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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Retired policeman arrested with 12kg of heroin
  • [02] Opinion poll gives SYRIZA marginal lead over ND, Samaras more suitable for PM
  • [03] Ecumenical Patriarch to meet with new Pope on Wednesday
  • [04] The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [05] MIG says exposure in Cyprus limited

  • [01] Retired policeman arrested with 12kg of heroin

    AMNA--A retired police officer was arrested on Tuesday midnight at Igoumenitsa port when he was found carrying in his car 12 kilos of heroin.

    The drugs were in 22 packets in a crypt between the back seats and the trunk.

    According to police the suspect had left from the city of Florina and reacted when police made a spot check at the entrance gate to the port. The drugs were destined for Italy.

    Both drugs and car were confiscated and the suspect will be sent before a prosecutor.

    [02] Opinion poll gives SYRIZA marginal lead over ND, Samaras more suitable for PM

    AMNA--Main opposition SYRIZA was leading over New Democracy (ND) by 0.8 percentage points, according to an opinion poll conducted by Marc for the private ALPHA television station.

    According to the poll results, SYRIZA was leading with 23.4 percent, followed by ND with 22.6 percent, ultra-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) with 9.7 percent, PASOK with 5.6 percent, Independent Greeks with 5.4 percent, Democratic Left (DIMAR) with 4.7 percent, and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 4.4 percent, while 6.7 percent of the respondents expressed support for other parties and the blank and invalid votes and abstention was at 17.5 percent.

    To a question of who would be most suitable for prime minister, current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (and ND leader) was preferred by 47.4percent of the respondents, followed by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras with 32.4 percent, while 20 percent did not answer.

    The geographic coverage of the opinion poll was nationwide and was conducted between 13 and 15 March 2013.

    [03] Ecumenical Patriarch to meet with new Pope on Wednesday

    AMNA--Newly-installed Pope Francis will meet Wednesday morning at the Vatican with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the first spiritual leader of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians to attend a Papal enthronement since the Great Schism of 1054.

    According to sources, Bartholomew will address an invitation to the new Pope to pay an official visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Phanar.

    The Italian mass media on Wednesday highlighted the Pope's warm embrace with the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the end of Tuesday's installment Mass, while the Rai Uno television network broadcast that "the new Pope, with his first moves, appears to want to make every effort to become closer to the Orthodox".

    According to the Italian media, the strong 'common points' between the leaders of the world's two largest Christian Churches, is their devotion to environmental protection, their simplicity and accessibility in their relations with the faithful, and their common desire for frank dialogue with other religions.amna

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, also known as the 'Green Patriarch', is a prominent leader in the environmental movement. Since 1997, he has been bringing principal scientists, environmentalists, religious leaders from all faiths and policy-makers from all over the world together to work on the ecological crisis.amna

    He has also continued the reconciliation dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church started by his predecessors, and initiated dialogue with other faiths, including other Christian sects, Muslims and Jews, in an ongoing inter-faith dialogue.

    [04] The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    AVGHI: "Cyprus says NO and remains in the game".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Historic no".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "No to the blackmail".

    ELLADA AVRIO: "Cyprus said no, Athens wake up!".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Dramatic 'no' from Cyprus".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Cyprus dares to say 'no' to Germany".

    ESTIA: "Cyprus says no to 'haircut'.

    ETHNOS: "Dramatic hours for Cyprus and Europe - Both seeking a 'plan B'."

    IMERISSIA: "Torrential developments".

    KATHIMERINI: "The 'no' challenges Cyprus and Eurozone".

    LOGOS: "NO: Cyprus again writes its history".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Cyprus' NO changes the status quo in the eurozone".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "European Union escalates the attack against Cyprus' people".

    TA NEA: "Between the devil and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin".

    VRADYNI: "Retirement with fewer work stamps".

    [05] MIG says exposure in Cyprus limited

    AMNA--Marfin Investment Group (MIG) on Wednesday said any developments in Cyprus were not expected to have any significant impact on the operation and results of the group.

    In a statement, MIG said its exposure in Cyprus was limited to an investment in the Hilton Nicosia Hotel through MIG Leisure Limited and a clinic in Paphos through Hygeia, with a combined turnover of around 1.0 pct of MIG's total turnover. amna

    MIG also said its subsidiary Vivartia Holdings has a 10 pct equity stake in a Cypriot dairy company, while MIG's equity participation in Cyprus Popular Bank was limited to 0.69 pct. MIG said the group's deposits in various financial institutions in Cyprus totaled 5.2 million euros, or 2.4 pct of total deposits


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