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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>
 Thessaloniki-Belgian Royal Couple21/06/2001 21:33:26
Belgian King Albert II and Queen Paola left for home at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday at the end of a three-day official visit to Greece, while earlier in the day they visited the ancient royal tombs at Vergina, northern Greece.
The royal couple showed great interest in the findings and in details of the lives of Macedonian kings. They also visited workshops where findings are being preserved and examined some of them.
Returning to Thessaloniki, northern Greece, they were given a guided tour of the city's monuments such as the White Tower, Agios Dimitrios Cathedral and byzantine castles.
At noon, Minister of Macedonia and Thrace George Paschalidis hosted a dinner in honour of the royal couple.
Addressing the minister, King Albert praised the role played by Thessaloniki and northern Greece in the effort to achieve the economic development and convergence of southeastern Europe, saying that this role has been recognised by the European Union.
 France-Composer-Vangelis Papathanasiou21/06/2001 21:12:07
French President Jacques Chirac has decided to award the French distinction of the Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour to composer Vangelis Papathanasiou.
Papathanasiou is being honoured by France for his contribution to Greek and European culture and the cultural multiformity of today's world.
According to an announcement by the French embassy, French Education Minister Jack Lang will decorate Papathanasiou at the end of the concert the composer will be giving with his symphonic work "Mythodia" at the Olympieion, central Athens, on Thursday June 28.
 Jean-Michel Jarre-Concert21/06/2001 21:02:54
World renowned artist Jean-Michel Jarre gave his second concert in Athens before a full house at the Herod Atticus theatre on Wednesday night.
The concert was held to facilitate the aims of the Society of Friends of Children with cancer "ELPIDA" (Hope).
Apart from spectators in the theatre, the performance was watched by thousands of people on a huge screen placed at Thisseion Square, as well as in France since the concert was being broadcast at the same time by the channel M6, participating in celebrations for "Music Day."
Visibly moved by the public's warm welcome, the artist said shortly afterwards "the Greek public really felt what I wanted to give to the Acropolis."
On the previous night, at the end of his first impressive concert at the Herod Atticus theatre, Jarre, who is an ardent supporter of the Parthenon Marbles being returned to Greece, had delivered to Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos a papyrus containing the partitures of his composition named "Hymn for the Acropolis."
 Cyprus-House speaker-Greece-visit21/06/2001 20:26:50
NICOSIA (ANA-G.Leonidas) -Newly elected House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias will pay an official visit to Athens on July 4-5, at the invitation of Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis.
According to an announcement Thursday, Christofias will hold talks with Kaklamanis and Greece's political leaders.
 Olympic Airways-Strike21/06/2001 20:06:36
Technicians of Olympic Airways are to stage a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, a move that is expected to disrupt flights.
In addition, air hostesses and stewards may hold a three-hour work stoppage on Monday from 0700 to 1000. The airline's management has sought a court ruling declaring the strike illegal.
 Year of Socrates - Events21/06/2001 18:38:22
A series of events in the coming weeks highlighting the ?Year of Socrates 2001? are scheduled in Athens, including an event at the Greek capitals ancient Roman Forum on July 14, where excerpts from the book "Socrates Apologia? will be recited.
The book was written by noted Greek poet Costas Varnalis.
Additionally, an international philosophical conference focusing on the life, death and teachings of the ancient Athenian philosopher is set for July 14-15 at the Zappeion Hall, shifting to the European Cultural Centre at Delphi from July 16-19.
The latter conference is co-organised by the universities of Oxford, Princeston, Berne and Venice.
 Foreign Exchange Rates- Friday21/06/2001 18:32:31
Buying rates for Friday
U.S. dollar 395.255
German mark 172.829
French franc 051.531
Pound sterling 557.427
Irish punt 429.202
Belgian franc 008.379
Luxembourg franc 008.379
Dutch guilder 153.389
Italian lira (100) 017.457
Austrian schilling 024.565
Danish kroner 045.340
Swedish kroner 036.952
Finnish mark 056.852
Spanish peseta 002.032
Portuguese escudo 001.686
Japanese yen (100) 318.517
Swiss franc 222.320
Norwegian kroner 042.820
Cyprus pound 588.169
Canadian dollar 258.516
Australian dollar 204.372
 Weather Forecast: Sunshine and cloud on Friday21/06/2001 18:21:01
The day is forecast to start sunny on Friday, turning to cloud on the mainland from late afternoon; and to showers or storms in eastern Macedonia, Thrace, and the northern and eastern Aegean. Winds west-northwesterly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 12C to 29C; in the rest of the mainland from 16C to 31C; and in the islands from 17C to 28C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 17C and 30C. Scattered cloud in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 16C to 29C.
 Greece - Yugoslavia - Envoy comments21/06/2001 17:49:09
BELGRADE (ANA) Athens ambassador here highlighted what he called a dramatic improvement in Greek-Yugoslav relations as compared to the level and quality of bilateral ties during the Milosevic regime.
In an interview published by a local weekly newspaper, Greek ambassador Mihalis Spinellis stressed that the previous Belgrade government under Slobodan Milosevic liked to promote, ?for propaganda reasons?, its good relations with Athens.
?But it (the Milosevic regime) never took into consideration Greeces warnings that Yugoslavia proceed with democratisation, a free mass media as well as honest and democratic elections.?
Regarding the situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Spinellis reiterated Athens position that the land-locked republic can emerge from the ongoing crisis as a stable country with its territorial integrity safeguarded. He also emphasised Greeces standing view over the inviolability of borders in the strife-torn Balkans.
 Anti-drug march in Athens for international Day against Drugs21/06/2001 16:35:22
A march against drugs by teenagers and their parents is to take place in Athens on June 26, on International Day Against Drugs.
Starting from four different locations in central Athens simultaneoulsy - Omonia Square, Kaniggos Square, Exarchia Square and Kotzia Square - the marchers will converge on Syntagma Square opposite Parliament, handing out balloons with the message 'Many have been lost, don't you get lost too' on the way.
The march will end with a open-air concert by the Greek band 'Imiskoumbria'.
 Greek stocks plunge to three-year lows21/06/2001 16:08:27
Equity prices continued moving lower on the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushing the general index to its lowest levels in the last three years, below the 2,800 support level.
Traders said the Greek bourse celebrated its 125 birthday with the sixth record-low close this year.
Telecom stocks offered support to the wider market for the second consecutive session, helping in reducing earlier sharp losses, with Cosmote, Panafon and Hellenic Telecoms scoring moderate gains.
The general index ended 0.25 percent lower at 2,799.76 points, off the day's lows of 2,788.08 points, with turnover a disappointing 149.78 million euros, or 51.04 billion drachmas.
The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended at 1,620.17 points, off 0.42 percent, the FTSE/ASE 40 index fell 0.76 percent to 319.15 points, and the FTSE/ASE SMALLCAP 80 index ended at 890.39 points, off 0.28 percent.
The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 266.49 points, off 0.46 percent.
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