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July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - European Union leaders have rejected the idea of a European-wide border police force to curb illegal immigration.But they did agree to have the chiefs of their border police meet regularly, and they promised "joint operations" on EU borders.Meeting in Spain, the member states also agreed to coordinate their requirements for asylum and their treatment of asylum-seekers. They hope uniform standards will prevent refugees from "shopping around" in various European countries in search of the best "deal" for themselves.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Nearly a year after the Greek Orthodox Church launched a campaign to retain a citizen's religious affiliation on mandatory identity cards, the head of the church says more than three million Greeks had "bravely" backed the drive to oppose EU regulations.The Greek government argues that including a person's religious affiliation on identity cards violates EU privacy requirements.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - Turkey, a close ally of the United States and the only Muslim member of NATO, stands with the United States after last week's terrorist attacks, and the U.S. may call upon its ally to open up its military bases to U.S. troops. NATO has long regarded Turkey as a buffer between three Muslim countries to its southeast (Iraq, Iran and Syria), and Turkish leaders have already pledged full support for likely joint NATO action under the alliance's collective defense clause.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - The Greek government is considering deploying the military to deal with the threat of terrorism during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States.The attacks on the U.S. have created a totally new security environment and raised the fear of terrorists using chemical and biological weapons, Greek officials said.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - Concerned about a possible repetition of violent anti-globalization protests at a G8 summit planned for Genoa next month, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he wants to open a dialogue with demonstrators planning action during the event.Protests during a European Union meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden last weekend turned ugly, despite efforts by the center-left Swedish government to hold talks with protesters beforehand.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens (CNSNews.com) - Pope John Paul II headed back to Rome this week after a controversial visit to Ukraine fiercely opposed by the country's largest Orthodox Church. Vatican officials acknowledged the trip had not achieved its main goal of reconciling Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians in the borderland between Christianity's historical western and eastern traditions.The pope had visited Ukraine "as a pilgrim of peace, impelled solely by the desire to testify that Christ is the only truth," church officials were quoted as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - European Union countries are hoping two weeks of talks in Bonn, Germany will salvage an international agreement aimed at combating "global warming" despite what they see as U.S. attempts to kill the agreement.President Bush last March renounced the Kyoto Protocol as "fatally flawed," because he said, it would damage U.S. economic interests.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Italian security forces are finalizing preparations aimed at protecting the leaders of the world's key industrialized nations from threats by terrorists or demonstrators who have vowed to disrupt the G-8 summit in Genoa this weekend.A package bomb sent to a police station in the Fruttuoso area of the city earlier this week added to crisis atmosphere.Interior Minister Claudio Scajola called the bomb attack, which wounded a policeman, "an extremely serious episode aimed at increasing the tension just before the G-8 meeting."
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - A diplomatic incident has occurred on the sidelines of the G-8 summit, with complaints from Greece about the treatment of Greek anti-globalization protestors at the hands of Italian police.Twelve protestors and a policeman were injured when baton-wielding police attacked Greeks trying to disembark from a ferry at the eastern Italian port of Ancona, on their way to Friday's summit in Genoa.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Athens, Greece (CNSNews.com) - Facing a major challenge of ensuring security at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the country is appealing to other countries with extensive experience in security and counter-terrorism to provide help.The United States, Australia, Spain, Britain, France, Germany and Israel have offered training and intelligence to the Greek authorities.