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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-22

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  • [01] Karamanlis vs Papandreou on TV
  • [02] Major heroin bust
  • [03] Vartholomeos in Tripoli
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Karamanlis vs Papandreou on TV

    The much-awaited televised one-on-one debate between the leaders of the two mainstream parties contesting the October 4 general elections, prime minister and ruling New Democracy (ND) leader Costas Karamanlis and main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou will take place on Tuesday evening, at 8:00 p.m.

    [02] Major heroin bust

    ANA-MPA/Authorities on the Aegean island of Lesvos on Monday reported intercepting five kilos of pure heroin that a 31-year-old Estonian national had tried to smuggle into Greece, the largest quantity of drugs ever found by law enforcement officials on the island.

    The man had arrived on a small ferry boat connecting the island's capital Mytilene and Aivali on the coast of Turkey, with the drugs stowed inside his suitcase. The Estonian was accompanied by a young Estonian woman who had already gone through customs control when her companion was caught and who slipped away as soon as she realised he had been stopped.

    When customs officers took the man aside to search his luggage, he made several attempts to contact someone with his mobile phone. The fabric suitcase he was carrying turned out to have a false bottom in which a large package of drugs had been concealed, wrapped up in a plastic bag along with various herbs that might confuse sniffer dogs.

    This ruse did not foil the specially-trained dogs, however, which soon located the hidden package of heroin.

    Authorities on the island are now looking for an interpreter to question the Estonian, who does not speak Greek or English, so that he can testify before an examining magistrate.

    [03] Vartholomeos in Tripoli

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos arrived in the city of Tripoli, in the Peloponnese, on Monday evening and was welcomed by the local mayor, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, the Education and Religion undersecretary and thousands of people.

    Varthlomeos thanked all for the "warm reception and the unique experience," saying he was pleased to find pious people and terming the prefecture of Arcadia the "Mount Athos of the Peloponnese."

    Caption: Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos in the city of Tripolis, prefecture of Arcadia on Monday 21 September 2009. ANA-MPA/NIKITAS KOTSIARIS

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The political party leaders' televised debate on Monday evening mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Taxes in real estate will skyrocket with (main opposition) PASOK's measures".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis won the first battle".

    AVGHI: "Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) makes impressive comeback".

    CHORA: "Gone with the wind - Endless debate with parties reiterating their familiar positions".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "You watched the show: The debate of the "6".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Karamanlis exercised opposition in the debate".

    ESTIA: "Viewers disappointed - The debate lacked substance".

    ETHNOS: "Karamanlis shipwrecked on the 'debate reef'."

    KATHIMERINI: "All quiet on the debate front - The six leaders simply reiterated their known positions".

    LOGOS: "Debate: Gone with the wind ".

    NIKI: "Papandreou won the impressions and gave hope to the Greeks".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "We call on the working class from ND and PASOK to vote for the Communist Party (KKE)".

    TA NEA: "Debate: The first round completed without a knock-out".

    TO VIMA: "Recession domino threatens Greece a few days before general elections".

    VRADYNI: "Responsibility vs. populism - Karamanlis was clear and responsible, PASOK leader George Papandreou was vague".

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