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  1. Ever since the world saw the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 virus in Wuhan, China more than one and a half years ago, people's lives have been thrown under the bus as there have barely been any signs of normalcy anywhere, especially in India. © iStock During that time the virus has mutated and been named the UK variant, the Africa variant, or the Indian variant, on the basis of the country they were first discovered in. © iStock However, now, the World Health Organization (WHO), who first brought us news regarding the existence of the virus, has decided to make things simpler for people. It has decided that the key virus strains, instead of being called by the name of the country, will now be labeled using the letters of the Greek alphabet in order for people to find it easy to say it and remember. Today WHO has announced a new naming system for key #COVID19 variants. The labels are based on the Greek alphabet (i.e. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc), making them simple, easy to say and remember. https://t.co/aYCZfspZyb pic.twitter.com/Gxt14fwVqF — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 31, 2021 "WHO has assigned simple, easy to say and remember labels for key variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using letters of the Greek alphabet," said the organisation on its website. The labels do not replace existing scientific names, which convey important scientific information & will continue to be used in research. The naming system aims to prevent calling #COVID19 variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatizing & discriminatory. pic.twitter.com/MwWGGMXPjn — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 31, 2021You are welcome! pic.twitter.com/5MHDwvirB2 — SJ Ahmed (@SuhaibJAhmed) June 1, 2021 So, instead of the virus strains being called the Indian strain or the UK strain, people will now refer to them as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and so on. Easy to remember, right? One of the key reasons behind the decision to rename the strains is down to ending stigma and discrimination for a country where the virus has been detected. "People often resort to calling variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatizing and discriminatory. To avoid this and to simplify public communications, WHO encourages national authorities, media outlets, and others to adopt these new labels," said WHO. WHO encourages countries and others to adopt these names as they will ease public discussions about global #COVID19 Variants of Concern and Interest. More:https://t.co/aYCZfspZyb — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 31, 2021 While it may be a move in the right direction, remembering the variants on the basis of greek letters is surely a confusing prospect and people on social media surely had a lot to say about it. Easy to remember! You must be joking . A silly and bizarre exercise. Quite unnecessary. New variants will keep evolving that will make Greek numbers just that , Greek to me. — deepaknatarajan (@deepakdeepak) June 1, 2021Hm yes I can see this will lead to confusion and people traveling more to places they shouldn't — Andrea (@CallForCries) June 1, 2021So now they're all Greek variants - so much for not stigmatising individual countries — Martin Sansom (@antiquestwins) June 1, 2021I had to check to see if was April 1st, how many people outside science know order of Greek alphabet, it will just confuse or is that the purpose? — Patrick Mc Gowan (@pzjmcg_gowan) May 31, 2021It’s not simple or easier. You’ll have to then associate a letter with a variant. May make sense in scientific/lab field, however as clinicians, much easier to keep the origin-name linked. @WHO badly led. And it’s not tue first time. — Jesus Isea de la Viña (@jiseav) May 31, 2021When a product has been in the market for some time, marketing departments recommend re-branding to refresh interest and boost sales. I mean seriously WTF — ~MS~ (@symphonicall) June 1, 2021Hey @WHO, maybe instead of focusing on the name of the virus and its variants, we focus more on the tackling it? Just a thought. — Crypto Dizzle (@DizzleCrypto) May 31, 2021This really is when you know that scientists don't want covid to go away because they won't be thought about again. "Let's stay current - let's rename all the variants so that people have no idea what we're talking about anymore! And let's make them Greek..for no reason!" — Girl (@userunknown200) June 1, 2021@WHO How about working on finding the Origin of this Virus? Well over 18months into the Pandemic, we don't know the Origin! That would be basic stuff to learn. What do we know so far that is useful? The world expects WHO to be all over this already.. @DrTedros #COVID19 #COVID — Pramod (@pramodatta1) June 1, 2021It should be like Chinese COVID Alpha Variant Chinese COVID Beta Variant Chinese COVID Gamma Variant CHINESSE COVID Delta Variant — Vishwanath Upadhyay (@vishu272) June 1, 2021Where is the Vietnam hybrid strain of variant of Corona! Moreover, they are all Chinese strains of Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Lota, Kappa... Variants!!!