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News in English, of 29/07/1996
- Greece says farewell to Aliki.
- Antenna uncovers lax security at Europe's
- And Greece wins silver medal at the centennial
You've been watching scenes from the funeral
service of Aliki Vouyouklaki. Thanks for joining us.
Greece's national star was buried Thursday. Aliki
Vouyouklaki died Tuesday following a month-long
struggle with a liver ailment.
Thousands of people paid their final respects as
Aliki was buried at the First Cemetery in Athens.
The funeral service was held at Athens cathedral a
few miles from the cemetery. After the service
came, the orations as a few people put in words
what was written in the hearts of all.
Aliki became aware of her health problems last
December. But it was only in April that they
took a dramatic turn, forcing her to cancel her
performance dates at a theatre in Thessaloniki.
It was the beginning of the end for the woman Greece
adored. And, as she prepared to face her greatest
test, she said what she needed more than anything
else, was love.
Aliki Vouyouklaki reigned over the hearts of Greeks
for over 40 years. To generations of cinema
and theatre goers, she was the best. She brought
the joy of life to all who saw her.
Aliki Vouyouklaki's last interview was with
Antenna reporter Irini Anastasopoulou just before
she returned from Munich in May, where she had
gone for medical tests.
In that interview, Greece's national star shared
her pain, but also her undying courage with the
Following the recent air disaster on TWA flight
800, there was some speculation in the
international press that security at Athens
international airport may be lax. Some suggested
that a bomb may have been planted on the ill-fated
craft, which flew from Athens to New York before
leaving for Paris.
The Greek and American governments insist that
security at Athens is fine. But what about other
airports, in other countries?
Antenna's Giorgos Amyras recently visited Heathrow,
in London, Charles de Galle, in Paris, and Zurich's
international airports. He found security sorely
lacking at all three.
Greece has won its first medal at the golden Olympics in Atlanta.
Weight-lifter Leonidas Sabanis hoisted a total of 305 kilos in
the 59-kilo category, clinching the second
An ethnic greek from southern Albania, Sabanis
lifted 137.5 kilos in the jerk, setting a new
With his 305-kilo total, Sabanis finished
two-and-a-half kilos behind China's Tang Nin-Seng,
who set a new world record with his 307.5-kilo effort.
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