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Archaeologists working at the site of Amphipolis, northern Greece, on Friday gained access to the third chamber of the massive tomb.
The site workers entered the chamber after removing a large volume of earth behind a wall bearing the two sculpted female figures, or caryatids, that were uncovered over the weekend.
Development Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday expressed his aggravation at a decision by the country's highest administrative court to impose a temporary ban on a law allowing shops to open on Sundays, the latest in a series of court rulings that essentially reverse reforms that Greece has pledged to international creditors.
In talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in Milan, Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis has reiterated the Greek government's opposition to the prospect of a third loan program for the country, which is just beginning to see signs of an economic upturn following a recession exacerbated by four years of austerity.
Unmoved by the prospect of a likely credit rating upgrade for Greece by Standard & Poors on Friday, investors in local stocks were rather bearish on Thursday, while the trading volume was the lowest observed in the last eight sessions.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 1,166.60 points, shedding 0.36 percent from Wednesdays 1,170.85 points.
Archaeologists working at the site of a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis, northern Greece, on Thursday uncovered the bodies of two sculpted female figures, or caryatids, whose heads were unearthed over the weekend.
The life-sized marble statues flank the entrance to one of the tombs underground chambers which archaeologists are carefully exploring.
Things are becoming increasingly volatile and dangerous in the international arena and Europe is entering a new period of crisis.
Given the uncertainty that prevails on so many different fronts, Greece needs to keep its head down and make sure that it does not enter a period of political instability over the presidential election.
A joint operation between the police forces of Germany, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and the Czech Republic, supervised by Europol, led to the arrest of 38 people believed to belong to a European-wide ring producing and distributing forged passports and other identification documents.
Six of the arrests were made in Greece.
A 59-year-old man has been arrested and faces charges of animal cruelty and illegal weapon possession in Volos, central Greece, after allegedly killing a dog.
The suspect is said to have shot the dog with a hunting rifle for which he does not have a license.
No explanation was given as to why he killed the animal.
Wednesday turned out to be a particularly good day for Greece with regard to the operations of the European Union.
The countrys commissioner, former Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, was assigned a significant and as it turned out reinforced portfolio.