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More than 15 applicants for Cyprus Airways

Ryanair and Aegean Airlines are among more than 15 applicants which have made a non-binding expression of interest to buy loss-making Cypriot flag-carrier Cyprus Airways, officials said on Thursday.

Greece's PPC OKs 180-mln-euro investment for wind projects

Public Power Corporation has approved a 180-million-euro investment for wind projects in northern Greece and a tender for a smaller facility in Crete.

This enables Greece’s energy regulator to start evaluating applications for power-generation licenses for 150 megawatts of capacity in Rodopi, PPC said in a statement.

Italy adds to calls for FYROM name row to be solved

Pressure from within Europe for a solution to the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name is growing, with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini adding her voice to those calling for a swift resolution.

Prison guards demand meeting with public order minister

Prison guards on Friday warned of extended action unless their union is granted a meeting with recently appointed Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias to voice its concerns about working conditions and plans to build maximum-security cells at Domokos Prison in central Greece.

UK court approves Griveas, Vatsika extradition

A UK court has agreed to extradite Greek businessman Kyriakos Griveas and his wife Anastasia Vatsika, who are wanted in Greece in connection with the unsecured loans scandal at Hellenic Postbank (TT).

Westminster Magistrates’ Court ruled that UK authorities should comply with the European arrest warrant issued by Greek authorities.

Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team

By George Georgakopoulos

The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday.

“I liked the spirit of the team and there is not that much I wish to change in it for now,” said Ranieri who starts his first coaching stint at a national team.

Zeitenlik cemetery keeper receives Order of the Serbian Flag

THESSALONIKI - Keeper of the Serbian part of WWI Allied military cemetery Zeitenlik, Greece, Djordje Mihailovic was decorated on Friday with the Order of the Serbian Flag, Second Class, on behalf of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.

Greeks less satisfied with their lives, survey shows

While three quarters of Europeans (75 percent) are satisfied with their lives, only 42 percent of Greeks appear satisfied with their personal situation (compared to 58 percent in autumn 2013), according to a Eurobarometer report regarding life in Europe released on Friday.

Ranieri signs two-year deal to coach Greece

Italian Claudio Ranieri has signed a two-year deal to manage the Greek national team, the Hellenic football federation said on Friday.

The 62-year-old Ranieri takes over from Fernando Santos who left the role when his contract expired after this year's World Cup

He will lead Greece into their qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championship in France.

Godfather, 35, shot at Karditsa christening dies

A 35-year-old man who was being treated in an intensive care unit at the general hospital of Larissa, central Greece, for gunshot injuries suffered at christening last Sunday, died on Friday.

The man, who was the christened child’s godfather, was injured when shots were fired in the air during the celebration.

Thousands of dead fish surface in Lake Pamvotis

Thousands of dead have surfaced in Lake Pamvotis in Ioannina, in Epirus, northwestern Greece. According to local reports the dead fish were first witnessed by fishermen on Wednesday.

Reports suggested that the fish may have died of asphyxiation due to low ogygen levels in the water.

Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Mykonos

 Another 56 undocumented immigrants detained on the island

Authorities in Greece say 77 migrants trying to enter the country illegally have been detained off the Aegean island of Mykonos.

The migrants – 53 men, 12 women and 12 children – were picked up Friday by a coast guard vessel and transferred to the island's main port.

Municipal Cull Angers Albania Opposition

Albania's main opposition party has slated plans to drastically cut the number of rural and urban municipalities from 350 to 61, three of which will be ethnic minority municipalities.

If the law is passed on July 31, it will be Albania’s first territorial administrative reform since 1992, following the collapse of the Communist regime.