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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-08-19

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  • [01] Heatwave sweeping across most of the country
  • [02] KKE leader addresses Middle East communist and labour party meeting
  • [03] Greece beats Qatar 84-64 in World Basketball Cup match

  • [01] Heatwave sweeping across most of the country

    A heatwave has begun to sweep across most of the country on Saturday with temperatures reaching as much as 41 degrees Celsius, particularly in the west. However, the situation is expected to worsen even further since temperatures will be reaching 42C in parts of Greece on Sunday and Monday.

    The state apparatus is in a state of full readiness to handle possible emergencies, while hospitals and medical services have been alerted.

    The Fire Brigade is on standby due to the increased risk of forest fires as a result of the heat and strong winds. Prefectures and municipalities have also prepared large halls with air conditioning for the public.

    The Public Power Corporation (DEH) will be experiencing an endurance test until Tuesday, since great loads will be necessary due to the widespread use of air conditioning apparatuses, while Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas assured that all necessary measures have been taken to avoid a possible blackout.

    [02] KKE leader addresses Middle East communist and labour party meeting

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga addressed a special conference of communist and labour parties from the Middle East in the Athens district of Perisos on Saturday, stressing that the UN Security Council's resolution does not constitute a basis for a solution to the Middle East crisis. The conference will end on Sunday.

    Papariga, who disagreed with the sending of a military force to Lebanon, made proposals on joint action between communist and labour parties in the region. Referring to the situation created in the region after the war, she said that the resolution cannot be considered a basis for a just solution that will create conditions for Lebanon's security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    The KKE leader further said that the resolution gives Israel the right to invoke "self defence" again and at the same time it continues to interfere directly in Lebabon's domestic affairs, despite the objections of the country's government, political parties and organisations, on the issue of disarmament.

    "The establishment of a strengthened military force under the mandate of the UN, and with increased duties in southern Lebanon, reflects the request of Israel and of the United States to prevent any vacuum that could be created and that could be filled, as they say, by 'Hezbollah'. These are pretexts to deal a blow at the Lebanese resistance in its entirety. Therefore, the resolution contains the sperm of a new and even more savage conflict," she added.

    Lastly, Papariga stressed that her party's position is that communist and labour parties in the region must intensify their efforts and focus on defending respect for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of every country against any imperialist intervention that can take place under any pretext.

    [03] Greece beats Qatar 84-64 in World Basketball Cup match

    Greece beat Qatar 84-64 on Saturday in its first Group C match for the 2006 World Basketball Cup taking place in Japan. The 10-minute intervals had the following results: 7-18, 38-31, 56-45 and 84-64. Greece's next match, expected to be far more difficult, will be against Lithuania at 13.30 on Sunday.
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