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Athens Airport gets Automated Passport Control Units

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  Athens Airport will acquire e-gates, automatic passenger passport control and passenger identification gates, (Automated Border Control Units), in 2017 and will reach the standards of many large international airports and railway stations. These systems used in the departure and arrival of passengers to and from countries outside the Schengen Treaty, are expected to operate […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

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  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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SEV says “Grexit” is worst possible scenario for Greece

By   2 weeks ago

A paper by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) strongly warns against the risk of Greece returning to its national currency – also known as “Grexit” – stressing that the concerns being raised over the prospect are damaging the economy. SEV points out that Greek citizens should not consider a “Grexit” scenario to be positive […]

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Tsipras: Greece supports the need for peace in Ukraine

By   2 weeks ago

  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, arrived at a frozen -20 degrees Kiev late on Wednesday afternoon at the invitation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Tsipras is on an official visit on 8 and 9 February. Alexis Tsipras, accompanied by the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, the Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for Greeks Abroad and […]

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Fraport clinches financing for landmark privatization of 14 regional airports

By   2 weeks ago

  The management of fourteen regional airports in Greece will be officially assumed by Fraport Greece, a German-Greek consortium, on March 14. Fraport and Greece’s Copelouzos Group won an international tender by the country’s privatization agency (TAIPED) to assume the management of the airports. According to the 1.2 billion euro concession agreement signed late 2015, […]

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Ukraine

By   3 weeks ago

  The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Kiev on 8 and 9 February, after accepting an invitation by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Alexis Tsipras, continuing on a multidimensional and active foreign policy in the Black Sea area will be found in the Ukrainian capital where he will meet with the country’s President […]

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Tsipras’ visit to Belgrade of strategic importance

By   3 weeks ago

  Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras’ visit to the Republic of Serbia was highly successful, both from Greek political and business circles but also from Serbian diplomatic and business sources. Although Alexis Tsipras’ visit was delayed, according to a senior diplomatic source in Serbia, the success of the contacts and the identification of a series […]

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ΙΒΝΑ/Interview: Pitsiorlas: Greece and Serbia are a very important corridor for Europe

By   4 weeks ago

“Greece can be the coordinator of actions to form all kinds of networks that will take advantage of the geographical advantage of this region”, stated Deputy Minister of Economy and Development Stergios Pitsiorlas in an interview he gave IBNA.  Pitsiorlas underlined the fact that “Greece is the third largest power in terms of investment in […]

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Director Nikos Koundouros passes away, aged 90

By   3 days ago

  Greek film and television director Nikos Koundouros passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 90. Koundouros had been admitted to hospital with respiratory complaints in recent weeks. Born in Athens in December 1926, to a family originally hailing from Crete, Koundouros was counted among the most notable modern Greek directors, while his 1956 […]

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Ukraine

By   3 weeks ago

  The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Kiev on 8 and 9 February, after accepting an invitation by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Alexis Tsipras, continuing on a multidimensional and active foreign policy in the Black Sea area will be found in the Ukrainian capital where he will meet with the country’s President […]

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CNA launches campaign to collect signatures for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

By   2 months ago

This year marks the bicentenary since the theft of the Parthenon Marbles by Lord Elgin, who smuggled them to the United Kingdom. The marbles have since then been in the British Museum. Many efforts have been made and several international campaigns have been launched for the return of the marbles to their natural environment, the […]

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Tsipras: Greece has three years ahead before elections

By   3 months ago

Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict. Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime […]

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Speech of Tsipras in the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference

By   3 months ago

Your Highness, Excellencies, Dear Participants, I would like to warmly thank our hosts for the excellent hospitality and the organizers – the United Arab Emirates and France – for today’s Conference. The world is witnessing an alarming escalation of violence and extremism. Armed conflicts and terrorism challenge not only peace and security, but the core […]

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Tsipras at 45th anniversary of Union of the Arab Emirates