#Chinavirus #biowar — Anirudh reddy (@Anirudh50022767) June 1, 2021Remember that the government responsible for the research and manufacture of covid-19 are also the largest contributors to the WHO foundation. Which is how you release a bioweapon and get away with it. — Omadon 🇬🇧 (@h4wk69) June 1, 2021No mention of China? What is the name of the Variant which was originated/leaked from the Wuhan, China? In reality all these mentioned variants which were detected in other countries are Sub- Variants of the Wuhan Virus 🦠 SARS Cov1 came from China SARS Cov2 came from China — #Sandeep (@Sandeep24_) June 1, 2021Just the way the CCP wants it. Continuing to do China’s work. The WHO delegitimized itself throughout the pandemic. First telling the world of “no human-to-human transmission” when dozens in the same hospital had contracted the virus in China. #WHOLiedAndPeopleDied #China #CCP — 🇺🇸Kyle Bass🇺🇸 (@Jkylebass) May 31, 2021 View the full article
  2. Under the new system, the British variant B.1.1.7 becomes Alpha; the B.1.351 first discovered in South Africa becomes Beta, while the Brazilian P.1 becomes Gamma
  3. A hilarious turn of events has made The Greek Prime Minister an overnight sensation on social media. Let's take you through the events that quickly made his name enter the list of heartthrobs in the country. © Reuters Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the 52-year-old Greek Prime Minister had gone to receive his second dose of the vaccine at the Attikon hospital, on Monday. In order to seamlessly complete the procedure, he had to take off his shirt rather than rolling his sleeves up. When he took off his shirt to reveal his bare shirt, a couple of photos were taken which were later posted on social media. A photo from the moment is making rounds on social media which left people admiring the Greek Prime Minister's bare chest. © Reuters The Greek Prime Minister has now become an instant *** symbol after he receiving his COVID-19 vaccine shot. Underneath his shirt, the Prime Minister has a toned and ripped physique that people on the internet clearly noticed. In fact, internet users started downright thirsting after the PM, calling him things like, “daddy” and “hella sexy”. LAAAAAAAAYYYDIIIIIIIIIEEESSS pic.twitter.com/Ctp5HFiODP — Dino Sofos (@dinosofos) January 18, 2021 British folks on Twitter wondered if their PM Boris Johnson would follow the Greek PM's footsteps, while others compared the Greek PM to 'doing a Putin', in reference to the famous photo of the Russian president half-naked on horseback. © Reuters Another Twitter user called the PM a 'sexy daddy' for his ripped physique and chest hair. Our prime minister is a sexy daddy 🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/4ggBiGYpLV — Doomed (@profilepicnotme) January 18, 2021 The fact that we're moving away from a clean bare chest to appreciate a chest with hair on it is also worth noticing. Damn the Greece 🇬🇷 prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis surely has a sexy gorgeous hairy chest love it , but sure love Croatian Prime Minister Zdravko Marić Captain Croatia 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/E2AVYaUxIh — Alin Campan (@GURBEDIU1987) January 20, 2021 One can be well-groomed without having to remove chest hair contrary to some popular misconceptions out there. The Greek Prime Minister, Mr Mitsotakis received his first shot first on December 27, this was when the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had first rolled out across different countries in the European Union. The PM had pointed out how the rollout was “a great day for science and the European Union. We hope that, with time, even those of our fellow citizens who are suspicious of vaccination will be convinced it is the right thing to do.” He was one of the first people in Greece to get the first dose of the vaccine back in December. Following the rounds of vaccination of healthcare workers and vulnerable people, Greece has begun vaccinating the 'general population' earlier this month. View the full article
