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Greece seeks extra EU aid to protect sea borders

Greece has called for emergency additional funds from the European Union to contain the rising tide of illegal crossings into its territory propelled by conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Samaras to unveil tax breaks at TIF despite lack of troika deal

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras intends to herald a raft of tax relief measures during his speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Saturday morning despite the fact that troika representatives meeting with government officials in Paris had not given their approval for such concessions by late on Thursday night, Kathimerini understands.

‘Witch doctor’ arrested for fleecing clients of over 23,000 euros

A 44-year-old woman who posed as a witch doctor to con victims out of more than 23,500 euros was on Thursday arrested in Trikala, central Greece.

The woman, who claimed to have magical healing powers and performed exorcism rituals, was set to appear before a prosecutor.

82 refugees rescued after two days stranded at sea

Eighty-two illegal refugees who human traffickers had promised to transport to Romania have been rescued after being marooned on a small boat 24 miles off the coast of Istanbul.

Nine firms bid for struggling Cyprus Airways, including Aegean

Nine firms have made non-binding bids for Cyprus Airways with Ireland's Ryanair and Greece's Aegean Airlines among those still interested in buying the loss-making national carrier, a report said Thursday.

Dijsselbloem hails Greek progress

High sovereign debt and unemployment are the major issues plaguing Greece'a economy, eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the European Parliament's economic and monetary committee in Brussels on Thursday.

Samaras to meet Erdogan on Friday

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to meet newly elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday morning in Cardiff, Wales. The meeting is being organized on the sidelines of a two-day NATO summit which ends on the same day.

Samaras talks to Anastasiades ahead of Erdogan meeting

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held a lengthy phone discussion with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulidis announced.

Greece beats Croatia in convincing fashion

By George Georgakopoulos

Greece retained its perfect record in basketball’s World Cup in Spain, defeating Croatia 76-65 in its fourth game at the group stage on Wednesday, which means that the Greeks will finish top of their pool with a win over Argentina on Thursday night.

Greece up 10 spots in competitiveness chart

By Dimitra Manifava

Greece climbed 10 spots this year in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness chart, which was published on Wednesday. However, the country remains constrained by corruption in public administration, a lack of transparency and the inefficiency of the state, according to the Global Competitiveness Report.

Focus on labor reform as troika pushes tough changes

Government officials spent a second day in talks with troika representatives in Paris on Wednesday, with sources indicating that Greece’s foreign creditors were pressing for changes to make it harder for labor unions to call strike action and for the introduction of legislation facilitating mass layoffs in the private sector.

Holy Synod says no to crematoria

The Church of Greece’s Holy Synod on Wednesday objected to the creation of crematoria at parish cemeteries in a potential setback to efforts by local authorities in Athens and Thessaloniki to facilitate the practice in Greece.

Man, 61, arrested for posing as state agency employee

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on charges of posing as a state agency employee and embezzling the sum of 2,500 euros from unsuspecting citizens in the northern port city of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, northern Greece.