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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-17

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  • [01] Karamanlis briefed by Interior Minister
  • [02] AEK Athens coach resigns
  • [03] Total of 98 illegals nabbed in 3 separate incidents around Aegean

  • [01] Karamanlis briefed by Interior Minister

    Prime ̀inister Costas Karamanlis conferred on Monday with Énterior ̀inister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who briefed the premier on the upcoming EU-Africa meeting to take place November 25 that will deal with migration issues.

    Speaking to reporters afterwards, Pavopoulos said that there would be reinforcement of the countries from which migrants originate, adding that so long as hunger, social inequalities, dictatorships and wars existed, so would there be migration, and consequently those countries needed to be strengthened.

    Pavlopoulos stressed the need for collaboration with those countries as well as repatriation agreements for illegal immigrants, and accused Turkey once again of not abiding by the commitments it has assumed with respect to illegal immigrant trafficking.

    The interior minister further briefed Karamanlis on the reorganization of the Greek Police (ELAS), noting that the plan for confronting crime was progressing day by day.

    He noted that the Greek police have had successes in uncovering organized crime rings, adding that the results of the police force's reorganization will be visible by the end of the year.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] AEK Athens coach resigns

    The AEK Athens football club on Monday announced that George Donis has resigned as head coach of the popular team, following the latest poor showing on Saturday -- a scoreless tie at home against lowly Panserraikos Serres. According to team announcement, Donis' contract with AEK was terminated by mutual consent.

    Donis, 39, was a well-known striker for Panathinaikos Athens in the 1990s before earning a transfer to Blackburn FC. He essentially finished his career at AEK.

    Nikos Kostenoglou, a former AEK football player, appears as a frontrunner to take over the coaching spot.

    [03] Total of 98 illegals nabbed in 3 separate incidents around Aegean

    Eighteen illegal migrants were intercepted by Coast guard patrol on Sunday near the eastern Aegean island of Samos. According to reports, they disembarked from the opposite Turkish coast with an inflatable dinghy that was subsequently destroyed when they were spotted by the patrol boat.

    In a separate incident in the same sea region, another 21 illegal migrants were collected from the sea soon after they also destroyed their dinghy and fell in the water in order to force the Greek coast guard to rescue them and take them to Greek territory -- now apparently the standard procedure used by migrant traffickers operating out of Turkey.

    Another 59 migrants were spotted and arrested on Sunday by the coast guard on the islet Paximadia near Aghia Galini, Crete.

    The illegals were transferred to the harbour of Aghia Galini port and afterwards to a nearby reception centre.

    Police, later acting on a tip-off, spotted a sail boat in the harbour allegedly used to transport and drop off the illegals to the islet. Two individuals were arrested.

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