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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-26

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  • [01] Kidnapped companion of shipowner released after ransom paid
  • [02] Oldest human settlement in Aegean unearthed on Limnos island
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Kidnapped companion of shipowner released after ransom paid

    The 73-year-old companion of a Greek shipowner, who had been abducted Friday morning near the couple's home in Paleo Faliro, was released late Thursday night after the shipowner paid a ransom to the abductors.

    According to police, two unidentified men immobilised the woman's car, moved the woman and her driver into another car and sped off. The abductors later released the driver, while the telephoned the shipowner and demanded a ransom of five million euros in order to release the woman.

    The ranson was negotiated to a much smaller sum, the amount of which was not made public, which the shipowner dropped off in the early hours of Thursday at a remote spot at the Schistos area of Korydallos, hear Piraeus, as per the instructions of the kidnappers.

    The abductors picked up the ransom money and released the woman.

    Security police were investigating the incident to locate and arrest the abductors.

    [02] Oldest human settlement in Aegean unearthed on Limnos island

    The ruins of the oldest human settlement in the Aegean found so far have been unearthed in archaeological excavations by a team of Greek, Italian and American archaeologists on the island of Limnos, headed by Thessaloniki Aristotle University (AUTH) professor of Prehistoric Archaeology Nikos Efstratiou.

    The excavation began in early June and the finds brought to light so far, mainly stone tools of a high quality, are from the Epipaleolithic Period approximately 14,000 years ago. The finds indicate a settlement of hunters, food-collectors and fishermen of the 12th millennium BC.

    Until now, it was believed that the oldest human presence in the Aegean had been located in the Archipelagos of the so-called Cyclops Cave on the rocky islet Yioura, north of the island of Alonissos, and at the Maroula site on Kythnos island, dating to circa 8,000 (8th millennium) BC.

    The excavations are being conducted at the Ouriakos site on the Louri coast of Fyssini in Moudros municipality on Limnos, with the assistance of the municipality and funding by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP).

    Linmos is considered to be a region with signficant prehistoric archaeological finds, such as the Poliochne settlement that was inhabited from the middle of the 5th millennium BC to the end of the 2nd millennium BC, and the Koukonesi islet settlement dating approximately to the same chronological period, from the Early to the Late Bronze Ages.

    Caption: Archaeoligists excavating at the area that was discovered the oldest prehistoric settlement in the Aegean Sea. ANA-MPA/STR

    [03] ASE opening: 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 1.14 percent, standing at 2,201.75 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 15.9 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Technology, up 2.78 percent; Personal & Household Goods, up 2.36 percent; and Raw Materials, up 2.17 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Travel & Recreation, down 0.76 percent; Telecoms, down 0.67 percent; and Mass Media, down 0.47 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.18 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 2.23 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.43 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 78 were up, 16 were down, and 11 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    New taxes announced by Economy Minister Yannis Papathanassiou, and the arrest of SIEMENS Hellas former CEO Michalis Christoforakos, a fugitive from justice, in Germany , dominated the headlines on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Number One man wanted in Siemens case was arrested in Germany- Will he be extradited to Greece?"

    APOGEVMATINI: "It kills cancer - The new medicine OLAPARIB gives new hope to people suffering from cancer".

    AVGHI: "Tax ....robbery - Government launches a tax 'storm'."

    AVRIANI: "Who fear Christoforakos' return to Greece and why Siemens slush funds manager states that his life will be in danger if he returns to Greece - If he talks the whole political system will collapse".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Tax bite for all incomes - Who are mostly affected by the new tax measures".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Black hole in our pocket - First additional tax package announced: Do not speak, do not move , the Tax Bureau is watching you".

    ESTIA: "The new taxes are absurd - The economy is heading to suffocation".

    ETHNOS: "Taxes on houses, cars and mobile phones - Savage raid against everyone for the collection of 1.9 billion euros in 2009".

    KATHIMERINI: "Christoforakos' German lawyer states: A dozen Greek politicians do not want Christoforakos' testimony-confession".

    LOGOS: "Merciless tax storm - Pleasure boats, luxury cars, gas and mobile phones targeted".

    NIKI: "Tsunami of indirect taxes and government's tricks against pleasure boat owners".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The battle against drugs is closely connected with the restructure of the working class movement".

    TA NEA: "FinMin Yannis Papathanassiou's new dogma: Whatever moves will pay taxes".

    TO VIMA: "Government announced on Thursday a 2.3 billion euros tax package".

    VRADYNI: "Christoforakos in the hands of the German police - Who lost their peace after his arrest".

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