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Iconic Grandmother Who Fed Refugee Baby on Lesvos Passes Away

Greece's iconic grandmother, or "yiayia," Efstratia Mavrapidou, who took care of refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos years ago, passed away at the age on 96 on Tuesday. The grandmother was beloved not only on Lesvos but across Greece,...

18-Million-Year Old Petrified Trees Unearthed on Greece’s Lesvos

Excavations for rainwater drainage pipes brought to light fourteen more petrified trees in Lesvos island's Petrified Forest. "The trunks were in a very good state of preservation - they are impressive logs laid on successive strata, one above the other,"...

Rare Species of Orchids Give Life to Lesvos Petrified Forest

Due to impassioned conservation efforts at Lesvos Petrified Forest, a breathtaking rare orchid species named Ophrys lesbis has sprouted.

Number of Refugees, Migrants on Lesvos Now Under 5,000

The number of refugees and migrants on Lesvos is now less than 5,000, according to figures released by the Greek Ministry of Migration

Number of Refugees at Lesvos Camp Declines Significantly

The number of migrants and refugees at the Kara Tepe Camp on the Greek island of Lesvos has dropped under 6,000 in the last month.

Magnificent Roman Aqueduct on Greece’s Lesvos Gets Facelift

A Roman aqueduct in the area of Moria on Lesvos will be restored, the Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday.

New Migrant Center on Lesvos Will be Built Expeditiously, Greek PM Says

The new migrant center on the Greek island of Lesvos, to replace Moria, will be built quickly, said Greek PM Mitsotakis on Thursday.

Search and Rescue Underway for Migrants off the Island of Lesvos

A search and rescue attempt is currently underway off the Greek island of Lesvos after three women were reported to have fallen off a migrant boat as it neared the island early on Friday. The Greek Coast Guard launched the...

Entire Fossilized Tree Discovered Intact on Greece's Lesvos Island

Greece's Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos announced recently a major discovery on the beautiful island of the eastern Aegean Sea. The Museum said that they discovered a massive and almost completely intact fossilized tree, which...

Greek Police Suspends 4 Officers for Beating Helpless Refugees on Lesvos

The Greek Police announced on Friday night that they suspended three border guards and one police officer on the island of Lesvos, following the publication of a video, which showed them beating helpless refugees and migrants on the Eastern...

European Commission OK's Plan for New Migrant and Refugee Center on Lesvos

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the construction of a new reception center for migrants and refugees on the Greek island of...

Two Missing as Migrant Boat Sinks Off Greece's Lesvos

A search and rescue operation is under way for two people missing off the island of Lesvos after a boat carrying dozens of migrants sank on Wednesday. So far, 32 individuals -- 15 men, 14 women and three children --...

Suspected ISIS Member in Peloponnese was Refugee on Lesvos in 2017

A man who had come on a boat to Greece from Turkey in 2017, claiming political asylum from the nation of Tajikistan, was brought before the appellate prosecutor of Nafplio by officers from Greece's Special Suppression Counter-Terrorism Unit (EKAM)...

UK Says Travelers Returning from Zakynthos, Lesvos and Santorini Need Not Isolate

In a surprise move, the government of the United Kingdom on Thursday removed the stipulation that UK travelers must self-isolate after returning from the Greek islands of Zakynthos, Serifos, Lesvos, Tinos and Santorini as of 4 AM on Saturday,...

EU Commission To Establish New Taskforce to Address Lesvos Migrant Issues

Following the fire that devastated the Moria migrant facility on the Greek island of Lesvos, the EU Commission announced on Wednesday that it will establish a dedicated task force to improve the situation on the island in a meaningful...