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Riot police against women cleaners protesting outside Finance Ministry

For one more day, a group of laid-off cleaning ladies had gathered outside Greek Finance Ministry to protest the loss of work place and income. A delegation even managed to meet with the general secretary of the ministry and submit their request  and thus in times of austerity and recession. …

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Greek media: mystery over alleged kidnapping in Exarchia

A veil of mystery is covering an “kidnapping” incident that allegedly occurred last Saturday night at Exachia district of Athens.  Citing eyewitnesses, Greek media report of a group of 25-30 people dressed in black and holding guns entered a bar in the area and kidnapped a man. His identity has …

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Athens: explosive mechanism placed outside tax office; police defuses bomb

A device with eight kilograms explosives was placed outside the tax office in Korydallos suburb of western Athens where Greece’s largest prison is located. Two warning phone calls to media outlets set police on alert. An anonymous phone call at 11:22 to private Mega TV and another to news website …

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UPD Athens: draconian security measures due to students’ parade

It’s not German Chancellor Angela Merkel coming to Greece, neither US-President Barrack Obama on an official visit. It’s only the students’ parade on the occasion of  “25th March” National Day commemorating the launch of Greek Independence war against the Ottoman occupation.  And yet. Three thousand policemen have taken downtown Athens …

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2,500 children “embrace” the Acropolis and send message against racism

More than 2,500 children formed a human chain and embraced the Acropolis on Friday morning on the occasion of World Day Against Racism.”We embrace the Acropolis, we embrace Democracy, we embrace Humanity, we embrace the World” was the message sent by the children to the world. There were children from …

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Athens Guide: a useful application for tourists & expats

This is an amazing application for tourists visiting Athens and for expats living in the narrow and broader area of the Greek capital. The “Athens Guide” that gives information in English and is free to use. All you need to do is to download the application on your device, and …

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Inmate who uploaded pictures from Athens prison hospital to be charged

The inmate who captured with a mobile phone the inhumane conditions at Korydalos prison hospital and uploaded them on social media is to appear before the Disciplinary Board of the largest prison in Athens. According to the Initiative for Prisoners’ Rights , despite the furor created in and outside the …

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Greek President talks to Gauck about German WWII reparations

President Karolos Papoulias raised the issue of World War II reparations to his German counterpart Joachim Gauck currently on a 3-day official visit to Athens. But as expected, Gauck repeated the official legal position of Berlin and promised to express his Karolos Papoulias told Gauck hat Greece has not dropped …

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Athens: 4 protesters injured as Troika representatives try to leave ministry

It was at least one water bottle that hit the glass window of the IMF representative in Greece Poul Thomsen. The Troika convoy was leaving the ministry of administrative reform in downtown Athens amid the tight seize of protesters angry about the upcoming lay-offs in public service. While the Troikas …

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Appalling conditions in hospital wing of Greece’s biggest prison Korydallos

A dramatic appeal was launched in the name of some 180 chronic-ill prisoners in Greece’s biggest prison Korydallos in Athens asking for proper health care treatment. Heart and kidney patients, HIV positive patients, people suffering from diseases, contagious or not, stuck together in what they call the “hellhole” of Korydallos. …

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Athens: Police investigates crater with links to terror attack

It needed the manifesto of an alleged urban guerrilla group for the police to mobilize and try to locate the spot of a failed attack that took place a month earlier. On Tuesday, Greek police rushed to the premises of Mercedes-Benz in Varibombi, northern Athens, after a guerrilla group “Popular …

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Expelled or not, former Hellenic Postbank CEO handcuffed in Athens

Former CEO of Hellenic Postbank Aggelos Philippidis was arrested on Wednesday morning right upon his arrival in Athens airport. He was immediately handcuffed by Greek policemen and taken to police headquarters and from there to the prosecutor. He will give testimony next Monday. Aggelos Philippidis is to face felony charges …

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Farmakonisi Tragedy: 45 SYRIZA-members detained during protest at Maritime Minister’s office

Forty-five mostly students, members of left-wing SYRIZA youth section have been detained during a protest at the office of maritime Minister Miltiadis Varvitiotis on Thursday morning. While the protesters blame the police for ‘attacking them without reason’, reporters and also a SYRIZA lawmaker and the mayor of Komotini claim that …

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UPD Athens: Airplane with Syrian FM & Geneva team takes off after diplomacy rally

It was short after 5 p.m. in the afternoon Tuesday when the aircraft carrying the Syrian Foreign Minister and a team of advisers and negotiators took off from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos. The green light for refueling the Syrian aircraft followed a diplomatic rally between Athens, Damaskus and Brussels, where …

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UPD Kidnapped businessman M. Karamolegos freed, one kidnapper surrendered to police

Kidnapped businessman Manolis Karamolegos was released on Wednesday afternoon, at least two of the kidnappers has been arrested. P{Olice is seeking a third man. According to first information reported by the Greek media, the kidnapper-trio allegedly consists of a Greek and two foreign nationals, at least one of them Moldavian. …

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Ryanair to launch nine international routes from Greece

Ryanair is opening two Greece bases in Athens and Thessaloniki from where it will launch nine new routes. As part of a $280 million investment, the budget carrier will base two aircraft in Athens and one in Thessaloniki from April. Its Athens base will operate 154 weekly flights and serve …

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