#AceWorldNews – LIBYA:Jan.05: The Libyan air force has attacked a Greek operated oil tanker in the militant controlled port of Derna, killing two of the crew and injuring another two, AFP reports.

Aegean Shipping, which runs the tanker, said that no oil has leaked out and the company is as assessing the damage.

A Libyan military spokesman said the tanker was “suspicious” and had been hit because it had not been inspected before entering the port.

The Libyan military carried out several attacks on Derna last year in an attempt to weaken the Islamic militants, who have controlled it for the past two years.


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` Holy Fire described by `Orthodox Christians ' as an ` Annual Miracle ' was Lit in Jerusalem on Holy Sabbath '

#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – April 19 – The Holy Fire, described by Orthodox Christians as an annual miracle, was lit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.

Thousands of Orthodox Christians filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre and spilled out into the narrow streets on Saturday for the “Holy Fire” ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter, reports AFP.

Believers hold that the fire is miraculously sent from heaven to ignite candles held by the Greek Orthodox patriarch in an annual rite dating back to the 4th century that symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.

Israeli public radio said around 10,000 faithful attended this year’s ceremony, fewer than in recent years, as police were deployed around the church and in the streets of the surrounding Old City to keep the jubilation from getting out of hand. Source:
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The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, has passed the Holy Fire to the pilgrims, including the Russian delegation, which will deliver it to Moscow.

The Holy Fire, which symbolizes the miraculous light of the Resurrection, has been brought to Russia from Israel every year since 2003.

This year it will be taken for the first time to Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that became part of Russia in March.

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` Bulgarian `Kuneva ‘ of Greek Party Coalition of the Radical Left ` Syriza ‘ will Run for Member of European Parliament ‘

#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN – April 15 – (Nova) – Bulgarian Konstantina Kuneva will run for a Member of the European Parliament from the left-wing Greek party Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as SYRIZA.

Kuneva, who tragically became known after being splashed with acid in December 2008 in Athens, will run sixth in the party’s elections list, Bulgarian Nova Tv reports.

Besides Kuneva, who is a trade union leader, among the 14 non-party candidates who will run on a SYRIZA ticket in next month’s elections to the European Parliament are a Roma activist, as well as journalists.

Among the 20 party officials running are MPs Dimitris Papadimoulis, Sofia Sakorafa and Yiannis Milios.


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` Greek Government is about to use a Drone to oversee its Sea Borders of the Aegean ‘

#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 11 – (Neonline) – The Greek government is about to use a drone to oversee its sea borders in the Aegean, one the of main avenues for immigration into the EU, in a pilot project. Athens’ Ministry of Shipping has issues a competition call for a drone that, according to the competition rules, has to be handed over to the authorities by the end of June.

Greece’s Shipping Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis recently revealed that the country is receiving around 1,000 immigrants a month through the eastern Aegean Sea. Immigration flows have intensified in the Aegean since Greece put up a fence to close off its land border with Turkey alongside the river Evros in the north-east of the country. Immigration flows have also been affected by the deterioration of conditions in Syria.


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` Greek Labour Unions Stage a ` Nationwide Strike ‘ to Protest Austerity prior to Angela Merkel’s Visit ‘

#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 09 – Greek labour unions staged a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest against austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors, Reuters reported.

The strike comes as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Athens this week.

Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports and hospitals operated on emergency staff.

Transport in Athens was disrupted due to the walkout called by private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY.

The disruption could be most keenly felt in maritime transport such as the ferry services and also on the railways.


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` Ukraine Ready to Quit CIS, sets ` Visa Regime ‘with ‘ Russia ‘ asks UN to turn ` Crimea ‘ into DMZ ‘

#AceBreakingNews The new authorities in Kiev have decided to quit the CIS, the organization of former Soviet Republics, the security chief said. Ukraine is also ready to impose a visa regime with Russia and is to ask the UN to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone.

The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine has instructed the Foreign Ministry to introduce visas for Russian citizens entering the country, according to a statement by department secretary Andrey Parubiy.

Russians and Ukrainians have been able to travel freely between the two nations since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

In recent weeks, Ukrainian officials have turned back some Russian citizens entering their territory over ostensible concerns that they may take part in protests against the coup-imposed government in Kiev.

Parubiy, who was speaking to the media in Kiev, also said that Ukraine would appeal to the UN to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone.

Similar UN-mandated zones exist between North and South Korea, and Turkish and Greek Cyprus, as well as in several territories adjacent to Israel.

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"Greek `Dock Workers' start `24-hour Strike' to `Protest Plans' to sell stakes in Piraeus Port Authority"

#AceWorldNews says that Greek dock workers have started a 24-hour strike to protest plans to sell stakes in the Piraeus Port Authority, AP said.

Wednesday’s strike over the country’s largest port is expected to affect ports across the country.
Dock workers were also planning a protest rally and demonstration in Athens.

Privatizing state-held assets is a critical part of Greece’s international bailout agreement.


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#AceWorldNews says ATHENS Reuters Greek opposition leader Alexis…

#AceWorldNews says ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday he will not support any candidate for president in spring 2015, in the hope of forcing a parliamentary election.

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#EU: “Report Indicates 99 pct of Greeks Believe Corruption is Widespread”

EU report indicates 99 pct of Greeks believe corruption is widespread

Almost all Greeks believe that corruption is widespread in their country, according to a report compiled by the European Commission.

Relying on figures from the Eurobarometer surveys, the report indicates that 99 percent of Greeks thins that graft is widespread. This is the highest figure in the European Union, where the average is 76 percent.

In Greece, 63 percent of residents say they are personally affected by corruption, which is equal highest with Spain.

Across the EU, 73 percent of respondents said that bribery and the use of connections is the easiest way of obtaining public services. In Greece, the figure is 93 percent.

Also, 67 percent of Europeans feel the financing of political parties is not transparent enough. In Greece, it is 86 percent that believes this.


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