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/ 14 February 2008

Greeks on edge after two strong quakes

Two powerful earthquakes jolted southern Greece on Thursday, sparking a rush for safety by panicked residents, but Europe’s seismic capital appeared to escape major damage. The main quake measured at least 6,5 on the Richter scale with its epicentre just off the southern coast, according to Greek experts.

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/ 13 February 2008

Nationwide strike over pensions cripples Greece

A 24-hour nationwide strike against the Greek government’s economic and pension reforms crippled transport on Wednesday and shut down public services. Thousands of people also gathered in Athens to protest against reforms the ruling conservatives say will make Greece’s economy more competitive and rescue the ailing pension system.

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/ 6 January 2008

Strong earthquake hits southern Greece

A powerful earthquake measuring 6,5 on the Richter Scale hit the Peloponnese region of southern Greece early on Sunday, the geodynamics institute of the Athens observatory reported. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Greece is the European country most prone to earthquakes, with seismic activity accounting for half of the continent’s tremors.

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/ 19 December 2007

Pedestrian charged for walking over car

A pedestrian has been charged with damaging property after walking over a car that was parked illegally on the sidewalk in Greece’s congested capital. ”I could not get past the vehicle, a four-wheel drive, which had been parked right on the pavement so I got angry and just walked over it, slightly denting its hood,” said Tasos Pouliasis.

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/ 27 October 2007

Quake shakes Greek island

An earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale on Saturday shook the Greek island of Zakynthos, though no damage was immediately reported, the Geodynamic Observatory Institute in Athens said. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 8.32am local time was in the Ionian Sea about 330km south-west of Athens, the institute said.

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/ 31 August 2007

Scorched Greece worries about new heatwave

Forest fires that have devastated southern Greece and claimed 63 lives in eight days died down on Friday, but emergency services feared a new heatwave could rekindle some blazes. ”Things are going well,” a fire-service spokesperson said, adding that the fires were no longer threatening populated areas.

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/ 29 August 2007

New wildfires in Greece as anger rises

More wildfires have broken out in Greece and others rekindled as anger rose over the government’s handling of catastrophic blazes that have laid waste to vast stretches of the Greek countryside and killed at least 64 people. The fires are dominating political debate before parliamentary elections set for September 16.

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/ 24 August 2007

Deadly fires ravage southern Greece

At least six people died and thousands of hectares of forest were consumed in fires racing through Greece’s southerly Peloponnese peninsula on Friday, officials said. Four people were found dead near a hotel north of the town of Areopolis, about 300km south of Athens, and two firefighters also died, the fire brigade and police said.

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/ 27 July 2007

Fires still rage out of control across Greece

Massive forest fires continued to rage out of control across Greece on Friday, burning through forests and entire towns in dozens of areas across the country. Hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and volunteers were still tackling more than 100 fires, 15 of which were still burning out of control in various areas of the country.

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/ 24 May 2007

Inzaghi double leads Milan to Cup win

AC Milan beat Liverpool 2-1 with two goals from Filippo Inzaghi to win the European Cup for the seventh time on Wednesday and avenge their defeat on penalties by the English team in the final two years ago. Liverpool, who looked down and out, pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a Dirk Kuyt header but could not repeat their famous Istanbul fight-back.