THOUSANDS of British holidaymakers in Turkey and Greece have been caught up in an earthquake, which triggered a tsunami, early this morning.The disaster has killed two people and injured more than 120 others, as buildings collapsed on the Greek island of Kos.The 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck about 10 miles east of Kos but it was also felt on the island or Rhodes and Turkey, where the city of Bodrum was worst hit.There is also a risk of possible aftershocks, which could hit the area in the coming days.Every summer millions of holidaymakers head to Turkey and Greece in search of sunshine - but what happens if you're due to travel there in the coming days. We explain.You’re unlikely to be able to claim a refund if you cancel a trip because of safety fears - unless the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel.At the moment the FCO has updated its travel advice for Greece and Turkey to warn holidaymakers about the recent earthquake.It advises those in the area to … [Read more...] about If you’re heading to Greece or Turkey, can you cancel your holiday and get your money back?
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BRIT tourists fearing a massive aftershock are still queuing at Kos airport today after two people were killed and more than 300 injured in yesterday's massive earthquake.Holidaymakers are stuck in massive queues while they wait for flights to take them off the island in a second day of delays caused by the tremor.Many have forced to wait outside the airport so authorities can easily evacuate the building in the event of an aftershock, it Mail Online reported. Flights in and out of the island were also cancelled yesterday causing delays, but it's hoped schedules will return to normal today.Many travellers were forced to sit on the ground outside the terminal with their luggage.Thousands of Brits were caught up in a 6.7 magnitude quake which hit on Friday morning at around 1:30am.And dozens of aftershocks have shaken the island, further rattling residents and tourists.John Grant, a 60-year-old tourist from Britain, said he felt safer sleeping outside."I think coming from somewhere … [Read more...] about Brit holidaymakers forced to queue outside Kos airport over concerns an aftershock could hit after deadly earthquake killed two people and 360 injured
BRITONS planning a holiday in Europe have been warned of a “high" threat of terrorism after deadly terrorist attacks in Nice and the ongoing coup in Turkey.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued travel warnings and advice to specific regions for Brits after the Turkish military launched a coup against the government Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and string of Islamic terrorist attacks in France.These are the holiday destinations the government classifies as "high-risk":TurkeyAround 2.5million Brits visit the country each year and it is the latest destination popular with UK holidaymakers to be hit by instability after an attempt to overthrow the government by the army and terror attacks carried out by both ISIS and Kurdish separatists.In the wake of recent political instability, official advice is to avoid all but essential travel to the region for the coming days, but tour operator Thomas Cook has said it believes southern Turkish holiday … [Read more...] about After Nice attack and Turkey chaos, how does YOUR summer destination fare on holiday terror map?
I'M beginning to feel like an extra in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Guide Costa shows me the ruins of one of the world's first ever medical centres.Remember Toula's Windextouting dad Gus, who boasted he could take any word in the English language and show how it came from the Greeks? Costa can do the same."Gynaecologist comes from Greek gyne and logia, meaning woman and study", he proudly explains. "You know the word pathology, the study of disease? Pathos means suffering in Greek. The word thorax? It's Greek!" And we all know about the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take. It's named after Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, who practised in the very place where we are standing on the island of Kos almost 2,500 years ago.It was called an Asklepion after the ancient Greek god of medicine Asclepius and had grand consultation rooms and columned temples that put modern hospitals to shame.Sadly it was all destroyed by an earthquake 1,500 years ago and the rubble was carted off … [Read more...] about Cruise the idyllic islands of the Aegean sea and visit Athens, Kos, Ios, Santorini, Mykonos and Milos
HORDES of tourists have fled to the airport on the Greek island of Kos today after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake.Crowds were spotted outside Kos International Airport as they tried to leave the holiday hot spot.Flights in and out of the island were cancelled yesterday causing delays, but schedules are due to return to normal today.Many travellers were forced to sit on the ground outside the terminal with their luggage.Thousands of Brits were caught up in a 6.7 magnitude quake which hit on Friday morning at around 1:30am.The quake, which hit the popular resorts of Bodrum and Kos, killed two, injured at least 100 others and triggered a tsunami last night.The government has warned British holidaymakers will face certain travel disruption at what is the busiest time of year - and should also be on alert for aftershocks.The latest guidance warns: "Flights and ferry services are being significantly disrupted as a result of the earthquake. Please contact your airline, ferry company or … [Read more...] about Brit tourists make a dash for the airport to escape Mediterranean holiday hell after huge earthquake killed two and injured 120 in Greece and Turkey
