘stuck’ at Greek border

Turkey deports suspected Islamic State fighter to U.S. after he was ‘stuck’ at Greek border

World
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Turkey deported an American suspected Islamic State fighter to the United States after the man was held in limbo at the Turkey-Greece border, Turkish officials announced Friday. Turkey-supported forces captured Muhammad Darwish Bassam, 39, who is of Jordanian descent, in October during Turkey's military offensive in Syria. Turkey initially sent Bassam to Greece, his country of choice, but Greece denied him entry. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Bassam was "stuck" between Turkey and Greece. The United States also initially refused him, but later approved the deportation. "Upon the commitment of the USA to issue a travel document, necessary procedures have been initiated to send the foreign terrorist fighter to the USA," the Turkish Interior Ministry said. Tu...
Missing British scientist found dead in 65ft ravine on Greek island

Missing British scientist found dead in 65ft ravine on Greek island

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The body of a British woman missing on the Greek island of Ikaria has been found in a ravine.Astrophysicist Natalie Christopher had been missing since Monday morning after she failed to return from a run. In a brief statement, Greek police confirmed that a body found in a 20m (65ft) deep ravine belonged to the 35-year-old. Image: The 35-year-old was reported missing after she failed to return from a run It was found by a volunteer assisting in the search.The cause of death has not yet been established. Advertisement Ms Christopher, who was from London but lived in Nicosia in Cyprus, was on holiday with her Cypriot partner at the time of her disappearan...
Greek debt crisis: ‘I wasn’t paid for two years’

Greek debt crisis: ‘I wasn’t paid for two years’

Business
Setting up a business in a country that is struggling to recover from a severe economic crisis is hardly the most ideal of circumstances.So Greek entrepreneurs Dimitris Kokkinakis and Sophie Lamprou faced an uphill struggle when they set up their business in 2013.Greece was beginning the long trek back from its debt crisis, which at one point looked like it might force the country out of the eurozone. It had imposed drastic austerity measures in response to bailouts starting in 2010.Then in 2015, the government announced capital controls, meaning the amount of money people could withdraw from banks was restricted."It was a very big shock, not just for us, but for everybody in Greece," says Sophie.Both entrepreneurs went without p...