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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou to attend event in Cyprus
  • [02] Two arrested in drug trafficking ring
  • [03] KKE leader visits Athens Brewery
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou to attend event in Cyprus

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou departs on Monday for Cyprus to speak at an event in memory of PASOK late alternate Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis who was killed in a freak plane accident while on official business 10 years ago. The event is organised by Andreas Papandreou' Institute of Strategic and Developmental Studies (ISTAME) and Cyprus University under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.

    Kranidiotis, the Greek politician of Cypriot origin that first envisaged Cyprus' entry into the European Union, was killed in a freak accident shortly before midnight on September 14, 1999 when a plane carrying a Greek diplomatic mission to Bucharest hit an air pocket and plummeted some 17,000 feet in the air prior to landing. A total of six people died in the accident, including the Kranidiotis' 25-year-old son. The plane dropped from an altitude of 23,000 feet to 6,000 feet, before pilots landed the aircraft safely at the Bucharest airport.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou

    [02] Two arrested in drug trafficking ring

    ANA-MPA/The Attica Security police drug squad, in cooperation with the Special Investigations division (YPEE) for narcotics and arms on Monday uncovered a ring trafficking in large quantities of drugs in the area surrounding central Omonia square in Athens.

    The authorities were put on the trail of the ring by a postal package originating from Argentina, which contained 440 grams of cocaine concealed in special pockets. The package was initially traced at Frankfurt airport by the German Customs Officials. The recipient of the package was a 24-year-old Greek national. The package was "delivered" to the recipient, who was arrested when he took possession of the package in Keratsini, near Piraeus.

    Under questioning, the detainee named the end recipient, a Nigerian drug dealer, who had organised the transfer.

    Police found another 20.3 grams of heroin in the possession of the Nigerian, who sold heroin and cocian daily to addicts in the Omonia vicinity.

    The Nigerian was found to have a police record, with a previous arrest for drug dealing, and was also found to be using forged travel documents presenting him as a minor.

    [03] KKE leader visits Athens Brewery

    ANA-MPA/The people need to put a brake on the storm of anti-popular measures that are coming, with their vote in the October 4 general elections, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga said on Monday, speaking to workers at the Athens Brewery.

    She said that the two mainstream parties - leading New Democracy (ND) and main opposition PASOK - must lose votes, stressing that those lost votes should not be the result of voter abstention or votes cast for other, smaller parties "which do not exercise opposition", but should instead be case for the KKE.

    Papariga explained that, in speaking of a storm of anti-popular measures, she is referring to the sectors education, health, social welfare, extension of the flexible forms of employment, but also on the national issues, wherever there are "local trouble spots".

    Caption: Communist Party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga speaks to Athens Brewery employees on Monday 14 September 2009. ANA-MPA/ Margarita Kiaou

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens ' dailies at a glance

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou's address at Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) and main policies if he wins the elections along with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' reaction dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens ' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Words, words, words! Papandreou's speech in Thessaloniki an essay".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Karamanlis criticises George Papandreou for outrageous promises, if implemented they'll exasperate problems in the economy".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "George's fishing net full of holes".

    ELEFTHEROS: "George gave us promises without any explanations - All crucial questions left unanswered".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Papandreou previews Barack Obama recipe and three years of austerity".

    ESTIA: "Ruling New Democracy (ND) makes unbelievable mistakes and makes PASOK's mission easier".

    ETHNOS: "Clear cut words from George".

    TA NEA: "Dominant in Thessaloniki - George's triumph at TIF".

    VRADYNI: "Karamanlis' answer to Papandreou's generalities: Papandreou lies to people".


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