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In Fight over Zagreb Development, Activists Win Battle, War Goes on

Like in Belgrade, the Zagreb development has been met with a chorus of criticism from architects, activists and city residents concerned over transparency, sidestepping of procedures and the loss of public and green spaces to plush and pricey residential and commercial towers of glass and steel.

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Thessaloniki man charged with illegal possession of firearms

Police on Thursday found an arsenal of illegal weapons in the home of a 79-year-old man in the Thessaloniki suburb of Kalamaria in northern Greece.
The man was arrested and was to appear before a Thessaloniki prosecutor for the illegal possession of a Scorpion machine gun, four magazines and 132 cartridges.

Greece Negotiates the Production of Electric Vehicles with Volkswagen

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis meets with a delegation of Volkswagen (in connection with a project for the production of electric vehicles.

The Greek government is strongly committed to promoting the use of electric vehicles as a strategic priority, according to the Foreign Ministry's website.

Aegean island residents against closed centers

Mayors of islands where the government plans to create new closed centers for migrants via expropriations have expressed their vehement opposition and have declined, in protest, to attend a scheduled meeting Thursday with Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis. Moreover, a protest rally will be held Thursday by residents of Lesvos island outside the Interior Ministry in Athens.

Catholic church in Lesvos to celebrate St. Valentine's Day

The Catholic Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Lesvos will celebrate St. Valentine's Day with two high mass liturgies on Thursday and Friday, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported Tuesday.

The Assumption church is one of the numerous churches that claim to keep relics of Saint Valentine.

Car bomb kills 4 civilians in Syria's Afrin

At least four people were killed in a car bomb attack in Afrin city of northwestern Syria on Feb. 10, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

An explosive-laden vehicle detonated in the center of the city, killing four civilians and injuring 15 others, some of whom are in critical condition, said the sources who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

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