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Lagarde: Greece must combat youth unemployment with reforms

Greece, as well as Spain, Italy and Portugal, should fight high youth unemployment levels with labor market reforms, less bureaucracy for business and investment in innovation, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Thursday.

Extensive Turkish exercise viewed as show of force

In what has been described as a show of force to Greece and Cyprus, Turkey's navy is preparing to hold its biggest ever exercises according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. 

The "Blue Homeland" exercise, with the participation of frigates, destroyers and fighter jets, will take place in the Black Sea, the Aegean and the Mediterranean between February 27 and March 8. 

Olympiakos concedes late equalizer to Dynamo

Olympiakos will need to win in Ukraine next week, or at least snatch a 3-3 draw, if it is to go through to the round of 16 of the Europa League, after conceding a late equalizer to Dynamo Kiev for a 2-2 first-leg score in Piraeus on Thursday.

Investment in local firms stays low on weak growth

Investments in Greek enterprises remain at low levels. Although they increased last year compared to 2017, they still failed to reach a satisfactory amount, according to data compiled and processed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite the drop in the value of Greek companies, they are unable to attract investment capital due to the country's weak economic growth.

Death toll from flu since October rises to 56

The number of lives claimed in Greece by the H1N1 flu virus since October has risen to 56, according to a weekly report issued on Thursday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO).

The center said that there were 17 deaths between February 4 and 10.

Of the 56 people that have died - 39 men and 17 women - 49 had been in intensive care units.

Greece working to strengthen regional security, Apostolakis says

Regional peace and security are among Greece's key foreign policy objectives, the country's newly-installed Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis has said.

Apostolakis was speaking in the wake of a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels during which he held talks with his counterparts from Turkey and North Macedonia, as well as the chief of the transatlantic alliance Jens Stoltenberg.

EU lawmakers back investment screening

European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a far-reaching system on Thursday to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments, notably from China, to protect strategic technologies and infrastructure in Europe.

Strong winds blast central Greece

A man kitesurfs in strong wind at Liani Ammos, in Chalkida, central Greece, Thursday. The "Chioni" weather system has swept across Greece bringing strong northerly winds and snowfall.  [EPA]

Hioni whips up winds across the country

A kitesurfer takes advantage of strong winds over Liani Ammos, in Halkida, central Greece, Thursday. A weather system named "Hioni" has swept across Greece bringing gale-force northerly winds reaching up to 9-10 Beaufort and snowfall in mountainous regions, especially to Thessaly, eastern central Greece, the Peloponnese and the southern Aegean Sea.

ND douses speculation over next President

Greece's main opposition party, which is polled to win the next general election, has doused speculation that it plans to propose former socialist prime minister Costas Simitis or ex PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos as President of Greece.

Speaking on Skai radio on Thursday, New Democracy spokesperson Maria Spyraki said both scenarios were "out of the question."

Greece, Turkey to draft framework to reduce tension

The defense ministers of Greece and Turkey, Evangelos Apostolakis and Hulusi Akar, said on Wednesday after talks in Brussels that technical teams from both countries will be tasked with drafting a framework of confidence-building measures in a bid to reduce tensions in the Aegean.

Greek government condemns basketball team's walkout

Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing.

Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing.

Cleaner in Ioannina convicted to eight years over forged school certificate

A cleaner was convicted to eight years in prison for forging her elementary school certificate to get a job at the hospital in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, it emerged on Thursday.

The woman, a mother of 13 children, was also convicted for making a false statement in order to profit, a news website in the town of Preveza reported. It was not clear when the trial was held.