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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-10

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  • [01] Gunman takes hostage and later releases car driver in failed bank robbery
  • [02] 4.2R quake near Athens
  • [03] ASE opening: Small rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Gunman takes hostage and later releases car driver in failed bank robbery

    An armed bank robber took a passenger car driver hostage as he fled the site on Thursday morning in western Thessaloniki but later released her, police announced.

    The unidentified gunman entered a Bank of Cyprus branch shortly before 9:00 a.m. and demanded of a cashier to turn over the money, but the bank employees reacted and chased him, while at the same time alerting the police.

    The would-be robber ran out into the street and forced the driver at gunpoint to stop her car, and boarded the back seat. He forced her to take him to a point near a former conscript camp in the nearby suburb of Stavroupolis, where he released her and fled before police arrived.

    Police have mounted a manhunt for the gunman.

    The woman was reported as being safe and well.

    [02] 4.2R quake near Athens

    A quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 9.04 am on Thursday. The quake's epicentre was located 48 kms northwest of Athens in southern Evoikos gulf.

    [03] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were marginally rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.02 percent, standing at 2,533.97 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 21 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Mass Media, up 1.22 percent; Public Utilities, up 0.61 percent and Construction, up 0.43 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Travel and Recreation, down 0.56 percent; Food and Beverages, down 0.27 percent and Financial Services, down 0.34 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.06 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.12 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.04 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 47 were up, 23 were down, and 30 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The clash between ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK over the economy ahead of the October 4, general elections dominated the headlines on Thursday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Which taxes PASOK will increase when and if it becomes government".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Door-to-door canvassing for a vote - Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis called on the youth to do their best for the victory".

    AVGHI: "Bipartisanism in the dock, charged with the nightmare of recession".

    AVRIANI: "Karamanlis casts off the 'weights' and radically 'refreshes' ND's ballot (candidates)".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Karamanlis' battle on two fronts (PASOK and Popular Orthodox Rally-LAOS)".

    ELEFTHEROS: "The real difference between PASOK and ND is 3-4 percent".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "ND leaves open 'windows' for hiring of its supporters' in the public sector".

    ESTIA: "Which percentage gives self-sufficient majority".

    ETHNOS: "Blue (ND's colour) flu in 11 regions - Symptoms of collapse in key regions".

    KATHIMERINI: "The two mainstream parties clash on the economy".

    LOGOS: "The Economy at the centre of the clash".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "United working class front against ND and PASOK with a strong Communist Party in the elections".

    TA NEA: "PASOK-ND clash over taxation policy".

    TO VIMA: "ND in a difficult position - Consecutive refusals (for candidacy) and departures".

    VRADYNI: "Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou faces a dilemma: Yes or No to a one-on-one TV debate with Karamanlis".

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