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prijovic gets revenge for paok against aek | sports
two goals by aleksandar prijovic gave paok sweet revenge over champion aek on sunday to take the thessaloniki club to joint top of the super league table, at least until olympiakos plays on monday.the clash between the teams who shared last season’s silverware was the first time they face each other at toumba after the eventful league game that was abandoned last season with the entry of paok owner ivan savvidis bearing a handgun. paok still feel they were robbed of that league title due to getting penalized for that game.this time there was no such trouble, and paok was much more efficient than its opponent to take the chances it created and win 2-0, while aek was unfortunate to hit the woodwork twice.prijovic’s goals came from great team efforts that exposed the same frailties in the aek defense that had allowed ajax to score three goals past the greek champion last wednesday for the champions league.paok is on 10 points, along with atromitos that saw off larissa 2-0 at home on saturday.aris lost its perfect record to drop to fifth, going down 1-0 at pas giannina on saturday due to an own goal.panathinaikos has risen to sixth with its fourth win in as many games – it started the season on minus six. on sunday 20,000 fans of the greens saw their team dispatch levadiakos 3-0 at the olympic stadium, goals coming from argyris kabetsis, ilias hatzitheodoridis and matias johansson.in other games xanthi defeated ofi 3-0 at home and asteras tripolis downed visiting apollon sm...
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political parties condemn beating of syriza mp | news
political parties on sunday evening condemned an attack on syriza mp for messinia, petros konstantineas, near the kalamata soccer ground.the attack on konstantineas occurred near a bar frequented by kalamata fans.the mp told the athens-macedonia news agency that he was set up by around 30 people, apparently members of far-right groups, who beat him.konstantineas was taken to kalamata hospital for treatment to injuries that were not believed to be serious and was expected to be discharged late on sunday night.according to sources, the local police detained five people for questioning in connection with the beating and have launched an investigation.in a statement, the office of prime minister alexis tsipras said that the `fascists` who attacked konstantineas would be found and brought to justice.`that goes for the physical perpetrators. the moral instigators who invest in nationalism and divisive rhetoric with the aim of winning some votes from the far-right should eventually face up to their responsibilities.`conservative new democracy also condemned the attack `categorically,` saying that `such behavior has no place in a well-governed democracy.`
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downtown athens traffic restrictions go back into effect on monday | news
restrictions aimed at curbing traffic congestion in downtown athens and containing smog go into effect on monday, the transport ministry has announced.this means that from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. mondays through thursdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on fridays, cars with license plates ending in even numbers can only enter the city center on even days of the month, while vehicles whose license plates end in odd numbers can only do so on odd days.the restricted area, known as “daktylios” in greek, is delineated by the following avenues and streets: alexandras, zacharof, mesogeion, pheidipidou, michalakopoulou, spyrou mercouri, vryaxidos, ymittou, ilia iliou, frantzi, syngrou, hamosternas, pireos, iera odos, constantinoupoleos, achilleos, karaiskaki square, karolou, marni and patission to the junction with alexandras avenue.
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members of rouvikonas anarchist group storm athens church | news
a group of around 20 or 30 people believed to be members of the rouvikonas anarchist group entered a church in central athens on sunday morning, shouting slogans during mass.the intruders entered the aghios nikolaos church on asklipiou street shortly after 9 a.m., according to witnesses who told police they did not understand what exactly they were shouting.a search was underway to trace the perpetrators. several hours after the incident the anarchist group rouvikonas claimed responsibility for the raid, declaring solidarity with members of a nearby homeless shelter.
