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Drug bust in northern Greece nets big haul

Officers from the police's anti-narcotics squad in Kavala, northern Greece, netted a large haul of ecstasy tablets and hashish in a crackdown earlier this week.

Two Greek men, aged 47 and 33, face charges of smuggling and dealing in narcotics while officers are seeking a third suspect, a 33-year-old foreign national.

Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Services: Missing Tourist Died

A young man died in Stara Planina, the Mountain Rescue Service announced to the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC). The man went to the Ambaritsa hut on December 10, and to this day was missing. 30 mountain rescuers have joined the search, but unfortunately, the man is finally found dead.
 

EU Parliament Approves Huge Japan Trade Deal

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved an accord with Japan that has been dubbed the world's biggest trade deal, covering economies that represent a third of the world's GDP, reports AFP.

NGOs decry 'continuous' use of pushbacks in Greek-Turkish border

Three nongovernmental organizations issued a report yesterday decrying what they described as the "continuous and uninterrupted" practice of forced deportations of third-country nationals who enter Greece via its land border with Turkey.

"Securing jobs most important task of government"

The prime minister said this on Wednesday during a visit to the "Euroin" factory in Kula, northern Serbia.

Brnabic pointed out that it is necessary to have a competition between the investor and a larger choice of jobs, expressing the expectation that the opening of the German investor will create new jobs in Kula, noting that new 300 jobs and new investments are coming.

Macedonia's Fugitive Ex-PM Spotted in Hungarian Capital

About a month since his escape from serving a jail sentence in Macedonia, Hungarian news site 24.hu captured a short video footage of Nikola Gruevski in a restaurant in one of the wealthiest districts in Budapest.

Macedonia Vows to Reform Scandal-Hit Secret Police

Macedonia's secret police, UBK, will no longer have unchecked powers to place people under surveillance, and will no longer be misused for political purposes, under a set of bills that form part of EU-recommended reforms of the security sector.

Montenegro Constitutional Court Orders Release of Jailed MP

Montenegro's Constitution Court ruled on Wednesday that the jailing of the opposition lawmaker Nebojsa Medojevic, one of the leaders of the Democratic Front, was unlawful and ordered his release.

Emergency central bank funding to Greek banks falls in November

Emergency central bank funding to Greek banks dropped in November compared to the previous month, Bank of Greece data showed on Wednesday.

Emergency funding, which is more costly than borrowing from the European Central Bank, dropped to 2.7 billion euros ($3.06 billion) from 3.58 billion euros at the end of October, the data showed.

Once Upon a Time | Athens | December 13-31

Zoumboulakis Galleries celebrates some of the wonderful artists it has worked with over the years in an exhibition of standout works that have featured in past shows.

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Viennese Waltzes | Athens | January 1-3

The Olympic Hall's Christmas Theater holiday program kicks off the new year with the Franz Lehar Orchestra of Vienna and dancers from the Vienna Opera performing a selection of waltzes. Shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets (from www.viva.gr and tel 11876) cost 18-60 euros.

One Minute Athens | Athens | To January 5

The Benaki Museum presents "One Minute Athens," an exhibition of the entries submitted in the competition of the same name in which residents of the capital were invited to present their own take on the city in a one-minute video. Opening hours are Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission costs 5 euros.

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