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Authorities in Greece declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos on Saturday, after the strong earthquake that hit the area on Friday.
The general secretariat for civil protection said in a statement the decision was taken to "deal with emergencies and manage the consequences resulting from the earthquake on October 26."
A man looks at the damaged pier in the main port of the Ionian island of Zakynthos, following a powerful earthquake at 1.54 a.m. on Friday. The Geodynamic Institute of Athens said the 6.4-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers in the sea 50 km from Zakynthos. It was felt as far away as Athens, southern Italy, Albania and Libya.
A powerful earthquake shook western Greece early on Friday, damaging a port and a 15th century monastery, but causing no major injuries, officials and local media said.
The quake sent out tremors felt as far afield as Libya, Italy, Malta and Albania. Greek authorities initially issued a tsunami warning then withdrew the alert.
On 22 October, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced that the special forces of the nine member states participating in the Bucharest 9 Initiative (B9) started the multinational military drill "Thracian Sword - 2018" at the Novo Selo Training Area. This year, Bulgarian special forces are hosting the annual B9 exercise from 22 to 26 October, reports ArmyRecognition.
The Parliamentary Commission on the Economy on Tuesday approved proposed legislation that is intended to close down betting shops across Albania.
Parliament is expected to vote it into law on next Thursday - a measure cautiously welcomed by the public but not by the country's large betting industry.
Multiple police operations were staged on Sunday across Albania, with officers arresting more than two dozen people suspected of drug smuggling and confiscating guns and narcotics, police and prosecutors announced on Monday in Tirana.
The head of the Serious Crime Prosecution Office, Donika Prela, said the investigation started back in 2016 and was then extended across the country.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday predicted that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will fail to push through a name deal with Greece, while suggesting an alternative plan which, as he said, will serve the same geostrategic objectives as the Prespes accord without touching upon the name dispute between the two Balkan neighbors.