  4. A hilarious turn of events has made The Greek Prime Minister an overnight sensation on social media. Let's take you through the events that quickly made his name enter the list of heartthrobs in the country. © Reuters Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the 52-year-old Greek Prime Minister had gone to receive his second dose of the vaccine at the Attikon hospital, on Monday. In order to seamlessly complete the procedure, he had to take off his shirt rather than rolling his sleeves up. When he took off his shirt to reveal his bare shirt, a couple of photos were taken which were later posted on social media. A photo from the moment is making rounds on social media which left people admiring the Greek Prime Minister's bare chest. © Reuters The Greek Prime Minister has now become an instant *** symbol after he receiving his COVID-19 vaccine shot. Underneath his shirt, the Prime Minister has a toned and ripped physique that people on the internet clearly noticed. In fact, internet users started downright thirsting after the PM, calling him things like, “daddy” and “hella sexy”. LAAAAAAAAYYYDIIIIIIIIIEEESSS pic.twitter.com/Ctp5HFiODP — Dino Sofos (@dinosofos) January 18, 2021 British folks on Twitter wondered if their PM Boris Johnson would follow the Greek PM's footsteps, while others compared the Greek PM to 'doing a Putin', in reference to the famous photo of the Russian president half-naked on horseback. © Reuters Another Twitter user called the PM a 'sexy daddy' for his ripped physique and chest hair. Our prime minister is a sexy daddy 🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/4ggBiGYpLV — Doomed (@profilepicnotme) January 18, 2021 The fact that we're moving away from a clean bare chest to appreciate a chest with hair on it is also worth noticing. Damn the Greece 🇬🇷 prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis surely has a sexy gorgeous hairy chest love it , but sure love Croatian Prime Minister Zdravko Marić Captain Croatia 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/E2AVYaUxIh — Alin Campan (@GURBEDIU1987) January 20, 2021 One can be well-groomed without having to remove chest hair contrary to some popular misconceptions out there. The Greek Prime Minister, Mr Mitsotakis received his first shot first on December 27, this was when the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had first rolled out across different countries in the European Union. The PM had pointed out how the rollout was “a great day for science and the European Union. We hope that, with time, even those of our fellow citizens who are suspicious of vaccination will be convinced it is the right thing to do.” He was one of the first people in Greece to get the first dose of the vaccine back in December. Following the rounds of vaccination of healthcare workers and vulnerable people, Greece has begun vaccinating the 'general population' earlier this month. View the full article
  5. ZAKYNTHOS: Dressed in her protective wetsuit and scuba gear, Antigone Kouteri jumps into the murky waters of Zakynthos harbour in search of plastics ? and promptly snags her arm on a submerged object."It was a tyre," offers her patrol mate...
  6. Patrick, a three-year-old bear who was abandoned as an infant, licks his claws -- a way of soothing stress, a caretaker says-AFPNYMFAIO, GREECE: Orphaned as an infant, three-year-old Patrick takes a wary view of visitors. He crouches low, licks his...
  7. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a cabinet meeting in Athens, Greece, June 2, 2016. REUTERS ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made limited changes to his cabinet on Wednesday after a minister bowed out in a housing allowance row, keeping his finance minister months before the country emerges from a bailout program in August. Tsipras switched some ministers around in an effort to improve government work and boost his party?s sagging popularity ratings, and also brought in a few new faces. He gave Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragassakis the Economy and Development portfolio after Greek American economist Dimitri Papadimitriou quit his post this week in response to public anger over his wife?s use of a housing allowance. Tsipras also replaced Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas, who handled a massive influx of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq in late 2015 and early 2016 with Dimitris Vitsas, who was alternate defense minister. Fotis Kouvelis, former leader of the small Democratic Left party, was appointed Alternate Defence Minister. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis were left unchanged. Greece is currently being vetted by its foreign creditors on reform compliance. Tsipras also kept Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, engaged in delicate talks with Skopje over a name dispute with its northern neighbor most countries call Macedonia but Greece calls FYROM. Aspiring to make Greece a key player in the wider region, the leftist-led government has started talks with neighboring countries aiming to settle long-standing disputes. Tsipras swept to power in 2015 beating the conservatives, on a promise to end austerity and crack down on corruption. But his agreement to a third international bailout with more austerity measures attached, after years of belt-tightening, have eroded support. Papadimitriou?s wife, Rania Antonopoulou, quit her role as a junior labor minister on Monday after drawing fire for claiming a 1,000 euro a month rent allowance. She was replaced by Athanasios Iliopoulos, who worked in the division of labor inspections.
