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Three T20 World Cup European qualifiers cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Three T20 World Cup European qualifiers cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, due to be hosted in Canada between 17 and 23 July, involving the hosts, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Panama and the USA, has been postponed due to government and travel restrictions

A haunting silence pervades cafes, restaurants in Greece as the country's second lockdown continues for six months
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A haunting silence pervades cafes, restaurants in Greece as the country's second lockdown continues for six months

Restaurants, bars and cafes, whose nature it is to gather groups of people closely together, have remained shut since November when the Greek government imposed a second lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Coach Luis Enrique says Spain 'deserved another result' after Greek stalemate
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Coach Luis Enrique says Spain 'deserved another result' after Greek stalemate

Spain dominated the first half in Granada with Juventus striker Alvaro Morata scoring with a left-foot drive on 33 minutes.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes winning return for Sweden; Germany, Italy, England win, Spain held
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes winning return for Sweden; Germany, Italy, England win, Spain held

Ibrahimovic set up Viktor Claesson's 35th-minute winner against Georgia at the Friends Arena just outside Stockholm in his 117th appearance for his national team, his first since Euro 2016.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, matchday: England, Germany, Italy, Spain get campaigns underway
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, matchday: England, Germany, Italy, Spain get campaigns underway

Germany coach Joachim Löw begins his farewell tour against Iceland in Duisberg. It is Germany's first game since Löw announced he will be quitting after this summer's European Championship.

Greek police recover ancient marble statue of ‘exceptional artwork’, investigation under way
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Greek police recover ancient marble statue of ‘exceptional artwork’, investigation under way

Photos released by the police showed the statue seemed to have been buried for a long time, and bore signs of damage from digging tools.

Greece: Heavy rainfall leads to discovery of ancient bronze bull figurine, a votive offering made to Zeus
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Greece: Heavy rainfall leads to discovery of ancient bronze bull figurine, a votive offering made to Zeus

Greece’s Culture Ministry said on 19 March that the small, intact figurine was found after an archaeologist spotted one horn poking out of the ground following recent rainfall in the area.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, historical theatre shows in Greece go online ahead of bicentennial celebrations
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Amid coronavirus pandemic, historical theatre shows in Greece go online ahead of bicentennial celebrations

To commemorate the bicentennial of the 1821-1832 Greek War of Independence, several historical theatre productions were lined up in Greece, including the Greek National Opera’s new production of “Despo,” one of the events marking 200 years since the war that resulted in Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire and rebirth as a nation.

Earthquake: 6.3-magnitude quake shakes central Greece, tremors felt in Balkans
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Earthquake: 6.3-magnitude quake shakes central Greece, tremors felt in Balkans

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Local officials reported some structural damage, mainly to old houses and buildings that saw walls collapse or crack

Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou adds voice to #MeToo movement
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Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou adds voice to #MeToo movement

Sofia Bekatarou said she hoped the reaction marked a turning point for Greek society, which often seems resigned to official cronyism and impunity.

Toll from Aegean Sea Quake rises to 116 in Turkey; rescuers finish searches in Izmir
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Toll from Aegean Sea Quake rises to 116 in Turkey; rescuers finish searches in Izmir

Of the 1,035 people injured in the 7.0 magnitude quake, 137 remained hospitalised on Wednesday, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said

Toll in Turkey, Greek island earthquake rises to 57; 70-year-old man pulled out alive from collapsed building
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Toll in Turkey, Greek island earthquake rises to 57; 70-year-old man pulled out alive from collapsed building

Over 900 people in Turkey have been injured in the Friday afternoon earthquake, which was centered in the Aegean northeast of the Greek island of Samos

Earthquake hits Turkey, Greece: 19 dead, over 700 injured as strong tremors hit Aegean Sea
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Earthquake hits Turkey, Greece: 19 dead, over 700 injured as strong tremors hit Aegean Sea

As a result of the 6.9 magnitude quake, a small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir province in Turkey, causing floods in the area

14 killed, over 500 injured as strong Aegean Sea earthquake strikes Turkish coast and Greek island
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14 killed, over 500 injured as strong Aegean Sea earthquake strikes Turkish coast and Greek island

At least 12 people were killed in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, including one who drowned, while two teenagers died in Greek island of Samos after being struck by a wall that collapsed

Greek court imprisons far-right Golden Dawn party leadership for running criminal enterprise
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Greek court imprisons far-right Golden Dawn party leadership for running criminal enterprise

The court granted suspended sentences to five of the party's 18 former lawmakers who were convicted of lesser charges

Greek court sentences leadership of far-right Golden Dawn to 13 years in prison for running criminal enterprise
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Greek court sentences leadership of far-right Golden Dawn to 13 years in prison for running criminal enterprise

The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members and supporters of Golden Dawn, which was founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s

Golden Dawn guilty of running criminal organisation, rules Greek court; neo-Nazism threat remains as similar political outfits emerge
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Golden Dawn guilty of running criminal organisation, rules Greek court; neo-Nazism threat remains as similar political outfits emerge

The three-judge criminal court tied the party to a string of attacks, including the fatal stabbing in 2013 of a left-wing rapper Pavlos Fyssas

'I was scared for my life': Manchester United defender Harry Maguire opens up on his arrest in Greece
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'I was scared for my life': Manchester United defender Harry Maguire opens up on his arrest in Greece

Maguire's brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were also found guilty on a range of charges and sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.

Turkey, Greece exchange harsh words after first Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia in nine decades
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Turkey, Greece exchange harsh words after first Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia in nine decades

Hagia Sophia was previously a museum and most Greeks view it as central to their Orthodox Christian religion: church bells tolled in mourning across Greece on Friday

Thousands participate in first Muslim prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 86 years
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Thousands participate in first Muslim prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 86 years

The landmark served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a mosque by a high court in Turkey this year