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agenda | business | ekathimerini.com
mondayprime minister alexis tsipras begins a five-day visit to new york. he will be accompanied by foreign minister nikos kotzias. to friday.the center for european constitutional law (cecl) organizes a seminar on the “extrajudicial mechanism for corporate debt settlement: foundation and practical application.” at 4.30-9 p.m. at 43 academias, athens. (info: 210.362.3089, www.cecl.gr)“the branded content show” opens at the domotel kastri hotel, eleftheriou venizelou & romylias, nea erythrea, athens. to tuesday. (info: brandedcontentshow.gr)the conference on complex systems 2018 opens at the makedonia palace hotel in downtown thessaloniki and runs through friday. (info: ccs2018.web.auth.gr)listed companies unibios, edrasi c. psallidas and varangis hold their annual general meetings.tuesdayprime minister alexis tsipras will have a meeting with turkish president recep tayyip erdogan in new york.the 4th food safety conference is held at the domotel kastri hotel, eleftheriou venizelou & romylias, nea erythrea, athens. (info: 210.661.7777, [email protected])the 5th national conference on town planning, zoning and regional development opens at the university of thessaly in volos. to friday. (info: 2410.235.435)capital link holds its 11th annual shipping & marine services forum in london.the hellenic statistical authority (elstat) will publish its second-quarter statistics on employment, working hours and salaries, and its august data on hew house construction material...
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npe reduction conundrum for local banks | business
the new targets for the reduction of bad loans that greek banks have to present to european authorities appear very hard to attain without the need for new funds.the targets will provide for the reduction of nonperforming exposures (npes) to 15-20 percent by the end of 2021 from a current level of 47.7 percent, combined with the increased provisions they need to make for bad loans and for the real estate properties banks are amassing on their books.the equation on which local lenders are working at the moment does not lead to any new capital increases, but the markets appear reserved regarding the efficiency of the instruments banks have at their disposal: foreclosure auctions, the extrajudicial debt settlement mechanism and the changes to legislation protecting debtors, known as the katseli law.concerns stem from the fact that debt settlements are not paying off and the targets for npe reduction are mainly being achieved through debt write-offs. it is no coincidence that in last week’s roadshow of the greek stock market in london the representatives of greek banks were peppered with questions by foreign institutionals on the issue of bad loans.
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fyrom police detain 120 migrants crossing from greece | news
police in the former yugoslav republic of macedonia say they have detained 120 migrants, in two separate cases, who illegally entered the country from greece, as the number of illegal crossings has significantly risen in recent months.police said on sunday that a border police patrol discovered 37 migrants in southern fyrom, near the frontier with greece. they were detained, but police gave no more details about their nationality.in a second case, 83 migrants, 11 of them minors, and most of them pakistanis (76), were discovered packed in a truck coming from greece. the truck driver was detained and the migrants transferred to the reception center in the southern town of gevgelija.fyrom police say they have turned back about 6,600 migrants attempting to cross the border in the first half of 2018.[ap]
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the significance of mondelez’s bid for chipita | business
it’s been five months since the first reports of a buyout proposal for greek multinational food company chipita by us giant mondelez international. throughout these five months the reports have been refuted by chipita chief executive spyros theodoropoulos, while mondelez has replied to numerous requests saying that it will not comment on market rumors.the timing of the proposal was not coincidental: it came right after plans for chipita to be listed were abandoned. the proposal, according to sources, stands at 1.2-1.5 billion euros.the sale to mondelez appears to have run up against a reluctant theodoropoulos, with several observers using this as an explanation for repeated denials of the reported deal. however, the main reason why neither mondelez nor chipita have opened up regarding the issue is that the agreement would be complex and could be torpedoed at any point due to the numerous subsidiaries and holdings in consortiums that chipita has in greece and abroad.the widely discussed proposal – regardless of whether there is a deal or not in the end – has undoubtedly placed chipita among the major attractive companies for investors. if it does bear fruit, it will signify some major restructuring not only in the snacks and sweets market in greece but also in several other countries, as chipita has had a significant production and commercial presence abroad since 1996.
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opposing views on easing of enfia tax | business
ruling syriza and opposition new democracy may agree – broadly at least – on the reduction of the single property tax (enfia) over the next couple of years, but the specifics of each proposal reveal that the rival parties are thinking along completely different lines.the leftist party, for its part, is seeking to reach out to the bulk of owners, who have small properties, promising major discounts that will reach up to 50 percent by 2020, while the conservatives want to spread the same percentage across the board.in practical terms, prime minister alexis tsipras’s announcement to this end last week means that owner of medium-sized and large properties will see small to negligible benefits in 2019 and 2020. with new democracy’s proposal, however, there would be benefits for all owners, though the biggest discount in euro terms would be seen by those with properties of a higher value.the government is considering the introduction of an amendment by the end of the year that will change how the enfia tax is calculated. this method will provide for reduction scales on the main tax – owners also paying supplementary tax are not entitled to any reductions – while owners will be categorized according to their personal assets.this means that for 2019 there will be a 30 percent discount for owners with assets of up to 60,000 euros, while the discount rate will drop further the more the property sum grows.there is no discount being planned forthe following year for owners of...
