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German Frigates in Crete to assist Libya surveillance

Three German frigates sailed today at the port of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, local news portal Cretalivereported. The frigates came from the port of Alexandria in Egypt and carry 670 Marines. They are expected to stay in Crete for at least one week. The ships are on standby and …

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Gaddafi’s Envoy in Athens meeting with Deputy FM

A high rank official from Libya, a Gaddafi  envoy is in Athens today to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis and the General Secretary A. Zeppos. Special envoy Mohammed Tahir Salia is bringing a message form Gaddafi. Greek Foreign Ministry has made clear that there will be no statements …

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Greece: Finance Ministry G.S. resigns after Budget Revenues Shortfall

 A political bomb exploded in the hands of PM George Papandreou’s government after the General Secretary of Finance Ministry, Dimitris Georgakopoulos, submitted his resignation, apparently citing ‘personal reasons’. The government tries to downplay the resignation stressing that the resignation wasn’t due to political or management reasons. However in prime time news, Georgakopoulos …

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Mysterious Libyan VIP aircraft flies Athens FIR

A Libyan aircraft conducted a flight within the Athens FIR earlier today, coming from Tripolis. According to the filed fight plan it was heading to Cairo, Egypt. Greek media reported that the aircraft belongs to the Libyan airlines and claimed that the plane belongs to Muammar Gadhafi, a claim that could …

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Greek PM Papandreou on TV made me worry about my future

Last night I saw a tired, distressed and a bit ‘lost’ looking Prime Minister on TV. For some reason, George Papandreou felt he had to address the Greek nation. He made a short statement on a live link. He didn’t say anything “earthquaking” therefore I wondered why he had to be ‘live’ on our TV …

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Kastellorizo: What’s in the mind of Turkish FM Davutoglu?

That Ankara keeps an eye on the islet of Kastellorizo is not new. But Turkey’s insistence that the tiny island  should be left out of the bilateral exploratory talks is something I don’t like at all. Should we see it as an Ankara’s attempt to create a new ‘grey zone’? Not similarly to …

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Greece in the grip of Snow Weather – Motorists stuck in Highways

Greece is in the grip of snow weather that started Monday afternoon with low temperatures, snow, sleet and strong winds reaching up to 9-10 Beaufort (North Aegean Sea). The national highway from Athens to Lamia was closed to traffic after 08:00 pm due to particularly extreme weather conditions hitting the area …

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Flag of “Independent” Crete sold on e-bay

Is the island of Crete an independent state? Of course, it is not! However an ‘agent provocatuer’ based in Sinzheim-Winden in South Germany, sells ‘Cretan’ flags on e-bay. Sold at the pot price of EUR 9,90 the sneaky entrepreneur has already sold 15 pieces of the flags of a non-existing …

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Crete: Greek Communist Party protests USS Kearsarge at Souda Bay

Members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) marched through the streets of Chania, Crete,  Friday evening protested the arrival of  US assault ship USS Kearsarge at the Souda Bay. Holding torches and candles they demanded the closure of the US naval base at Souda and and Greece not to be …

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Crete: US military buildup in Souda Bay

A US military buildup is taking place at the Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete as Muammar Gaddafi keeps bombing his own people and there is no sign of a peaceful solution. US Navy amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce are expected to arrive at Souda …

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Greeks protest outside ex Prime Minister’s Residence (video)

Some hundreds people gather Thursday afternoon in Athens downtown to protest outside the  residence of former prime minister Costas Simitis. Anagnostopoulou street in noble district of Kolonaki  was clogged by masses of old and young who shouted their frustration about the austerity measures. Lifting umbrellas and walking sticks they shouted slogan like …

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US Ass. Sec. Gordon denied military operation against Libya pending – US Fleet piles up

 US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gorden denied that a military operation against Libya was pending. Gordon, currently in Greece, noted that extra US naval assets were ordered to the Mediterranean Sea in order to deal whatever contingencies arise.  “We’re simply preparing for what may be …

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Evacuees from Libya: Some went missing-Greece fears they might stay illegally

There seem to be problems with the evacuation of foreigners from Libya via the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete as Greece is fearing that evacuees from South East Asia may join the army of illegal immigrants in the country. Already 15 Shri Lankans went ‘missing’ after arriving …

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Greece set to evacuate more Greeks & Foreigners from Libya

While the majority of Greek expats has been evacuated from Libya there are still 10 Greeks, 20 Greek Cypriots and38 Europeans  enclosed in the dessert at a construction site. Now they have been instructed to move some 50 km into a nearby town with airport big enough for a C-130 …

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NATO warming up for Libya? Greece’s Souda Air Base to get involved?

Is NATO warming up  for a military intervention in Lybia, even if for ‘humanitarian reasons’? If the answer is “Yes”, Greece is most likely to play a role in facilitating and supporting North Atlantic Treaty Org. troops with its Souda airbase on the island of Crete, some 300 nautical miles away …

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Greeks evacuated from Libya report about the chaos

230 Greeks have been evacuated from Libya with three C-130 and two ships. Among the rescued is a employee at the Greek embassy in Tripoli, who got shot on the shoulder and the leg while driving through the streets of Tripoli.  However there are still 10 Greeks enclosed in the Sahara …

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Four Greek Tourists Dead at road accident in Turkey

Four Greek citizens died and five others were severely injured when a tourist bus came off road and tumbled 8 meters. The road accident occurred on the highway to Istanbul, near the town of Tekirdag, 80 km from the Greek border. The bus belonging to Turkish company Metro deviated from …

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US State Dept. designates Greek group as Global Terrorist

The US State Department has designated the Greek terror organisation “Sect of Revolutionaries” as Global Terrorist. In a press release, the State Dept. underlined  that the group will now be subject to restrictions and financial sanctions. The decision was taken by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because the group’s “terrorist activities …

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Athens: People protest outside Ex Ministers’ House (pcts, video)

About 1,500 people gathered outside the house of former minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and shouted slogans like  “Thieves, thieves!” and “Aki, bring the money back!”. The rest of the slogans were really …inspiring however  a translation would not bring the rhyme spirit into English. Some protesters left massages at the house entrance urging him …

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