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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Bomb explosion at bank
  • [02] Bakoyannis in Paris on Monday
  • [03] Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrated
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Bomb explosion at bank

    A strong explosion occured at dawn Monday outside a Citibank branch in Athens' northern suburb of Filothei.

    The home-made explosive device, which exploded at 3:00 a.m., had been planted at the rear of the bank, and caused extensive damage to the bank and to cars parked near by.

    The police counter-terrorism squad was investigating the incident.

    [02] Bakoyannis in Paris on Monday

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will be in Paris on Monday, where she will be received by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, a ministry press release said on Sunday.

    On the same day, Bakoyannis will be proclaimed associated member from abroad of the French Academy of Humanities and Political Studies.

    [03] Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrated

    'Sunday of Orthodoxy' was celebrated all over Greece on Sunday. Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos officiated the doxology at the Athens Saint Dionysius church in the presence of President of Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    Afterwards President Karolos Papoulias hosted a traditional official luncheon at the presidential mansion.

    The 'Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy' is celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent. It is the celebration of the victory over the iconoclasts in 843, in Byzantium, by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. The service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Marfin Investment Group's acquisition of Olympic Airways(OA) and Ecofin's call on the government to take permanent measures, the government-main opposition PASOK's clash on the economic crisis and the date of general elections dominated the headlines on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Hiring of unemployed youth in public sector in part time jobs".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Blast of violence inside and outside soccer stadiums - Clashes in Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete".

    AVRIANI: "MIG vice-presidentAndreas Vgenopoulos turning OA into an air transport giant - He plans new major investments in banking sector, telecommunications, energy and hotels".

    CHORA: "Thriller with social security funds - Agony over their ability to pay pensions and retirement bonuses".

    ELEFTHEROS: "President Obama rushes to Ankara and procatively ignores Greece".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government squared the circles (OA's emblem) .....Regardless of the economic crisis the government 'locked in' OA's sale to MIG".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Take permanent measures immediately - European Commission, under Germany's pressure, will table its proposals on Monday".

    ESTIA: "The possibility of tax increases is being discussed - Fatal mistake for the economy".

    ETHNOS: "Storm alert in tourism - Major travel agencies sending pessimistic messages".

    TA NEA: "Former PASOK minister Theodoros Pangalos interview: (Former Prime Minister Costas) Simitis must lead PASOK's euroelections ballot".

    VRADYNI: "MIG's major plans for OA- New era in Greece's air transport sector".


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