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Up to 60,000 to be evacuated over unexploded WWII bomb

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Up to 60,000 people are to be evacuated from Greece's second largest city so an unexploded Second World War bomb can be disposed of.

Residents in Thessaloniki living within 1.2 miles of the bomb site will be kept away from the area for up to five hours on Sunday, officials said.

The bomb was found five metres below ground near the city's central railway station. Military and police authorities will try to defuse it at the site.

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Thousands of migrants flee huge fire at Lesbos camp

Thousands of migrants have fled one of Greece's refugee camps on the island of Lesbos after a huge fire broke out.

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Police believe the fire was deliberately started by someone inside the Moria camp.

"Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants have fled the camp of Moria," a police source told AFP.

There are now more than 60,000 refugees and migrants in Greece, most of them seeking to travel to Germany and other affluent EU countries.

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Greek athlete expelled from Olympics after positive drug test

The athlete was barred hours before the opening ceremony Credit: Reuters

A Greek athlete has been expelled from the Olympics after failing a drugs test, the country's team has said.

It said the unnamed athlete's positive result came from a test carried out in July in Athens.

The barred contestant has left the Olympic village, they added.

The Games officially start later on Friday.

Major rescue operation after migrant boat capsizes

A boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants has capsized off the Greek coast, sparking a major rescue operation, Greek authorities have said.

According to The Associated Press, more than 300 people have been lifted from the semi-sunken boat in the Mediterranean, which overturned around 75 nautical miles south of Crete in international waters, while three bodies have been recovered.

A boat capsized off the coast of Libya yesterday Credit: Reuters

It comes after the Italian navy rescued hundreds of migrants from a boat which capsized off the coast of Libya yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the Greek coastguard said hundreds more could still be in the water.

"People are in the water, boats crossing the area have thrown lifebuoys and are moving to save the migrants," she added.

It was not immediately clear where the boat, described as a fishing-style vessel of around 30 metres (98ft) in length, had come from, where it was headed, or where its passengers had originated.

Two Greek patrol boats and two helicopters have been sent to the scene, while four ships which had been sailing nearby were also taking part in the rescue operation.

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