  8. After stealing the crown of world's 'most handsome actor' from the likes of Chris Evans, Salman Khan, Henry Cavill and Robert Pattinson; actor Hrithik Roshan is back in action with the first look from his upcoming movie 'Super 30'. And after looking at this avatar, we are convinced that this is going to be one of his best performances so far. Hrithik Roshan will step in the shoes of Patna-based ace Mathematician Anand Kumar for this biopic, directed by Vikas Bahl. Kumar is known for his 'Super 30' programme, where he coaches 30 deserving students from the economically backward or weaker sections to crack IIT-JEE, the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Phantom Films shared the first look on their official Twitter with the caption, “From the first page in Benares!' From the first page in Benares! @ihrithik as Anand Kumar! #Super30 @Super30Film @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies @anandteacher pic.twitter.com/ddnhDqyI5B — Phantom Films (@FuhSePhantom) 6 February 2018 Hrithik looks very convincing as Anand Kumar and now that his first look is out, we don't think there could have been a better option that him in Bollywood. In fact, Kumar had earlier expressed his happiness over Hrithik playing him on the big screen. He said, “I am happy that Hrithik will play me because he is the best choice for the role. His dedication towards his work and the kind of versatility he exhibits as an actor is very inspiring. Being a rooted and passionate person myself, I feel that he will bring an emotional depth to my life on screen. I am excited to see Hrithik as Anand Kumar essaying my emotional journey." Hrithik's fans are super impressed with this look and are finding it difficult to contain their excitement. National Award on his Way ð𤠗 BHAUMIK SHAHð®ð³ (@iBhaumiks) 6 February 2018 Epic performance/movie on its way,,,cant wait,,super excited for #Super30 — Chirag Shah (@iamchiragshah97) 6 February 2018 it's so cool. @iHrithik luks so raw so real, d story itslf is blockbuster so shl b d flm — shraddha prabhaker (@shraddhawill) 6 February 2018 Hrithik as anand kumar in #Super30ð��ð... can't wait moreððð pic.twitter.com/INj7dUKRo8 — Dhiraj Roshan (@iDhirajHrithik) 6 February 2018 Beautiful!!! This movie is gonna be a landmark movie in #Hrithik's career. All our best wishes with team #Super30 — Sarang Khune (@life_unsolved) 6 February 2018 Killer look so far. HR nailed it again. He is back with his stunning look in this #Super30 . — Sangam (@iAm_Sangam) 6 February 2018 Hrithik deserve Oscar awards — Pranit (@Pranit29313215) 6 February 2018 Wearing a plain shirt, disheveled hair and a thick beard; Hrithik looks strikingly similar and absolutely convincing as the noted Maths teacher, and only time will tell how many of his fans will enroll for this special class that will most probably be held on January 25, 2019.
  9. ATHENS: Thirty-two Turkish nationals, reportedly opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s government, were Greek island of Oinoussesc, the Greek coastguard said Saturday. The group was spotted in a rubber dinghy off the Greek island of Oinousses, overnight Thursday to Friday, the coastguard told AFP. Greek media said the 32 Turks are opponents of Erdogan´s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) and would be seeking asylum in Greece. The reports have not been confirmed by Greek authorities. They were taken to the island of Chios, where migrants and refugees crossing the area, often from Turkey, are registered and identified. A man believed to be a smuggler who was also onboard the boat was arrested by police. Erdogan last month made the first visit by a Turkish head of state to its neighbour and sometimes ally Greece in 65 years. Turkey is unhappy that Greece has failed to extradite suspects wanted over the 2016 failed coup, notably eight officers who escaped by helicopter on the putsch night. However, the two countries are cooperating over the migrant crisis, following a deal between Turkey and the EU which has significantly stemmed the flow of people to Europe.
  10. ATHENS: Greek police and emergency workers rescued three bodies in flood-hit areas west of Athens on Saturday, bringing the death toll since Wednesday to 19. "The bodies of three men discovered on Saturday, aged 28, 58, and 35, have been identified by their families," Nikos Papaefstathiou, head of the National Health Operations Centre, told AFP. "We are still searching for at least three people reported missing," he added. Two of the bodies found Saturday were fished out of the gulf of Eleusis, near the town of Mandra west of Athens, by port police. The bodies were those of two men, aged 35 and 55, a police official said. Meanwhile in Mandra itself, rescue workers uncovered a third body buried in the mud. The freak flood struck early on Wednesday the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, some 50 kilometres west of Athens. Before the latest discoveries, the flood toll stood at 16 dead and six missing. Local authorities have begun tallying the damage but with the emphasis still on clearing roads and searching for the missing, there is no clear indication of the cost. The mayor of Mandra said some 2,000 homes and businesses had been gutted, and the Megara mayor said another 500 homes had been hit in his area. Even the local cemetery was submerged in mud, with tombstones broken and strewn about. The Athens authorities and civic groups have been distributing food and water in Mandra. "For the third day, there isn't a single open shop in Mandra, we don't have water, (and) we haven't washed since Wednesday," local shop owner Evangelos Peppas told AFP on Friday. Most of the victims were drowned, carried away by the floodwaters and mudslides, or trapped in flooded cars or basements. Some local residents spoke of a "tsunami". Experts have said ill-conceived building in the area -- some of it by local municipal authorities -- meant this was a disaster waiting to happen. Corrective drainage works for the area were approved in 2016 but work has yet to begin. Stricken areas will request EU solidarity funds, the Athens governor´s office said.
