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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM: Not a day to lose
  • [02] Double murder outside nightclub in Gazi
  • [03] ND ousts MP from parliamentary group after 'yes' vote on Medium-Term fiscal programme
  • [04] Seamen's strike ends
  • [05] Russians take Hippocratic Oath on Kos
  • [06] EU on implementation law
  • [07] 38 arrests in Athens violence
  • [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Not a day to lose

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing Thursday an informal cabinet meeting, termed the votes that took place in Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday a difficult battle "that we waged and won united."

    Despite the ratification of the medium-term programme and the enabling law, the prime minister stressed that "we still have very difficult and crucial battles ahead of us," adding "there is not even a day to lose."

    Papandreou insisted that the country needs historic changes, which the government is determined to promote. And he called for these changes to go ahead with the greatest possible speed.ana-mpa

    He also referred to the changes in third stage education, an issue in the discussion at the informal meeting, pointing out that "our aim is to remedy pathogenies of decades in the sector of universities" and noted that "we must regain the time lost and create competitive, qualitative and internationally minded universities."

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    [02] Double murder outside nightclub in Gazi

    ANA-MPA/Two men, aged 35 and 37, were gunned down outside a nightclub in the Gazi district of Athens at dawn on Friday by an unidentified man.

    According to information available so far, the nightclub's car park man and an employee of a nearby store, 35 and 37 respectively, were sitting and talking outside the closed nightclub, when an unidentified man approached them and shot at them at least 6-7 times with a 9mm pistol, injuring them fatally.ana-mpa

    Eyewitnesses told police that the perpetrator, who was wearing a hat, approached the two victims, opened fire on them and fled.

    One of the two victims died on the spot, while the second victim died in the ambulance as he was being rushed to hospital.

    Attica security police are investigating the incident to locate the killer and the motive behind the double murder.

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    [03] ND ousts MP from parliamentary group after 'yes' vote on Medium-Term fiscal programme

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) on Thursday ousted MP from the Argolis district Elsa Papadimitriou, after she defied the party line and voted in favor of the government's Medium-Term fiscal programme 2012-2015 in parliament the previous day.

    The decision was announced to the parliament president in a letter from ND leader Antonis Samaras.

    Before the plenary session that ratified the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework 2012-2015, Papadimitriou had announced her intention to vote in favor of the programme, adding that she would retain her seat in parliament as an Independent.

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    [04] Seamen's strike ends

    Coastal shipping routes resumed on midnight Thursday, following the end fo a strike called by the Panhellenic Seamens Federation (PNO).

    On Thursday, due to the union's strike, several sailings from Piraeus to the islands of the Aegean and the Saronic Gulf were cancelled.

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    [05] Russians take Hippocratic Oath on Kos

    (ANA-MPA) -- Eighty Rostov State Medical University graduates made their wish a reality this week by taking the Hippocratic Oath on the Dodecanse island of Kos, the home of the "father of medicine", Hippocrates.

    "The Hippocratic Oath is a scared text for Russians; it expresses, in an extraordinary way, the ethos of classical medicine and ancient Greek thought," Rostov State Medical University Rector Aleksei Savisko told ANA-MPA.

    Dressed in an ancient Greek robes and with a crown of laurel leaves on his head, he recited the Hippocratic Oath in Russian, to be repeated by the soon-to-be doctors, who gathered at the archaeological site of the healing temple of Asklepeion.

    The arrival of the Russian students was made possible at the initiative of Russian lawmaker Ivan Savvidi, himself of ethnic Greek origin, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the university foundation, celebrated in 2010.

    Greek Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis, who hails from Kos, stressed that the oath-taking event could take place annually for medical students worldwide, who wish to have this extraordinary experience. (ANA-MPA)

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    [06] EU on implementation law

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V.Demiris) - European Council President Herman van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the approval, by the Greek Parliament, of the implementing law linked with the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Programme.

    In a joint statement the two EU leaders said:

    "We strongly welcome today's (Thursday's) approval by the Greek Parliament of the implementing legislation for the country's revised economic program. This was the second, decisive step Greece needed to take in order to return to a sustainable path. In very difficult circumstances, it was another act of national responsibility.

    "The conditions are now in place for a decision on the disbursement of the next tranche of financial assistance for Greece and for rapid progress on a second assistance package. We reiterate Europe's unwavering support and solidarity for the Greek people, in whose future we are confident. In view of the hard work that still lies ahead, we repeat our call for all political parties to work together to take their country forward."

    The Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Programme was adopted by the Greek Parliament on Wednesday.

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    [07] 38 arrests in Athens violence

    Police carried out a total of 38 arrests and 75 people were held for questioning during the incidents that took place in downtown Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, while 131 police were injured (82 on Tuesday and 49 on Wednesday) who were taken to the 401 general military hospital in Athens.

    Damage was also caused to window panes and the facades of two hotels, eight stores, three banks and a church. Damage was also caused to a kiosk and two VAN vehicles of private companies by fire.

    According to a relevant police announcement, groups of people, who in most cases had their faces concealed with hoods, helmets and other means "had infiltrated rallies and marches and attacked police forces with particular intensity."

    According to the announcement, "during the attacks they used items such as molotov firebombs, stones, big pieces of marble that they detached from buildings and pavements, crowbars, wooden or metal clubs, hammers, catapults and other similar means."

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    [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The ratification of the implementation Law on Thursday in parliament and the aftermath of the violence in downtown Athens, mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Damage in Athens unbelievable".

    AVGHI: "They are playing with the parastate".

    DEALnews: "The secret agreement for Greece".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Civil servants' salaries in troika's freezer".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "10 Prosecutors were watching without doing anything".

    ESTIA: "Damage to tourism immeasurable".

    ETHNOS: "New decrease in civil servants' salaries".

    IMERISSIA: "Repayment extension sealed".

    KATHIMERINI: "Implementation Law with partial consensus".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Final negotiations on the support agreement".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Organised government plan to quash the popular movement".

    TA NEA: "Reversals in Universities, too".

    VRADYNI: "Images with reek of parastate".

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