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Togo-flagged freighter ‘Bellatrix’ slightly tilted, took on water

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The Togo-flagged freighter “Bellatrix” which ran aground on a reef north of the island of Lesvos on Thursday has tilted slightlyand took on some water, authorities said on Friday.

The ship had 12 foreign crew members on broad who are all safe. Coast guard officials inspected the vessel and a tug boat has set up a floating dam to prevent...

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Defence minister informs allies about Turkish Navtex, patrol boat in Aegean

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Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Friday informed Greece’s allies and partners about continued Turkish provocations in the Aegean, including the issue of a Navtex for a military exercise involving life fire in an area within Greek territorial waters. Kammenos was in Germany for the 53rd Munich Security Conference.

Despite the issue of a Greek...

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Mytaras funeral to be held on Monday, at public expense

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The funeral of Greek painter and academic Dimitris Mytaras will be held at public expense by order of Interior Minister Panos Skourletis. The funeral will take place on Monday at noon, at Athens 1st Cemetery.

Mytaras passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday due to serious health issues which had resulted in the loss of his eyesight.

“If you remove M...

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Farmers in Western Macedonia announce they will end road blockades on Monday

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Farmers and livestock breeders from Western Macedonia announced on Friday they will end their road blockade on Monday, after holding a protest rally in the city of Amynteo.

The farmers ended their two-hour blockade of the Florina-Edessa highway at the junction of Maniaki, but kept their tractors on the side of the road.

“Next Monday we will leave t...

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Athens mayor slams government ‘reluctance’ to remove squatters from shelter for refugee children

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Athens Mayor George Kaminis on Friday again expressed impatience over what he called the government’s “reluctance” to tackle the occupation of buildings by squatters. The mayor’s criticism was prompted by the occupation in recent days of a Red Cross building in Athens, where the aid organisation had intended to house some 40 unaccompanied refugee c...

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Greek stocks ended significantly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday

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Greek stocks ended significantly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, boosted by market optimism over positive developments in negotiations to complete a second review of the Greek bailout program. The composite index of the market grew 1.60 pct to end at 639.46 points, off the day’s highs of 640.42 points. The index rose 2.51 pct in the...

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ND lawmaker Koumoutsakos requests meeting of National Council on Foreign Policy

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New Democracy’s shadow foreign minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos called for a meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy on Friday, to discuss developments in Greek-Turkish relations.

Koumoutsakos’ proposal came after a Turkish military patrol boat fired shots in the area around the island of Farmakonisi, in the eastern Aegean. In a letter to F...

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Diplomatic sources: Incident with Turkish military patrol boat in Farmakonisi violates international law

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The shots fired by a Turkish military patrol boat on Friday morning in the area around the island of Farmakonisi, in the eastern Aegean, constitutes an unacceptable act which constitutes a serious violation of International Law, Greek diplomatic sources said.

“Once again in recent weeks, Turkey is proceeding to take unacceptable action, causing g...

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