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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-24

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  • [01] No indications that parcel bombs in Italy sent from Greece
  • [02] Papoulias optimistic for future
  • [03] Climate change initiatives
  • [04] Release calls for Iranian artists
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] No indications that parcel bombs in Italy sent from Greece

    ANA-MPa/There is no indication that the parcel bombs exploding at the embassies of Switzerland and Chile in Italy were sent from Greece, an official of the Citizen's Protection ministry told the ANA-MPA, replying to reports on the possible involvement of Greeks in the sending of the parcels.

    According to the same source, the Italian authorities with which there has been communication by the Greek side have not submitted any request for cooperation in the specific case, nor have they produced indications or evidence that involve Greek anti-establishment members in the sending of the parcels.ana-mpa

    However, according to reports, they are examining the possibility of the parcel bombs being sent by an Italian organisation as a show of solidarity to Greek detainees, something that has happened in the past as well and according to the same reports there might also be an assumption of responsibility for this in Italy.

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    [02] Papoulias optimistic for future

    ANA-MPa/President of Republic Karolos Papoulias on Thursday expressed optimism for the future in statements after hearing Christmas carols and traditional holiday scores played by an armed forces orchestra, the presidential guard, and children from the charity organisation "Hamogelo tou Pediou".

    Additionally, carols were sung by Special Olympics athletes and the Boy Scouts, amongst others.ana-mpa

    "We will persevere ... Let's keep hope, because that's the only way to overcome the difficult things that we will have to face in the coming days. I am optimistic that we will overcome the difficult times. I am optimistic because I am aware of the Greek people's abilities and fortitude," he said in reference to the ongoing economic crisis.

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    [03] Climate change initiatives

    ANA-MPa/Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili, in comments to the ANA-MPA on Thursday, said Greece had been behind two promising international initiatives for dealing with climate change in 2010 - the Initiative for Climate Change in the Mediterranean and 'Greening the Black Sea' - both of which had achieved their goals.

    She noted that 2010 was a year when global efforts for averting global warming did not get off to a good start but was ending more hopefully with an agreement on protecting biodiversity and the Cancun climate change agreement that bore the signature of all UN member-states.

    "We considered that discussions before international meetings should take place between countries that need to adapt to the results of climate change in the same way," she said, noting that Greece's climate was much closer to that of Eastern European and North African countries than to Finland or Norway.ana-mpa

    The second stage of these initiatives was to find shared programmes that would bring all sides closer to a 'green development' model, the minister added.

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    [04] Release calls for Iranian artists

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Organisation has strongly condemned the sentencing of Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof and called for their immediate release.

    A statement issued on Thursday underlined that their arrest "is unacceptable and an embarrassment to humanity, constituting blatant violation of fundamental human rights", stressing that "no effort will be spared to overturn this development".

    Caption: A file photo dated 17 February 2006 shows Iranian director Jafar Panahi at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in the German capital. The filmmaker was arrested in March 2010 for reportedly planning a film critical of the Islamic regime, but released in May 2010 on 200,000 US dollars bail after going on hunger strike. ANA-MPA/EPA/WOLFGANG KUMM

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Reverberations from the passing of the slimmed down 2011 state budget, pending changes allowing for more flexibility and the freeing up of the labour market and press speculation over new taxes mostly dominated the headlines on Friday, Christmas Eve, in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "25 changes in pensions, retirement age limits and incomes".

    AVGHI: "Countdown for Memorandum and government".

    AVRIANI: "All the changes in social security to be brought into effect as of Jan. 1."

    CHORA: "2011 will bring a mountain of taxes".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Tough bargaining over gas, oil".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Reversals in 350 professions".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Government selling off state property".

    ESTIA: The newspaper republishes the 1940 edition.

    ETHNOS: "Shocking recipe for doctors, students and medical staff".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government between PASOK and troika".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "12.7 billion euros in new measures foreseen in March Memorandum".

    NIKI: "350 euros pension ... and then we'll see".

    PARON: "List of 1,991 Greeks with hidden bank deposits".

    PROTO THEMA: "WikiLeaks burns Dora (Bakoyannis)".

    REAL NEWS: "Prime Minister George Papandreou reflects on early elections and sends message: 'I will not become hostage'."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "United class war against government, troika and big capital".

    VETO: "State a collection firm, tax bureaus the detectives".

    VIMA: "Immediate opening for 150 closed professions".

    VRADYNI: "Public sector: All the transfers - Who loses, who gains".

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