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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-23

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  • [01] ND on gov't reshuffle speculation
  • [02] Foreign national arrested in murder of missing Bulgarian girl
  • [03] Hostage situation at Piraeus bank
  • [04] Wildfire raging in Karystos

  • [01] ND on gov't reshuffle speculation

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos on Monday commented on the speculation, mostly in the press, regarding a possible government reshuffle issue "The prime minister is aware that his policy will bring an even heavier (political) storm in the autumn, therefore, he will attempt, via a reshuffle to lessen some difficulties."

    "Whatever changes in persons will not have a positive result because it is the memorandum that is to be blamed, not the individual person," the spokesman said.

    A day earlier, Panagiotopoulos referred to the economy, stressing that "what is happening these days indicates that the government has decided to institute a new (tax) raid against households and enterprises, one which will result in more poverty for families and despair for pensioners and even more (business) closures".

    [02] Foreign national arrested in murder of missing Bulgarian girl

    ANA-MPA/ A 41-year-old Albanian national on Monday was arrested for the murder of an 11-year-old Bulgarian girl in a village in the central Peloponnese , hours after the girl's disappearance was broadcast around the country as part of an "Amber alert".

    The girl's body was found at daybreak on Monday at the bottom of a well in a field near the village of Eleohori , in Arcadia prefecture.

    A canvassing of the area and local residents by police reportedly led to the suspect, who according to reports, has lived in the village with his family for the past 10 years.

    Police said the man confessed to offering the girl a ride home from the village's main square at approximately 1:20 a.m. early Sunday morning. However, he subsequently drove the child to a remote area seven kilometers outside the village, where he raped her before throwing her in the well. Authorities said the water inside the well was at least 10 metres in depth, although a coroner's report is pending to pinpoint the exact causes of death.

    [03] Hostage situation at Piraeus bank

    ANa-MPA/A hostage situation was reported in the port of Piraeus on Monday after a botched bank robbery

    According to reports, two out of three armed robbers were arrested in the attempted heist. However, the third suspect, carrying a handgun and grenade, remained in the bank with four hostages.

    A police negotiator has begun communication with the suspect. No injuries were reported.

    [04] Wildfire raging in Karystos

    A wildfire front in Karystos, southern Evia, which reignited on Sunday evening, continued to rage in the mountainous Kastro (Castello Rosso) site, north of the harbour town, on Monday.

    A large force of fire-fighters was battling the flames, assisted by four water-dropping helicopters. Gusty winds prevented fixed winged aircraft from patrolling in the area.

    According to the fire brigade, a total of 83 wildfires were reported throughout the country in the last 24 hours.

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