Category: WORLD

Three dead, more than 15 injured after driver ploughs car into Australian pedestrians

A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing three and injuring more than 15 in the center of Australia’s second largest city Melbourne on Friday (20/01/2017), but police said the lunch-time incident was not terrorism-related. Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting […]

Trump’s Greek-American Chief of Staff: With God’s Help we will change the world!

The Greek-American Chairman of the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was honored by the Greek-American community on Thursday, just one day before the inauguration of Donald Trump. In his speech he thanked the Archbishop Demetrius, John Catsimatidis and Gus Bilirakis and he said that people are tired from […]

Turkish cargo jet crash kills at least 30 in Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 30 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near […]

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on Friday, Ankara’s unwillingness to be constructive in the bid for a solution. “We told them clearly. When it […]

Foreign plates carry risk of high fines

There has been a significant increase in the number of vehicles with foreign plates in Greece, as their owners are able to avoid paying this country’s high road tax and fines. In response to a parliamentary question, Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou said that the temporary circulation of vehicles in Greece with foreign plates is […]

Schaeuble comments on possible IMF exit spur debate

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s suggestion in comments to a German newspaper that the potential withdrawal of the International Monetary Fund could necessitate a renegotiation of Greece’s bailout spurred speculation on Friday both here and abroad. “A solution within the European currency system” would be an alternative if the International Monetary Fund “decided for some reason […]

UN chief Guterres says Cyprus talks show progress but no ‘quick fix’

Talks to resolve the division of ethnically-divided Cyprus have been showing encouraging results, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guturres said on Thursday, but cautioned against expectations of a quick fix. Flanked by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Guterres said instruments were needed to implement an end to a conflict which […]

Obama speech: Democracy needs you, says outgoing president

President Barack Obama has called on Americans to defend their democracy in his farewell speech in Chicago. “By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place” than it was eight years ago when he took office, he told thousands of supporters. But he warned “democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted”. He […]

Poland: 10 people dead from the extreme cold!

Ten people lost their lives on Sunday as the result of the extreme conditions in Poland. The temperature remains many degrees under zero. In some areas it has reached as low as -20. The people that fell victims of hypothermia since November 1st are 65 in total. The Polish authorities are warning the public to […]

Critical week ahead for Cyprus

Authorities in both Greece and Cyprus sought to give positive signals over the weekend about the prospects for a resolution to the longstanding division of the island ahead of a landmark multiparty summit scheduled to take place on Thursday in Geneva even though the meeting is expected to launch an open-ended procedure that could last […]

The Turkey tutorial to fear

Turkey is sinking ever deeper into trouble at home and abroad. The dangers it faces concern not only its own people, its social cohesion and territorial integrity, but also provide lessons for the rest of the world. The first concerns the ease with which an elected government can slide into authoritarianism when it undermines institutions; […]

Identity of Istanbul nightclub attacker established: foreign minister

The identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day has been established, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday (04/01/2017). The gunman, who fled after the attack, remains at large. Anadolu has said some […]

The necessity of maintaining borders

Since the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, I have been rather surprised by the silence of the country’s intellectuals, who up until recently had been very talkative. Whether they kept silent out of fear or discomfort, we should respect it. Nevertheless, Orhan Pamuk’s silence, for instance, cannot go unnoticed. The point is not […]

North Korea close to testing an ICBM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday that his military was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016, Although experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States […]

Islamic State claim responsibility for Istanbul club attack

IS’ statement called the gunman, who is still on the run, its “soldier” who attacked Christians for celebrating a holiday the jihadist terrorists deem “apostate,” reported Dogan News Agency. An armed assailant opened fire at Reina Club, reportedly dressed as Santa Claus, killing 24 foreigners, 11 Turkish citizens and four victims yet to be identified. […]

Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday. Kyriakos Amiridis went missing on Monday in the city of Nova Iguacu, 25 miles (41 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. Greece’s Embassy in Brasilia said the […]

Brazil police officer confesses to killing Greek ambassador

A Rio de Janeiro police officer confessed to murdering Greece’s ambassador to Brazil, possibly at the direction of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife with whom the policeman was romantically involved, Globo TV reported on Friday, citing police sources. Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was missing since Monday night. Francoise, his Brazilian wife and the mother of […]

ECB tells Monte dei Paschi it needs to raise €8.8bn

The European Central Bank has told Monte dei Paschi it needs to plug a capital shortfall of 8.8 billion euros, higher than a previous five-billion-euro gap estimated by the bank, the lender said on Monday, confirming what sources told Reuters. Last Friday, the Italian government approved a decree to bail out Monte dei Paschi after […]

Berlin Attack suspect Anis Amri killed during Milan shootout

Suspected perpetrator behind the Berlin Christmas market attack, Anis Amri, was reportedly killed during a shootout in Milan, Italy, Reuters reported, citing a security source. The Italian Interior Minister is scheduled to hold a news conference in Rome at 11:45am (Cyprus time), Reuters said, citing the Ministry. Italy’s state run news agency, ANSA, reported that […]