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Inside the abandoned Kabul mansion Taliban soldiers call home

Inside the abandoned Kabul mansion Taliban soldiers call home More than 150 fighters have taken over the residence of a notorious Afghan warlord. Many are adjusting to a new lifestyle while awaiting orders from the new government. [The New York Times] Source : Newsroom Σύνδεσμος

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Efood wants to turn delivery staff into freelancers

Efood wants to turn delivery staff into freelancers Delivery employees were hailed as heroes during the lockdowns and the Ianos and Medea storms, but some of them are now being forced to work without proper employment status, only as external partners. An SMS that 115 efood delivery staff received on Friday informed them that their […]

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The Ancient Greek Origins of Werewolves

The Ancient Greek Origins of Werewolves In the Greek texts, the king Lycaon is punished for misdeeds by being turned into a wolf in ancient Greece. Credit: Wikimedia/Public domain. The oldest trace of man-to-wolf transformation dates back to 2100 BC. But the werewolf as we now know it first appeared in ancient Greece. By Tanika […]

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Nine parties interested in Iraklio Port

Nine parties interested in Iraklio Port State asset utilization fund TAIPED announced on Friday that nine interested parties have submitted expressions of interest in the acquisition of a majority stake of at least 67% of Iraklio Port Authority. Expressions of interest were submitted by the following: a consortium comprising the companies Aktor Concessions and Attica […]

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Ozone Hole Over South Pole Has Become Larger than Antarctica

Ozone Hole Over South Pole Has Become Larger than Antarctica A visualization of the hole in the ozone layer around the South Pole. Credit: Stuart Rankin, CC BY-NC 2.0 The hole in the ozone layer that reemerges with the changing of the seasons has now grown larger than the size of Antarctica. Scientists from the […]

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EUMED 9 Summit Tackles Climate Change, Immigration Challenges

EUMED 9 Summit Tackles Climate Change, Immigration Challenges The nine leaders of the European Mediterranean countries met together in Athens. Credit: Prime Minister GR/Twitter Leaders from nine Mediterranean nations held a summit in Athens called the EUMED 9 on Friday afternoon to address issues such as climate change, migration, Turkey and Afghanistan, among others. The […]

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France Recalls Its Ambassadors to the US and Australia after AUKUS Announcement

France Recalls Its Ambassadors to the US and Australia after AUKUS Announcement French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled France’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia in response to AUKUS. Credit: Remy Juan, CC BY-SA French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled France’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia in response to the AUKUS alliance […]

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House panel expands inquiry into climate disinformation by oil giants

House panel expands inquiry into climate disinformation by oil giants The House Oversight Committee has widened its inquiry into the oil and gas industry’s role in spreading disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming, calling on top executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as the […]

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Greece gets credit rating upgrade from DBRS Morningstar

Greece gets credit rating upgrade from DBRS Morningstar DBRS Morningstar upgraded on Friday night Greece’s credit rating to BB from BB (low). At the same time, DBRS Morningstar changed Greece’s trend from Stable to Positive. The ratings upgrade reflects DBRS Morningstar’s positive view of fiscal and economic developments before the pandemic that positioned the country […]

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Media campaign launched to stem Afghan migration

Media campaign launched to stem Afghan migration The Migration Ministry is putting together a media and social media blitz to discourage Afghan citizens from immigrating to Greece without knowing about the laws and rules for asylum seekers. The 73,532-euro campaign – bankrolled by local and European funds – will also reportedly outline the living conditions […]

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Assimilation and security

Assimilation and security The granting of Greek citizenship to Veronica, the mother of basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a good opportunity for a couple of observations. To begin with, it was not just a humanitarian duty but also highlights the state’s obligation to implement assimilation policies for people who have chosen to make their home […]

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Killings of endangered animals spark outrage

Killings of endangered animals spark outrage The fatal shooting of two endangered animals, a female brown bear in Prespes, northern Greece, and a lesser spotted eagle in southern Crete, has provoked an angry reaction from environmental organizations, who are calling on the authorities to identify and punish the perpetrators. The 6-year-old bear was found dead […]

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Poll finds SYRIZA most popular party among unvaccinated

Poll finds SYRIZA most popular party among unvaccinated Almost a quarter of unvaccinated voters would vote for SYRIZA in the next election, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. The Alco poll for private broadcaster Open Beyond TV found that 23% of unvaccinated Greeks would opt for the party of Alexis Tsipras, followed by […]

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DNA Analysis Sheds Light to Minoan and Mycenaean Genetic Origins

DNA Analysis Sheds Light to Minoan and Mycenaean Genetic Origins “Saffron Gatherer” from a Minoan fresco in Akrotiri, Santorini. Credit: Public Domain For the first time, scientists have obtained genetic material and analyzed genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans, who lived three to five thousand years ago. The new analysis suggests that the […]

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EU leaders sign Athens Declaration on climate change and the Mediterranean natural environment

EU leaders sign Athens Declaration on climate change and the Mediterranean natural environment EU leaders who attended the EUMed9 Summit on climate change and the environment in the Mediterranean, expressed their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and to reducing the rise of global temperature by 1.5C in relation to pre-industrial levels, read […]

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‘We have always been Greeks,’ Antetokounmpo says in visit to presidential mansion

