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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting on illegal immigration
  • [02] Illegal migrants rescue operation
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Meeting on illegal immigration

    ROME (ANA-MPA/Th. Andreadis-Syngelakis) - The interior ministers of Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta met here on Tuesday to certify a united initiative with the signing of an official document, an institutional and political initiative aimed at combatting illegal immigration and intensifying cooperation between these four countries on a closer basis.

    The document contains proposals to the European Commission and the European Union's Czech presidency. Its details will be examined during the EU's informal council of interior ministers to be held in Prague on January 15.

    The Greek government was represented at the meeting in Rome by Deputy Interior Minister Athanasios Nakos, who said that the document was prepared speedily and it is very important for Greece that has 18,000 kilometres of coasts and over 9,000 islands and islets.

    [02] Illegal migrants rescue operation

    The Harbour Corps, together with the Air Force and Navy, launched an operation on Tuesday evening to rescue 56 illegal immigrants on board a 10-metre boat sailing in the sea region between the islands of Crete and Milos.

    The operation began at about 8 in the evening when a call was received by the 112 international distress board that a boat with illegal immigrants on board was in danger in the specific region.

    Later on, the pilot of a C-130 cargo aircraft announced that he had spotted the vessel, but that Harbour and Navy ships would be necessary to rescue those on board, while not ruling out the possibility of their rescue by air.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Reforms in Education, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' contact with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and the abduction of shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "New Education Minister to abolish natiowide university entry exams after an open dialogue with everyone concerned...".

    APOGEVMATINI: "12,263 job opportunities (in wider public sector- Seasonal and permanent job positions".

    AVGHI: "Government confesses involvement in the Gaza conflict - Astakos port has been used as transit for weapons to Israel".

    AVRIANI: "Government's initiatives on general elections track".

    CHORA: "Athens-Moscow hot line - Karamanlis, Putin discussed 4 issues".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "The government uncovered after a US announcement on the annulment of weapons supply trasport for Astakos port, western Greece, to Israel".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Former PASOK government Foreign Minister claimed that Turkey was planning to invade Lesvos island in 1986".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The test result was positive: The 2 million euros interest-bearing state bonds issue was oversubscribed 6 times up".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "The dialogue on Education reopens".

    ESTIA: "The tolerance and loose climate was the reason for the increase in crimes".

    ETHNOS: "All-night thriller for the ransom - Abducted shipowner's son came back urgently from USA".

    KATHIMERINI: "No end in sight for Russia-Ukraine dispute over the natural gas".

    LOGOS: "Dialogue on Education to begin from zero point - Government pre-announces reforms in Education".

    TA NEA: "Ministers and MPs forecast general elections by the end of spring - They point at 2010 but they are getting prepared for spring".

    NIKI: "The banks bought the state bonds with borrowed money".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The people will obstruct the support of the Palestinian people's murderers".

    TO VIMA: "Full speed ahead to general elections - The scenarios, the plans, the dates".

    VRADYNI: "Retroactive payments in public sector going back 5 years."


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