Blast dam­ages court build­ing

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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.”

Tanker freed.

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.”

Di­vorce rules.

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.

Xhaferi visit.

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.

Dump­ster.

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.

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