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  • Greece: Newly appointed ministers are sworn in at the Presidential Mansion

    The swearing in of ten new cabinet members was completed on Tuesday, before President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The event began with the signing of the necessary protocols by the president, the prime minister, and the representative of the Archbishop, Bishop of Orei Filotheos,…

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  • Greece: Waiting for a reshuffle

    A cabinet reshuffle appears quite likely and could happen anytime after Monday, when Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returns from the US, where he went with his daughter, a Freshman at Yale. Minister and ruling New Democracy lawmakers have been expecting a reshuffle ever since Mitsotakis, in a press conference during the disastrous wilfires that struck…

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  • Anti-Taliban protesters reportedly met with gunfire in Afghan city as ousted president speaks out

    Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday he supports talks between the Taliban and top former officials, and denied allegations that he transferred large sums of money out of the country before fleeing to the United Arab Emirates. It comes as local media showed protesters in the eastern city of Jalalabad who were carrying…

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  • Mission to evacuate Australians from Afghanistan has begun

    The mission to rescue Australians from Afghanistan is underway, a senior source has confirmed. SBS News has also confirmed the flight left Kabul airport on Wednesday morning. Flight tracking websites are also suggesting an Australian military plane is leaving Afghan airspace. Australian passport holders were instructed to prepare for a rescue flight from Kabul on…

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  • Greece: Newly sworn in ministers speak of ‘hard work lying ahead’ after devastating fires

    The government’s focus will be on restoring damage to homes and businesses and assuring people harmed by the wildfires that the state stands by them, newly sworn in Minister of State Akis Skertsos said to national broadcaster ERT on Friday. In comments before being sworn in after a mini cabinet reshuffle, ministers with new portfolios…

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  • Greece: Seeking Mediterranean allies, government hosts Jordanian king

    King Abdullah II of Jordan was meeting Wednesday in Athens with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus as part of regular high-level contacts launched between the three Mediterranean countries in 2018. Greece is seeking to expand its economic and military cooperation with countries in the region, wary of ongoing rivalry with neighboring Turkey over mineral…

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  • PM Mitsotakis marks 47th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece

    Greece is celebrating 47 years of a democratic trajectory, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday. The Greek premier was referring to the formation of a national unity government on July 24 in 1974 under Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis, after the end of the country’s seven-year military junta. Greece is thus “adding yet another page…

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  • Israel PM warns Unilever boss over Ben & Jerry’s boycott

    Israel warned consumer goods giant Unilever Plc (ULVR.L) on Tuesday of “severe consequences” from a decision by subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, and urged U.S. states to invoke anti-boycott laws. Monday’s announcement followed pro-Palestinian pressure on the Vermont-based company over its business in Israel and Jewish settlements in the West…

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  • ‘They won’t get away with it’: Australia joins allies in blaming China for global email hack

    Australia has joined the US and other allies in calling out China over its global hacking activities, saying it has undermined international security. The broad coalition condemning the spying activity also included the European Union, NATO, Britain, Canada Japan and New Zealand. The countries blamed China’s Ministry of State and Security for exploiting vulnerabilities in…

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  • Norway says cyber attack on parliament carried out from China

    OSLO, July 19 (Reuters) – Norway said on Monday that a March 10 cyber attack on parliament’s e-mail system was carried out from China, calling on authorities there to take steps to prevent such activities. “The cyber attack in March compromised the e-mail systems of our most important democratic institution. We will always react to…

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