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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-23

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  • [01] Flight of repatriated Afghans
  • [02] Tourist dies in Santorini rockslide
  • [03] Stocks at new 14-yr low 

  • [01] Flight of repatriated Afghans

    (ANA-MPA) -- The first planeload of Afghan illegal migrants that have signed up for the Greek government's voluntary return programme departed from the Athens International Airport on Monday, a few months after the repatriation programme was first launched.

    On board the Gulf Air charter flight were 40 illegal migrants from Afghanistan who had opted to return to their home country. The plane was to make a stop in Bahrain, where another aircraft would pick them up in order to take them to their final destination.

    Illegal migrants signing up for the voluntary return programme receive the price of their airline ticket and 300 euros each.

    Their return is assisted by representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), who accept their applications, and police officers stationed at the airport for this purpose.

    According to authorities, the plane's departure marks the start of the second phase of the programme. Another 500 non-EU foreigners -- all lacking travel documents -- are expected to make use of this programme in order to return to their countries by the end of June.

    Another 586 illegal migrants have already been returned to their country of origin during the first phase of the programme.

    The programme receives 75 percent of its funding from the European Return Fund and the remaining 25 percent from national funds, while the funds are administrated by Greek police. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo.

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    [02] Tourist dies in Santorini rockslide

    (ANA-MPA) -- A US tourist was killed and four other people, all foreign tourists, were injured on Monday afternoon by a rockslide on the renowned holiday isle of Santorini.

    According to initial reports, the tourists were riding mule-back from the traditional cliff-hanging village of Oia to the tiny harbour of Armeni, on the island's northern-most coast. The 52-year-old US tourist and the mule he was riding were hit by falling boulders and ended up to the small seaport at the bottom of a cliff, some 200 metres below.

    The victim's wife, 49, his daughter, 22, and two female tourists, both Mexican nationals in their mid 20s, were slightly injured before being rushed to the local health clinic in the island's capital.

    The badly dismembered body of the victim has been recovered by rescue teams, according to reports.

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    [03] Stocks at new 14-yr low

    Stocks ended with new 14-year lows at the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, hit by speculation of a new downgrade of the countrys credit rating, this time by Moodys Investors Service.

    The composite index of the market dropped 1.33 pct to end at 1,280.10 points, with turnover remaining a low 74.309 million euros. The Big Cap index fell 1.5 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.33 pct and the Small Cap index dropped 2.23 pct. PPC (2.84 pct), Hellenic Postbank (2.55 pct) and Motor Oil (1.14 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (5.88 pct), Ellaktor (4.71 pct), MIG (3.57 pct) and National Bank (3.0 pct) were top losers.

    The Health (4.56 pct), Financial Services (3.25 pct), Chemicals (2.83 pct) and Telecoms (2.55 pct) sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Utilities (2.15 pct) and Oil (0.61 pct) scored gains.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 102 to 30 with another 46 issues unchanged.

    Tegopoulos (15 pct), Demetriou (11.11 pct) and Byte Computer (7.84 pct) were top gainers, while Vovos (17.48 pct), Entersoft (10 pct) and Intrakat (9.41 pct) were top losers.

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