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#2019PresidentialElection/Last polling stations abroad close

The vote abroad in the November 10 presidential election ended with the closing of the last polling stations on the West Coast of the United States of America and Canada, at 21:00hrs, local (7:00hrs Romania's time).

Three simple steps toward normality

The past few days saw three distinct interventions that sent out a political signal, raised a barrier against arbitrary behavior and indicated a desire for normality.

Berlin raises wall to decision on use of SMP and ANFA earnings

Germany's opposition to the creation of additional fiscal space for Greece's 2020 budget with the earnings of eurozone central banks from their Greek bond holdings (SMPs and ANFAs) is the reason for the apparent delay in the decision on this matter, which has now been put off until next year.

China's president Xi Jinping arrives in Athens

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Athens on a two-day official visit.

Xi was met at the Athens Airport by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

On Monday, Xi is due to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who visited China last May, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Xi and Mitsotakis also met a few days ago, at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

American and other pressures on Ivan Savidis

Controversy was caused when the Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savidis started claiming a stake in the port of Thessaloniki because of the opaque nature of his actions and transactions and of his obscure relationship and dependency from the Russian oligarchic governing system.

Kenya's Komen wins Athens Marathon

John Kipkorir Komen of Kenya has won the 37th Athens Marathon.

The 42-year-old clocked 2 hours 16 minutes 34 seconds, beating Rwanda's Felicien Muhitira, 17 years his junior, by 9 seconds.

Greek runner Costas Gelaouzos finished third in 2:19:02.

Greece's Eleftheria Petroulaki won the women's race in 2:39:00, finishing 35th overall.

Xi eyes deeper cooperation on occasion of visit to Greece

In an exclusive article for Kathimerini on the occasion of his official visit to Athens, which started Sunday and will conclude on Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has underlined the need to boost cooperation between Athens and Beijing on all levels.

Mitsotakis to meet with Zaev on Thursday

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to meet with North Macedonia's Zoran Zaev on Thursday on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Summit 2019, a business event organized by the Federation of Industries of Greece.

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall, Cyprus' division endures

As the world commemorates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullet-riddled sandstone walls of abandoned, crumbling homes and concrete machine gun nests dotting Cyprus' no man's land serve as a jarring reminder of another divided capital — the world's last — on Europe's southeastern frontier.

Authorities smash major trafficking racket with 29 arrests

Greek authorities on Saturday announced the breakup of a large human trafficking racket believed to have been producing forged travel documents for migrants and smuggling them to other European countries.

Mercury transit visible from Greece on Monday

People in Greece will be able to witness a rare celestial show on Monday as Mercury passes between the sun and Earth, a phenomenon that is not expected to occur again until 2032.
The transit of Mercury is expected to be spotted in Greece shortly after 2.30 p.m. and will last for around five hours, according to experts.

Sugahspank! & The Swing Shoes | Athens | November 11

Radio Pepper Church Sessions presents Sugahspank! & The Swing Shoes, with special guest Moa Bones in an evening of swing numbers at Saint Paul's Anglican Church in Athens on Monday, November 11. Sugahspank! & The Swing Shoes have been collaborating since 2008, performing together at venues and festivals in Greece and abroad, and have released two albums together.

Wine Roads | Northern Greece | November 10 & 24

Wine Roads of Northern Greece celebrates European Day of Wine Tourism with special tours and events at the estates of its member-winemakers on Sunday, November 10. They will also be open on Sunday, November 24.