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UPDATE Antonov Crash: Greece’s Authorities on high alert due to a “white powder”

Teams of the Biological Defense Division of the Greek Army are expected to travel to the site of the Antonov crash, due to the existence of a “mysterious” white powder in the area. The white power shattered over the area raises fear of a toxic cargo. The evacuation of a …

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“No food security problem in Greece,” reassures Agriculture Minister

There will be no problem in Greece’s food security or supply chain due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, two countries that are the most important grain exporters in the world, Agriculture Development and Food Minister said on Monday. The increase in the price of grain since the beginning of …

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Defense Minister under fire for saying Armed Forces also in charge of “internal security”

Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, was forced to clarify the role of the Greek Armed Forces in the national security of the country. He came under the fire of opposition for having said during a debate in Parliament that “the Armed Forces were in charge for the external and the internal …

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Greek authorities on high alert for jihadists escaping from Syrian prisons

Greek security officials have been placed on high alert due to concerns that Islamic State jihadists who have escaped from North Syrian prison may seek their repatriation in Europe, using Greece as a bridge. In cooperation with the Europol, the Greeks will try to tighten security in the country’s land …

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SCA: EU’s new security standards for card, e-commerce payments

Rapid changes in the payments industry, the rise of e-commerce and the constant threat of fraud have led the European Union (EU) to update its Payment Services Directive (PDS), which has regulated the electronic payment services industry since 2007. The EU’s new PSD2 directive (2015/2366/EU), has gone into effect as …

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Draconian security measures as PM visits Thessaloniki International Fair

3,500 policemen, drones and even snipers have been deployed to Greece’s second biggest city of Thessaloniki as Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is visiting the International Fair (TIF) over the weekend. The measures are justified as several workers unions are planning large march protests and authorities fear attacks by anti-authoritarians due …

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Merkel in Athens: 4 Metro stations close, traffic disruption, high security

Four metro stations in downtown Athens will be closed for several hours, Metro and Proastiakos lines to/from Airport will be disrupted during the two-day visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Greece. On Thursday, Jan 10, Metro station <Evaggelismos> closes for the public at 4: 00 pm, stations <Megaron Mousikis>, …

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Turkey claims to have increased security in the Aegean “fearing Greek provocation”

Turkey is increasing its security in the tiny part of the Aegean Sea within its territorial waters in fact without apparent reason. State news agency Anadolu said on Thursday that the Turkish Navy deployed a frigate and two gun boats in the Aegean and ordered them to be on alert …

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Increased security measures in Greece’s Coptic churches after deadly blasts in Egypt

Greek police has increased security measures in Coptic churches after the deadly blasts in Egypt that cost the lives of 45 people. The three official Coptic churches located in Athens have been under strict surveillance and security patrols. The security plan went into effect already on Holy Monday, a day …

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Obama cancels his speech in Pnyka for reasons of … bad weather

Outgoing US President Barack Obama cancelled his planned speech in the open space of Pnyka, officially due to upcoming bad weather front. The speech was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 16th 2016. Unofficially the reasons are rather of “security” as Pnyka at the feet of Acropolis is an …

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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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Novelty? Rent-A-Cop. A Real Greek Cop….

Feel unsafe when you go to pick up money from your local bank? You could rent a trained guard from squads of  Greek Police EL.AS. For just 30 euro per hour. For additional 20 euro you could also be escorted by a policeman on a motorcycle or accompanied by a police dog. A …

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Greece On Alert due to the General Strike, Feb 23

Greece’s security  is on alert and authorities try to prevent the break out of riots and violent incidents during the general strike of February 23, 2011. Greek media and internet sites report that “the authorities have set priorities so that there will be no dead, no properties damages and no occupations …

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