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July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - As the international tug-of-war continues over Elian Gonzalez, a not altogether different case has developed between the Egyptian grandfather of a 20-month-old baby and the baby's parents, living in Greece.The Muslim grandfather, living with the baby in Alexandria, Egypt, strongly disapproves of his daughter's marriage to a Greek Christian and has set an ultimatum - either his daughter gets a divorce or she never sees her son again.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - The wounding of Serb opposition leader Vuk Draskovic Friday morning in the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro was the latest in a series of attacks against high-profile figures in Yugoslavia.Unknown gunmen wounded Draskovic, the leader of the conservative Serbian Renewal Movement, which is leading the charge for free elections in Yugoslavia to unseat President Slobodan Milosevic. Draskovic was shot shortly after midnight inside his vacation home in the town of Budva, according to the independent Beta news agency.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Peace and stability in the troubled Balkans will arrive only if Europe digs deeper into its pockets to provide the necessary funds to help reconstruct the region after last year's war in Kosovo.This is the view of the special coordinator for the international Pact for Stability in Southeastern Europe, Bodo Hombach, visiting Athens for talks with the Greek government.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Greece's long-awaited entry into a group of nations allowed to use the euro currency was welcomed as a historic event by the socialist government on Monday, but Tuesday's funeral of murdered British military attache Stephen Saunders will continue to remind Greek authorities that terrorism is an issue that needs to be stamped out.The decision by European Union leaders in Portugal to let Greece join 11 other EU member-states using the common euro currency was seen as a significant achievement by the Greek government.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - \plain\lang1033\f3\fs23\cf0 Athenians woke up Friday to newspaper headlines warning that the Greek capital may miss out on hosting the 2004 Olympics.The newspapers played up Thursday's announcement by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch that the IOC has serious organizational\plain\lang1033\f3\fs23\cf0 problems that might put the Athens event in jeopardy\plain\lang1033\f3\fs23\cf0 .
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - Ethnic Albanians from Albania and Kosovo are involved in attempts to infiltrate and destabilize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), according to press reports from Skopje, the capital of the small Balkan country.Should the situation get out of hand, observers fear, it could lead to yet another open conflict in the powderkeg region still trying to recover from last year's Kosovo flare-up.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Serbian opposition leaders meeting here agreed that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic must be removed from power and that the international community should ease sanctions against Belgrade.Following a weekend conference held at an Athens seaside resort, representatives of the Serbian opposition issued a declaration calling for free national elections to be held in Yugoslavia soon.The delegates said international sanctions against Belgrade were hurting the common citizens most and should be eased up.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - The Greek government says it is taking serious initiatives for cooperation with the European Union and the United States in the fight against terrorism.After coming under heavy criticism worldwide for its lack of action against terrorism, and in particular against the elusive November 17 terrorist group, Greece took the move towards further cooperation to prevent it becoming further isolated.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Four resignations in the last week in the Greek foreign ministry have left the socialist government battered just three weeks after its narrow general election victory over the conservative opposition.The resignations came less than a week after Foreign Minister George Papandreou met former conservative Prime Minister Costas Mitsotakis, who expressed concern over the quality of the ministry's staff.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - The Greek government says it is taking serious initiatives for cooperation with the European Union and the United States in the fight against international terrorism.After coming under heavy criticism worldwide for its lack of action against terrorism, and in particular against the elusive "November 17" terrorist group, Greece made the move toward further cooperation to prevent it from becoming further isolated.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com)- The Greek government has strongly rejected accusations levelled at its position on terrorism, which were contained in the US State Department's annual report."The Greek government believes that direct or indirect accusations in our country's policy on the issue of terrorism cannot be accepted," government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said, adding that Athens remained steadfast in confronting terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - US-backed talks opened in Geneva Wednesday, aimed at breaking a 26-year deadlock between Greece and Turkey over the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus.This is the third round of so-called "proximity talks" between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, leader of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.Cyprus has been divided since a 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the island's northern third. Only Turkey has recognized the breakaway entity.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Nearly a month after the socialists scored a narrow victory over the conservatives in Greek general elections, the losing New Democracy party has stepped up its campaign to investigate reports that the elections were rigged.Until now, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis has been mostly mum on the issue, but this week he formed a special processing committee to scrutinize the electoral results of April 9.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Germany has protested the beginning of proceedings to confiscate German property in Greece, the latest twist in a dispute over reparations from World War II.The situation has placed the Greek government in an embarrassing diplomatic situation.The Greek Supreme Court ruled in April that Germany owes $30 million in compensation to relatives of 214 civilians executed by the Nazis in a village called Distomo in 1944. The court said the claimants were entitled to seize and auction German government assets up to the sum granted.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - A round-table discussion between the US and Russian ambassadors to Greece shows big differences of opinion remain on lifting the international economic embargo against Yugoslavia.Addressing the seventh annual Thessaloniki Economic Forum on Southeast Europe, U.S. ambassador Nicholas Burns said the embargo must stay until Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic is removed from power.Russian ambassador Mikhail Botsarnikov insisted the time had come for an immediate end to the embargo.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - As the 26th anniversary of Turkey's invasion of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus was marked Thursday, the issue of whether or not the United States could have stopped the attack has resurfaced.The conservative Athens daily newspaper Eleftheros Typos (Free Press) carried an exclusive interview with jailed former dictator Dimitris Ioannidis, who claimed the CIA had assured him that Turkish forces would not land on Cyprus in 1974.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - A diplomatic hitch with the Palestinian Authority and ongoing, fierce Palestinian-Israeli clashes has overshadowed and undermined the first visit by a Greek president to Israel this week.A planned visit on Thursday by Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos to Ramallah, where he was to meet Palestinian officials, has been cancelled after Greek officials ruled out talks with the PA in East Jerusalem.The Palestinians reportedly had demanded that Stephanopoulos meet with their representatives in East Jerusalem.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - The Yugoslav government says it is determined to return its troops and police to Kosovo, the war-torn province they vacated under NATO pressure after last year's air campaign.Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic told the Sunday edition of Thessaloniki's daily newspaper Macedonia that Kosovo was an integral part of Serbia and Yugoslavia, and that the present United Nations regime was temporary.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Romania, one of the poorest countries in Europe's former communist bloc, is struggling to strengthen democracy and rebuild its economy to prepare for entry into both NATO and the European Union.NATO secretary-general George Robertson said Romania is making progress towards admission into the Western alliance. Speaking in Bucharest, Robertson said that if all goes well, Romania will be one of the states invited to join NATO when the alliance holds its 2002 summit.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou visited Belgrade Thursday but received the cold shoulder treatment from Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic, who has lately accused Athens of promoting American interests in the region.The Belgrade authorities delayed granting landing permission for Papandreou's aircraft. Several days earlier, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis' aircraft was prevented from flying over Yugoslavia on his way to New York.