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NEW YORK – New research into Greek artifacts looted by the Nazis was highlighted in the New York Times on January 18 as “the topic of the Nazi role in antiquities looting is increasingly drawing attention, in part through the work of scholars who are peeling back the mysteries of what happened to the objects that were excavated or seized eight decades ago.

NEW YORK – New research into Greek artifacts looted by the Nazis was highlighted in the New York Times on January 18 as “the topic of the Nazi role in antiquities looting is increasingly drawing attention, in part through the work of scholars who are peeling back the mysteries of what happened to the objects that were excavated or seized eight decades ago.

ATHENS - Moving to bolster its arsenal in the face of constant Turkish provocations, Greece is getting the first of six new French-made Rafale fighter jets in a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

ATHENS - Moving to bolster its arsenal in the face of constant Turkish provocations, Greece is getting the first of six new French-made Rafale fighter jets in a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

LONDON - An editorial in the Times of London - which had always supported the British Museum keeping the stolen Parthenon Marbles - for their return to Athens has prompted Greece to step up the pressure to get them back.

MOSCOW — Russia maintained a tough posture amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning Wednesday that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.

MOSCOW — Russia maintained a tough posture amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning Wednesday that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

JERUSALEM — Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive of global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc, was awarded on Wednesday the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

JERUSALEM — Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive of global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc, was awarded on Wednesday the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

NEW YORK - Archon Peter Clyde Nicholas Papadakos Esq, 66, of McKeesport, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2022.

NEW YORK - Archon Peter Clyde Nicholas Papadakos Esq, 66, of McKeesport, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2022.

SΑΙΝΤ AUGUSTINE, FL - Maintaining the traditions and customs of the first Greek settlers that arrived on the American continent, St Photios National Shrine hosted its Third Annual Vasilopita Celebration on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the St Photios Shrine in St Augustine, Florida.

SΑΙΝΤ AUGUSTINE, FL - Maintaining the traditions and customs of the first Greek settlers that arrived on the American continent, St Photios National Shrine hosted its Third Annual Vasilopita Celebration on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the St Photios Shrine in St Augustine, Florida.

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The desperate attempt of yet another minister in the Greek government to take credit for and benefit from expatriates being able to access the electronic services of the registries of the Greek state at Greek consulates has provoked concern but mainly laughter.

Elias Mosialo is the Greek representative to the World Health Organization.

By Theodore Karakostas
Elias Mosialo is the Greek representative to the World Health Organization.
By Theodore Karakostas

A great struggle needs a great leader to succeed.

A great struggle needs a great leader to succeed.

Before plunging into a controversial and polarizing rant about the pandemic, I’d like to begin with a couple of disclaimers: first and foremost, I am profoundly saddened by all the suffering the virus’ victims and their loved ones have endured.

Before plunging into a controversial and polarizing rant about the pandemic, I’d like to begin with a couple of disclaimers: first and foremost, I am profoundly saddened by all the suffering the virus’ victims and their loved ones have endured.

ATHENS - Restrictive measures against the coronavirus currently in effect will be extended by yet another week to Monday, January 31, the Greek Health Ministry announced on Wednesday, following a meeting of the ministry's committee of health experts.

ATHENS - Greece’s Culture Ministry reversed a decision to take a donation from a private foundation that was tied to a gang rape allegation at a New Year’s Eve party in the country’s second-largest city and major port Thessaloniki.

ATHENS — Greece raised 3 billion euros ($3,4 billion) in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday, which supplements tax revenue to finance everything from free COVID-19 tests for schoolchildren to fighter jets following its yearslong economic bailout program.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the US or changed the planes they're using Wednesday, the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that new 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recent setbacks to his lofty agenda.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recent setbacks to his lofty agenda.

ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school, the university and those involved in the settlement announced Wednesday.

ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school, the university and those involved in the settlement announced Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine.

NICOSIA - No one’s come close for decades, but the newly-elected European Parliament President, Malta’s Roberta Metsola, said the European Union should play a role in trying to reunify Cyprus, split by unlawful invasions in 1974 that saw Turkey seize the northern third.

