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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-18

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  • [01] Sioufas letter to counterparts in EU, NATO members on fYRoM 'name issue'
  • [02] French tourist in critical condition with flu symptoms
  • [03] Police target migrant smuggling gang on Samos
  • [04] Stocks rebound on Tues.

  • [01] Sioufas letter to counterparts in EU, NATO members on fYRoM 'name issue'

    Greek Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas has addressed letters to his counterparts in EU and NATO member-states, as well as to the president of the European Parliament, regarding Athens' standing positions over the still unresolved fYRoM "name issue".

    Sioufas, a former minister in the previous New Democracy (ND) government, underlined that Greek diplomacy has consistently made every effort to find a mutually acceptable solution within the UN framework to the thorny issue with the neighbouring country, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), a NATO and EU hopeful.

    Moreover, he echoed standing Greek policy in citing Athens' support for a composite name with a geographic determinant that will apply for all uses (erga omnes).

    In his letter, Sioufas also enclosed a copy of a May 18, 2009 letter sent to US President Barack Obama by some 200 noted academics and scholars from around the world regarding various historical facts vis-à-vis the "name issue" and the neophyte country to Greece's north.

    [02] French tourist in critical condition with flu symptoms

    A 53-year-old French national remained in critical condition on Tuesday in a western Greece hospital, suffering from symptoms resembling the H1N1 flu, medical staff at the Rio hospital said.

    The man, who arrived in Greece on holiday, is being treated in the hospital ICU.

    [03] Police target migrant smuggling gang on Samos

    Police on the eastern Aegean island of Samos arrested a total of eight Afghan nationals on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into migrant smuggling gangs using the island as a transit point to mainland Greece and the rest of Europe.

    The incident comes three days after another three foreign nationals were arrested on the island on charges of harbouring 11 illegal migrants in their leased apartment.

    In both instances, police uncovered caches of forged travel and public sector documents.

    Two out of the eight suspects arrested on Tuesday had also applied for political asylum, authorities said.

    All of the suspects are due to face a local prosecutor.

    Samos, which lies very close to the opposite Asia Minor coast in the eastern Aegean, is a "favorite" destination of migrant smugglers, operating from Turkey, who attempt to ferry mostly Third World nationals onto Greek and EU territory.

    [04] Stocks rebound on Tues.

    Stocks rebounded on Tuesday at the Athens Stock Exchange, with the composite index of the market gaining 1.02 pct to end at 2,333.29 points. Turnover was a very low 101.2 million euros, of which only 4.3 million were block trades.

    Sector indices moved mostly upwards with Health (3.88 pct), Mass Media (3.20 pct) and Utilities (2.80 pct) posting the biggest percentage gains of the day.

    The FTSE 20 index was up by 1.15 pct up, the FTSE 40 index was up 1.31 pct and the FTSE 80 picked up 0.98 percent.

    From the stocks moved, 126 ended up, 74 declined and 44 remained unchanged.

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