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Revenue exceeds government target in first seven months

Revenues for the first seven months of the year have exceeded targets, and there is an excess surplus, making the government optimistic that it will reach the primary surplus budget target of 3.5 percent of gross domestic product.

Kilroy was here: Athens walls awash in painted squiggles

Kilroy was here, and lots of his friends too. In Athens, illicit spray-painting forays leave an often-indelible mark on the Greek capital's public and private buildings, street signs and bus stops, while public artworks and even ancient ruins are not spared.

Electricity restored to Skiathos after power cut

Electricity was gradually restored to the popular holiday destination of Skiathos on Saturday following a blackout on Friday night that had left parts of the island without power.

Antetokounmpo shines in match against Italy in Athens

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks (center) looks to pass the ball, between Italy's Giampaolo Rice (right) and Paul Biligha, during a game at the Acropolis basketball tournament in the indoor Olympic stadium of Athens on Friday. Greece won the game 83 to 63. [Yorgos Karahalis/AP] 

Cultural tourism on the rise on the Greek islands

Though very few holidaymakers who visit the Greek islands are left dissatisfied with their experience, most view it as the reductive "sun and sea" stereotype.

Moody’s report awaited Friday

Moody's credit rating report comes out on Friday, with turbulent global markets also affecting the Athens Stock Exchange, whose main index has lost 12 percent this month.

Firefighters battle blaze in Mandra, western Attica

Firefighters on Saturday were dispatched to Mandra, in western Attica, to battle a blaze that broke out on forestland in the area of Eryrthres. 

According to a fire service officers, the blaze was not threatening residential areas by 6 p.m.

Anti-mosquito measures advised

The Athens Medical Association (ISA) is urging the public to take all necessary precautions in view of the spread of West Nile virus.
In a statement Friday, ISA advised people to spray insect repellent on their skin and clothing, and to use mosquito nets, fans or air conditioners and yellow bug lights.

Burglar attempted to rape 86-year-old in Trikala

A 27-year-old man was in custody in Trikala, central Greece, on Saturday, charged with the attempted rape of an 86-year-old woman whose house he broke into on Friday night together with a 29-year-old accomplice.

Greece, EU to talk about bad loans

Talks between the government and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition about banks' bad loans will begin next week.
The Greek proposal involves creating an asset protection vehicle where 16 billion euros' worth of bad loans will be transferred and guaranteed by the state.

Tax inspectors shut popular Mykonos bar

A popular bar on the island of Mykonos has been ordered to close for four days from Monday after officers of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) and police suspended its operations due to tax evasion.
As the bar had also been ordered to close for two days last month for tax evasion offenses, this time the penalty was doubled.

Denizlispor beat Galatasaray in opening match

Newly promoted Yukatel Denizlispor shutout current champions of the Turkish Super Lig in the opening match of the new season Friday at Denizli Atatürk Stadium.

Ministers to discuss Samothraki travel woes

State Minister George Gerapetritis is to chair a meeting at the Maximos Mansion on Monday aimed at resolving continuing problems with the ferry connection between the northern port city of Alexandroupoli and the island of Samothraki.

Creta Farms shareholders continue standoff

Financially troubled deli producer Creta Farms is in limbo, with its creditors refusing to accept any solution other than brothers Manolis and Konstantinos Domazakis, who own an 80 percent stake, putting their shares up as collateral for a new 8-million-euro loan.