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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-17

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

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  • [01] Italy: Politicians Arrested for Corruption
  • [02] Compensation Payments on Thursday
  • [03] British Troops Withdraw from Iraq

  • [01] Italy: Politicians Arrested for Corruption

    Italian politicians and a businessman were arrested Wednesday as part of a Naples corruption probe that also implicates a local councillor Giorgio Nugnes who recently killed himself, ANSA news agency reported. A total of 13 arrest warrants were issued as part of an investigation into a bid process for road and housing work, as well as management of school cafeterias, in the southern city won by businessman Alfredo Romeo's firm, Global Service. Prosecutors accuse the suspects of corruption and criminal association with the aim of tampering with the bid process, the agency said.

    Two lawmakers, two municipal officials and a police officer were among those targeted in the investigation. Romeo was being held in jail, while the others were put under house arrest. Giorgio Nugnes, a local councillor who killed himself in November, was also targeted in the warrants. Nugnes had previously been suspected of instigating violence in connection with Naples's garbage crisis. Investigators had arrested Nugnes on Oct. 6 after a tip-off that he had made telephone calls to organize protests against the reopening of a rubbish dump in Pianura, a Naples suburb.

    News item: 16818

    [02] Compensation Payments on Thursday

    Agricultural Bank of Greece will provide, starting from today, financial aid for small businesses damaged by recent riots. In Athens, 487 damages were reported while it is estimated that restoration works rise to 50.000. Shop owners will be provided 10.000 financial aid.

    The above financial aid includes financial measures for small and very small businesses that will be compensated for 50% of damages being provided 10.000 to 200.000. The rest 50% will be covered by 15 years loans with the guarantee of the Greek state.

    According to the announcement of the government, submission of debts in tax offices, Social Security Organisation (IKA) and banks of damaged businesses are suspended.

    News item: 16816

    [03] British Troops Withdraw from Iraq

    According to mutual announcement released by the British and Iraqi Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Minister Nuri al-Maliki British troopers will withdraw from Iraq by the end of July 2009. Brown arrived in Baghdad, Tuesday, a day after the Iraqi cabinet drafted a law paving the way for British forces to withdraw more than six years after the U.S. invasion.

    Britain has sent 4.100 troopers in the southern region around the city of Basrand Iraq's main oil fields and oil ports, for which it was responsible and was ready to provide military help in case of emergency.

    Brown's fourth trip to Iraq as prime minister came three days after the visit by U.S. President George W. Bush.

    News item: 16810


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