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Longest Garlic Braid: Greek woman breaks Guinness World Record (video)

Nea Vyssa-resident and “garlic knitter” Dimitra Athanasova Tzoridou just broke the world record with the longest garlic braid, totalling 612 metres and 70 centimetres. The record was previously held by Hungary at 255 metres. The attempt was made at the four-day 18th International Trade Fair Alexpo 2018 in Alexandroupolis, Greece. …

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Space AgroBox: Two Greek students to deliver fresh food in space

Are you an astronaut bored of frozen hamburgers and pizza? Two Greek students have the solution for you: the “Space Agrobox”!  The kit supplies gourmet astronauts with fresh food the gASTROnoms can grow in space. PhD student Avgoustinos Pantazidis and pre-PhD Maria Kontogianni at the Agricultural University of Athens invented …

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Greek Court rejects extradition of whistleblower Maria Efimova to Malta

A Greek Court of Appeals confirmed the decision to not extradite whistleblower Maria Efimova, a Russian national, to Malta. The request for the extradition of Pilatus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova has been denied by the Greek Court of Appeal in a decision delivered on Thursday. Maria Efimova was the source …

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DiscoverEU: 15,000 free interrail tickets for 18-year-olds, applications June 12-26

The European initiative, DiscoverEU, is offering 15,000 European 18-year-olds, including 315 Greeks, tickets to travel to up to four European countries of their choice this summer. Applications can be submitted from Tuesday, June 12 (12:00 CET) until June 26 (12:00 CET). Young people born between 2 July 1999 and 1 …

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Grey Wolves leader & Erdogan’s ally claims “Cyprus is Turkish”, warns Greece

The leader of far-right extremists Grey Wolves and leader of MHP, Devley Bahceli, an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said Cyprus was Turkish and accused neighbour Greece of playing games in the Aegean Sea, Turkish pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper said. Bahçeli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is struggling in …

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US implements steel & aluminium tariffs, EU threatens with retaliation

A bad day for world trade: US moves forward with imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium, without exception for Canada, Mexico and the European block. The new measures 25% percent on steel and 10% on aluminium go into effect on 1. June 2018, US time. The European Union threatens with …

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The new eco-friendly straws have arrived in Athens

The new eco-friendly straws have arrived in Athens. Already several cafes, bars and restaurants seem to have started using them, as the era of the plastic straws is over. The new straws are reportedly made of pressed paper although it is not clear whether they are made of recycled paper. …

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Groundbreaking initiative for unaccompanied refugee teenagers in Greece

At a particularly hard moment for the 3,150 unaccompanied children in Greece, with more than 2,300 of them living under precarious conditions – in detention, camps or even on the street and many of the accommodation facilities being shut down – the suggestion of alternative solutions is of crucial importance. …

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Kotzias – Pompeo talk Cyprus, Turkey, two Greek soldiers in custody

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, met with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo at the Department of Sate in Washington on Monday. Regional issues, especially those in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Cyprus, Turkey were high on the agenda, while also the issue of two Greek soldiers in …

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US lawmakers seek to freeze sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey

US lawmakers have introduced a new bipartisan bill seeking to ban F-35 deliveries to an “increasingly hostile and authoritarian” Turkey, partly because of Ankara’s decision to purchase Russia’s missile defense systems. Seeking to pressure Turkey into behaving in a manner worthy of NATO “standards,” and to limit sharing of the alliance’s assets …

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Greek police relocates hundreds of migrants from camps close to Patras port

In an operation that started as early as 5:30 Tuesday morning, Greek police evacuated hundreds of migrants from makeshift camps at two abandoned factories near the the port of Patras. A total of 563 migrants were transferred with buses to state facilities where authorities are to check their documents. Dozens …

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Vandals destroy several Jewish graves in Athens cemetery

Vandals have destroyed nine marble Jewish tombstones in the 3. Athens Cemetery in Nikaia on Friday night. The gravestones appear to have been kicked over and then smashed to pieces. A cemetery guard saw the destroyed graves and informed the police. “Antisemitism showed one of its faces,” general secretary for …

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Eurogroup towards a comprehensive agreement of Greece’s exit in June

“The goal is to have a comprehensive agreement for Greece’s exit from the programme at the Eurogroup meeting in June, Eurogroup President Mario Centeno said on Friday after an informal meeting of euro area finance ministers in Sofia. Speaking to reporters, the Eurogroup’s President said that the heads of the …

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Unknown Greek Unionist vs Unknown Soldier: A picture triggers outrage

Relaxed, with a string of worry beads – kompoloi – in his hands, a Greek unionist steps one foot on the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Palriament. The unionist from powerful GENOP-DEH of workers at Public Power Corporation (DEH) is obviously tired. Together with his …

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