Greece

    • Persephone leads visitors in a Greek cave

      Persephone leads visitors in a Greek cave

      Persephone is a tour guide in Greece, but perhaps not the one people are used to, AP reports. Billed as the world’s first robot tour guide inside a cave, Persephone has been welcoming visitors since mid-July to the Alistrati Cave in northern Greece, 135 km east of Thessaloniki.

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    • Greece battles growing forest fire near Athens

      Greece battles growing forest fire near Athens

      Greek firefighters continue to battle a wildfire raging through one of the last remaining pine forests near Athens, news wires reported. More than 500 wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across the country, ravaging swathes of forest and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

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    • New minister will manage wildfire damages in Greece

      New minister will manage wildfire damages in Greece

      New deputy minister will be responsible for aid and recovery from natural disasters in Greece. Christos Triantopoulos was appointed by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday in attempt to defuse growing anger over the struggle to curb wildfires. The new position is created to compensate businesses and families hard hit by recent blazes, Reuters reported.

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    • Greek PM apologises for wildfires catastrophe

      Greek PM apologises for wildfires catastrophe

      Greece's prime minister apologised on Monday to his compatriots for failures in tackling the wildfires tearing across the country, news wires reported. "I completely understand the pain of our fellow citizens who saw their homes or property burning. We may have done what was humanly possible, but in many cases it was not enough," Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a TV address.

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    • EU continues to coordinate assistance for Greece and other countries, hit by fires

      EU continues to coordinate assistance for Greece and other countries, hit by fires

      The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to channel support to help combat unprecedented forest fires in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean, EC Press service reported on Monday. Following requests from Greece, North Macedonia, Albania, Italy and Turkey, the European Union has now helped mobilise 14 firefighting planes, 3 helicopters, some 1,300 rescuers and 250 vehicles.

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    • Mass evacuations in Greek residential areas as fires rage on

      Mass evacuations in Greek residential areas as fires rage on

      Thousands of tourists and residents were evacuated and a thick cloud of smoke and ash hung over Athens on Saturday as forests fires that have already killed two people raged for an 11th day in parts of Greece, AFP reported. At least 1,450 Greek firefighters were battling the infernos along with 15 aircraft, with reinforcements arriving from other countries, the fire service said. The blazes are set to continue with strong winds and temperatures of up to 38 degrees C forecast in some regions on Saturday.

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    • Hundreds evacuated from an island near Athens as wildfires rage

      Hundreds evacuated from an island near Athens as wildfires rage

      Hundreds of people were evacuated by boat from an island near Athens as Greece braced for a fourth day of wildfires on Friday with emergency services forecasting strong winds and searing temperatures, Reuters reported. Coastguard vessels assisted by tourist boats have picked up 631 people since late Thursday from three beaches on the island of Evia, where the flames have burned through a vast area of pine forest since Tuesday and reached the sea. They were all moved to safety and sea patrols are continuing in case of emergency, a coastguard official said.

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    • Water-dropping planes, helicopters resume fight against fires north of Athens

      Water-dropping planes, helicopters resume fight against fires north of Athens

      Firefighting planes resumed operation on Wednesday morning in Greece to tackle a major forest fire on the northern outskirts of Athens that forced thousands to flee their homes the previous day amid the country’s worst heat wave in decades, AP reported. The fire in the Varibobi and Tatoi suburbs of the Greek capital was the worst of 81 wildfires that broke out around the country in 24 hours from late Monday to late Tuesday. Five water-dropping planes and nine helicopters were helping more than 500 firefighters, soldiers and numerous volunteer groups on the ground, the fire department said.

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