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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-27

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  • [01] Missing man's body found in Lousios river
  • [02] Child pornography ring broken in Greece
  • [03] FM meets with Iraqi counterpart

  • [01] Missing man's body found in Lousios river

    The body of a 30-year-old man who had been swept away on Sunday by torrential waters while rafting in the Lousios river in Arkadia perfecture, southern Greece when his boat overturned, was recovered on Tuesday morning by members of a rescue team.

    The body of the man, who went missing at noon on Sunday, was recovered in the Alfeios River, of which the Lousios is a tributary.

    [02] Child pornography ring broken in Greece

    Greek police broke a child pornography ring, part of a global network, and charged 24 people across the country with possessing and trafficking hard-core material on the internet following an investigation that lasted roughly three months, it was announced on Tuesday. Eleven men were arrested, among them an Archimandrite, aged 44, who is a priest in the Peloponnese but was taken into custody in Attica prefecture. Police tracked 137 electronic traces on the Internet that belonged to a total of 35 users in Greece who in fact were the 24 suspects indicted as some of them used more than one electronic address. The Greek users had bought or attempted to buy access and membership rights on VIP websites by using credit cards. Police have confiscated a total of 28 computer hard-drives, 8 portable PCs and a large number of DVDs with a capacity of 28,000 GB. The investigation on the case was launched after a relative document was forwarded by the London Metropolitan Police via Interpol informing police authorities that following a global investigation on the Internet it had traced over 200 websites for VIP members with hard-core material involving small children. The users were trafficking explicit child pornography material showing among others even 6-month-old babies, with their hands tied behind their backs, in sexual activity with minors.

    [03] FM meets with Iraqi counterpart

    The establishment of a Greek Economic and Commercial Affairs Office in Iraq was decided on Tuesday during a meeting in Athens between foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis and her Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, as well as Greece's assistance in the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage and erecting a statue of Alexander the Great in Gaugamela.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bakoyannis said the discussions included a review on international developments, particularly the Middle East.

    She also stressed Greece's steadfast stance in favour of the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq.

    Bakoyannis further noted that Greece was "participating in the financing of Iraq's developmental effort" with emphasis on the improvement of infrastructures, adding that, for the facilitation of the development of bilateral relations, was planning to open an Economic and Commercial Affairs Office in the city of Irbil.

    In response to a request by her Iraqi counterpart, Bakoyannis pledged that Greece would assist Iraq in the restoration of the country's museums, and in erecting a statue of Alexander the Great in Gaugamela.

    Foreign minister Zebari, in turn, warmly thanked Greece for its steadfast support, noting that Iraq was on a steady course of democratization, and requested strengthening of contacts between technical experts on cultural matters and on Iraq's reconstruction, and renewed his invitation to Bakoyannis to visit Baghdad.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

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