|Sunday, 17 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-11-24
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Abbot Efraim before Inquiry CommitteeAbbot Efraim and monk Arsenios arrived Monday morning in Parliament to stand before the inquiry committee investigating the Vatopedi scandal. Despite appearing before the committee, Efraim denied to testify, because he was called to testify as a suspect. His demand to be escorted by his attorney was unanimously dismissed, since he is not taken as a suspect by the inquiry committee. Attorney Dionysis Pelekis, father to notary Ekaterini Peleki and father-in-law to former minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, has also been called to testify.
In the meantime, PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement), SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) and LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) requested the bank accounts of all people involved in the case be opened. Head of the inquiry committee Christos Markogiannakis said, "The committee cannot make the Appellate Prosecutor open bank accounts."
The Vatopedi Monastery filed a lawsuit against a decision by the Deputy Finance Minister, whereby decisions taken by former Deputy Finance Ministers Giorgos Drys and Apostolos Fotiadis were repealed.
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 Cyprus: Former President's Health Condition StableFormer Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, who was rushed late on Saturday to the intensive care unit of the Lefkosia General Hospital after suffering acute breathing problems, is stable, said his attending doctors.
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 Obama Names Team to Address Credit CrisisUS President-elect Barack Obama is expected to name the team that will steer his economic policies and address the crisis. Obama, who officially assumes office on 20 January, will present his team at 1900 hours (Greek local time) at a press conference. He is most likely to be asked to reveal how he plans to bail out the US auto industry and other companies. The key players of his team have already been known: Timothy Geithner, 47, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, will become Treasury secretary, and Lawrence Summers, 53, a former Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, will be director of the National Economic Council. In the meantime, Obama and Democrat Congressman are working on a financial recovery programme estimated to amount to $700 dollars, read Washington Post.
If approved, it will be the widest bailout plan since New Deal brokered by President Roosevelt in the '30s, said the paper.
During a speech delivered on Saturday, Obama said he asked his advisors to compile a bailout plan capable of creating 2.5 million jobs in the two years to come.
He further added he intended to develop alternative energy forms, which he thinks could free the USA from the independence on foreign oil and allow the US economy to remain competitive.
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 Bomb Hits Rock BaghdadAt least 16 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Baghdad, with one of the hits been mounted by a female suicide bomber in a heavily fortified green zone.
Earlier, a roadside bomb killed government employees on a bus on their way to work.Details on the roadside attack were sketchy, whereas, as for the female bomber, police said the woman had hidden a bomb beneath her cloths and detonated herself outside the green zone compound.
The zone in question is guarded by Iraqi soldiers, with US troops been deployed within the green zone, but to another checkpoint.
Source: NET 105.8, ANA-MPA, AFP
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