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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-02

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] 17 arrests in women trafficking case
  • [02] Sculptures of Stoa of Attalos in ancient Agora to be showcased
  • [03] New Metro stationi
  • [04] Economy shrinks 4.5pct in Q3

  • [01] 17 arrests in women trafficking case

    Seventeen people have been arrested and another 160 taken in for questioning by police in several parts of the country, in an investigation into one of the biggest trafficking rings of women, mainly from Russia, who were forced to work in nightclubs and as prostitutes, police said on Thursday.

    A major coordinated operation was launched by police in Athens, Lamia, Volos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Florina and other cities in Greece while, in collaboration with the Russian authorities, an investigation was also being conducted in Russia.

    A Greek Police (ELAS) officer told ANA-MPA that the ring controlled approximately 80 percent of the women from eastern European countries exploited by white slave traders in Greece.

    The mastermind of the ring is believed to be a 40-year-old owner of a chain of bakeries and nightclubs, who had been arrested in a similar major case in November 2008 but was released a year ago after the expiry of the remand period.

    Announcements will be forthcoming from the Attica Security Police upon completion of the preliminary investigation.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [02] Sculptures of Stoa of Attalos in ancient Agora to be showcased

    The magnificent sculptures of the Stoa of Attalos in the Ancient Agora in central Athens will be showcased in the upper floor of the two-storey 159 BC structure, which will reopen to the public after remaining closed for three decades.

    Dozens of stone antiquities will be put back on display, together with a plethora of antiquities that have not been previously exhibited.

    The 1,440 square meter upper floor has up to now served as a storage space for artifacts, archives and offices of the American School of Classical Studies that is conducting excavations in the area.

    The Finance Ministry has approved a joint proposal by the School and the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities for showcasing the rich antiquities of the site in a more 'museum-like' concept, which was also endorsed by the Council of Museums.

    A total of 56 stone-made antiquities will be on display again, while the exhibition will also be enriched with ancient findings never exhibited before.

    The study for the rearrangement of the exhibits takes place within the framework of the project called "Reviving the Ancient Agora, the place where Democracy was born".

    The proposal suggested that the presentation of sculptures takes place in thematic sections and chronological succession allowing the visitors to witness the evolution of sculptural art during the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Times highlighting the course from the Ancient Greek idealism to the Roman realism.

    The Stoa of Attalos houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora. Its exhibits are mostly connected with the Athenian democracy.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [03] New Metro stationi

    The Athens Metro's new station in the northern suburb of Aghia Paraskevi will be completed by the end of the year, Attiko Metro S.A. chief Christos Tsitouros announced on Thursday during a visit to the construction site with European Investment Bank (EIB) vice-president Plutarchos Sakellaris.

    Sakellaris, in turn, said that the EIB will continu to co-finance projects such as the Athens and Thessaloniki Metros.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [04] Economy shrinks 4.5pct in Q3

    The Greek economy shrank by 4.5 pct in the third quarter of 2010, compared with the corresponding period last year, Eurostat said on Thursday.

    The EU executive's statistics agency, in a report, said Eurozone economy grew 1.9 pct and the EU-27 economy grew by 2.2 pct in the July-September period.

    Eurostat said Greece was the only Eurozone state to record a recession in the third quarter of the year, while only two EU member-states recorded recession in the same period (Greece and Romania).

    Greece's Gross Domestic Product fell by 1.1 pct in the third quarter compared with the second quarter of 2010, while in the Eurozone and the EU-27 GDP grew by 0.4 pct and 0.5 pct, respectively.

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