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At Least Three Die as Migrant Boat Sinks Off Lesvos, Greece

At least three migrants died and several are missing after a migrant boat capsized and sank off the island of Lesvos, Greece on Tuesday. The boat carrying at least 41 migrants sank after crashing into rocks off the island’s coast,...

Syrian Refugee Who Inspired Netflix’s ‘Swimmers’ on Trial in Greece

The trial of a Syrian refugee and competitive swimmer whose story inspired the Netflix film The Swimmers is set to begin on the island of Lesvos, Greece on Friday. Sarah Mardini, a prominent human rights worker, is one of twenty-four...

4.8 Earthquake Rattles Lesvos Island, Greece

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattled the island of Lesvos on Tuesday morning. There have been no reports of injuries. The earthquake hit five kilometers east southeast of the town of Mithymna and had a focal depth of 12.4 kilometers, according...

18-Million-Year Old Petrified Trees Unearthed on Lesvos, Greece

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

Netflix’s ‘The Swimmers’: Story of Refugee Sisters that Landed in Greece

Netflix premieres The Swimmers on Wednesday, a true story of two sisters from Syria who were forced to flee their country becoming refugees on Lesvos, Greece. The biographical drama tells the story of Yusra and Sarah Mardini, who, in 2015,...

Greece Targets NGOs Accused of Human Trafficking From Turkey

Four NGOs stand charged with smuggling illegal immigrants from Turkey to Greece in the summer of 2021. The NGOs, both well-known and reputable, allegedly colluded with traffickers working from the Turkish coast. They have also been accused of spying...

Death Toll Rises to 22 After Migrant Boats Sink in Greece

At least twenty-two people drowned and many are missing after two migrant boats sank off Greece on the islands of Lesvos and Kythera on Wednesday evening. Rescuers retrieved eighteen bodies overnight off the Aegean island of Lesvos near the Turkish...

At Least 17 Migrants Drown, Scores Missing After Boats Sink Off Greece

At least seventeen migrants died and dozens are missing after two separate boats sank off Greece on Wednesday evening. The Greek Coast Guard announced that seventeen migrants, sixteen women and a fifteen-year-old boy drowned as their boat sank off the...

Discovery of Marble Lintel Rewrites Byzantine History of Greece’s Lesvos

The discovery of a 3.50-meter-long marble lintel on Greece's Lesvos is likely to rewrite the island's late Byzantine history, the Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday. The artifact was found during an excavation near the foundations of the Byzantine gate...

Greece Under Fire on Anniversary of Mati Disaster

At least four large fires are cutting a path of destruction across Greece on Saturday, burning homes and businesses, forcing evacuations, pushing into beach resorts, and scorching protected forests and parks. Strong winds and temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s...