By   3 months ago

The Greek Prime Minister will arrive at Abu Dhabi late on Friday afternoon (20:00 local time), to attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates, December 2-4 and participate in the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France On the […]

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Alexis Tsipras to honour 45th anniversary of the Union of the Arab Emirates

By   3 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend the events for the 45th anniversary of the union of the Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi between December 2-4. The celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the union of Arab Emirates, have taken on an international dimension as leaders from many countries will be honoring the Gulf state […]

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Tsipras to visit Abu Dhabi

By   3 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Abu Dhabi from the 2nd to 4th December, on the occasion of the UNESCO Conference “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage”, which is co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and France. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Greek Prime Minister is expected to hold bilateral meetings with French President […]

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Stathakis: Greece is at the crossroads of two energy corridors

By   3 months ago

Energy and Environment Minister Giorgos Stathakis is visiting New York to present investment opportunities in the energy sector during the “Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum.” Stathakis was in a 10-day tour in Rome, Brussels and Jerusalem and now is in New York. The aim of these international contacts is to create the conditions so […]

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Cyprus – Greece – Israel cooperation of Strategic Importance

By   3 months ago

Cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, is promising to go smoothly since during the joint declarations of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Cypriot President spilled a glass of water on the declarations table. This mishap gained an array of positive comments and all immediately […]

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Israel Cyprus Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration

By   3 months ago

We, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, having met in Jerusalem today, 8th December 2016, have agreed to continue strengthening the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in various […]

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Alexis Tsipras in Israel for 2nd Greece-Cyprus-Israel tripartite

By   3 months ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Jerusalem on Thursday 8 December to participate in the 2nd tripartite summit between Greece, Cyprus and Israel. The issues that will be in focus are energy, environment, tourism, research & innovation, fighting terrorism and the Cyprus issue. The Greek PM will be accompanied by Environment & Energy Minister […]

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Anastasiades to participate in the Tripartite Summit in Israel

By   3 months ago

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, departs today, 7 December 2016, for Israel, where tomorrow, along with the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Alexis Tsipras, he will participate in the proceedings of the Cyprus-Greece-Israel Tripartite Summit, which will take place in Jerusalem. The Summit, which will begin at […]

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DESFA Privatisation Talks Collapse

By   3 months ago

Government negotiations between the Azeri natural gas company SOCAR for the privatization of Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) proved to be fruitless on Wednesday. Greece’s environment and energy ministry on Wednesday officially announced the collapse of talks with Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR for the sale of DESFA, ending a 3.5-year effort to privatise the […]

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Lavrov visit marked by deepening Greece – Russia ties

By   4 months ago

It wasn’t so long ago when on the 27th May, 2016, Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were giving a joint press conference. That was the first trip of a Russian President in a Western country after the sanctions imposed for the annexation of Crimea. In the adjoining room from the […]

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Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to visit Athens

By   4 months ago

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov will find himself in Greece on the 1st and 2nd November only a few days before US President Barack Obama is set to visit Athens.  During the two-day working visit, Sergey Lavrov, will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias According to […]

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Tsakalotos defends handling of negotiations with creditors

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  Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos defended the results of the latest Eurogroup meeting for Greece which resulted in direct talks with creditors resuming in Athens next week. The minister rejected criticism that his handling of talks with creditors are likely to result in a fresh round of austerity, arguing that Athens will make reforms […]

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 Tsipras holds telephone conversation with Lagarde

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  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a conversation over the telephone with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, on the eve of the latter’s meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin. In their telephone conversation, according to government sources, they discussed that Greece has taken steps in changing the financial mixture the IMF requests for […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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Government eyes ENFIA tax reform

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Finance Ministry is working on a set of so called “countermeasures” it will propose to creditors, aimed at offsetting the extra austerity which is expected to be imposed in order to make sure fiscal targets are met. According to government sources, for every euro resulting from the lowering of the tax-free threshold, […]

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Where Athens and creditors stand following Eurogroup agreement

