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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greeks safely evacuated from Libya
  • [02] Burglars make off with jewelry worth 29,000 euros from jewelry store
  • [03] Greek ships continue evacuation of third-country citizens from Libya
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Greeks safely evacuated from Libya

    (ANA-MPA) All three C-130 military transport planes sent to Libya returned safely to Athens airport in the early hours of Friday, carrying upward of 200 Greeks and Cypriots evacuated from the strife-torn country. Among those brought back was a member of staff from the Greek embassy in Tripoli with gunshot wounds in the shoulder and leg.

    The first C-130 to return from Tripoli landed late on Thursday night with 88 Greeks on board, who described the situation in Libya as "tragic" and stressed their relief to be home. Foreign ministry general secretary Ioannis Zepos underlined the difficulties in the operation to ensure their safe return, including the difficulty they had boarding the planes.

    (ANA-MPA) The second and third C-130 planes, carrying 83 evacuees from Tripoli and 45 evacuees from Surt, respectively, arrived shortly after midnight.

    The injured man, who had been shot on Wednesday afternoon, arrived in the second plane and was taken straight to hospital. Authorities said that his condition did not engender concern.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis, who had travelled out to Libya on the C-130s in order to coordinate the evacuation operation, spoke of harrowing scenes "not easy to describe" and warmly praised the Greek armed forces for their assistance in returning Greek nationals home.

    (ANA-MPA) "It is not easy to describe the scenes we saw and the way in which our people managed to hold out these days. I am proud of my country," he said.

    Ten Greeks are still trapped in a location deep in the Libyan desert, along with a group of Cypriots and other EU citizens. The Greek government is currently making efforts in coordination with the governments of other countries to ensure their safe return.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Burglars make off with jewelry worth 29,000 euros from jewelry store

    Burglars broke into a jewelry shop in Ierisso, Halkidiki on the weekend and took off with items worth 29,000 euros.

    The burglars initially broke into a next-door butcher's shop and demolished the wall between the two shops, before grabbing jewelry and wristwatches worth 29,000 euros.

    They left behind the burglary tools used in the jewelry shop, which were confiscated and are being examined by police.

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    [03] Greek ships continue evacuation of third-country citizens from Libya

    (ANA-MPA)Two more Greek ferries docked at Irakleio port on the island of Crete on Sunday morning carrying more than 4,200 third-country evacuees from Libya, the majority of them Chinese nationals.

    The first ship, the Hellenic Spirit, arrived in Iraklion port just before 9:00 a.m., carrying some 2,120 evacuees, while the second vessel, the Olympic Champion, arrived in port two hours later with another 2,130 evacuees on board.(ANA-MPA)

    The foreign nationals were put up in local hotels until arrangements are made for their return to their home countries.(ANA-MPA)

    A Greek ferry boat arrived at the port of Irakleio on Crete on Saturday morning with another 2,800 third country nationals evacuated from strife-torn Libya. Most of the foreign nationals were identified as Chinese citizens.(ANA-MPA)

    Several thousand Chinese nationals have already been ferried from Libya to Crete, where they are being hosted until their repatriation.(ANA-MPA)

    Meanwhile, the first flights to China carrying a total of 541 evacuees from Libya departed from Hania airport on Saturday afternoon.(ANA-MPA)

    According to the Chinese ambassador to Greece, the massive repatriation effort to transport Chinese evacuees from Libya via Greece will take an estimated 10 days.(ANA-MPA)

    Approximately 13,000-15,000 Chinese nationals working in Libya will be evacuated by Greek vessels to Crete, where they will be put up in hotels before boarding charter flights back home, following a request by the Chinese government to Greece.(ANA-MPA)

    (Photo by ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The economy and speculation of political developments after the upcoming EU summit were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    APOKALIPSEIS: "Shock and Awe with new harsh measures".

    AVGHI: "Government admits its failure and attempts...jump into the void".

    AVRIANI: "Full speed towards bankruptcy after the March 25 EU summit".

    CHORA: "The fuse has been lit, the uprising is on the way".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Economy and elections in Merkel's hands".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Memorandum Street, no. zero".

    EPOCHI: "The Memorandum has gone bankrupt".

    ETHNOS: "Eight parties will enter parliament (in the event of early general elections)".

    KATHIMERINI: "March, month of critical decisions".

    LOGOS: "No more...Memorandum, ruling PASOK MPs say".

    NIKI: "Farewell to benefits and tax reliefs - The middle class will once again pay the price".

    PARON: "They're pushing us to uprising".

    PROTO THEMA: "Merkel provocatively blunt to Papandreou: New measures for life, otherwise back to the drachma".

    REALNEWS: "Revealing MRB opinion poll: PASOK is NOT here...lead over ND falls to just 1.9 percent"

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Need is ripe for popular authority".

    TO VIMA: "Now or never - Papandreou's dramatic appeal to Merkel".

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