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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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Bundesbank Critical of ECB Aid to Greek Banks

The head of the German central bank or Bundesbank hit out in a newspaper interview Friday at the ongoing provision of emergency liquidity to Greek banks by the European Central Bank.

Given the fact that the ECB is banned under its statutes from financing states' debts, "I don't feel it's correct that banks with no access to the markets are awarded loans used to finance the government debt of a country which also has no access to the markets," Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told the business daily Handelsblatt.

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2 Dead, 21 Hurt as Albanians, Pakistanis Fight in Athens Prison

Two inmates were killed and 21 others injured during fighting that broke out in an Athens prison on Sunday, the justice ministry said.

The violence erupted between Albanian and Pakistani groups of prisoners using improvised weapons in Korydallos prison in western Athens, said a source close to the investigation. The reason for the dispute was unclear.

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Greece's New Team Prepares Reforms to Win Deal with Creditors

A new Greek expert team, tasked with negotiating with the country's creditors, met Tuesday to draw up a series of reforms aimed at finally reaching a deal with the EU and the IMF.

The "political negotiation team" of experts, led by the Dutch-born economics professor and junior foreign minister Euclid Tsakalotos, met late in the evening "to devise reform proposals," the finance ministry said in a statement.

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EU Official: European Asylum Rules Must Change

The EU's top immigration official on Tuesday said the bloc was "concerned" by its existing asylum regulations and was looking at ways to amend them with large numbers of migrants fleeing conflict crossing the Mediterranean.

"I know the Greek government is concerned by (the regulations) -- the European Commission is also concerned," European migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a visit to Athens.

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Jailed Greek Ex-Minister's Wife Escapes from Detention

The wife of a prominent Greek ex-minister jailed for corruption early on Thursday escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Athens, a police source said.

Vicky Stamati had been  moved to Dromokaitio hospital from high-security Korydallos prison 18 months ago after complaining of psychological problems.

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Greek Anarchists Arrested after Parliament Protest

More than a dozen Greek anarchists were arrested on Wednesday after a protest at the gates of parliament in favor of jailed far-left extremists on hunger strike.

Taking the police by surprise, the anarchists unfurled a banner in front of a parliament entrance reserved for ministers and lawmakers for a few minutes before being escorted away.

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