NICOSIA - No one’s come close for decades, but the newly-elected European Parliament President, Malta’s Roberta Metsola, said the European Union should play a role in trying to reunify Cyprus, split by unlawful invasions in 1974 that saw Turkey seize the northern third.

ATHENS - President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday received the new Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides at the Presidential Mansion and congratulated him on the assumption of his new duties.

ATHENS - President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday received the new Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides at the Presidential Mansion and congratulated him on the assumption of his new duties.

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General, who failed to broker a reunification agreement for Cyprus when 2018 negotiations fell apart, said there's so much mistrust between the sides and time passing that a solution seems unlikely.

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General, who failed to broker a reunification agreement for Cyprus when 2018 negotiations fell apart, said there's so much mistrust between the sides and time passing that a solution seems unlikely.

NEW YORK – The New York Red Bulls announced Greek goalkeeper for the Georgetown University Hoyas Giannis Nikopolidis as their third pick and 71st overall in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft on January 11.

NEW YORK — This was always Jacqueline Cruz-Towns' favorite game, when her family could gather to watch her son play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

NEW YORK — This was always Jacqueline Cruz-Towns' favorite game, when her family could gather to watch her son play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

MELBOURNE, Australia — For the first set, Naomi Osaka's rediscovered love of the game meant it was anything but fun for Madison Brengle in the third round of the Australian Open.

MELBOURNE, Australia — For the first set, Naomi Osaka's rediscovered love of the game meant it was anything but fun for Madison Brengle in the third round of the Australian Open.

SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson found his shooting stroke and Warriors fans roared at every chance.

SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson found his shooting stroke and Warriors fans roared at every chance.
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OCEAN, NJ – Rafaella Lambrinos, whose family is from Karpathos originally, spoke with The National Herald about the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou program she founded at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ, which connects youth and seniors from her church community through weekly phone conversations.

1 Killed, 8 Hurt as Suspected Gas Explosion Hits Bronx Home1 Killed, 8 Hurt as Suspected Gas Explosion Hits Bronx Home

NEW YORK — A suspected gas explosion partially collapsed a home in the Bronx, setting the structure ablaze and killing a woman and injuring eight other people, including five police officers, officials said.

Big Voting Bill Faces Defeat as 2 Dems Won’t Stop Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden's own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Mitsotakis: New Rafale Aircraft an Example of “Changing and Prospering Greece”

ATHENS - The new Rafale fighter jets that arrived in Greece on Wednesday are an example of how Greece is "changing and prospering in all fields," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a speech during a ceremony to receive the first six out of a total of 24 new aircraft ordered from France.

SRINAGAR, India — In a Himalayan village in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, young health worker Masrat Farid packed her bag with vaccines on a frigid morning in January as strong winds swept snow through the air.

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.

SELCUK, Turkey — Black-eyed Nirvana and Mr Isa, two male camels from the western Aydin province of Turkey and wearing colorful saddles, circled the grounds with their owners and then wrestled fiercely as thousands cheered.

NEW YORK — André Leon Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died.

NEW YORK — André Leon Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died.

LOS ANGELES — Netflix could be a dominant force at next month's NAACP Image Awards.

LOS ANGELES — Netflix could be a dominant force at next month's NAACP Image Awards.

LOS ANGELES — Louie Anderson is being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital, a spokesman for the actor and comedian said.

LOS ANGELES — Louie Anderson is being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital, a spokesman for the actor and comedian said.

Plenty of US veterans of the country's 21-century "forever wars" — men and women who lost buddies and limbs to roadside bombs and suffer psychic scars — struggle to understand the why behind them.

Plenty of US veterans of the country's 21-century "forever wars" — men and women who lost buddies and limbs to roadside bombs and suffer psychic scars — struggle to understand the why behind them.

LOS ANGELES — "This Is Us," "black-ish" and "Better Call Saul" are among the shows to be saluted at the Paley Center for Media's annual TV festival, returning to live events after two years of pandemic-caused virtual editions.

LOS ANGELES — "This Is Us," "black-ish" and "Better Call Saul" are among the shows to be saluted at the Paley Center for Media's annual TV festival, returning to live events after two years of pandemic-caused virtual editions.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings.

NEW YORK — Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.