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Greece: Six people died from H1N1 within 48h

Six more people died during the last 48 hours  in Greece, increasing the victims of H1N1 into 21. During the same time 13 people were hospitalized were hospitalized due to complications after the infection. (upd February 1, 2011) Greek Health authorities that from the 21 dead, 16 were men and 5 women. …

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Greek Firm say CO2 emissions permits stolen by hackers

Remember our “Greek Hackers steal emissions rights” story? It seems they weren’t very Greek, in fact it seems they weren’t Greek at all, but a Romania-based criminal ring. I had read on a Greek portal about the ‘Romanian-connection’ but the report wasn’t clear or I was too stupid to understand (and …

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(upd)Athens:Public Transport Week of Strike Horror, Feb 2-4

Some of us survived today’s buses, metro and urban train strikes. The worst is however yet to come. Apart from the hikes on public transport tickets that  start tomorrow, another strike tsounami is going to hit us this week, from February 1 to February 4, 2011. It is the second …

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Greek Foreign Ministry: Three C-130 to evacuate Greeks from Alexandria, Feb 1

Greek Foreign Ministry announced that three C-130 military aircraft will depart the Elefsis military airport for Egypt’s Alexandria tomorrow morning at 9:00 am, February 1, 2011. Currently there are 200 members of the Greek community in Alexandria who that wish to leave the country. In the capital city, Cairo, the Greek …

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Greeks in Egypt: Emergency Hot Line set up as more & more wish to leave the country

More and more members of the Greek community in Egypt wish to leave the country feeling insecure as the situation has gone out of control in the country that experiences an unprecedented turmoil. Were there yesterday 100 members of the Greek community of Alexandria who has applied to the Greek …

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(Upd)Greece prepares strategy for possible migrants influx from Egypt

The ongoing anti-Mubarak protests in Egypt do not leave the international community indifferent, especially the neighboring countries. Whether president Mubarak will be ousted or not, once the unrest is settled,  a wave of Egyptians are expected to leave the country. Whether protesters or government faithful. That’s the negative outcome of massive …

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German FinMin: Greece on the right track to return to markets

Euro zone’s Big Mama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel  seems to have added some water into her wine of stubborn grapes and makes a tiny verbal U-turn concerning Greece’s debt future. Merkel’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed himself positive to an extension of loan repayment and opposed the debate on debt restructuring as staged by …

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(Upd)Have a Great Week with Greek Public Transport and Doctors on Strike

Another week targeting Greek citizens in general and Athens residents in particular has  started with public transport workers and doctors on strike. Today, Monday there will be no buses from 11 am to 4 pm. Metro and Urban Train-HSAP are on  a 24 h strike. Moreover the Metro has decided to …

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Egypt’s Alexandria Library under looters’ threat – Director thanks Youth for Protection

After the shocking damages of world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in Cairo’s Museum, another collection hosting world heritage is under the threat of  looters and vandals: The New Library of Alexandria, the Biblioteca Alexandrina.    In a letter published on the official website of  Biblioteca Alexandrina the director of  Egypt’s second largest Egyptian …

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Floods cause destruction in Rhodes and Kos (new videos)

Enormous is the destruction caused by the heavy rains on the islands of Rhodes and Kos. The rushing waters swept away everything in their path and turned roads into torrential rivers. They transported mud, stones, trees, garbage bins, motorbikes and cars.                                                             Rhodes   The overflown rivers on both island passed …

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Two Greek C-130 ready to evacuate Greeks from Alexandria

As the situation in Egypt is getting more and more out of control, Greece’s Foreign Ministry has prepared a plan to evacuate Greek nationals from Alexandria, provided the city’s airport will open. Foreign Ministry has  set two Hellenic Air Force C-130 planes to be on standby in order to evacuate …

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Torrential Rains flood Rhodes and Kos Islands (video)

Thousands of cubic metres of water fell yesterday on the island of Rhodes. The two main rivers overflew and the water masses swept away everything  on their way, including 40 cars. Greek media  report that the south-east part of the Greek island is under water. Videotaken by a Rhodes citizen …

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Athens: Public Transport Strike, Jan 31

Oh man, this news is boring…. A new public transport strike will hit the residents of Athens, next Monday, January 31, 2011. The month will conclude as it started, with thousands of private vehicles jamming the streets and hundreds of thousands of people not knowing how to move around. Next …

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Greece: Twelve dead from H1N1 (Upd)

Influenza A (H1N1) claimed the life of another person, increasing the number of victims to twelve. Greek Health Authorities announced that  30 people are currently hospitalized in intensive care units. From the beginning of 2011, a total of 61 people have been hospitalized in ICU, 12 died and 19 have …

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Greek Hackers steal emissions rights & trade them for EUR 28 million

Greek hackers apparently made the big scoop and earned 28 million euros through emissions trading.  According to Patras portal dete.gr, the unknown hackers knacked the registration codes of Greece, Australia and the Czech Republic, stole their emissions rights and  they sold them in the European Emissions Trading market. They earned no …

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IMF Economist: Greece will need 10 years to return to growth

 Greece needs more austerity measures and a good decade to return back to healthy growth, the International Monetary Fund predicts. “Greece, Ireland and Portugal will continue their fiscal consolidations to cut budget deficits”, International Monetary Fund said in a report on the global fiscal outlook. In a short reference to …

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Wikileaks: Background on Turkey’s EU-Accession and Pressure on Cyprus

We finally get some background on how former Cyprus president Tassos Papadopoulos was convinced to accept Turkey as EU candidate back in 2004. It were several EU leaders who had made the deal with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then put pressure on Papadopoulos to accept, a Wikileaks post …

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Greek PM: No Debt Restructure; Poor Governance is the Root of the Problem

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou sent the message that the country is not moving towards a debt restructure. Speaking at a panel during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Papadnreou said that the country is not going to bankrupt and that the Greek government have taken all the measures to …

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Negotiations with protesting immigrants at Law School on deadlock? (video)

Negotiations are continuing between Greek prosecutors, protesting immigrants and Greek Non Governmental Organisations, however the situation seems to be on a deadlock as there is no consensus among the immigrants. Authorities have accepted the immigrants’ conditions to move into another building, to continue their protest for three more days without police presence …

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