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tsipras to meet erdogan in new york | news
ankara’s extradition request for the eight turkish servicemen who fled to greece after the failed 2016 coup, the cyprus peace process and bilateral ties are expected to be at the center of talks, as greek prime minister alexis tsipras and turkish president recep tayyip erdogan meet in new york tuesday on the sidelines of the 73rd un general assembly. the meeting between the two men is scheduled to take place at 6.30 p.m. tsipras, meanwhile, is scheduled to address the un monday at the high-level plenary on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of nelson mandela, known as the nelson mandela peace summit.in the evening, tsipras will attend a reception hosted by us president donald trump.
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common sense has not been lost | comment
after performing all sorts of political stunts at the start of its tenure, leftist syriza was forced to make a pragmatic readjustment of its policies. however, it has become painfully evident that despite the reality check of actual governance, the ruling leftists are still very much stuck to the extreme positions of bygone years, when syriza was a minor opposition party struggling to enter parliament.the recent report by an expert committee on lawlessness at greek universities has once more confirmed the ruling party’s fixations. the campaign to denounce critics of the chaotic opinions put forward in the report has fallen through because, thankfully, common sense and the instinct of survival have not vanished entirely from this land.people want their children to study in proper educational institutions, not controlled crime zones.
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the heart of the average voter | comment
us president donald trump takes the stage during a campaign rally in springfield, missouri, september 21. could donald trump be reelected president of the united states despite everything that has already been revealed about him as well as potential revelations in the future? the answer, shocking as it may sound to some people, is that he may well be elected to a second term.there are many reasons for this. the democratic party and the liberal us establishment have still not been able to put their finger on the pulse of the average american voter, when trump succeeded in speaking to many of their hearts – if not their minds.trump has been able to communicate with his voters while snubbing the mainstream news media. in fact, he used traditional outlets as a punching bag to galvanize his supporters.at the same time, the democratic party has not managed to find people without baggage who will not appear to be too far on the left for us political standards but who can at the same time assume a relatively antisystemic position.having barack obama and, particularly, hillary clinton come off the bench to energize voters is the safest way to fuel the anger of trump voters in the heart of america.elections are, after all, not decided in new york or san francisco, london or paris. and the us economy seems to be doing fine, since the negative impact of the trade war with china is not yet evident.for all these reasons, many analysts believe that even if the republican party we...
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political parties condemn beating of syriza mp | news
political parties on sunday evening condemned an attack on syriza mp for messinia, petros konstantineas, near the kalamata soccer ground.the attack on konstantineas occurred near a bar frequented by kalamata fans. the mp told the athens-macedonia news agency that he was set up by around 30 people, apparently members of far-right groups, who beat him.konstantineas was taken to kalamata hospital for treatment to injuries that were not believed to be serious and was expected to be discharged late on sunday night.according to sources, the local police detained five people for questioning in connection with the beating and have launched an investigation.in a statement, the office of prime minister alexis tsipras said that the `fascists` who attacked konstantineas would be found and brought to justice.`that goes for the physical perpetrators. the moral instigators who invest in nationalism and divisive rhetoric with the aim of winning some votes from the far-right should eventually face up to their responsibilities.`conservative new democracy also condemned the attack `categorically,` saying that `such behavior has no place in a well-governed democracy.` 
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members of rouvikonas anarchis group storm athens church | news
a group of around 20 or 30 people believed to be members of the rouvikonas anarchist group entered a church in central athens on sunday morning, shouting slogans during mass.the intruders entered the aghios nikolaos church on asklipiou street shortly after 9 a.m., according to witnesses who told police they did not understand what exactly they were shouting.a search was underway to trace the perpetrators. several hours after the incident the anarchist group rouvikonas claimed responsibility for the raid, declaring solidarity with members of a nearby homeless shelter.
