It was 9.30 a.m. on July 22, 2013, when the president of the three-judge Felony Appeal Court in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, called the head of the Spanish organized crime division to the stand to testify as the only witness in the prosecution of Lasha Shushanashvili.
Believers light candles at the Byzantine Church of Aghia Triada in Nafplio, southern Greece, ahead of Wednesday's celebration of the Dormition (or the Assumption) of the Virgin Mary (in Greek: Koimisis tis Theotokou). The holiday commemorates the “falling asleep” or death of the Theotokos (Mary, translated as “God-bearer”). August 15, one of the most important holidays in the Orthodox calendar, is celebrated across the country, and is a date when many Greeks leave the towns and cities where they live and work to return to their home villages. [Evangelos Bougiotis/ANA-MPA]