Greece: Syriza leader Tsipras resigns after major defeat
02 July 2023 | 5:14 am
After leading his party to a dramatic defeat in the recent election, former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is stepping down as leader of Syriza.
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Wildfires have been raging in northeastern Greece for days. Media reports suggest the bodies were those of migrants.
Greek firefighters have been battling blazes on numerous fronts, including near the capital. Prosecutors ordered an investigation into the causes of the fires and alleged claims of racism and scapegoating of migrants.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze at the edge of Greece's Dadia national park. The European Commission described it as the largest single fire in the history of the EU.
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