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Editorial: Europe hostage to its values

We are living in an historic era.

The world is experiencing the greatest crisis since WWII.

The total freezing of the global economy and social life is a phenomenon that is historically unique.

The projections of analysts, economists, and international organisations point to an horrific landscape the day after the pandemic.

Lamda Development’s malls
 post further profit increase

The shopping centers of Lamda Development - The Mall Athens, Golden Hall and Mediterranean Cosmos - have shown an increase in their operating profits for the seventh year in a row, Lamda announced on Tuesday.
Their 2019 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to 64.3 million euros, up 8.6 percent from 2018.

Refugee children to go to Germany, Luxembourg

The resettlement procedure for unaccompanied minors from Greek reception and identification facilities to other European Union states will begin next week. 

The plan foresees that 12 will head to Luxembourg next Wednesday and another 50 to Germany two days later.

PSD announces COVID-19 Lockdown Tracker app monitoring quarantined subjects is completed

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) announced on Thursday the completion of the COVID-19 Lockdown Tracker app for monitoring the persons under a forced isolation or quarantine order. The app was developed by Alexandru Petrescu - leader of BMM Testlabs' global cybersecurity initiative - in cooperation with a group of Romanian cyber security experts. "Good news!

CNN from New York Hospital: Suffering, pain and death every 10 minutes PHOTO

The hospital's "Code 99," a signal informing medical staff that the patient needed resuscitation, sounded five times in less than an hour.
"They're so sick that we lose them in an instant. They talk to you, and a few minutes later, we insert a tube into their throats and hope to put a breathing apparatus in to help them," Julie Eason, a respiratory therapist, told CNN.

Greek street magazine eyes subscriptions, food coupons to help sellers

Greece's street magazine Schedia has set out a plan to support its sellers now that the measures taken to halt the spread of the new coronavirus in the country have taken a toll on its sales or shut down soup kitchens on which homeless and vulnerable individuals depended on.

Cuteness alert: Zoo Miami shows off clouded leopard kittens

 Providing exactly what's needed in these trying times, Zoo Miami has shared images of two clouded leopard cubs.

The male and female have been secluded in a den with their mother, Serai, since their Feb. 11 birth so that they could properly bond while avoiding external stress, according to a news release from the South Florida zoo.

Official statistics: Romania's Jan - Feb trade deficit at 2.6 billion euros

Romania's (FOB/CIF) trade balance increased by 170.8 million euros in the first two months of the year compared to the same period of 2019, to almost 2.6 billion euros, shows the data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Thursday.

COVID-19: Biggest hit to global economy since WW II

The novel coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause "the greatest disruption to global economic activity since the Second World War," the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on April 8. 

It will affect the banks' emerging economies and rapid recovery is not guaranteed, the bank said in a statement.

Watchdog blames Syria for chemical weapons attacks

The global chemical weapons watchdog on April 8 for the first time explicitly blamed Syria for toxic attacks, saying President Bashar al-Assad's air force used the nerve gas sarin and chlorine three times in 2017.    

Turkish firm to hire 1,000 new staff despite pandemic

A Turkish firm announced on April 8 1,000 new job openings at a time when businesses globally are announcing pay cuts and firing staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tosyalı Holding is hiring for its $1-billion investment in the steel industry in Turkey's southern province of Iskenderun.

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced on April 8 that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting on April 9, a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years.

8 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in N Syria

Turkey's National Defense Ministry on April 8 said a total of eight YPG/PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria.

In a Twitter post, the ministry said commando units struck a group of four terrorists who opened harassment fire on security forces in the area, earlier cleared by Turkey's Euphrates Shield Operation.