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Achtsioglou decries foreclosures in flooded regions

The firm favorite to win the SYRIZA leadership race, Efi Achtsioglou, lambasted the government for being insensitive and incompetent on Saturday, claiming that auctions of foreclosed properties took place during the natural disaster in central Greece.

Thessaloniki inks Climate Pact for zero emissions

The Municipality of Thessaloniki signed the Climate Pact in the context of the municipality's participation in the European mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030.

The pact was signed on Friday by Thessaloniki Mayor Konstantinos Zervas and local stakeholders and organizations.

Restaurants targeted in northern Athens

Explosive devices were detonated early Saturday at two restaurants with the same name in Maroussi and Nea Ionia in northern Athens, police said.

An explosive device detonated shortly after 4.30 a.m. at a souvlaki restaurant located at the junction of Aigaiou and Vyronos streets in Maroussi. The explosion broke the glass of the shop and damaged the tables and chairs.

Thirty-five more settlements told to be on alert due to flooding

The residents of 35 villages in central Greece were told to be ready to evacuate on Saturday, as water continued to flood the vast Thessaly Plain where a three-day thunderstorm brought unprecedented amounts of water to the region. 

Elderly man kills burglar in northeastern Greece

A 71-year-old man fatally wounded a 35-year-old burglar in his home on Friday night in the village of Hinka, northwestern Greece.

The homeowner, who was arrested, told police the 35-year-old entered the house wearing a hood and beat the 71-year-old with a metal rod.

Copernicus: Rain reached 800 mm in some areas of Greece

Some areas of Greece received up to 800 millimeters of rain in recent days, more than is usually recorded in a whole year, according to a post by the European Copernicus system on the X platform on Saturday.

Government slams ‘cheap’ partisan politics

Government spokesperson Pavlos Marinakis on Saturday denounced opposition SYRIZA for "spreading fake news" at a time when the entire state apparatus and the citizens of large areas were facing the most intense natural phenomenon ever recorded in the history of Greece.

Rail service knocked out after storm Daniel

The damage caused to the railway network from Domokos station to Krannonas, about 10 kilometers outside Larissa, stretches, according to reports, for about 50 km.

Hellenic Railways (OSE) CEO Panagiotis Terzakis said the damage is to the tracks, light signals on power poles, stations and the infrastructure network in general.

In Varvitsiotis’ mind

Understanding the intent behind Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis' statement following the tragic death of 36-year-old Antonis Karyotis is challenging. Karyotis drowned late on Tuesday while attempting to board the Blue Horizon ferry after being pushed into the sea by the crew.

Agricultural damage found to be far greater than Ianos

The Ministry of Rural Development and Food estimates that damage caused by the Daniel weather system to crop and animal production on the Thessaly Plain, a region famous for its agricultural production, will be three times worse than that which resulted from Ianos in 2020.

Some 73,000 hectares across Thessaly are under water, with 50,000-55,000 sown with cotton. 

The uncertain future of the historic Greek population in Turkey

Over the past few years it seems that the island of Imvros, a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea with a historic Greek population, is experiencing what's been described by some as a small Greek renaissance, as some descendants of the Greeks who were largely displaced in the 1960s have begun trickling back.