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greece to abolish capital controls by early 2019 | business
the greek finance ministry and bank of greece are plannng to completely abolish capital controls by late this year or early next year, according to sources.authorities are expected to start in the next few days by lifting restrictions on cash withdrawals from greek banks. according to the same sources, the current ceiling of 5,000 euros per month per bank account makes little sense as it exceeds the needs of most bank customers. another imminent intervention will involve lifting all restrictions to money transfers abroad, both for individuals and for companies, the sources added.if all goes well, and barring any unforeseeable political or economic upheaval, these moves will be followed by the end of 2018 or early next year at the latest by the complete lifting of capital controls so as to help the banking system and the economy revert to normality, the sources said.such upheaval might actually necessitate the reimposition of restrictions that have been lifted, the sources added, noting that although no economic risks are currently visible, political risks brought on, for instance, by a protracted pre-election period cannot be ruled out.  in any case, the lifting of restrictions is expected to send a positive message to the markets about the reliability of greek banks whose stocks taken a beating recently partly due to the absence of investors from greece. in a recent interview with naftemporiki, finance minister euclid tsakalotos heralded the lifting of restrictions on gre...
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patriarch repeats stance on autocephaly of ukrainian orthodox church | news
ecumenical patriarch vartholomaios made it clear on sunday that he would not change his stance as regards supporting autocephaly for the orthodox church of ukraine, stressing that the istanbul-based seat of the patriarchate will neither issue threats nor respond to them.during a speech at the aghia foka church, welcoming a czech theologist, vartholomaios referred to the czech and slovak churches, the youngest autocephalous churches to fall under the umbrella of the ecumenical patriarchate.`now it is the turn of ukraine to receive the status of autocephaly in due course, i hope, despite the existing reactions and this will happen because it is [the church's] right,` the patriarch said, apparently referring to the objections of the russian orthodox church.he added that it was also the right of the ecumenical patriarchate to grant autocephaly as it has done to a series of churches, starting with russia's in the 16th century.as for the criticism from russia regarding his position on ukrainian autocephaly, the patriarch said, `we are not afraid of threats.`the patriachate `neither issues threats nor makes them,` he said.
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firefighters contain large blaze at university campus in irakleio | news
a large firefighting effort on sunday contained a blaze that had broken out on a campus of the university of crete near the port of irakleio at around 8 a.m.twenty-eight firefighters manning 25 engines had  been dispatched to the scene while authorities asked units of the national first aid center (ekab) to stand by as thick black smoke engulfed the area and the blaze approached the venizeleio hospital.the police blocked off road access to the university and evacuated the students who happened to be at the campus though the fire was not close to student accommodation.according to the athens-macedonia news agency, the building where the fire broke out was not in use.the cause of the blaze remained unclear. 
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three journalists detained after legal suit by kammenos are freed as probe launched | news
three journalists of the newspaper fileleftheros who were detained on saturday over an article alleging the mishandling of eu destined for migrant reception centers following a legal suit by defense minister panos kammenos were released on sunday. the journalists went to the athens police headquarters on saturday once they were informed about the legal action and stayed overnight. an athens prosecutor on sunday launched an investigation into the affair. panayiotis lampsias, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, said the intervention was `shameful.` `there is an issue with democracy when politicians in power believe that they can bring accusations against journalists whom they do not like.` `it is shameful for all those who tolerate such an utterely depraved procedure.` `my colleagues cannot have the fear hanging over them that they might be the next at risk from some minister,` he added. `the silence of syriza which was a pioneer in the political defense of rights is shameful.`the detentions provoked the reactions of political parties and the athens journalists' union. `if someone believes that the publication of an article slurs an individual or that the article is incorrect, they can ask for their opinion to be published, so that their honor and reputation is restored,` the union said. it added that the so-called aftoforo -- a law permitting a swift hearing if an arrest is made within 48 hours of an alleged crime -- should not apply in the case of media reports...
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self-styled anarchists storm athens church | news
a group of around 20 or 30 people believed to be members of anti-establishment groups entered a church in central athens on sunday morning, shouting slogans during mass.the intruders entered the aghios nikolaos church on asklipiou street shortly after 9 a.m., according to witnesses who told police they did not understand what exactly they were shouting.a search was underway to trace the perpetrators. 
