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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-08

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  • [01] Greek NGO vol, academic released by Afghan Taliban eight months after abduction
  • [02] Gov't: No renegotiation of decision
  • [03] Stocks shed 3.11%

  • [01] Greek NGO vol, academic released by Afghan Taliban eight months after abduction

    (ΑΝΑ-MPA) -- Afghan Taliban militants have released Greek NGO volunteer Athanassios Lerounis eight months after kidnapping him in the Chitral region of northern Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, a Pakistani official announced on Thursday.

    Lerounis, head of the Greek volunteers, was kidnapped outside a museum he runs the remote (ΑΝΑ-MPA) Kalash valley last September, while his guard was fatally shot. He had been working on a cultural project in the area since 2001.

    The top government (ΑΝΑ-MPA) official in Chitral, Rehmatullah Wazir, told the Reuters news agency that the Taliban freed Lerounis in the Nooristan province in Afghanistan, while Pakistani officials took him to Chitral on Wednesday night.

    [02] Gov't: No renegotiation of decision

    (ANA-MPA) -- A government spokesman in Athens on Thursday emphasised that the Greek government "will not consider any renegotiation" of a recent EU Summit meeting decision envisioning an economic assistance mechanism for euro-area member-states.

    Moreover, responding to a relevant press question, spokesman Giorgos Petalotis categorically dismissed the likelihood that the country will declare bankruptcy. (ANA-MPA)

    Petalotis noted that Greece won a clear decision of support during the recent EU Summit meeting, one is based on the specific mechanism with specific characteristics. (ANA-MPA)

    [03] Stocks shed 3.11%

    Stocks spun into freefall at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, affected by rising spreads for Greek 10-year bonds. The composite index of the market shed 3.11 pct during its third consecutive dive to end at 1,925.82 points, with turnover at 351.059 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index plunged 3.92 pct, the FTSE 40 index fell by 2.32 pct and the FTSE 80 index dropped 1.50 pct.

    Sectors with the percentage biggest gains of the day were Chemicals (0.82 pct) and Petroleum (0.59 pct), while Banks (-6.00 pct) and Travel (-3.63 pct) suffered the biggest losses.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 144 to 35 with another 39 issues unchanged.

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