By   3 days ago

  Following Monday’s Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, several conclusions could be drawn as to what the Greek government took away and what remains to be done in terms of the review of Greece’s bailout program. It is now clear that there was no “political agreement” to wrap up the review as the Greek government hoped. […]

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Analysts expect review of Greek program to drag on

By   1 week ago

  In recent notes to investors, financial analysts expect the Greek government and the country’s creditors to strike a deal to conclude the review of the adjustment program in the summer of 2017, as soon as the country begins to feel the pressure of deadlines for enormous debt repayments. Markets have been nervously waiting for […]

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Moscovici: There is convergence at certain points to conclude the review and move ahead

By   1 week ago

  Greece’s talks with its official lenders on concluding the programme review have made progress but more steps are needed, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said on Wednesday upon his arrival at the Finance Ministry. “There is convergence at certain points so that we can conclude the review and move […]

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Informal Feb 20 deadline for Greek review conclusion to be missed

By   2 weeks ago

  Uncertainty over the course of Greece’s bailout negotiations is expected to continue as negotiations look set to continue beyond the end of February, possibly into March. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem revealed on Tuesday that an agreement at the 20 February Eurogroup meeting to conclude the review of the Greek bailout program is not likely. […]

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Tsakalotos defends handling of negotiations with creditors

By   2 days ago

  Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos defended the results of the latest Eurogroup meeting for Greece which resulted in direct talks with creditors resuming in Athens next week. The minister rejected criticism that his handling of talks with creditors are likely to result in a fresh round of austerity, arguing that Athens will make reforms […]

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 Tsipras holds telephone conversation with Lagarde

By   2 days ago

  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a conversation over the telephone with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, on the eve of the latter’s meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin. In their telephone conversation, according to government sources, they discussed that Greece has taken steps in changing the financial mixture the IMF requests for […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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Government eyes ENFIA tax reform

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Finance Ministry is working on a set of so called “countermeasures” it will propose to creditors, aimed at offsetting the extra austerity which is expected to be imposed in order to make sure fiscal targets are met. According to government sources, for every euro resulting from the lowering of the tax-free threshold, […]

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Kotzias: Turkey should stop playing games. We will not always be that tolerant

By   3 days ago

  On Tuesday night, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias gave an interview at SKAI news station, on the “Istories” show of Alexis Papahelas. Among other topics, FM Kotzias revealed that Turkey jeopardized the Greek – Turkey relations on the morning of Friday the 17th of February 2017, when a Turkish ship of the […]

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Where Athens and creditors stand following Eurogroup agreement

By   3 days ago

  Following Monday’s Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, several conclusions could be drawn as to what the Greek government took away and what remains to be done in terms of the review of Greece’s bailout program. It is now clear that there was no “political agreement” to wrap up the review as the Greek government hoped. […]

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Trump elections and change Germany’s attitude towards Greek program

By   1 week ago

Fear of the policy that Donald Trump will follow in relation to Europe and polls showing Martin Schulz is likely to be the next German chancellor are causing a radical change of the German government’s stance towards the Greek bailout program. According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, a shift is seen in the CDU/CSU ruling coalition in […]

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Council of State plenary to discuss if Turkey is considered safe third country

By   1 week ago

According to the rulings of the 7-member composition of the D’ Department of the Council of State, Turkey is considered a safe country for refugees to return to as the neighboring country has ratified the Geneva Convention. However, the issue was referred to the plenary of the Council of State due to its high importance. […]

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians. Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents […]

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Government eyes ENFIA tax reform

By   2 days ago

  The Greek Finance Ministry is working on a set of so called “countermeasures” it will propose to creditors, aimed at offsetting the extra austerity which is expected to be imposed in order to make sure fiscal targets are met. According to government sources, for every euro resulting from the lowering of the tax-free threshold, […]

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Where Athens and creditors stand following Eurogroup agreement

By   3 days ago

  Following Monday’s Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, several conclusions could be drawn as to what the Greek government took away and what remains to be done in terms of the review of Greece’s bailout program. It is now clear that there was no “political agreement” to wrap up the review as the Greek government hoped. […]

