Teen graffiti artist paints COVID-19 mural on Athens roof | AFP

Sixteen-year-old Greek graffiti artist S.F. paints a mural inspired by COVID-19 on the roof of his apartment block in Athens. The piece features an image of the virus pathogen and a message to stay home. S.F. has been making street art since 2011 and spends all of his allowance on supplies. As Greece is now under lockdown because of the pandemic he can no longer paint in public spaces so he sticks to his building rooftop.

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Greek navy ship arrives to house Lesbos island migrants | AFP

Greece brings in a navy ship to house hundreds of refugees and migrants who have recently arrived on Lesbos, an island whose migrant camps are already vastly overstretched. In an effort to curb the recent influx of arrivals from Turkey, Athens has suspended asylum procedures.

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Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens | AFP

Greek officials and residents from islands harbouring thousands of asylum-seekers stage a protest in Athens against plans to build new camps, gathering outside the interior ministry, and brandishing banners against the camps project.

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Greeks plunge into cold water to celebrate Epiphany | AFP

Greeks brave cold weather and plunge into the sea to retrieve a wooden cross during the traditional blessing of water marking the Orthodox Epiphany Day in Athens.

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Greece, Israel and Cyprus sign EastMed pipeline agreement in Athens | AFP

Greece, Cyprus and Israel sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. The move comes amid tensions with Turkey over its own activities in the area and a contentious maritime deal with Libya expanding Ankara’s claims over a large gas-rich area of the sea. IMAGES

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Demonstrators arrive at US embassy in Athens to mark annual anti-junta protest | AFP

Demonstrators arrive at the US embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1973 uprising against a US-backed junta. The annual march regularly descends into violence and some 5,000 officers were mobilised for the day, backed by drones, a helicopter and water cannon, police said. IMAGES

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping is greeted by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens. Xi touched down in the Greek capital on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the visit to Athens will have “historical significance” for the development of China-Greece relations, and will also “inject new impetus” into the development of China-EU relations and Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative. IMAGES

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Athens en route to BRICS summit | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Athens for his three-day visit where he will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis before heading to a BRICS summit in Brazil. Xi’s visit comes on the heels of a four-day trip to Shanghai by new conservative PM Mitsotakis. IMAGES

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Greeks protest against Pompeo’s visit | AFP

Greeks throw red paint on the statue of former US President Harry Truman and rally in the streets of Athens in protest against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Greece.

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Athens | AFP

The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias meets with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Athens. IMAGES

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Greek governemnt faces union protest over labour reform | AFP

Thousands of people march through the streets of Athens as a general strike paralyses the Greek capital, the first major protest against the conservative government since it took power in July.

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Greek police evict migrants from Athens squats | AFP

Police in Athens remove over 200 migrants, including dozens of children, from two squats in the city centre as part of a clean up drive by the new conservative government. of an evacuation of two squats in Athens Refugees board buses to be transferred elsewhere

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Exarcheia: Greek police raid migrant district | AFP

Greece’s new conservative government has stirred controversy by mounting police operations in the bohemian Athens district of Exarchia. The Athens neighbourhood is known for student uprisings, intellectual activism and anarchists movements has not shifted its character in decades but residents feel some things need to change.

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