|Friday, 19 January 2018|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-20
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Historic Swear-In CeremonyBarack Obama was poised to make history on Tuesday as America's first black president, riding the optimism of millions of people into power and inheriting a recession and two wars that will test his skills. A winter chill failed to dampen the spirits of more than 1 million people who swept into the U.S. capital to witness the pomp and ceremony and revel in the festivities surrounding Obama's inauguration as the 44th U.S. president. NET journalists and well known annalists will cover the event string from 18:00 until late at night.
Strict Security Measures
Thousands of security personnel were in place to maintain order and guard against an attack. Much of the city center was barricaded and shut down to vehicular traffic.
In an eagerly anticipated inauguration address he has been working on for weeks, Obama will rally Americans to an era of responsibility, urging them to join in a spirit of unity to take on difficult issues.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, and the Bidens are to attend a church service on Tuesday morning at St. John's Episcopal Church. Then they will have coffee with the Bushes and the Cheneys at the White House.
The group will proceed to the U.S. Capitol for a time-honored ceremony in which Obama will repeat a short oath,
The 44 U.S. President
Obama, 47, the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas. Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 is the President-electt of the United States of Americaa, and the first African Americann to be elected President of the United Statess.
Barack Obama's parents met while both were attending the University of Hawaii at Manoaa, where Obama's father was enrolled as a foreign studentt. He lived with his parents in the Honolulu district of Kuliououu, inhabiting a cottage in the grounds of a house off the Kalanianaole Highwayy that was owned by his grandparents. His parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced. After the separation, he, his mother and his grandparents moved into a single-story home in the Manoaa district. His father received a Masters degree in Economicss from Harvard Universityy, then returned to Kenya, where he became a finance minister before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.
Obama entered Harvard Law Schooll in late 1988. He married Michelle Robinson in 1992 and settled down with her in Hyde Parkk, The couple's first daughter, Malia Ann, was born in 1998; their second, Natasha (known as Sasha), in 2001.Obama won election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and announced his candidacy for the White House in early 2007.
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 Happy EndBusinessman Periklis Panagopoulos was released by his abductors yesterday at 3:00 in the morning in Aspropyrgos area. According to information, Mr. Panagopoulos was found by police officers of Haidari police department at 1:00 sitting in a bench in a parking above Athens-Corinth national highway between Skaramagas and Dafniou area. The abductors had contacted with his wife and informed her about the place he was going to be released. The 74 years old businessman was wearing a jacket and a uniform the abductors had given him. Police officers transferred him to Haidiari police department where he had a phone conversation with his wife. Then a police car drove him to his wife as Mrs. Panagopoulou left their residence in Kavouri and went immediately to pick him up.
Mr. Panagopoulos was transferred home where his personal doctor examined him for precautionary reasons. He is expected to testify today.
It must be noted that Mr. Panagopoulos' odyssey that lasted more than 24 hours ended yesterday the minute his wife, Katerina Panagopoulou left the ransom in a abandoned place in Voiotia near Akraifnio area.
Investigations now focus on the tracing and arrest of the culprits. In this framework, Mr. Panagopoulos' personal driver will testify anew.
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 Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism BodySociety
In a multi-page proclamation sent to "To Pontiki" newspaper, the "Revolutionary Struggle" organization claims responsibility for attacks against Riot Police squad in Exarheia, where young policeman Diamantis Mantzounis was injured, Riot Police bus on December, 23, in Goudi as well as an unsuccessful bomb attack against an oil company in Faliro.
The Eharheia attack was the response to 15 yo Alexandros Grigoropoulos death says the proclamation. The Anti-terrorism Body is already examining the proclamation of the Revolutionary Struggle organization.
Use of violence is condemnable whatever its source is said government spokesman, Evangelos Antonaros. "There is no excuse and I will not waste any time on texts by some who want to justify the use of violence" said Mr. Antonaros.
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