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greek journalists detained after minister files complaint | news
the publisher and editor in chief of a greek newspaper have been detained over an article that alleges mishandling of european union funds meant to improve conditions in migrant hotspots across the country.the journalists were detained following a complaint by defense minister panos kammenos, whose ministry is handling the eu funding. the article published friday alleged some of the recipients of eu funding were businessmen connected to kammenos.panayiotis lampsias, editor-in-chief of daily “fileleftheros” (liberal) told ap that “we are at the exarchia police precinct, where we will spend the night and probably be sent to a prosecutor” on sunday.opposition parties have condemned the detention. conservative new democracy party accused the defense minister of “thuggery” and said the real issue was the mishandling of funds. “whether he wants it or not, [kammenos] will be held accountable for the national shame that is moria,” nd said in a statement. “the same goes for his ostensibly left-wing sensitive fellow ministers who on a daily basis humiliate human existence and tarnish greece’s image across the world,” it said.[ap, kathimerini]
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fyrom at a crossroads as name deal referendum looms | news
the referendum this sunday on in the former yugoslav republic of macedonia (fyrom) on its name deal with greece is seen as pivotal for the country’s future and the involvement of nato and the european union in the western balkans.the high stakes have prompted a long list of western leaders to urge voters in the balkan country to approve the deal, under which fyrom will be called “north macedonia.”in a facebook video message addressed to the people of fyrom on saturday, french president emmanuel macron described the deal as crucial for the country’s future. “i strongly support it and firmly believe this agreement is good for you, for the region and europe,” he said.the agreement signed in northern greece’s prespes lake district on june 17 stipulates that fyrom must also change its constitution, ridding it of anything deemed as expressing irredentist ambitions over greece’s northern province of macedonia.“you must choose and decide whether you are in favor of changing the constitution or not,” macron said.western powers are aiming to fend off russian influence in the region and nato has already extended an invitation to skopje to join the alliance as long as the name deal in ratified.french ambassador to fyrom christian thimonier put it bluntly on friday, saying that “the choice is between north macedonia and north korea.”moscow vehemently opposes the expansion of nato’s influence in the balkans and the us has accused russia of interfering in fyrom to ...
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experts call for closure of iconic beach, as zakynthos authorities lift ban | news
a team of scientists from the university of athens have recommended that zakynthos’s navagio beach be closed completely to the public after a rockfall earlier this month injured one tourist, just as authorities reopened a section of the iconic bathing spot.following a visit to the beach last week, a team from the university’s department of geology opined that more landslides can be expected in the area, which is accessible only by sea.the scientists also said they were opposed to plans to remove the looser rocks and boulders on the 246-meter cliff overhanging the beach, saying this would not prevent future landslides.on saturday, however, authorities on zakynthos decided to partially lift a ban imposed after the september 13 rockfall to allow boats to anchor just off the middle part of navagio.
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macron urges fyrom citizens to back name change deal in sept. 30 referendum | news
french president emmanuel macron on saturday urged the citizens of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia (fyrom) to support a name change deal with greece in the september 30 referendum.“i strongly support it and firmly believe this agreement is good for you, for the region and europe,” macron was quoted as saying in a recorded video message.speaking about the referendum friday, french ambassador to fyrom christian thimonier said “the choice is between north macedonia and north korea.”
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migration ministry slapped with 100,000 euros in fines over camps | news
the regional authority of the northern aegean on saturday slapped greece's migration ministry with fines worth 100,000 euros over the dismal conditions at two island migrant and refugee camps.both fines concern the ministry's failure to improve sanitation and sewerage systems at the camps. the first and heftier of the two fines is over the moria camp on the island of lesvos, with the ministry called to pay 80,000 euros, while the second, of 20,000 euros, concerns the vial camp on the island of chios.the ministry has come under repeated fire for conditions at island camps, and especially at moria, and on friday started the process of transferring thousands of vulnerable refugees and migrants from unsuitable facilities to better ones on the mainland. 
