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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-13

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  • [01] Abbot accused of sexual assault remanded in custody
  • [02] Papandreou meets with former PM Simitis
  • [03] ASE opening: Strong Rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Abbot accused of sexual assault remanded in custody

    The abbot of a monastery in Keratea, east Attica prefecture, who is charged with repeated indecent assaults on minors, will be remanded in custody pending trial, following his lengthy testimony before a magistrate on Thursday.

    The 68-year-old monk was reported by his alleged victims several days ago, while several of the accusers are now adults.

    The defendant's lawyer said his client denies the charges and attributes the accusations to a plot and to exaggeration.

    [02] Papandreou meets with former PM Simitis

    Former premier Costas Simitis on Thursday stated that the country needs a change of course , following his meeting in a Parliament with main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, his successor as PASOK leader. Simitis stressed that he will continue to offer his assistance to PASOK through addresses and written interventions, while he described the meeting with Papandreou as very useful, focusing on domestic problems and EU economic developments in relation to the global economic crisis. The former prime minister will be invited to re-attend PASOK's Parliamentary group sessions, while no discussion was made on whether he will run in the European Parliament elections.

    [03] ASE opening: Strong Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.86 percent, standing at 1,583.01 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 15.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 2.83 percent; Health, up 2.82 percent; and Raw Materials, up 2.52 percent; Technology, up 2.49 percent; and Public Utilities, up 2.30 percent.

    The only losses were in Commerce, down 0.18 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.93 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 2.15 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.08 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 97 were up, 8 were down, and 16 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The clash between government and main opposition PASOK on Thursday in parliament during an off the agenda debate on foreign policy, the high rates of unemployment in Europe and the rise in crime dominated the headlines on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Crime is out of control - Bloody robbery with victim a 30-year old saleswoman" who was killed in crossfire between police and robbers.

    APOGEVMATINI: "With a sweeping majority of 528 votes, the European parliamanent calls on Turkey with Resolution: Take back the Casus belli in the Aegean Sea".

    AVGHI: "800,000 unemployed in Greece - Forecast of an additional of 4.5 million unemployed in Europe in 2009".

    AVRIANI: "MIG vice president Andreas Vgenopoulos is buying out the state's debt to save the country from the huge interests of our American and European allies".

    CHORA: "Scenes of Chicago in Athens - Bloody robbery in Vyronas with victim a 32 year old woman".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis called George Papandreou and Foreign Minster Dora Bakoyannis US 'buddies' in the off the agenda debate in parliament on foreign policy".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis refused Karatzaferis' help - He ruled out the possibility of cooperation with LAOS".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Smart test for Lyceum (grades 10-12)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "80,000 layoffs in the last three months - The government is unable to react and the worst is yet to come".

    ESTIA: "Hypocrisy over Olympic Airways - PASOK's current stance is deplorable".

    ETHNOS: "Jungle, with stray bullets - The citizens at the mercy of robbers and police".

    KATHIMERINI: "The country's security is suffering in the face of the rise in terrorism and crime".

    LOGOS: "The political thermometer hit high digits on Thursday in parliament, with no substantial results".

    NIKI: "Unemployment on the rise - Workers losing their jobs every day".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Off the agenda debate in parliament: Popular foreign policy to counter imperialism".

    TA NEA: "Desperate criminals, incompetent police - Rage over the massacre in the Athens suburb of Vyronas with victim a 32 year old employee".

    TO VIMA: "Peace prevails in PASOK, war raging in the parties of the Right and Left".

    VRADYNI: "Environment and Town Planning Minister George Souflias on the fine on illegally closed-in balconies new tax: They are not being legalised, the issue is being settled (with a fine that will be paid every year)".

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