Snow covers the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens (Antonis Nikolopoulos/Eurokinissi via AP)

Rare snow blankets Acropolis in Athens


Heavy snowfall has blanketed the Acropolis and other ancient monuments in Athens and halted Covid-19 vaccinations in the Greek capital as the weather brought many services across the country to a standstill.

A jetty at the Afsluitdijk, a dike separating the IJsselmeer inland sea and the Wadden Sea, in the Netherlands (Peter Dejong/AP)

European deep freeze serves up fun, frustrations and danger


The deep freeze gripping large parts of Europe is serving up both fun and frustrations, with heavy snow cutting power to thousands of homes in central Slovakia, while allowing some Dutch parents to pull their children to school on sledges instead of riding bicycles.


BBC spy show denied access to ancient Greek temple


A television series adapting spy novelist John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl will not include scenes from an ancient site near Athens after a panel of archaeologists turned down an access request by the BBC and US-based cable network AMC.