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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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Passenger traffic in Athens international airport plunges 61.35% in March

Passenger traffic in Athens International Airport plunged 61.35 in March, making the month the worst month in the history of the airport. The air transport sector has been harshly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, leading airlines to halt the flight schedule and put thousands of workers into unpaid leave. Passenger …

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Refugee woman tested positive on COVID-19 after giving birth

A refugee woman living in an accommodation camp in Attica has been tested positive on COVID-19. The asymptomatic woman was pregnant and went to a hospital in Athens for a scheduled birth with a Caesarian section last Thursday. Her baby has been also tested, the results are pending. According to …

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Greeks have fun in Lockdown-Party with dance on the balconies (videos)

A citizen in Palaio Faliro suburb of southern Athens turned his balcony into a disco on Saturday night, the sixth day of the lockdown in Greece. The creative man was armed with a wide repertoire of music choices and powerful loudspeakers. Neighbors came out on the balconies and joined the …

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Lockdown in Athens: Major avenues filmed by drone (video)

Lockdown in Greece since March 23, 2020. A week earlier the government had closed down thousands of businesses includind cafes and restaurants to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Citizens move around only to cover necessary needs or to go to work. Empty streets and clear atmosphere. UpStories filmed with …

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Significant reduction of pollution in Athens due to coronavirus measures

A significant fall in air pollution values has been observed in Athens since the government took precautionary measures to counter the spread of coronavirus. According to data from the Climate Change and Atmospheric Quality Directorate, it is evident that the values of the concentrations of pollutants have decreased since last …

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Woman positive in coronavirus gives birth to baby boy in Athens hospital

A woman tested positive in coronavirus has given birth to a baby boy in Attikon designated hospital in Athens on Wednesday evening. It is the first birth by an infected patient in Greece. First test of the baby negative. The 24-year-old mother and had mild symptoms like light fever and …

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Athens Grannies singing “Death’s out for quick kill” (video)

Unique moment with Athens grannies with black humor. The two cheerful ladies, in house isolation due to the coronavirus, came in their balcony on Sunday evening for a …morbid performance. They sang the popular Greek song Ο Χάρος βγηκε παγανιά (Death came out for quick kill), while one of them …

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Thousands protest rise of xenophobia and hatred in Greece

Thousands of Greeks protested on Thursday evening in the streets of Athens and other cities against the rising xenophobia and hatred after Turkey opened its border gates to thousands of migrants. They held banners reading “Solidarity with Refugees” and “Open Borders.” Πορεία αλληλεγγύης στους πρόσφυγες pic.twitter.com/nCmMGrKvz0 — EFSYN (@EFSYNTAKTON) March …

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US Embassy in Athens issues “Security Alert” over new Migration crisis

The US Embassy in Athens has issued a Security Alert on Wednesday over the new migration crisis. The Embassy highlights as locations where US citizens should be on alert the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos as well as the Evros land border. Particularly about Lesvos and the Evros region, …

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