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Prison leave, especially for terrorists, to become stricter

A draft bill that was presented for public discussion on Friday and is expected to be submitted in Parliament soon foresees stricter terms for the conditional release from prison of offenders convicted of terrorism as well as more lenient treatment for those who return money swindled from the state.

3% of Global Retail Chains Plan Expansion in Bulgaria – CBRE Report

Bulgaria ranks 46th in a report of property consultants CBRE on the top destinations for expanding global retail chains.

According to the survey, as cited by investor.bg, some 3% of the polled international retail chains expressed interest in expanding their business in Bulgaria.

Macao, India, Oman and Serbia have similar scores.

Gastronomy bridges gap between Greece, Turkey

Gastronomy bridges gap between Greece, Turkey

Culinary arts have helped to close the political gap between Turkey and Greece.

Maria Ekmekcioglu, a Greek native of Istanbul, hosts two cooking shows, one in Greece and the other in Turkey. [Facebook/Maria Ekmekcioglu]

Belgrade named best place for tourism

BELGRADE - Belgrade has been named the best place for tourism as part of the traditional International tourist patrol "SACEN International", with Turkey as the best tourist destination and Belgrade-based Singidunum University as the best partner in tourism in southeastern Europe in 2013.

Shock home defeat to Laboral for Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos suffered on Friday an unexpected home loss to bottom club Laboral Kutxa with a 68-61 score that has dealt a major blow to its chances for qualifying to the quarterfinals of the Euroleague.

It would be fair to say Panathinaikos underestimated Laboral, that had only scored one win in its previous eight games in the second group stage of the competition.

New cars on the road rise by 16.6 pct

The rise in the number of new cars on Greece’s roads continued for a second straight month in February, confirming the market’s forecast based on orders made since January.

Troika pushing for lower salaries


 Lenders want public sector pay to drop and no automatic minimum wage rises A man reads the headlines of newspapers hanging from the awning of a kiosk in central Athens on Friday.

The troika has asked Greece to lower wages for new civil servants and to remove automatic pay rises for Greeks earning the minimum wage in the private sector, Kathimerini understands.

Gauck makes historic gesture of apology for WWII crimes in Ioannina


German President Joachim Gauck (right) leans in to embrace 90-year-old Esthir Cohen (left) during a visit to a synagogue in Ioannina on Friday. Cohen is one of just two Jews still alive in the northwestern town today who survived the Holocaust and made it back from Auschwitz.

More hands on deck for Lagarde list probes

The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has started making some headway with its investigation into a list of Greeks with deposits at a bank in Switzerland after the number of staff assigned to the case was increased from four to 16.

Writer Auguste Corteau sues journalist over homophobic rant

Writer Auguste Corteau revealed on Friday that he is taking legal action against journalist Dimos Verikios over a homophobic rant made by the latter during his daily radio show on Alpha.

Greece in European court over failure to shut down Kiato landfill

The European Court of Justice confirmed on Friday that the European Commission is taking Greece to court over its failure to close down a landfill at Kiato, west of Athens, despite repeated warnings.

The Kiato landfill has been operating illegally since 2002.

Death toll from flu keeps rising, reaching 80

Eighty people have died of flu-related illnesses between the start of the influenza season in October and Friday, raising concerns about the prevalence of the virulent H1N1 strain in Greece this year.

Bright outlook for tourism in Greece

The outlook for the global travel industry looks brighter for 2014 as European economic recovery and rising consumer confidence are prompting holidaymakers and businesses to loosen their purse strings again.

Tourists are spending more on their vacations, going for higher-quality or more frequent trips abroad.

Albania 'Sold Off' Parts of Butrint, Watchdog Says

Documents obtained by the Forum for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, a watchdog based in Tirana, show that 1,360 hectares of land inside the park were restored to property claimants in 2006.

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