News archive of August 2018

Greek June retail sales rise 1.8 pct, led by house apparel

Greek retail sales by volume rose 1.8 percent in June compared to the same month last year after a downwardly revised 4.2 percent increase in May, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday.

Retail sales were led higher by house apparel and electrical equipment, the data showed.

Greece's economy grew for a fifth straight quarter in January-to-April, helped by stronger exports.

Breaking News: Three Bulgarian Ministers Resigned Because of the Tragic Bus Crash near Svoge

The Minister of Transport Ivaylo Moskovski, the Minister of Regional Development Nikolay Nankov and the Interior Minister Valentin Radev have deposited their resignations. Nikolay Nankov said at a briefing in the Council of Ministers. In the words of Interior Minister Radev, they will thus bear the political responsibility for the tragic incident near Svoge.

Situation at 'boiling point' at Greek refugee center, UN says

The United Nations refugee agency called on Greek authorities on Friday to speed up the transfer of eligible asylum-seekers to the mainland, saying the situation at an overcrowded reception center on Lesvos island was "reaching boiling point."

Three Bulgarian Ministers Quit Over Fatal Coach Crash

Bulgaria's Interior Minister, Valentin Radev, the Transport Minister, Ivailo Moskovski, and the Regional Minister, Nikolay Nankov, all quit office on Friday after Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, demanded their resignations.

A press release issued after an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers on Friday morning announced Borissov's intentions.

Man killed in knife attack in central Athens

A man was stabbed to death in central Athens on Friday during a brawl with another unidentified individual, Greek broadcaster SKAI reported.

The fight took place on Menandrou street, near Omonia square, possibly between two Algerian nationals, according to information.

Police has reportedly arrested the attacker. 

Fire-fighting crews evacuate ferry tilting 7 degrees

Fire-fighting crews and electricians were told to evacuate a passenger ferry moored at the port of Piraeus after it began leaning to one side due to the movement of water inside the ship, state-run TV channel ERT reported.

Global Warming will Make Insects Hungrier, Eating up Key Crops

AFP - Researchers have found a new way that global warming is bad for the planet: more hungry bugs.

Rising temperatures will stimulate insects' appetites -- and make some prone to reproducing more quickly -- spelling danger for key staples like wheat, corn and rice which feed billions of people, researchers said Thursday.