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Tax scam under investigation

Greece's Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) is reportedly planning to send thousands of notices to taxpayers who amended their initial tax declarations and managed to either significantly reduce their due tax or to secure large tax refunds due to suspicion of widespread tax fraud.

Six in every 10 businesses audited have broken the law

Tax evasion remains rampant in Greece, as raids by tax officers nationwide have shown that 60 percent of businesses audited have violated Greek tax legislation.

Violations include failure to issue receipts, using POS terminals registered in other countries and tampering with cash registers.

Minifootball: Romania team qualified for EURO 2018 final

Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - Romania team qualified on Saturday for the final of the European Minifootball Championships - EURO 2018 - in Kiev, by defeating Kazakhstan 3-1 after penalty shoot-outs, the score being 2-2 at the end of the regular time.

Father of released soldier posts message of thanks

The father of Dimitris Kouklatzis, one of the two Greek soldiers that were released from a Turkish prison in Edirne last Tuesday, thanked God and the country's political, military and religious authorities in a long Facebook post on Saturday.

Kouklatzis and Angelos Mitretodis were arrested on March 1 after crossing the Turkish border during a routine patrol.

Ana Birchall: Kofi Annan - active militant for peace

Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General in 1997-2006, was an active militant for peace, and his death is one of the saddest pieces of news lately, Deputy Prime Minister for implementing strategic partnerships of Romania, Ana Birchall wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

The promise of an impossible success story

The Economist could not have come up with a more precise, subtly sarcastic and at the same time disparaging way to describe Greece's leftist-led government: "an amateurish bloc of ex-communists and elbow-patched professors elevated to power by desperate voters." 

Taking responsibility

Whether he's aware of it or not, Panos Skourletis now bears full political responsibility for Rouvikonas and for the police's inability to bring the anarchist group to task.

The interior minister who was recently appointed to head the Citizens' Protection Ministry no longer has a shield in the form of Nikos Toskas, whose responsibilities he assumed.

Greek leaders pay tribute to Kofi Annan

Greece's political leadership paid tribute to former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan who has died at the age of 80.

Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland on Saturday.

Papadopoulos faces jail over lies to FBI

Greek American George Papadopoulos, a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, could face up to six months in jail.

Fresh call for snap elections in Greece

As Greece prepares for its official exit from its third bailout program on Monday, the country's conservative opposition on Saturday renewed its call for snap elections.

Wildfire put out in Kassandra forest

A wildfire in a pine forest near the Aghia Paraskevi area on the Kassandra leg of northern Greece's Halkidiki peninsula was brought under control on Saturday, the fire service said.

The fire led to the deployment of 40 firemen, two water-dropping aircraft and 10 fire engines, authorities said.

Police seize 246 kg of cannabis in Epirus

Authorities in Epirus, northwestern Greece, seized 246 kilograms of cannabis in two police operations on Friday and Saturday.

Police arrested a 52-year-old woman on Saturday after finding 102 kg of the drug in her car in the region of Komboti in Arta.

On Friday, police confiscated 144 kg of cannabis found in an abandoned car in the region of Nea Selefkia in Thesprotia.

Roman legionary base in Turkey to be unearthed

Archeological excavation has begun at the site of a Roman legionary base in the ancient city of Satala in Gümüşhane, northeast Turkey. Click through for the story in photos...