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Bosnian Serb Strongman to Sack 16 Ambassadors

After meeting the new President of Republika Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic, on Thursday in Banja Luka, Milorad Dodik, the former RS President and new Serbian member of the Bosnian Presidency, said he would be seeking to replace a list of Bosnian ambassadors.

Commercial property prices rise 3.5 pct in first half

Greek prime office prices rose 3.5 percent in the first half compared to the second half of 2017, the country's central bank said on Thursday, with the increase more pronounced in the capital Athens.

Plissken Festival | Athens | December 8

The eighth edition of the genre-defying Plissken Festival is taking place at the Piraeus Academy on Saturday, December 8, with a diverse lineup of music acts, including German electronic dance DJ David August in his first ever appearance in Greece. Other acts include Norway's New Disco pioneer Pantha Du Prince and British ambient electronica sensation Nathan Fake.

Greek protesters, police clash on teen death anniversary

A hooded youth prepares to throw a petrol bomb at riot police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, on Thursday, during a rally commemorating the killing of a 15-year old student back in 2008.

Greece among Europe's most religious countries, Pew study finds

Greece is the fourth most religious country in Europe, behind Romania, Armenia and Georgia, a study by the Pew Research Center has found.

According to the survey published on Wednesday by the American think-tank, Greece ranked first, however, on the importance of religion in citizens' lives, with a response rate of 55 percent, against Romania's 50 percent.

September unemployment drops to 18.6 percent, lowest since July 2011

Greece's jobless rate eased to 18.6 percent in September from 18.9 percent in the previous month, falling to its lowest level since July 2011, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT showed on Thursday.

Seasonally adjusted data showed the number of unemployed at 887,009 people, with younger persons aged up to 24 bearing the brunt of being out of work.

Jane Goodall spreads the word of conservation

People must "choose wisely" what kind of impact they have on the planet, Dr Jane Goodall tells Kathimerini in an interview about the work being done by the Greek branch of her Roots & Shoots initiative and ahead of her visit to three Greek cities on December 9-11 to spread the message of conservation.

Moscow Warns Cyprus Over Ties with US

Moscow warned Nicosia on Wednesday that increasing military cooperation with the US to counter Russian influence in the region will "inevitably lead to dangerous and destabilizing consequences for Cyprus itself", Kathimerini reported.

FYROM gov't spokesman assures commitment to Prespes name deal

The spokesman for the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has reiterated the Balkan country's commitment to implementing a historic name deal signed with Greece in June, following frustration in Athens over recent comments by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Tirana blames extremism in deaths of four Albanians in Greece

Albania's Foreign Ministry has condemned the murder of four ethnic Albanians in neighboring Greece and denounced the hate speech propagated by the extremist Golden Dawn party.

A statement Wednesday called on Greek authorities "to denounce and put on a break any effort from the Golden Dawn or other extremist segments to violate Albanians' security and dignity" there.

EU countries back investment screening plan with China in mind

European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to a far-reaching system to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments into Europe, notably from China.

Under the plan, developed in the wake of a surge in Chinese investments, the European Commission would investigate foreign investments in strategic technologies and infrastructure such as ports or energy networks.

Greek tax increases top OECD chart

Greece is the last decade's tax hike champion among the 35 member-states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to a new OECD report.

The report, which reflects the huge burden imposed on Greek taxpayers, shows that Greece remains the global leader not only in the sum of taxes but also in categories such as consumption taxation and property levies.

Gulf on private universities clear in committee debate

The gulf between the leftist-led coalition and most opposition parties regarding the prospect of a constitutional revision that would allow private universities to operate in Greece was clear on Wednesday during the second day of a committee-level debate in Parliament on the subject. 

Greeks see bleak outlook for economy in 2019

Greeks are pessimistic about the course of the national economy and their personal finances next year, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.