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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Greece

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Mediterranean
Woman and three children drown in migrant shipwreck off Greece
Eye witnesses reported seeing an inflatable boat carrying around 40 migrants, including children and people with reduced mobility aboard.
Last month
January 2023
# sean binder
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder in Greece dropped
Indictments were thrown out this morning following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder have been thrown out by a Greek court following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
However he still faces felony investigation for charges that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why have Greece brought a case against Seán Binder and 23 other volunteers?
The case is before the Greek courts this week.
The case is before the Greek courts on the island of Lesbos this week.
The 24 co-accused could face lengthy jail terms if they are found guilty of charges including espionage and criminal membership.
The trial comes after the country's conservative government has vowed to make Greece "less attractive" to migrants.
# sean binder
Greek judge to rule on Friday whether to drop charges against Irish man accused of people smuggling
Seán Binder was arrested on the island of Lesbos in 2018.
# sean binder
'It seems dramatic; most of the time I did f**k all': Kerryman on migrant smuggling trial in Greece
Sean Binder faces trial in Greece this week.
Last year
2022
# RIP
Two-month-old baby dies in migrant shipwreck off Lesbos
The baby boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
# Artefacts
UK and Greece in 'secret talks' over possible return of ancient sculptures
The Parthenon Marbles were taken from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century.
# Coast Guard
Rescue under way as hundreds of migrants stranded on boat drifting off Crete
The coast guard said passengers on the boat had made a distress call to an emergency number during the night.
# Greece
New York-bound Emirates flight returns to Athens with fighter jet escort after US terror alert
Security sources in Ireland told The Journal that the flight’s route was due to see it transit near or across Irish airspace en route to the US.
# Greece
Ministers, ex-PM targeted in Greece wiretap scandal
Illegal software was used in collaboration with technology employed by Greece’s state intelligence agency.
# Gus Poyet
'Ireland are very competitive, they don’t give up...we like a little more Latin football'
Greece manager Gus Poyet reacts to the Euro 2024 qualifier draw, which has paired his side with Ireland along with Netherlands and France.
# borders
Greece blocked over 150,000 migrants this year says migration minister
Charity groups have also accused Athens of illegally turning back migrants or forcing them over the border to Turkey.
# Troika
EU financial oversight of Greece ends 12 years after bailouts
Athens will now have greater control over its domestic economic policy.
# Greece
Greek firefighters continue to battle major wildfires amid heatwave
Temperatures were set to rise to 42 degrees Celsius in some regions.
# Wildfires
Hotels and homes evacuated as Greece battles four major wildfires
More than 450 people were evacuated at the Vatera holiday resort on Lesbos.
# Antonov An-12
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Greece as officials fear presence of 'dangerous chemicals'
All eight crew members were killed.
# Setback
Northern Ireland beaten by Gus Poyet's Greece in Belfast as Nations League woes continue
It means Northern Ireland are still without a win after 11 attempts in the Nations League.
# corfu
Greek rescuers find first ferry blaze victim, hours after another man is found alive
The 58-year-old Greek victim was one of 11 truck drivers who are missing.
# ionian sea
Eleven people missing after passenger ferry catches fire near Greece
Several people are still unaccounted for.
# Human Rights
Complaint filed with United Nations over torture of asylum seeker in Greece
The woman says she suffered abuse and witnessed the beating of children and a pregnant woman.
# Snowstorm
Backlash in Greece over snow storm 'fiasco' as thousands of cars left stranded
The army was brought in to help police, fire and state crews extricate some 3,500 stranded motorists.
All time
# Greece
At least 30 dead in migrant boat sinkings along the coast of Greece
The incidents have happened near the island of Paros.
# Greece
Pope calls Europe's neglect of migrants 'the shipwreck of civilisation' during Lesbos visit
The pontiff said Europe was “torn by nationalist egoism”.
# sean binder
Widely criticised trial of Irishman in Greece adjourned, moved to appeals court
Greek authorities have been accused of attempting to discourage humanitarian work by criminalising volunteers.
Human rights organisations have accused Greece of attempting to criminalise aid work for migrants, Michelle Hennessy reports.
A protest in Brussels this week called for authorities to drop the charges.
# fourth wave
Hospitals starting to buckle under pressure in Greece as Covid-19 cases spike
The country notched up a record 8,613 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours.
# Greece protests
Greek health workers protest over mandatory Covid vaccinations
The country yesterday reported a record number of new daily Covid-19 cases
# Greece
Tighter restrictions announced for non-vaccinated in Greece as daily cases surge
The new measures come in this weekend.
# Winter Olympics
Protesters denounce China at Winter Olympics flame-kindling ceremony in Greece
Three activists were restrained by police after holding a banner saying: ‘No genocide games’.
# Greece
Greek PM says migrant smugglers have been ‘crushed’ as he views new camp
Migrant entries into Greece have fallen by about 90% compared with those of 2019, the prime minister noted.
# Greece
Man dies and nearly a dozen injured after strong quake on Greek island of Crete
The quake struck at 7.17am Irish time and measured a magnitude of 5.8.
# Greece
Eleven families arrive in Ireland from Moria refugee camp in Lesbos
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said their arrival had taken ‘longer than hoped’ due to Covid-19.
# Niall O'Brien
Man arrested over Limerick student's death to appear before Greek judicial investigator
The 20-year-old Irish suspect may be sent to jail before a trial.
# Castletroy
Man arrested in connection with death of 22-year-old Limerick man in Greece
Niall O’Brien died on the Greek island of Ios after being struck by another male, police said.
Tributes paid to Limerick sportsman who died overnight on Greek island
Niall O’Brien, aged in his 20s, died after sustaining serious head injuries.
# Extreme Weather
Greek megafires highlight failure to prepare, experts say
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the blazes as an “ecological disaster”.
# Athens
Firefighters grapple with more wildfires near Greece’s capital
A number of villages near Athens have been evacuated.
# Greece
New blaze breaks out on Greek island of Evia ravaged by wildfires
Four water-dropping aircraft and six helicopters have been sent to control the new fire.
# Greece
Almost 100,000 hectares of forest burned in Greece in less than two weeks
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mistotakis described the 586 fires as “a natural disaster of exceptional magnitude”.
# greek fires
Hundreds of Greek firefighters battle to protect town from ferocious blaze
Almost 900 firefighters, backed up by international reinforcements, are battling the blaze.
# Wildfire
Firefighters battle blazes on Greek island of Evia for seventh consecutive day
Greece and neighbouring Turkey have been battling devastating blazes for nearly two weeks.