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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-27

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  • [01] Christmas carols for PM Karamanlis
  • [02] Papandreou receives traditional troupes
  • [03] Illegal immigrants, trafficker arrested
  • [04] Minister's service car torched
  • [05] PASOK leader's mother hospitalised after accident
  • [06] Patriarch's Christmas wish
  • [07] Christmas lunch for homeless
  • [08] Prisoners released under new law

  • [01] Christmas carols for PM Karamanlis

    The city of Athens' childrens choir, accompanied by noted composer George Katsaros, sang Christmas Carols on Wednesday for Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, his wife Natassa and their children.

    The prime minister's family was treated to several versions of carols from various parts of Greece, before handing out Christmas presents to the children of the choir and musicians.

    The childrens choir of Athens took first place at the "Choir Olympiad" held in Austria last summer.

    [02] Papandreou receives traditional troupes

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Wednesday received several traditonal dance groups of different parts of Greece that sang him Christmas carols. PASOK leader danced together with the members of the groups and afterwards both parts exchanged wishes and christmas presents.

    [03] Illegal immigrants, trafficker arrested

    Border guards in the northwestern city of Kastoria city on Thursday arrested a local man, 47, and three Albanian nationals who had earlier entered the country illegally. Another three local suspects were arrested for providing assistance to the alleged migrant trafficker.

    [04] Minister's service car torched

    Unknown perpetrators early Friday morning torched a service car used by Deputy Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister Stavros Kaloyannis outside his residence in downtown Ioannina, northwerstern Greece .

    An investigation revealed cloths soaked in flammable liquid under the wheels of the burned vehicle.

    [05] PASOK leader's mother hospitalised after accident

    Margaret Papandreou, 85, mother of main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou, was admitted to the KAT hospital in the Athens suburb of Kifisia on Friday afternoon following an accident that occurred at her residence.

    [06] Patriarch's Christmas wish

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos stressed in his Christmas message on Tuesday that most people's hope that has been based on worldly "gods" is collapsing in a pitiful way every day.

    "The human image is being humiliated and crushed in the midst of numbers, machines, computers, stock exchanges and multicoloured flags of void ideologiocal convenience. Nature is being abused. The environment is suffering likewise. Young people are disappointed and rising in protest over the injustice of the present and the uncertainty of the future," he said in his message.

    "However, the Church, calling on all for wise circumspection, the reassessment of priorities on life and seeking in the face of the transient "other" traces of the worthy of all respect image of God, will not cease to denounce with all the strength given to it by its experience exceeding two thousand years that the Child lying in the cradle of Bethlehem is 'the hope of all the extremities of the world'," he added.

    [07] Christmas lunch for homeless

    The city of Athens' Homeless Foundation will once again host a festive Christmas lunch with various events and offerings planned for Christmas Day, from noon onwards, at a municipal meal provision centre in downtown Athens.

    Volunteers will hand out gifts (clothing, footwear etc) provided by the Athens Market, a newly launched municipal social service for low-income families and needy fellow citizens.

    [08] Prisoners released under new law

    The gradual release of thousands of prisoners from Greek jails, in compliance with Law 3727/2008, published in the Government Gazette on December 18, began in Greece this week. The first 15 inmates from Korydallos Prison, Athens, were released on Tuesday, while a number of prisoners benefiting from the new law were also released from jails nationwide within the framework of new legislation aimed at relieving overcrowding in the country's prisons. Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis commended the prison administrations for their swift response in preparing the necessary paperwork allowing roughly 3,720 people to leave jail by early next year.
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