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Golden Dawn trial interrupted amidst tension in courtroom

By   1 week ago

  Golden Dawn’s trial continued on Tuesday amidst tensions and violent scuffles. The beginning of the examination of the new case file was the reason that dozens of anti-fascists and members of anti-authoritarian organisations gathered at the Court of Appeals in Athens. However, according to reports, the police guarding the area did not allow many […]

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Ukraine

By   3 weeks ago

  The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Kiev on 8 and 9 February, after accepting an invitation by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Alexis Tsipras, continuing on a multidimensional and active foreign policy in the Black Sea area will be found in the Ukrainian capital where he will meet with the country’s President […]

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Libyan Officers training in Crete

By   3 weeks ago

The training of twenty members of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy, began on January 30th in Crete. The training is part of the EUNAVFOR Med Sophia operation and covers search and rescue matters, taking into account various aspects of human rights and maritime law. This training activity is part of the provisions of the […]

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Supreme Court rejects extradition request for eight Turkish military officers

By   4 weeks ago

The Greek Supreme Court has decided not to extradite the eight Turkish military officers who landed by helicopter in Alexandroupolis one day after the July 15th failed Turkish military coup. The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court decided not to extradite the eight Turkish soldiers back to Turkey. According to the Supreme Court’s decision, “the […]

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Decision on the 8 Turkish military officers to be announced Monday

By   1 month ago

The Criminal Department of the Supreme Court is expected to announce the decision concerning the fate of the eight Turkish soldiers, who one day after the failed coup of July 15, 2016 landed by helicopter in Alexandroupolis, on Monday. Conflicting decisions have been issued for the eight Turks by the Athens Appeals Council by three […]

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Kontoni’s handlings receive the full approval of FIFA and UEFA

By   6 months ago

Athens, August 30, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “The Laws of the State are above any Federation statute”. With this statement the representative of FIFA, Kostas Koutsokoumnis, set the tone for what will follow on the developments in Greek football and the confrontation between the Greek Football Federation (EPO) and the Sports Minister. […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Stefanidi wins gold at pole vault

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country’s first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games, then defended its integrity after barred Russian Yelena Isinbayeva blasted the event as sub-par without her in the field. Stefanidi cleared 4.85 meters to beat American […]

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Greek Minister for Sport postpones Super League football premiere

By   6 months ago

Athens, August 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greece’s Deputy Minister for Sport, Stavros Kontonis, announced Thursday that the Super League football, the country’s top division, will be postponed until 5 September at least. According to an official announcement by the Sports Ministry:  “Deputy Minister for Culture & Sport, Mr. Stavros Kontonis, […]

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Greek 470 Dinghy Sailing crew wins bronze

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 18, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis gave Greece its fifth medal by winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics for the 470 Dinghy Sailing race on Thursday. The medal race, initially to have taken place on Wednesday, was postponed for Thursday following still winds. Thursday’s race proved unfortunate […]

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Gianniotis wins silver medal

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 16, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Ferry Weertman (1:52:59) has given the Netherlands a sweep of the Olympic open water swimming events, winning the men’s 10-kilometer race at the Rio Olympics. Spiros Gianniotis (1:52:59) of Greece takes the silver and France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier (1:53:03) claims the bronze. The judges went […]

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Petrounias wins gold medal in men’s rings (Update)

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 15, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency   By Zacharias Petrou In a powerful display of control and strength, world rings champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece, 25, won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a score of 16,000. Brazilian Arthur Zanetti – who won the gold medal in the […]

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Gold medalist Anna Korakaki receives hero’s welcome in Athens

By   7 months ago

Athens, August 11, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Olympic champion Anna Korakaki, who won gold and bronze in the 25-meter pistol and 10-meter air pistol in Rio respectively, thus becoming the first Greek athlete in more than a century to win two medals in the same Olympics, received a hero’s welcome as she landed in […]

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