‘We have always been Greeks,’ Antetokounmpo says in visit to presidential mansion In a highly symbolic meeting, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Friday received NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, his mother Veronica and his younger brother Alex in the gardens of the presidential mansion, a day after the ceremony granting them honorary Greek […]

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Activists Accuse Google, Apple of Caving to Pressure from Kremlin

Activists Accuse Google, Apple of Caving to Pressure from Kremlin Google and Apple are accused of bowing to Kremlin pressure in the banning of an app that would have enabled Russian voters to access information. Credit: The Pancake of Heaven! /CC BY-SA 4.0 Activists from Russia’s embattled opposition on Friday accused tech giants Google and Apple […]

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Mitsotakis at EUMED9 summit – Turkey must abandon belligerence against Greece, Cyprus, region

Mitsotakis at EUMED9 summit – Turkey must abandon belligerence against Greece, Cyprus, region Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday afternoon used a summit of southern EU leaders, along with the attending EU Commission president, to forcefully again charge that neighboring Turkey has developed into a regional trouble-maker. Speaking at the end of a EUMED9 […]

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Border Crisis Heightens for Biden as Thousands Camp Under Bridge

Border Crisis Heightens for Biden as Thousands Camp Under Bridge The area under the bridge between Del Rio Texas and Mexico is flooded with migrants as they try to get into the United States. The majority of the migrants that have created the newest border crisis are from Haiti. Credit: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton […]

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Southern EU leaders sign Athens Declaration to combat climate change, protect Mediterranean

Southern EU leaders sign Athens Declaration to combat climate change, protect Mediterranean European leaders of Mediterranean or southern European countries gathered for an EUMed9 Summit in Athens on Friday, where conclusions focused heavily on reversing and preventing climate change and decisively protecting the Mediterranean basin’s environment. As detailed in the signed Athens Declaration, issued immediately […]

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Turkey must abandon ‘illegal actions,’ Mitsotakis tells EUMED9

Turkey must abandon ‘illegal actions,’ Mitsotakis tells EUMED9 Turkey must abandon its “illegal actions” against Cyprus and Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told EU colleagues on Thursday. “Our fundamental priority is security and stability under international law and the Convention on the Law of the Sea. This also applies to Turkey, which must abandon illegal […]

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Transactions with local tax offices slashed

Transactions with local tax offices slashed Taxpayers will need to pay far fewer visits to their local tax offices as about 250 transactions will now be made through the new myAADE platform which was launched on gov.gr Thursday, replacing the well-known Taxisnet portal that opened in 1997.  With the transactions that are already carried out […]

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Palindrome Inscription Found on Ancient Amulet in Cyprus

Palindrome Inscription Found on Ancient Amulet in Cyprus The ancient amulet found in Cyprus features a palindrome in Ancient Greek. Credit: Jagiellonian University in Krakow at Paphos Agora A team of Polish archaeologists in Nea Paphos, Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old two-sided amulet depicting a palindrome inscription written in ancient Greek. Palindromes are phrases that […]

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Air passenger traffic up in Greece in August 2021

Air passenger traffic up in Greece in August 2021 Air passenger traffic for Greece rose by 77.7 percent in August 2021, as arrivals from abroad increased 82.6 percent compared to the same month last year, according to figures released on Friday by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). According to figures for the first eight-month […]

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China-Greece Year of Culture and Tourism

China-Greece Year of Culture and Tourism The China-Greece Year of Culture and Tourism began on Thursday with a ceremony held at the foot of the Acropolis as officials from both countries expressed confidence in a stronger friendship and further cooperation between the two peoples. The opening ceremony, attended by Greek and Chinese officials, was hosted […]

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ATHEX: Benchmark posts weekly rise of 1.1%

ATHEX: Benchmark posts weekly rise of 1.1% As is usually the case in triple-witching sessions, the trend recorded during the main trading of the day bore little resemblance to the intense action during the closing auctions on Friday, when the decline of the main index was reversed and the trading volume recorded up until the […]

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Why an American Think Tank Brands Bitcoin ‘a Scam’

Why an American Think Tank Brands Bitcoin ‘a Scam’ A think-tank called Gravel Institute believes that Bitcoin is a scam. Credit: Onov3065/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 An American think-tank called the Gravel Institute recently released a new video explaining why it believes Bitcoin is a scam akin to a Ponzi scheme. Writer and economist Doug Henwood […]

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Covid-19 Greece: 2, 255 new infections, 39 related deaths, 352 intubated patients on Fri.

Covid-19 Greece: 2, 255 new infections, 39 related deaths, 352 intubated patients on Fri. Greek public health officials announced 2,255 confirmed single-day instances of Covid-19 on Friday, nine of which were detected at entry points into the country. Another 39 related deaths were also reported on the day, bringing the death toll since the advent […]

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EU’s Mediterranean states urge global action to fight climate crisis

EU’s Mediterranean states urge global action to fight climate crisis Leaders of the EU’s bloc of nine southern European members said on Friday that urgent global action was needed to address a worsening climate crisis and build a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region. They expressed their “strong conviction that urgent and ambitious global action […]

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Data protection body to review posting of kindergarten children’s names online

Data protection body to review posting of kindergarten children’s names online Greece’s Data Protection Authority has announced it has launched a review into the online publication of a list of names of migrant children and a teacher at an Athens kindergarten earlier this week on the MeaCulpa.gr website. The decision comes a day after a […]

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