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Police probe in Kifisia burglary focuses on Albanian gang

The main suspects in the murder of a 52-year-old businessman who was shot by burglars in his home in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia on April 2 are members of an Albanian gang who were arrested for thefts and burglaries in Attica three years ago and were recently released from jail.

Returning to the paths of faith on Mount Athos

"What do I like about Mount Athos? The people, to begin with. There's the landscape, of course, which is unique. And the smells. Like the smell of the refectory, which I remember from my first visit as a child.

Swedish DJ Avicii Dies Aged 28

Swedish artist and producer Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, has died, aged 28, his spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time," said his press representative in a statement.

Burgas Residents Want a Local Referendum because of Plant Polluting the City

A subscription for the holding of a local referendum began in Burgas. The reason - several serious cases of air pollution of the city since the beginning of the year.

According to the initiative committee, residents have the right to decide on the activities of the Kronospan Burgas plant. Organizers say the wood processing plant is one of the potential pollutants of the seaside city.

Earthquake Measuring 4.9 on the Richter Scale in Greece

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was registered in Greece last night. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Aegean Sea, 95 kilometers southeast of Thessaloniki.

The National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG) said the earthquake was not felt in Bulgaria.

Pyongyang Pledges to Halt Nuclear and Longer-range Missile Tests

Japan Times - North Korea announced Saturday that it had suspended nuclear and longer-range missile tests and shut down its main nuclear test site as the sanctions-hit country seeks to shift its focus to shoring up its moribund economy, state media said, less than a week ahead of a key inter-Korean summit.

Croatian Concentration Camp Commemoration Boycotted Again

Serbs and anti-fascists will commemorate victims of the Croatian World War II concentration camp at Jasenovac on Saturday, boycotting the official state commemoration for the third year in a row.

Greeks need away wins in Euroleague play-offs

Both Olympiakos and Panathnaikos will need to score an away win next week to stay alive in the chase for a Euroleague Final-Four spot, as both of their best-of-five series are tied at 1-1, with the Greens losing to Real Madrid on Thursday at home and the Reds beating Zalgiris in Piraeus on Friday.

IMF's Thomsen proposes broadening the Greek tax base

Poul Thomsen, director of the International Monetary Fund's European department, on Friday spoke in favor of a broadening Greece's tax base though he stopped short of determining whether the IMF would call for reductions to the tax-free threshold (due to come into effect in January 2020) to apply a year in advance. 

Crews begin operation to recover fighter jet wreckage

A recovery operation to retrieve the wreckage of the Mirage jet that went down near the island of Skyros on April 12 got underway off the coast of the island on Friday, as the strong winds which had delayed the operation subsided.

Hersonissos tourist project wins approval

The Environment and Tourism ministries have approved the construction of a tourism accommodation complex at Hersonissos on Crete. The tourism village will be built next to an existing golf course and hotel belonging to entrepreneur Theodoros Vassilakis. The aim of the investment is to turn the area into a golfing destination.

UNICEF cuts Greek branch citing financial irregularities

The United Nations children's agency on Friday announced its decision to terminate its relationship with UNICEF's Hellenic National Committee after an audit prompted by reports from top-level economic officials at the local branch of irregularities in its finances.

Bill to write off some disputed debts to funds

The Labor and Social Security Ministry is preparing a bill that will provide for the write-off of debts confirmed up to December 31, 2016 that are being challenged in court or where reasonable doubt has been recorded in relation to their confirmation by the social security fund.

High marks in retail market deregulation for Greece

Greece has caught up with the majority of its European Union peers in terms of lifting restrictions in retail commerce, rising to 11th among the bloc's 28 member-states in the sector's deregulation chart.

PPC plant bill debate begins amid reactions

Parliament started on Friday to debate the bill for the concession of Public Power Corporation's lignite units at Meliti and Megalopoli, with reactions both inside and outside the House, PPC chief Manolis Panagiotakis expressing disagreement on labor regulations, and grid operator ADMIE's worries about the system's stability during industrial action against the sale.