News archive of July 2020

Thessaloniki’s bike lane completed

Work on a three-kilometer, two-way bike path along Thessaloniki's central Karamanli Avenue was completed and handed over to cyclists on Friday, a local official said.

The project was completed in about two weeks as part of an effort to facilitate commuting in the city and decongest busses amid a pandemic.

Greece conducting 9,000 coronavirus tests daily at entry points

Greek health authorities are conducting 9,000 spot tests daily at the country's entry points, Deputy Health Minister Vasilis Kotzamanis said in Parliament on Friday, responding to a question by an opposition lawmaker.

Filipina housemaid in Cyprus speaks out in abuse case

The woman seen in a shared video being abused by her employer, a retired police officer, says she endured physical abuse and serious threats many times before recording the incident.

Two more Covid-19 deaths raise total to 205

Two more people died from Covid-19 since Thursday night, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 205.

The first victim was a 59-year-old man who had been intubated since July 4 and was being treated at the hospital of Alexandroupolis.

North Macedonia’s Left Party Borrows Heavily From Right

The small but ambitious Levica party made a breakthrough in the recent elections, winning its first seats - but its ideological stance, which veers from far left to far right, still puzzles many.

Turkish fighter jets in Azerbaijan for joint drill

Turkish F-16 fighter jets have arrived in Azerbaijan for joint military exercises, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on July 31.

In a statement, the ministry said the jets will take part in the TurAz Qartali-2020 Joint Exercises, which began on July 29.       

90 refugees leave for Germany

Another 90 asylum seekers, includinh 22 children facing health problems, left Athens for Germany on Friday, as part of a joint program to offer healthcare to vulnerable refugees.

Serbia Sentences Convicted Drugs Baron Saric for Money Laundering

In a first-instance verdict that can be appealed, a Serbian court on Friday sentenced a convicted drugs smuggler, Darko Saric, to nine years in prison for laundering at least 20 million euros in the country.

"We are in a difficult situation"

He adds that hospitals are still overcrowded, but that there is enough capacities to take care of all patients with the coronavirus during the weekend.
"I believe that there will be no reason to move patients from Belgrade to the interior and vice versa. All hospitals have enough space to receive new patients, because more patients are discharged than are admitted," Pelemis said.