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Greek election confusion raises fresh fears over ability to pay debts

Confusion over the timing of fresh elections in Greece has threatened to jeopardise the prospects for a smooth transition to a new government.

Dusk settles briskly on Greece’s Golden Dawn

Members had been trained in Nazi-style hit squads to "attack immigrants for fun".

Hollywood stars give Greek tourist industry A-list endorsement

Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie are among the stars returning to Greece as its stricken economy gets a boost from a surge in bookings.

Enraged Greeks round on unsympathetic Lagarde

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde's description of Greeks as rampant tax dodgers has provoked a furious reaction in Athens

Debt and regret in Athens

The flame for the London Olympics was recently lit in Greece. Helena Smith looks at the legacy of the 2004 Athens Games

Return the Elgin marbles, Stephen Fry tells Britain

Actor Stephen Fry has called on the UK to use the London 2012 Olympics to "redress a great wrong" and return the Parthenon sculptures to Athens.

Angry Greeks condemn EU plot to control its finances

Germany's plan to install a commissioner in Athens with veto powers over the Greek budget has been dismissed as "laughable".

Greece’s debt talks threatened by rising pressure

Hopes of a deal between Greece and creditors in time for Monday's eurozone meeting have been dashed amid increased pressure to accept bigger losses.

Protests expected ahead of Greek debt write-off talks

Greece expects further protests as international creditors arrive to begin crucial talks on plans to write off some of the country's debts.

Who owns the works of Zorba’s creator?

A row over the rights to the works of Greece's most celebrated writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, is intensifying.

Protests flare as Greece faces next hurdle

The banner flapped in the wind for almost a week, surviving the rigours of sun and sudden downpour.

Anger engulfs Athens

Protesters' fury turns fatal as the Greek capital buckles under unrest.

Greek heritage crumbles

The economic crisis has accelerated the decline of the country's incomparable archaelogical sites.

Greeks wake up to their tsunami

From empty shops to half-full theatres, restaurants, concert halls and hotels, the signs are everywhere: economic crisis has come to Greece.

Baklava for peace

A Greek café in the heart of Turkey signals a thaw in relations.

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Concourt to hear Zondo commission’s application for contempt order against Zuma on March 25

The former president has one week to file answering papers in the application that also seeks a prison sentence imposed on him

Koko maintains he had no idea he was exchanging emails with a man likely to be Salim Essa

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