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Breathtaking orange sunset in Athens after rainstorm

A stunning sunset turned the sky in Athens into a glorious veil of orange on Monday. The amazing phenomenon occurred right after a heavy thunderstorm  in the West, while rain continued to pour down in the South, the East and the North. Athenians could not resist but taking pictures from …

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Champions League, Europa League group draws in Athens in October

The Champions League and Europa League group draws will be held in Athens in October, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas announced on Wednesday. He added that the awards for top football players of the year would also take place there as well. “The UEFA executive committee unanimously decided that the group …

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Athens Riviera: Beach bar fined €20K and shut down due to crowding

More than 1,000 people gathered on Wednesday night at a well-known beach bar in Alimos suburb located in the Athens Riviera. The people crowded without keeping social distancing, danced, drunk and flirted under the sound of loud music and the smoke of fireworks. It was the first party of the …

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Athens Great Walk and “red carpet” for pedestrians

The Great Walk of Athens, the project that overhauls the city center “to encourage on-foot exploration by tourists” – as it is official said – has been pilot tested on Thursday. The testing affected the several streets including the avenues of Vassilissis Olgas and Irodou Attikou, where the first zones …

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Police detains main suspect in acid attack against young woman on May 20

Greek police has detained a woman on Thursday morning as the main suspect for the acid attack against a 34-year-old woman in Kallithea suburb of southern Athens on May 20. The suspect, a woman aged 35, is being held at the offices of Athens’ Security Subdivision and is being questioned …

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American Airlines to resume flights to Athens on August 5

Initially slated to resume service to Athens in early July from its Chicago hub, American Airlines has announced it will cancel all of July’s flights and resume service to the Greek capital on August 5. In a company statement, American Airlines admitted that although domestic travel is slowly bouncing back …

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Taxi fares from Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala airports reduced

Fixed taxi fares to and from the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Kavala to the corresponding city centers are now reduced, in line with broader cuts in public transport fares introduced on June 1, the Transport Ministry announced on Friday. In Attica, taxi rides from or to the Athens International …

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Athens: Solidarity rally for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter

Students organization, citizens, leftist parties and collectives, some 3,000 people marched through from Syntagma Square in downtown Athens and to the US Embassy on Wednesday afternoon to express solidarity with protesters in USA and demand justice for George Floyd. The main slogans to be heard in this anti-racism, anti-fascist rally …

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Mafia-style assassination of foreign national in Voula, south Athens

A foreign national was assassinated outside his house in Voula suburb of southern Athens late on Friday. Police is investigating the real identity of the victim, after it found that he man had two different identity cards from Belgium as well as a large amount of cash. The man was …

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Lime plans to terminate its scooters operation in Athens

Lime, the electric scooter-sharing service, plans to terminate its operations in Athens in the wake of poor economic results. According to a report published by Solomon MAG, after pausing its operations in Greece amid COVID-19, Lime announced to employees it is shutting down its services in Athens. The California-based startup …

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Outcry after Gov’t bans cars from downtown Athens, fines 150 euros

The government shocked Athenians on Friday morning with a joint ministerial decision banning cars traffic in a large part of downtown Athens, including main avenues. Restrictions will be valid from mid-June and for a period of 3+3 months. Violators are threatened with a fine of 150 euros. Officially, reason for …

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850,000 poor quality face masks seized at Athens airport

Greece’s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has confiscated 850,000 poor quality face masks at Athens’ International Airport, the head of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue announced on Monday. Speaking at the airport’s customs, Giorgos Pitsilis said the masks did not meet the necessary specifications and lacked international markings. Most came …

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Athens major overhaul to create more space for pedestrians and bicyclists

The Athens municipality gave the green light for the implementation of the Athens downtown urban restructuring plan that will create long pedestrian walking zones in the center of the Greek capital. According to the plan, a 6.8 km-long pedestrian walk is to be established and this also includes the historical …

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Truck concert, crowding outside PM’s residence angers Greeks amid lockdown

A concert on a truck initiated by the Mayor of Athens and the crowding outside the Prime Minister’s residence amid lockdown have angered Greeks who have been complying with the anti-coronavirus measures for over a month. Singer Alkistis Protopsalti and some musicians on the back of a truck toured the …

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Nursing home under quarantine: 10 elderly, 2 employees tested positive

A nursing home in Nea Makri, east of Athens, was placed in quarantine late on Sunday, after one employee was tested positive on COVID-19. The test results alarmed authorities and health teams visited the facility in south-eastern Attica to take test samples from a total of 122 people, residents and …

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