Blast damages court building
Police are investigating a blast outside a courthouse in Corinth, west of Athens, yesterday, that was caused by a planted explosive device. No one was injured, though a prosecutor’s office suffered extensive damage. There was no warning before the attack. Speaking after the incident yesterday, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou said that Greek judges will not give in to such pressure. “Greek judicial employees have proved that they dutifully and responsibly carry out their tasks,” he said. “Acts of violence... will not deter them.”
An oil tanker that was earlier this month hijacked by pirates off the coast of Angola, in western Africa, has been released, the Greek managers said yesterday. A statement by Dynacom Tankers Management, owners of the 75,000 deadweight ton Liberian-flagged tanker MT Kerala, said that pirates had, however, stolen “a large amount of cargo.” It said one crew member had been injured but all were alive and accounted for. The company reportedly lost contact with the Kerala on January 18 and re-established contact with the ship Sunday. A spokesman for the Angolan navy said on Sunday that allegations of piracy were bogus and that the “crew had disabled the communications on purpose.”
The European Commission yesterday approved Greece’s decision to join the 15 countries that already abide by EU rules, in place since June 2012, allowing international couples to select which nation’s law applies to their divorce or legal separation. Under the regulation, couples of different nationalities can agree in advance which law would apply in the event of divorce. In case a couple cannot agree, judges have a common formula for deciding which country’s law applies.
Progress in talks over the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and a mutually acceptable settlement will help “normalize” bilateral ties between Athens and Skopje, Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said yesterday during a visit to Athens by his FYROM counterpart Talat Xhaferi. A mutually accepted solution, Xhaferi said, will open the path to his country’s NATO and EU ambitions. During the visit, the two sides also signed a program of military cooperation for 2014.
The capital’s first underground trash dumpster was unveiled yesterday at Aghios Thomas park in Goudi, east of the center. Another 19 underground bins will be installed across Athens as part of an EU-funded initiative aimed at improving the capital’s woeful waste management. Although its volume is 6 cubic meters it will in fact have the capacity to hold up to 20 cubic meters of trash – the equivalent of what 45 regular garbage dumpsters can hold – thanks to a compressing mechanism.