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In Europe on Last Foreign Trip, Obama Warns against 'Crude' Nationalism

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday issued a warning against "crude" nationalism following Donald Trump's shock election win as he visited Europe on a mission to reassure jittery allies.

Obama, making his last foreign trip as president, said the NATO alliance was "absolutely vital" to U.S. interests and stressed a strong, unified Europe was good for America, after Trump, on the campaign trail, appeared to play down the importance of transatlantic ties.

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Thousands Arrive in Athens as Migrant Influx Piles Pressure on EU

Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on Wednesday, piling further pressure on increasingly divided European nations as they struggle to cope with the unprecedented influx.

Fresh protests also erupted in Hungary, a key transit point for the huge numbers of people trekking up from Greece through the Balkans in search of a new life in northern Europe.

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After Island Ordeal, Desperate Syrians Rerouted to Athens

Thousands of Syrians, some still bearing the scars of war on their faces, landed at the main Greek port of Piraeus early Thursday, hoping to continue their journey to safety towards northern Europe.

Some 2,700 people -- mostly Syrian with some Afghans -- poured onto the dock, relieved to be a step closer to their destination but anxious to move on.

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EU Summit on Greece Canceled as Eurozone Talks Continue

The EU canceled a full 28-nation summit on Sunday to decide Greece's fate in the single European currency, although a meeting of leaders from the 19 countries in the eurozone will go ahead as planned.

The announcement by European Council President Donald Tusk came as eurozone finance ministers met for a second day to continue "difficult" Greek bailout talks, with the aim of reaching a deal that eurozone leaders can sign off on.

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Greek Minister Says Proposed Deal 'Clearly Unviable'

Greece is being put before a "clearly unviable" agreement by its EU-IMF creditors but remains committed to staying in the eurozone, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Irish radio on Friday.

"The Greek side has bent over backwards to accommodate some rather strange demands by the institutions. It is now up to them to come to the party," he told the public broadcaster RTE.

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Greece, Macedonia Work to Solve Name Row

Greece and Macedonia on Wednesday agreed a set of measures to build trust between the two countries, in a bid to solve a 20-year long name dispute that has blocked Macedonian EU and NATO membership.

Athens denies Skopje the use of the name Macedonia -- claiming to have a historical right to it -- and the two neighbors have been in dispute since the former Yugoslav republic proclaimed independence in 1991.

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5.2-Magnitude Quake Strikes North of Athens

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck north of Athens early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but while it was felt in the Greek capital there were no reported casualties.

According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was 83 kilometers (52 miles) north of Athens, near the town of Malesina. It began at around 4:10 am (0110 GMT) and lasted for several seconds, waking residents in the area.

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Greek Crisis Talks End Without Breakthrough

Greece and its creditors failed to reach a breakthrough at crunch talks in Brussels Thursday despite saying they had made progress towards a deal that could save Athens from a possible euro exit.

Anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in a bid to hammer out a reform plan that could unlock the final 7.2-billion-euro ($8.0-billion) tranche of Greece's bailout.

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Indebted Greece Seeks Small Change from Dormant Accounts

The Greek government, struggling to keep up its debt repayments,  announced on Tuesday that any dormant public sector accounts holding less than 100 euros ($109) should be emptied and the funds handed over to the central bank.

"It covers bank accounts which on March 15 held a total of 0-99 euros," the finance ministry said in a decree.

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Greece's Last Film Poster Painter Soldiers on

Far from the limelight of Cannes, Greece's last painter of film posters toils away in a little garden studio to deliver his latest commission.

Vassilis Dimitriou is 80 years old, works alone and knows his days on the job are numbered -- his left hand trembles from the early onset of Parkinson's disease.

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