  11. The case was brought by would-be police cadet Marie-Eleni Kalliri, whose application to join the academy for the 2007-8 year was turned down on grounds of height. Photo: AFP file LUXEMBOURG: The EU´s top court ruled Wednesday that Greek police had discriminated against women by setting a minimum height requirement for police cadets regardless of ***. The Greek police academy´s rule that all applicants, male or female, must be at least 1.70 metres (five feet seven inches) tall unfairly disadvantaged women, the European Court of Justice said. The case was brought by would-be police cadet Marie-Eleni Kalliri, whose application to join the academy for the 2007-8 year was turned down on grounds of height. Her claim went up to Greece´s top administrative court, which sought the opinion of the Luxembourg-based ECJ. "A law that lays down, as a criterion for admission to a police school, a minimum height requirement irrespective of *** may constitute unlawful discrimination against women," the court said. The ruling, which is binding on all 28 EU members, suggested that a physical aptitude test would be a better and fairer way to assess candidates for police tasks that required strength. The ECJ said the rule would not amount to discrimination if it could be proved it was necessary to the proper functioning of the police force. "While it is true that certain police functions may require the use of physical force requiring a particular physical aptitude, the fact remains that other functions, such as providing assistance to citizens or traffic control, do not clearly require the use of significant physical force," the court said. "Even if all the functions carried out by the Greek police required a particular physical aptitude, it would not appear that such an aptitude is necessarily connected with being of a certain minimum height."
  12. A ruined wall is seen among trees in a forest area of the former international Hellenikon airport in Athens, Greece, July 16, 2017. REUTERS/Costas Baltas/Files ATHENS: Greece welcomed a decision by senior archaeologists to conditionally permit a major tourism project in Athens on Wednesday, saying it cleared the way for the country to turn the site into one of Europe?s biggest coastal resorts. The 8-billion-euro ($9.4-billion) project to develop the disused Hellenikon airport site is a key term of Greece?s international bailout and is closely watched by its official creditors and potential investors in the crisis-hit country. Greek developer Lamda signed a 99-year lease with the state in 2014 for the 620-hectare (1,530-acre) area, once the site of Athens airport. But the project has faced delays, partly over a long-running row between developers and those who fear it will damage the environment and cultural heritage. After three inconclusive meetings in recent weeks, the Central Archaeological Council, an advisory body, recommended on Tuesday that about 30 hectares (74 acres) of the 620-hectare plot under the project be declared an archaeological site. ?The decision is fine,? Deputy Economy Minister in charge of investments, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters. ?The fact that a small area is declared of archaeological interest shields the whole process from future litigation.? Pitsiorlas said the recommendation meant that archaeologists will have a closer supervision of construction work. Backed by Chinese and Gulf funds, Lamda submitted its detailed development plan for Hellenikon in July, setting off a licensing process which will wrap up with a decree. The Council approved the plan on Tuesday and designated specific areas where construction should not be allowed. It was not immediately clear how the Council?s recommendation could affect Lamda?s construction plan. Lamda said it was waiting to be officially notified over the decision before making any public statement, noting that ?the importance of the archaeological findings has been included from the beginning in the company?s undertakings?. It said it should be able to assess the impact of the Council?s decision on its development plan once it has reviewed the resolutions and accompanying diagrams. The recommendation is not binding, however, the culture ministry always respects the body?s decisions. Greece on Monday overcame another hurdle to the project by winning an appeal over objections by forestry officials. Hellenikon has become a major political issue in Greece, which is slowly emerging from a multi-year debt crisis. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose leftist party strongly opposed it before coming to power in 2015, is now seen as keen to implement the deal to help boost economic activity and reduce unemployment, the euro zone?s highest. Referring to the council?s decision, Deputy Foreign Minister Giannis Amanatidis said it was ?a complicated process which was resolved in the best possible way?.
