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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-04

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  • [01] Fire-bomb attack on police station in Melissia
  • [02] Cultural Portal of Aegean Archipelago
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Fire-bomb attack on police station in Melissia

    A group of about 10 people threw home-made fire bombs (molotov cocktails) at a police station in the northern Athens suburb of Melissia late Wednesday night, causing extensive damage to six police cars.

    The group was repulsed by the police station's guard, who fired shots in the air, while the duty officer threw two non-lethal grenades (emitting sound and light).

    The perpetrators approached the police station from the rear side of the building and threw several molotov cocktails, damaging three police patrol cars, two security police vehicles, and a private car belonging to a policeman, two of which vehicles were completely detroyed.

    The station guard fired in the air and the duty officer threw two non-lethal grenades, and the perpetrators fled, scattering in different directions, some on foot and others on motorcycles.

    The police counter-terrorism squad was investigating the incident.

    [02] Cultural Portal of Aegean Archipelago

    The Foundation of the Hellenic World (IME) has announced the, the "Cultural Portal of the Aegean Archipelago", a network site that presents the history, culture and natural environment of the islands of the Aegean, from prehistoric times until today.

    According to an announcement, the aim of the site is to bring into contact both the Greek and international public with the historic, cultural and environmental character of the Aegean and, at the same time, to constitute a useful implement for those intending to visit Aegean islands in the summer.

    The site contains information on both the history and culture of each island and wider issues of a historic and cultural nature, such as shipping, piracy, Aegean archaeology, popular culture and demography.

    The announcement further revealed that through the visitor can be informed about festivals, sports clubs, cultural societies, fairs and celebrations that are being organised, newspapers, television channels and radio stations and traditional settlements or natural monuments.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a characteristic waterfront view found in all the Greek islands in the Aegean Archipelago (Aegean Sea).

    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.81 percent, standing at 2,428.18 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 28.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Telecoms, up 2.44 percent; Banks, up 1.33 percent; and Raw Materials, up 1.24 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food & Beverage, down 1.06 percent; Public Utilities, down 0.25 percent; and Mass Media, down 0.25 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.04 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.89 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.21 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 100 were up, 18 were down, and 19 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Rapid developments in the Siemens case and the party leaders' election campaigns ahead of Sunday's European Parliament elections dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    APOGEVMATINI: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' supporters stayed to listen to his speech in Thessaloniki under the pouring rain".

    AVGHI: "The absolute disgrace- Karamanlis and main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou dispute each other's honesty and set up a bogus pre-electoral bogus clash to win over the votes of the undecided".

    AVRIANI: "Silence in PASOK over party spokesman and Europarliament candidate George Papaconstantinou's alleged involvement in SIEMENS case".

    CHORA: "Mr. Papandreou, who are your friends? - ND's merciless questions point at PASOK cadres' implication in Siemens scandal".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Despite the Prime Minister's efforts to narrow the difference from PASOK, former SIEMENS executive Christos Karavelas is turning his efforts to ashes".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Defence Minister Vangelis Meimarakis to newspaper: PASOK must give explanations on its involvement in the SIEMENS case".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The elections a 'court' on the SIEMENS case".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis assumed responsibility over the Karavelas case (former Siemens Hellas executive facing charges in the scandal, who has fled the country), attempting to cover the oligory phenomena."

    ESTIA: "Chaos with the voters' catalogues - Plasmatic number of voters".

    ETHNOS: "At last ....justice has been attributed!! - Siemens' sins visited on a girl's back", referring to the imprisonment, pending trial, of Karavelas' 26-year-old daughter.

    KATHIMERINI: "Political arena under SIEMENS shadow".

    LOGOS: "New stumbling block in investigations into Siemens case".

    NIKI: "The clash over Siemens reaches the extremes".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Call for a powerful Communist Party and working class struggle against monopolies".

    TA NEA: "Coup d'etat with the seal of Maximos (Mansion, the government headquarters) - Government's spokesman Evangelos Antonaros had preannounced the incarcerations in the Siemens case".

    TO VIMA: "Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will be the scapegoat if New Democracy loses the first place in the Euroelections

    VRADYNI: "Euroelections under a Siemens shadow - Rapid development with incarcerations and arrest warrants".

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