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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-28

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  • [01] Incendiary device goes off in building housing ex-PM's office
  • [02] Deputy FM meets with visiting Jerusalem Patriarch
  • [03] Promachonas closed

  • [01] Incendiary device goes off in building housing ex-PM's office

    A makeshift incendiary bomb comprised of camping gas canisters exploded on Thursday afternoon in the entrance of an apartment building housing the political office of former premier Costas Simitis, on Akadimias street in central Athens. The explosion caused minor damages to the building's entrance but no injuries.

    Police have cordoned off Akadimias Street and diverted traffic at that point until they complete their investigation at the scene.

    [02] Deputy FM meets with visiting Jerusalem Patriarch

    ANA-MPA/Deputy foreign minister Spyros Kouvelis met on Thursday with visiting Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem.

    Kouvelis told reporters afterwards that they had an "excellent" discussion during which the Patriarch made a detailed briefing on the mission being carried out by the Patriarchate "in a very important and sensitive region", adding that he himself places "very great importance on a closer cooperation so as to have precious information both on the efforts being made and the difficulties faced by the Patriarchate".

    "Our aim is to support the continuation of the mission of a strong Patriarchate which, however, is being struck out at by many sides, and to contribute to the effort for preserving Orthodoxy and Hellenism in a very sensitive region," Kouvelis said.

    The Patriarch, in turn, said he had a very good meeting with the deputy minister during which all the issues concerning the Patriarchate were discussed.

    "We referred to the role the Patriarchate is called upon to play, not only the religious and social role but also the political role regarding the issue of Jerusalem, and the Holy Lands," the Patriarch said, explaining that "the Patriarchate has assumed a major social and missionary task, in which the Greek government has been, is and remains a supporter and helper".

    [03] Promachonas closed

    Protesting farmers on Thursday blocked again the Promachonas border post which will remain closed throughout the day. The Promachonas railroad station, however, is open.

    Subzero temperatures and snowfall in Northern Greece forced protesting farmers to abandon their roadblocks on Thursday.

    Egnatia motorway at the Kedryllia intersection opened at 6:30 a.m. due to heavy snowfall. Farmers said they decided to leave their posts in order to facilitate the snowgraders' work.

    Moreover, Egnatia motorway on the section linking Serres with Kavala and the old national highway will remain open throughout the day.

    Traffic is unobstructed at the Ormenio and Kipi checkpoints, although with farmers maintain their tractors lined up on both sides of the road.

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