  13. ATHENS: More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon -- the first recorded Olympic champion -- tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler. According to Thucydides and Herodotus, Athenian and Greek historians who wrote about the coup, Cylon enticed an army of followers to enter the city and lay siege to the Acropolis. They were defeated, but Cylon managed to escape. A photo taken on July 7, 2017 shows a human skeleton with the hands tied in the back stored in a lab at the American School of Archeology in Athens - AFP Now archaeologists in Athens believe they may have found some of the remains of Cylon's army in a mass grave in Phaleron, four miles (6 kilometres) south of downtown Athens. The discovery of the 80 skeletons of men is "unequalled" in Greece, said site project director Stella Chrysoulaki. The men, young and well-fed, were found lying in the unmarked grave in three rows, some on their backs while others were tossed facedown on their stomachs. All of the men had their hands in iron chains and at least 52 of them had their hands tied above their heads. They died from blows to the head, victims of a "political execution" that dates back to between 675 and 650 BC according to pieces of pottery found in the grave, Chrysoulaki said. At the time, Athens was just being formed and the city was transitioning towards a democracy, Eleanna Prevedorou, a bioarchaeological researcher on the project, said. And it was happening "against a backdrop of political turmoil, tensions between tyrants, aristocrats and the working class," she added. 'Crime Scene Investigation' Bioarchaeological scientists use forensic research, such as DNA profiling, to investigate and ultimately uncover how humans lived and died by examining skeletons. "We are going to use, roughly speaking, the methods made famous by television series on forensics crime science," joked Panagiotis Karkanas, laboratory director and geoarchaeologist at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. A conservator of archeological works on a human skull in a lab at the American School of Archeology in Athens on July 7, 2017 - AFP Probably the most famous of these TV series, CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", which chronicles the cases of an elite team of police forensics investigators, has spawned the shorthand CSI to describe the technology the agents use. Karkanas' team, though technically not crime scene investigators, will apply similar high-tech methods using some of the same tools. They will perform a battery of tests -- particularly gene, radiographic and isotopic analyses -- to uncover the mysteries hidden inside each skull and skeleton fragment. Whatever clues they gather will give them an idea of how old the men were, whether they were related, where they came from, how healthy they were, and where they stood on the socioeconomic ladder of the times. But unlike crime dramas, where investigators reveal exactly how and why the crime took place, this cold case will likely not be resolved for five to seven years. 1,500 skeletons The mass grave was uncovered in spring last year in one of the largest excavation sites Greece has ever unearthed. Though the site was found a century ago, large-scale excavation of the complex only began in 2012, when archaeologists discovered a large cemetery containing over 1,500 skeletons dating back to between the eighth and fifth century BC. A photo taken on July 7, 2017 shows a human skeleton with the hands tied in the back stored in a lab at the American School of Archeology in Athens - AFP More than 100 of them bore the marks of a violent death. Other small-scale excavations since then have unearthed other treasures, including the group of men believed to be part of Cylon´s army. Many of the skeletons found were bound or shackled, and facedown in unmarked graves, sometimes in sandy holes barely big enough to hold a body. Other skeletons were buried in open pits, placed on funeral pyres and in jars, the preferred coffins at the time for infants and small children. According to researchers, the cemetery measures about 4,000 square metres (372 square feet) and all 1,500 skeletons will eventually be taken to the laboratory´s facilities for proper study. A conservator of archeological works on a human skull in a lab at the American School of Archeology in Athens on July 7, 2017 - AFP At least 10 of the 80 men found are headed to the lab later this year, while the rest will stay as part of an upcoming exposition on the excavation site. One of the skeletons already at the lab, with his arms twisted behind his back, is a reflection of past Athenian violence. He could have been a "prisoner of war, a criminal or a runaway slave," Prevedorou said. A story to tell Even the nonviolent deaths, or deaths without historical reference -- notably the hundreds of children´s remains found in jars -- have a story to tell, Karkanas said. The bones could reveal the children´s lifestyles and diseases, shedding more light on ancient Athenian culture and history. Most of the recorded ancient history on Athens and Greek life describes the "elite and the victors," Karkanas added. But to rely solely on those testimonies to understand the past would be like "reading newspapers today to find out what´s going on in the world right now".
