A security guard stands at the entrance of the Medical Forensic Institution in Istanbul, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

In a Turkish border town, migrant ‘pushbacks’ from Greece turn deadly


Last week, 19 migrants froze to death near a Turkish village on the border with Greece. Their deaths shed new light on pushbacks, which witnesses say are routine.

Several Taliban fighters are shown standing in a street or sitting on blanket-covered motorcycles.

The Taliban take 10th provincial capital in offensive

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A view of Athens from above showning the city and in the distance large dark smoke clouds filling the sky.

Athens’ first-ever chief heat officer says historic heat wave feels ominous, like a ‘prequel’ of the city’s future

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Gyro is the ‘holy grail’ of Greek fast food. An Athens restaurant offers a vegan alternative.

A concrete walkway has been paved on the Acropolis plateau in an effort to make the site more accessible. But critics say materials used would make it impossible to remove the pathway without damaging the ancient bedrock underneath.

‘They want to make the Acropolis into Disneyland.’ Site renovations face backlash. 

Riot police detain a man during clashes in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, March 11, 2021.

Greek police roll out new ‘smart’ devices that recognize faces and fingerprints


Greek authorities say the technology will make police checks more efficient, but critics are sounding the alarm about potential abuses. 

Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou poses for a photograph during an interview for The Associated Press, at Agios Kosmas marina in southern Athens, Feb. 4, 2021. Bekatorou is the most successful female athlete in Greek sporting history who rece

Greece ‘finally’ has its #MeToo moment 


An Olympic medalist’s sexual assault allegations against a former coach have opened up a conversation about gender roles, discrimination, power dynamics and everyday sexism in Greek society.

In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, photo, a Greek Orthodox priest distributes Holy Communion during Sunday Mass at a church, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, using a traditional shared spoon. Contrary to science, the Greek Orthodox Church insists

In Greece, a clergyman’s death reignites communion spoon debate

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In the Greek Orthodox Church, one single utensil is used to administer the Holy Communion to the entire congregation. During a global health crisis, this may seem like a bad idea. But not according to the church.

Social Hackers Academy runs its operations out of a co-working space in downtown Athens.

This Afghan ‘computer nerd’ learned to code in a Greek program for refugees. He says it was ‘life-changing.’


Social Hackers Academy, an Athens-based nonprofit, tries to equip migrants, refugees and long-term unemployed people with on-demand, computer programming skills. 

Students, parents, and teachers march through downtown Athens to protest what they say are inadequate COVID-19 safety measures in the classroom.

‘We don’t want another lost school year’: Widespread protests in Greece over lack of coronavirus safety in schools

While many schools around the world have kept their doors closed because of the pandemic, the Greek government opened all primary and secondary schools for in-person learning last month, despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the country.