Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Attitude of some E. Europe nations on migration 'scandalous' (Laurent Fabius)

The attitude of a number of eastern European countries towards the migrant crisis facing the EU is "scandalous," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, pointing in particular to an anti-migrant barrier in Hungary.

Beijing blames militarists after Xinhua's Akihito apology editorial draws protest

China's foreign ministry urged on Friday the Japanese government to look squarely at  history and deal with historical issues prudently and properly after Tokyo lodged a protest with Beijing over a call by China's state news agency for Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for the country's past military aggression.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Οι εκδηλώσεις σε όλη την Ελλάδα για την Πανσέληνο

Κορυφώνονται απόψε οι εκδηλώσεις που θα πραγματοποιηθούν σε δεκάδες αρχαιολογικούς χώρους, μουσεία και μνημεία της χώρας, πλαισιώνοντας για άλλη μια χρονιά τον εορτασμό της αυγουστιάτικης πανσελήνου.

India - