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Police fire tear gas as Greeks protest against Macedonia name deal

20 Jan 2019

ATHENS Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest ahead of next week's parliamentary vote to ratify a name deal with Macedonia. | Video

UPDATE 1-Greece plans 5-year bond but only after Macedonia issue resolved-sources

18 Jan 2019

By George Georgiopoulos, Abhinav Ramnarayan and Virginia Furness

Greek PM Tsipras expected to survive confidence vote on Wednesday

15 Jan 2019

ATHENS Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to survive a parliamentary vote of confidence on Wednesday after his right-wing coalition partner quit in disagreement over a deal that aims to end a years-long name dispute with Macedonia.

Explosive device close to church wounds two in central Athens

27 Dec 2018

ATHENS An explosive device wounded a police officer and a civilian when it detonated outside a church in central Athens early on Thursday, shortly before liturgy was due to start and without warning, police and state media said. | Video

Greece's Famar restructures debt, gets Pillarstone investment

12 Dec 2018

ATHENS Famar, a contract manufacturer to pharmaceutical industries, has completed a 174 million euro ($197 million) debt restructuring and secured new funds from private equity-backed Pillarstone to strengthen its capital position.

Greek economic growth accelerates in third quarter on stronger consumer spending

04 Dec 2018

ATHENS Greece's economy expanded for a ninth straight quarter in July-to-September and at a faster pace than the previous quarter, mainly driven by stronger consumer spending, government data showed on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Greece's Piraeus Bank reports stronger profit in Q3

30 Nov 2018

ATHENS, Nov 30 Greece's largest lender Piraeus Bank on Friday reported a stronger profit for the July-to-September period compared to the second quarter, helped by higher commission income and lower operating costs.

UPDATE 1-Greek banks NBG, Alpha turn profitable in third quarter

29 Nov 2018

* Alpha reports profit of 41.1 mln on lower provisions, trading gain (Adds details, CEO comments)

Greek Eurobank to buy property firm to speed up bad loan reduction

26 Nov 2018

ATHENS Greece's third-largest lender Eurobank agreed a 780 million euro (690.97 million pounds) deal to buy Grivalia Properties to boost the bank's capital and speed up the reduction of bad loans, sending both shares sharply higher.

Greece's NBG to ask EU for more time to complete asset sales plan

23 Oct 2018

ATHENS, Oct 23 National Bank (NBG), Greece's second-largest lender will ask European Union competition authorities for more time to complete planned asset sales under an EU-approved restructuring plan, two bankers close to the matter said.

World News

Maduro rival Guaido claims Venezuela presidency with U.S. backing

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.