  14. Eurozone ministers struck a long-delayed bailout deal with Greece on Thursday to unlock badly needed rescue cash, but warned Athens would have to wait for debt relief. After hours of talks in Luxembourg IMF chief Christine Lagarde and the eurozone's 19 finance ministers greenlit a payout of 8.5 billion euros to avoid Athens defaulting in July and avert another summer of Greek crisis. Payment of the latest tranche of Greece's 86-billion euro ($97-billion) bailout, agreed in 2015, has been held up for months by a row over its needs for debt relief which has pitted bailout-weary Germany against the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "I am pleased to announce we have achieved an agreement on all elements," Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference in Luxembourg. "I think this is a major step forward," he added. In a breakthrough, Lagarde agreed in Luxembourg that the Washington-based IMF would join Greece's massive bailout, but said any payouts depended on the eurozone coming up with a full debt relief plan. "Nobody claims that this is the best solution. This is a second-best solution, but it's not a bad solution," said Lagarde, a former French finance minister. Greater clarity The deal averts a repeat of the summer of 2015 when Greece spectacularly defaulted on an IMF loan, and allows Athens to meet seven billion euros of debt repayments due in July. "We feel that after this Eurogroup there is much greater clarity for both the Greek people and the financial markets," Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said after the talks. "There is now light at the end of the tunnel," he said. Athens had insisted all week it would veto the deal, bitter that the latest disbursement would come without firm debt relief commitments after it delivered on tough reforms. As a consolation, in a compromise negotiated by France, Greece won a certain amount of clarity from the eurozone on debt relief, including an agreement to link debt repayments to Greek growth. Debt relief "will be implemented at the end of the programme, conditional on its successful implementation" in 2018, said Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister. Exit strategy The eurozone will now draw up an "exit strategy" over the next year "to enable Greece to stand on its own feet again", Dijsselbloem said. He thanked the "Greek people for their intense efforts and resolve" after the government in Athens passed the latest in a series of tough reforms to get the cash. After three bailouts, Greece's debt currently stands at a staggering 180 percent of annual output, by far the biggest national debt pile in Europe. The IMF, which took part in Greece's two first bailouts, has long insisted that more debt relief was a necessary step to put the economy back on track. But Berlin, Greece's sternest critic and biggest lender, has resisted any fresh commitment to debt relief, saying Athens doesn't need it and must continue reforms. The IMF's decision to come on board was therefore a breakthrough. Lagarde said it would put $2 billion into the programme. Lagarde's move is controversial, with critics accusing the Washington-based organisation of bending its own rules to satisfy Berlin. The IMF had insisted repeatedly that Greece's debt is not sustainable, and that the country would require significant debt relief from Europe before the fund could approve a new loan programme. Greece nearly crashed out of the euro in 2015 after a furious fight over the bailout deal, and says its fragile recovery has suffered from the most recent delay. In an emotional editorial published on Wednesday in France, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Thursday's meeting was "essential" for the "future of Europe".
  15. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures as he addresses lawmakers before a parliamentary vote on the latest round of austerity Greece has agreed with its lenders, in Athens, Greece, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Greece has met its commitments on reforms and the country now expects its international lenders to do the same on debt relief, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters just after parliament passed a bill on bailout reforms. "It's their (the lenders) turn to fulfil their commitments, just like we did," Tsipras told reporters at parliament. "We deserve and we expect from Monday's Eurogroup a decision regulating debt relief which will correspond to the sacrifices of the Greek people," he said.
  16. ATHENS: At least four people died and at least five more were injured when a passenger train derailed in northern Greece on Saturday night, railway company TRAINOSE said. Photographs on Greek news websites showed carriages with smashed windows and others on their side near a residential area. The train was heading from Athens to the second biggest city Thessaloniki in northern Greece when it derailed near the town of Adendro, some 37 km (23 miles) away. Its engine was propelled into a nearby house but the cause of the accident was not yet known, a police official said. The driver was in critical condition, TRAINOSE said. The Athens News Agency reported about 100 passengers were on board the train and some media said five carriages had derailed. Twelve fire brigade trucks were deployed to the area, the fire brigade said and a rescue operation was under way.
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