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Greece assumes presidency of the Council of Europe 

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday evening addressed an event inaugurating Greece’s presidency of the Council of Europe at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, hailing a "special opportunity" for a country that suffered during the economic crisis and came through due to the sacrifices of its people as well as its membership of the European Union. 

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Athens mayor defiant after spate of vandalism

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis has condemned a spate of vandalism in the city center directed against flower boxes set up as part of the Grand Walk as well as a monument to the victims of a fire at a branch of Marfin Bank in 2010. 

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Sentences handed out to prison racketeers

The Piraeus Criminal Court of Appeal has imposed a 20-year prison sentence on Panagiotis Vlastos, the main ringleader of a criminal gang operating in the Korydallos maximum-security prison in Athens. 

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Russian MPs appeal to Turkish counterparts over Hagia Sophia status

Russian lawmakers have appealed to their Turkish counterparts to prevent government plans for converting the Hagia Sophia UNESCO World Heritage site in Istanbul into a mosque, calling on them to “prevent the damage that could be caused by a hasty change in the status of the world-famous museum.”

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Antikythera observatory to get cash injection


An observatory for climate change and atmospheric pollution in the process of being formed on the remote island of Antikythera will cover all of the Southeastern Mediterranean. Dubbed the Panhellenic Geophysical Observatory of Antikythera (PANGEA), the observatory is to be connected to a European and global network of other stations. A sum of 22 million euros for its funding is to be approved today by the European Investment Bank and the Greek government. Created by the National Observatory of Athens as a central reference station for tracking climate and geophysical change, the observatory has already participated in research projects.