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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-07

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  • [01] Spirou continues Hagia Sophia initiative
  • [02] Stocks plunge 12.8% in week

  • [01] Spirou continues Hagia Sophia initiative

    A liturgy at the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul on Friday, Sept. 17, on the occasion of the Orthodox feast day of Sophia, remains the goal of the International Congregation of Agia Sophia, whose president, Chris Spirou, spoke at a press conference in Thessaloniki on Friday.

    Spirou, a noted New Hampshire Democratic leader and long-time activist for Greek national issues in the United States, also said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already been notified in writing.

    The US-based group was founded in 2005 and its purpose is to restore the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul as a place of worship for all the world's Christians. The organisation's thousands of members worldwide include followers of other religions and denominations.

    [02] Stocks plunge 12.8% in week

    Stocks ended sharply lower in the Athens Stock Exchange hit by a jump of Greek bond spreads to new record highs and an international market turmoil on fears of a contagion of the Greek debt crisis. The composite index fell 2.86 pct to 1,630.47 points, for a net loss of 12.81 pct in the week. Turnover was a moderate 171.119 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 3.12 pct, the FTSE 40 index dropped 4.19 pct and the FTSE 80 index eased 1.89 pct. The Utilities (0.99 pct) and Food (0.92 pct) sectors scored gains, while Health (7.91 pct), Telecoms (5.18 pct) and Chemicals (5.12 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 137 to 30 with another 47 issues unchanged. FHL Mermeren (9.78 pct), Eltrak (9.46 pct0 and Vardas (5.88 pct) were top gainers, while Euroholdings (13.33 pct), Elfico (12.96 pct0, Alapis (11.54 pct) and Hellenic Fish Farmings (11.11 pct) were top losers.

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