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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-18

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  • [01] Newborn missing from maternity hospital found in Egaleo home, woman arrested
  • [02] Customs closed due to strike
  • [03] ASE opening: Decline
  • [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Newborn missing from maternity hospital found in Egaleo home, woman arrested

    ANA-MPA/A newborn infant that went missing at dawn from the Elena maternity hospital in central Athens was found a few hours later in a woman's house in the western Athens suburb of Egaleo, and the woman was arrested.

    The infant has already been returned with a police patrol car to the hospital and is with its mother. The baby's parents are Albanian nationals.

    A new-born infant was abducted at dawn Thursday from the Elena maternity hospital in downtown Athens, and health minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakoupoulou immediately ordered an urgent sworn administrative inquiry (EDE) on the incident.

    The infant, which was born on Wednesday, was sleeping in its bassinette beside its mother, when at around 5:00 a.m. the mother heard someone leaving the room and started screaming.

    Police were immediately informed and turmoil erupted in the hospital. Police officers blocked the hospital exits and began a search of the premises to locate the missing baby girl.

    The police juveniles protection squad is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

    The EDE will investigate the circumstances under which the infant went missing, and ministry secretary general N. Polyzos rushed to the hospital early in the morning and was briefed by the doctors, nursing staff and hospital administration.

    "This is a distressing incident and will be immediately investigated in-depth. An urgent EDE has already been ordered by minister Xenoyiannakopoulou, and responsibilities will be attributed. We are strict on this. All the necessary measures will be taken so that such an incident is not repeated," Polyzos told reporters.

    The hospital room from which the infant disappeared is a three-bed room, and had currently two mothers that had just given birth. The Elena, like most public maternity hospitals in Greece, allows the infants to be in the room with the mothers throughout the night in order to promote breast-feeding.

    [02] Customs closed due to strike

    Evzoni and Doirani border posts were closed on Thursday due to customs employees' ongoing strike. Meanwhile six railway wagons are waiting for clearance of the products they are transporting at the Idomeni railway border pass in Kilkis prefecture .

    The customs houses at Nikaia and Krystallopigi in Florina prefecture are also not working while the customs checkpoint at Kipi in Evros prefecture is open.

    [03] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.65 percent, standing at 1,846.48 points at 11:15 a.m., and turnover at 13.066 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Commerce, up 1.24 percent; and Food and Beverages, up 0.82 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Public Utilities, down 1.86 percent; and Banks, down 1.43 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.73 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.35 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.29 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 20 were up, 37 were down, and 29 were unchanged.

    [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The clash between government and opposition over Prime Minister George Papandreou's decision to set up a fact-finding commission on the manipulation of economic statistical data, the police-robbers shootout in Vyronas in which a civilian was killed, speculators' attacks on Greece and the EU's call for additional measures, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Government examining the possibility of financing enterprises with loans".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Samaras (main opposition New Democracy leader) accuses George (Papandreou) - ND leader put an end to the political consensus because the prime minister with his divisive policy harms the country's image abroad".

    AVGHI: "They 'executed' a 25-year-old and the talk about 'collateral damage'! - Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chryssohoidis justifies the killing of the 25-year-old man during a shootout between police and criminals in the Athens district of Vyronas".

    AVRIANI: "They will kick us out of the eurozone if the fact-finding commission reveals former Prime Minister (PASOK) Costas Simitis' audit frauds".

    CHORA: "Samaras severely attacks Papandreou: You are dividing the people, which will bring an uprising".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Papandreou's irresponsibility in the midst of a crisis - The establishment of a fact-finding commission on the economy torpedoes the consensus".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Turmoil over the establishment of a fact-finding commission - Tense climate in the Papandreou-Samaras meeting on Wednesday - Farewell to consensus".

    ESTIA: "How the state money is being squandered - Bureaucracy, useless public works and unnecessary services".

    ETHNOS: "Extension of the agony over the additional measures - George asks for a grace period on the first package of measures".

    IMERISSIA: "Six investment firms bring the country to its knees - The behind-the-scenes of the Greek tragedy".

    KATHIMERINI: "Clash in the midst of the crisis - Papandreou insists on the fact-finding commission, Samaras demands measures immediately".

    LOGOS: "End to consensus on the economy".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The establishment of a fact-finding commission on the economy suspends the consensus".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The February 24 strike: The working classes' response".

    TA NEA: "The speculators' colpo grosso - Ploy against Greece in the limelight".

    TO VIMA: "Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou's outburst in parliament: They (EU) are asking for additional measures and someone to be put in jail".

    VRADYNI: "Rift in the midst of the crisis - Government, main opposition clash over the establishment of a fact-finding commission".

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