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  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece is under a news blackout after the country's biggest press union called a 24- hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees. The Athens Journalists' Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat. Greece's news media have been hard...

  • KAVOURI, Greece— The eurozone's top official said Monday that Greece and its European creditors are on a good path to completing the latest round of bailout talks, with a view to a "clean exit" from strict fiscal supervision. "A clean exit, and full exit in August of next year— that's our common goal so that Greece is once again independent financially and sovereign in...

  • Vivien Ann Schmidt, professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, says a new Angela Merkel-led government in Germany will have to formulate policies on Greece that may, or may not, differ from the current government with SPD support.

  • Sept 22- Uber faces having to withdraw ride hailing services in London, its busiest European market, after local regulator Transport for London pulled the company's licence for private hire cabs on Friday, a move Uber said it planned to appeal. UberPOP remains available in a handful of cities in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Norway, Poland and Switzerland.

  • *Tsipras has battled Greece's creditors since winning power. *Government planning "new Greece" after bailout exit. Since taking power in early 2015, he has spent most of his days and nights in firefighting mode, battling Greece's creditors to renegotiate the harsh terms of a series of bailout deals.

  • *Tsipras has battled Greece's creditors since winning power. *Government planning "new Greece" after bailout exit. Since taking power in early 2015, he has spent most of his days and nights in firefighting mode, battling Greece's creditors to renegotiate the harsh terms of a series of bailout deals.

  • *Eldorado cites "constructive" talks with Greece. *Athens seeks solution via arbitration. ATHENS, Sept 21- Eldorado Gold on Thursday postponed a decision to freeze its investment in Greece, saying that talks with the country's leftist-led government, which granted it key permits last week, were "constructive".

  • ATHENS, Greece— Canadian mining company says it will not suspend operations in Greece as it has started talks with the government.

  • ATHENS, Sept 21- Hundreds of Eldorado Gold workers fearing job losses marched through Athens on Thursday, hours before a deadline imposed by the Canadian miner over permits expires. Workers in yellow vests and safety helmets gathered outside the energy ministry in Athens chanting "We won't back down!" Eldorado's investment in northern Greece, which employs...

  • ATHENS, Greece— A Canadian mining company that is one of Greece's largest foreign investors said Thursday it would not suspend operations in the country as it had threatened to do earlier this month, after starting a "constructive dialogue" with the government. Vancouver- based Eldorado Gold said it was in talks with Greece's Energy and Environment Ministry, and...

  • A Greek flag during a rally in Athens.

    The government is considering a swap that would consolidate the secondary market into a few benchmark issues, replacing 20 separate bonds.

  • ATHENS, Sept 20- Greece is considering swapping 20 small bond issues for four or five new ones, government sources said, as it prepares to exit its international bailout and resume normal financing operations. Major holders included banks and pensions funds in Greece and abroad. Two years later in 2014, Greece made two forays as part of a plan to regain full bond...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The captain and chief mechanic of a ship commissioned for an oil-spill cleanup operation outside Athens have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, further complicating efforts to contain the oil that has polluted the Greek capital's coastline. The Merchant Marine Ministry said Wednesday that the two were arrested on smuggling charges...

  • THESSALONIKI, Greece— A lawyer in Greece for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, says Russia wants to extradite him as well. Vinnik was arrested in northern Greece in July and detained pending an extradition hearing later this month following a request from U.S. Attorney's Office in...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Russia seeks extradition of Russian citizen arrested in Greece and wanted by US in major cybercrime fraud case.

  • ATHENS, Greece— A tanker being used to pump oil from a sunken ship that is polluting the coastline around Greece's main port of Piraeus is to be replaced because its certificate of seaworthiness is expiring, Greek authorities said Tuesday. Oil slicks have extended from the island of Salamina near where the sinking occurred to the entire length of the Athens...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The World Wildlife Fund filed a lawsuit Monday over extensive pollution to the coastline outside Athens following the sinking of a tanker near Greece's largest port. Oil slicks have extended from the island of Salamina, near where the tanker went down, to the entire length of the Athens coast. The World Wildlife Fund said it considered the case to...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging ministers to get on with reforms demanded by creditors so the country can exit its bailout program in 10 months. He said Greece's surplus, before debt servicing costs are taken into account, will be higher than the 1.75 percent of annual GDP demanded. Bailout inspectors are currently in Athens but...

  • EU has to be strengthened in major areas: Opposition lawmaker

    Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP), speaks about the European Union and the Greek debt crisis.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greek authorities have banned swimming along a long line of popular Athens beaches on Friday following extensive sea pollution from the sinking of a small oil tanker five days ago, which prompted a large containment and cleanup operation. The swimming ban covers much of a 20- kilometer stretch from Greece's main port of Piraeus to Glyfada,...