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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-05

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  • [01] Hiroshima a-bomb anniversary
  • [02] "Argo" in Albania
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Hiroshima a-bomb anniversary

    An event marking the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held in Thessaloniki on August 6 organized by the local committee for International Détente and Peace (EDYE). Sixty three years after the dark anniversary of the nuclear holocaust, humanity is in turmoil due to international developments in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, the Committee points out, calling on the people to attend the event commemorating the victims of the bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 respectively.<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945. Since then, thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to exposure to radiation released by the bombs. In both cities, the overwhelming majority of the dead were civilians. Six days after the detonation over Nagasaki, on August 15, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, signing the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, officially ending the Pacific War and therefore, World War II.

    Caption ANA-MPA/EPA file photo of HIROSHIMA, JAPAN : Dated 1945 of the mushroom cloud created by the explosion of an atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

    [02] "Argo" in Albania

    The modern-day "Argo", a reconstruction of the legendary first long ship which according to ancient Greek myth carried Jason and his Argonauts from the coast of Iolcos (Volos, today) to recover the Golden Fleece from Colchis and bring it back home, arrived in the port of Sarande in Albania late Sunday night.

    The "Argo" was greeted on arrival by Sarande mayor Edmond Gjoka, senior officials from the Greek Consulate in Gjirokaster, and a plethora of Greek and Albanian residents of the area.

    The "Argo's" captain, Coast Guard Vice-Admiral Apostolos Kourtis, who heads the Argo research program, addressed a brief greeting.

    The replica ship spent the night at Sarande, before setting sail back to Volos, where on June 14 it set out on a journey of 2,000 nautical miles with stops at 37 ports in six countries along the way, including Albania, Croatia and Slovenia, before completing the journey in the port of Venice on August 12.

    The modern-day Argo is a reconstruction of an ancient Greek penteconter with a ram (a ship with one tier of 50 oars, 25 on either side) and a simple sail that was built of half-cured wood cut from forest timber.

    It is built along the line of prehistoric ships of the Greek mainland in the 14th century B.C. and belongs to the same family as Homer's long ships and the later ram-bearing warships of antiquity.

    The present-day penteconter Argo is traveling between 10 and 15 nautical miles a day until it reaches its final destination in Venice, stopping at 37 ports on the way. It is accompanied by the ship Hellenic Seaways, where the volunteer rowers of the penteconter eat, wash, dress and receive medical treatment.

    The ship's journey is expected to be completed in the port of Venice on August 12, and until July 7 it will sailed in Greek waters, accompanied by coast guard vessels. During the trip it will raise six flags, equal to the number of countries whose waters it will traverse. These include Greece, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.

    It is also scheduled to stop at several ports and harbours along the way, where it will remain for one day and be part of various cultural events.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Argo while crossing the Corinth canal

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