Two Shot Dead On Greek Resort Island Of Corfu

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Two people were shot and killed on Sunday near a hotel on the Greek resort island of Corfu, police said.

“We got a report on gunshots being fired at 11:30 am (0830 GMT), near a hotel,” a police source in Athens said.

“The first information we have is that two people have been fatally wounded. It has yet to be confirmed by a coroner,” the officer said.

The incident occurred in the coastal resort of Dasia.

A police manhunt is underway to locate the gunman, Greek media reported.

State TV ERT had earlier reported that a local man had fired on a French couple living permanently on the island, apparently over a private dispute.

COVID-19 Protests Halt Public Transport In Athens

Demonstrators walks in the street of Athens during a general strike to protest draft labour law on November 26, 2020. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

 

Athens city buses, metro lines and trams ground to a halt Thursday with public workers pressing for better protection against coronavirus as Greece extended Covid-19 restrictions until December 7.

Shipping also closed for a day in the coastal nation, disrupting maritime trade as well as transport linking its numerous islands.

A second wave is raging through Greece, with daily infections now between 2,500 and 3,000 compared with 667 on October 20. The death toll has just crossed 1,900 and more than 500 people are in intensive care.

Scores of motorcyclists briefly demonstrated outside the labour ministry in Athens shouting slogans such as “Riot police everywhere, intensive care units nowhere”.

Medical workers also called for a rally outside the health ministry to demand Christmas bonuses and better health protection, including increased testing for those on the frontline.

Some 200 far-left activists defied pandemic curbs to rally in central Athens before being dispersed by police, deployed in full force in the capital to prevent lockdown breaches.

Greece also extended virus curbs initially set to end this month to December 7.

People must get official permission by SMS to leave their homes and all businesses are closed apart from shops selling essential items as well as pharmacies and supermarkets.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Thursday that the restrictions had to be prolonged in view of the continued high rate of infections.

“There are the first signs of a reduction,” he said, adding: “If this continues, the pressure on the health system will decline and we can envisage a return to a certain normalcy.”

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Canadian NATO Helicopter Goes Missing Off Greek Island

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A Canadian military helicopter operating as part of a NATO surveillance force has gone missing in international waters between Greece and Italy, the Greek air force said on Wednesday.

Initial reports said the helicopter had been 50 nautical miles off the Greek island of Kefalonia, it added.

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Aleksander Ceferin Emerges Seventh UEFA President

Aleksander-Ceferin-UEFAAleksander Ceferin has been elected as UEFA’s seventh President at the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens.

UEFA said on its website that the Slovenian polled 42 votes from its member associations to beat his rival from Netherlands, Michael van Praag who scored 13 votes.

The UEFA Presidents since the European football body was founded in 1954 are: Ebbe Schwartz (Denmark), Gustav Wiederkehr (Switzerland), Artemio Franchi (Italy), Jacques Georges (France) and Lennart Johansson (Sweden).

France’s Michel Platini is the immediate past UEFA President and has been succeeded by Ceferin on Wednesday.

The new President was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on October 13, 1967.

He was elected as President of the Football Association of Slovenia in 2011.

Ceferin has also served as a second and third vice-chairman of the UEFA Legal Committee since 2011.

Syriza Party Wins Greece Elections

syrizaGreece’s Syriza Party is said to have won Sunday’s snap elections, leading by 35 per cent to the New Democracy’s 28 per cent, according to the Interior Ministry.

New Democracy Leader, Cangelis Meimarakis, said that the electoral result appeared to be concluding with Syriza and Mr. Tsipras in the lead.

Syriza supporters at the party’s main electoral headquarters in Athens earlier cheered and clapped as exit polls were announced.

The former Prime Minister later said that there was hard work and struggle ahead for the Greek people.

Mr. Tsipras seemed to lose popularity when signing the bailout deal, shortly after holding a referendum in which more than 60 per cent of voters rejected the austerity measures creditors wanted to impose.

Before the election, Tsipras said that he had put his country above his party, adding that had he not agreed to the three-year bailout, Greece would probably have had to leave the Eurozone.

Migrants Crisis: Hundreds Break in Past Hungarian police

migrants5Hundreds of migrants have broken through police lines on Hungary’s border with Serbia and are walking towards the capital, Budapest.

The Greek Government and the UN Refugee Agency have brought in extra staff and ships to deal with some 25,000 stranded migrants on the island of Lesbos.

A processing centre has also been set up on an abandoned football ground to help them get to Athens.

Violence erupted at a cornfield in Roszke where a poorly equipped migrant holding centre has been set up. Stones were thrown at officers, who responded with pepper spray.

About 300 migrants were later seen walking the wrong way along a motorway, escorted by police officers, though they later agreed to be taken by bus to another holding area.

Earlier, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel warned that the “breathtaking” flow of migrants into Germany would change the country in the coming years.

Hungary has become a flashpoint as thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa move North to claim asylum in Germany and other countries.

The country’s Defence Minister, Csaba Hende, resigned on Monday, reportedly over problems with the construction of a border fence meant to keep migrants out.

Local authorities have been overwhelmed by the migrants who have been forced to live in squalid conditions while Athens had already requested emergency EU assistance to deal with migrants arriving.