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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-09

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

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  • [01] Greek-U.S. authorities prepare for massive security operation during Obama visit
  • [02] World to see biggest, brightest supermoon since 1948 on November 14

  • [01] Greek-U.S. authorities prepare for massive security operation during Obama visit

    More than 300 CIA agents and private security personnel as well as 3,000 Greek police officers are expected to participate in the draconian security measures which will be deployed during the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in Athens on November 15-16, a police source said on Wednesday.

    According to the senior police official, the final security plan will be completed at the end of the week, when American authorities are expected to declare the details of those who will participate in the massive security operation, along with their weapons, vehicles and any other equipment they might use.

    U.S. agents along with the competent Greek authorities are checking thoroughly the areas, buildings and routes which will be used during Obama's visit, and will gradually be followed by the operational teams that will accompany the U.S. President everywhere.

    The same official said roads will be closed off half an hour before Obama's car is due to pass, while snipers and undercover policemen will be stationed in various locations. Secret services are also inspecting Philopappos Hill and the surrounding area where Obama is set to give his speech in public on November 16.

    Speaking about the imminent visit on TV channel SKAI, Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Toskas said police will face many challenges next week as Obama's visit almost coincides with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising, but expressed his belief that things will go well.

    Asked whether he will request people to avoid the center of Athens during the visit, he said he is not asking for this and added: "I invite all citizens and all those who plan to protest, within the limits permitted by our laws and democracy, to do what they want in this context, while respecting the lives of other citizens: Respecting the laws, the existing rules and […] the lives of other citizens."

    He said demonstrations have already been announced to the police.

    [02] World to see biggest, brightest supermoon since 1948 on November 14

    The biggest, brightest 'supermoon' that most people alive today will ever have a chance to see will be at the next full moon on November 14, when its orbit brings it closer to Earth than at any other time since 1948, almost 70 years ago.

    According to NASA, the full moon on November 14 will be 7 pct larger and 16 pct brighter than the average full moon. In Greece, the 'supermoon' will be at its peak at 15:52 Greek time on November 14, when it is still daylight, but the moon is expected to be almost equally impressive on the nights of November 13 and November 14.

    The next time the moon comes this close to Earth again will be in November 2034, NASA said.


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