The two main faces of Greece's leftist new government - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis - are to meet with EU leaders this week as part of what many have dubbed a charm offensive. Their aim is to convince influential policy makers of their coalition government's main goal of implementing a debt program that helps the Greek economy grow. On Sunday evening, the Greek finance minister kicked off his European tour in Paris, where he underlined his country's desperation to enter a new phase in economic recovery. "For the last five years, Greece has been living for the next loan tranche. We have resembled drug addicts craving the next dose," Finance Minister Varoufakis told reporters, referring to the country's 240-billion euro ($270 billion) bailout. "What this government is all about is ending the addiction," he said, adding that it was time to go "cold turkey." He said that Athens wanted to draft a detailed plan by the end of February, when its … [Read more...] about Greek FM Varoufakis: Time for Greece to go ‘cold turkey’
Stemming from a deadly Israeli commando raid in international waters on a Turkish flotilla delivering aid to the Palestinian territory of Gaza in May last year, the crisis has escalated in recent days over Israel's decision not to apologize for the raid that claimed the lives of nine Turkish activists. It has also said it will keep its controversial naval blockade on the Gaza Strip in place. "Israel defends its interests and its government will not apologize," Israel Katz, Israel's transport minister and a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said last week. "Israel maintains its naval blockade of Gaza to stop the transfer of weapons to terrorists from Hamas." Turkey responded to Israel's hard line by ejecting Israel's ambassador, suspending military agreements with the Jewish state and threatening to lodge a legal case against Israel before the International Criminal Court. It also condemned the United Nations report on the flotilla raid, which described the … [Read more...] about US caught out by speed of escalation in Israel-Turkey crisis
Over four days this week, President of the European Council (EC) Donald Tusk is meeting seven leaders in key countries on the migrant route which leads across the Balkan states to Europe's north. Tusk aims to find a common consensus on migration ahead of the March 7 meeting of European leaders with Turkey: Chancellor Angela Merkel said the television pictures of migrants making their way into western Europe showed the urgency of next week's meeting in tackling the crisis: "The pictures show us clearly every day that there is a need for talks," adding that she was in regular contact with Greece's prime minister: "We need to deal with the difficult situation in Greece and ... return to the Schengen system as soon as possible." The EC President's agenda begins with meetings in Vienna and ends in Istanbul: Macedonia, along with other Balkan states including Serbia and EU members Slovenia and Croatia, have imposed a daily limit on the number of migrants allowed to enter their … [Read more...] about Tusk calls on key EU states ahead of Turkey migration summit
In a press conference held in the early hours of Tuesday following a lengthy Brussels summit , European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the outline of an agreement which it was hoped would solve Europe's migration crisis. "By doing what we are intending to do, we will break the business model of smugglers exploiting human misery and make clear that the only viable way to come to Europe is through legal channels. There will be no longer an incentive for Syrians to pay criminals to smuggle them across the Aegean. Doing so will not only land you back in Turkey but will put you on the bottom of the list for resettlement," Juncker said, explaining that Turkey would take back all irregular migrants who arrived in Greece, including Syrians. "For every Syrian readmitted, one will be resettled to the European Union directly from Turkey," Juncker remarked. Deal with Turkey Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stunned his 28 EU counterparts on Monday when he asked for an … [Read more...] about EU leaders reach outline of deal with Turkey to resolve migration crisis
DW: In his diplomatic tour of Greece and the region this week ahead of the EU migration summit with Turkey on Monday, EU Council President Donald Tusk issued a warning to economic migrants not to come to Europe. He also reprimanded European countries that have taken unilateral steps to tackle the crisis. Is this the start of a new phase in the EU's response? Catherine Woollard: We were quite shocked to see Tusk's comments about economic migrants. As the saying goes, no one is illegal, and the stigmatization of various types of migrants is problematic. In addition, this is a misrepresentation of the nature of migration flows. But some of Tusk's recent comments suggest that we may be moving into a phase of tougher enforcement of existing EU standards on the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, and I think to make progress in the end that may be necessary. More concrete solutions are now being proposed, but I don't think we'll see an exit from the panic and crisis mode of European … [Read more...] about EU, Turkey talks on migrants only avoiding the problem, says human rights expert