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stefanidi nominated europe’s best female athlete | multimedia
tags:track & fieldkaterina stefanidi, greece’s pole vault master and owner of all major outdoor titles, was on saturday nominated female athlete of the year by the european athletic association. the award ceremony will take place in lausanne, switzerland, on october 26. stefanidi won the title in 2017. [epa]online
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hung out to dry | comment
again and again we keep seeing the government adopt measures that push the greek public education system further away from international standards.however, despite these ruthless and systematic efforts to bring down the standard of tertiary education in greece, there are still small pockets of excellence that have managed to survive the onslaught.this attack against progress in public education is a grave injustice and the people who will end up paying for it are today’s students. thousands of young men and women will leave university with exaggerated expectations concerning their career prospects, and without the tools and knowledge that are needed in today’s competitive job market.
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when tragedy is seen through an ideological prism | comment
the first public opinion poll to come out after the summer break provides worrying evidence of indifference and fatigue in a sizable part of greek society.on questions regarding the deadly east attica wildfires in july, 72 percent of those surveyed said they saw the government’s management of the incident as “probably or certainly negative” while 17 percent viewed it as “probably or certainly positive.”among supporters of the opposition new democracy party, negative replies comprised the vast majority, with 90 percent of nd-supporting respondents saying that they took a dim view of the leftist-led government’s response to the disaster. among respondents who are syriza supporters, however, a negative view was expressed by just 56 percent, while 37 percent saw the government’s response as “probably or certainly positive.”when questioned who they would vote for if elections were held now, the responses showed that the conservatives’ lead over syriza remains at a steady 9.5 percent, without the government’s handling of the fire appearing to affect syriza’s popularity in any significant way. if anything, it has grown.what these figures tell us is that ideology affects perceptions, even when it comes to a tragedy like the wildfire that claimed 99 lives in mati. supporters of the opposition, therefore, are angrier about the magnitude of the disaster than syriza voters, who are guided by different moral principles.is it that the tragedy is still quite fresh an...
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athens jeweler charged over death of would-be thief | news
an athens jewelry store owner was charged with manslaughter on saturday after a man he violently stopped from robbing his store on friday died on the way to hospital.the incident occurred on friday when the would-be thief entered the jewelry store near omonia square armed with a knife after the owner left his post briefly to go to a nearby kiosk.the scene that unfolded after the owner was alerted and returned to his store was captured on video from a building across the street. it shows the thief panicking when he realizes he is trapped and going on to break a street-level display window on the storefront with a fire extinguisher.two men, one of whom appears to be the owner, are then seen in the video published on proto thema website, kicking the would-be thief repeatedly in the head as he crawls through the broken glass out into the street.around a dozen people go on to gather around the prone figure, some still hitting him, until another individual steps in to defend the man on the ground.according to police on saturday, the would-be thief, who has been described only as being in 20s and a drug addict, died on the way to hospital as a result of his injuries.
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cyprus protests turkish warship's arrest of fishing boat | news
cyprus was trying to secure the release of five fishermen who were taken into custody by a turkish warship friday as they were fishing off the northern coast of the ethnically divided mediterranean island nation.cyprus government spokesman prodromos prodromou said authorities have protested the arrest with the un peacekeeping force stationed in cyprus. un spokesman aleem siddique said the un is trying to “resolve this situation, which is regrettable.”cyprus foreign ministry spokesman demetris samuel said the owner of the cyprus-flagged fishing boat told authorities that a turkish warship approached his vessel 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the island's northwestern coast on friday evening.the one greek cypriot and four egyptian fishermen on board were then arrested and the boat was towed to a harbor in the country's breakaway turkish cypriot north.a turkish cypriot news agency quoted police as saying that five people aboard a greek-flagged boat were arrested for violating turkish cypriot territorial waters 9 miles (14 kilometers) off the northwestern coast.cyprus was split in 1974 when turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with greece. only turkey recognizes a turkish cypriot declaration of independence and keeps some 35,000 troops in the north. [ap]
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over 1,000 people arrested at crete airports with forged papers | news
more than 1,000 foreign nationals have been arrested over the last eight months at airports on the island of crete as they tried to board flights using forged travel documents.more specifically, authorities said they arrested 1,019 people from february and up to the first week of september.their preferred destinations were other european union countries, while most of them were from the middle east and northeast africa.the busiest month was july, with 244 arrests. september has also been a busy month, with 227 arrests made until last wednesday.
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