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IMF office in Athens will close, Greek PM Mitsotakis announces

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday evening that the office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Athens will close. He did not specify when the IMF office will close, though. Mitsotakis’ announcement followed a meeting with the IMF its managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, in Washington, on Tuesday. Government …

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Libya Parliament President Saleh vows to invalidate deal with Turkey

Libya’s elected parliament president on Thursday vowed to invalidate a disputed maritime deal with Turkey signed with the rival UN-recognized government in Tripoli. Aguila Saleh was invited to visit Athens immediately after Greece learned of the Turkey-Libya agreement. “We are here to stress that the deal is invalid. Those who …

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Christmas 3D Mapping Projection at Athens City Hall, Dec 13-15

The 3D mapping projection on the building of the Greek Parliament last Tuesday was spectacular. Athenians who watched during the illumination of the Christmas Tree at Syntagma Square were fascinated. those who missed the show will have the opportunity to watch on the upcoming weekend at the City Hall building …

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Why does the Christmas Tree of Athens lean to the left? (video)

Hours after the illumination of the Christmas Tree in Athens, the 17-meter-tall natural fir from Karpenisi started to lean.. to the left when one look at it from Syntagma Square with the building of the Greek Parliament in the background. Is there some political message the tree want to send …

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Riot police fires tear gas at hospital doctors protesting privatization of Health

Greek riot police fired tear gas at hospital doctors in downtown Athens on Wednesday. During the clashes between protesters and police, an elderly person fainted. the clashes started when unionists of the Hellenic Association of Hospital Doctors of Greece (OENGE) tried to enter the hall in Aigli Zappeion where the …

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Athens Christmas Tree illuminated with music and spectacular 3D mapping

Sparkle and Spectacle at Syntagma Square in the center of Athens on Tuesday evening. The impressive 17-meter tall Christmas Tree of the city was illuminated, flooding the area with thousands of lights. Hundreds of Athenians flocked to the square opposite the Greek Parliament and enjoy the Christmas Tree event, despite …

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Expats rank Athens 68th in global survey: Best in Getting Settled, worst…

Expats have ranked Athens 68th among a total of 82 cities. According to survey Expat City Ranking 2019 conducted by InterNations. The Greek capital performs best in the Getting Settled Index (26th) and worst in the Urban Work Life Index (81st). It is even the worst-rated city in terms of …

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Athens Christmas Tree official lighting at Syntagma Sq on Dec 10

A 17-meter tall Christmas tree has been set up on Syntagma square, opposite the Greek Palriament in downtown Athens. It is the first real tree since years. The tree has come all the way from the mountains of Karpenisi in western Greece. The decoration of the tree and of Athens’ …

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Alert: German-speaking woman of unknown identity is looking for her family

A woman of unknown identity data, most probably of German origin, was found wandering around in West Attica at the end of October. She has been hospitalized in Athens ever since with health and communication problems. He name is given as GEMUA DORA. The Greek service for missing persons has …

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Belgian national carrying explosive devices arrested in Athens

A 33-year-old Belgian national was arrested in Papagou suburb of northern Athens on Friday. Police found that he was carrying explosive devices in his back-bag as well as containers with solid fuel. The man is known to authorities as anti-authoritarian. He was previously arrested in Belgium for arson and in …

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Lab tests confirm child died of diphtheria despite vaccination

Results of laboratory tests conducted in UK’s Public Health Laboratory have confirmed that  the 8-year-old boy was positive in the strain of diphtheria toxin, the Greek National Public Health Organization (ESA) said in a statement. The child that passed away due to severe respiratory infection in a public children’s hospital …

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Fire Service: Arson was most likely the cause of fire in Athens hotel

There are very serious indications that the fire in Athenaeum Palace Hotel on Syggrou Avenue on Thursday was caused by arson, the Fire Service has said. The fire simultaneously started at three points, state broadcaster ERT TV reported on Friday morning. The arson suspicion is enhanced due to the findings. …

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Athens Christmas Lights Deco: Morse Code or Fly Light Killers? (POLL)

This year’s Christmas decoration on one of the biggest avenues in downtown Athens has citizens wondering: Are the lights some kind of encrypted message in Morse Code or just simple fly light killers? Instead of the usual Christmas lights in yellow warm color and in the shape of stars and …

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Fire in Athens hotel: People trapped, 20 evacuations, 5 in hospital (UPD)

People have been trapped in balconies and the roof top of Athenaeum Palace Hotel where a fire broke out at 11:40 noon on Thursday. Strong firefighter forces rushed to the hotel on Syggrou Avenue in the district of Neos Kosmos in south Athens. The firefighters are reportedly operating on two …

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Police drone crashes in Exarchia district in downtown Athens

A police drone crashed in Exarchia district in downtown Athens around 6 o’ clock on Tuesday afternoon. Reasons for the crash remain a “mystery” media report. With high-definition cameras, the drone was conducting surveillance on the streets of Exarchia and was transmitting live to the Greek Police Central. Officers could …

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US Embassy in Athens issues Security Alert over the holiday season

The US Embassy in Athens has issued a Security Alert message over the Christmas and holiday season. The message urges its citizens living or visiting Greece to “exercise additional vigilance at holiday festivals and events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.” The Alert is valid across the country …

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Homeless at 84: Couple sleeps outside Athens church after eviction

They spend their whole, modest life together, now they found themselves in a tragic position. Filippos is 83 and his wife Eleni turned 84. Since a month they have been facing a new challenge: they became homeless after they were evicted from the home they rented. They packed their belongings …

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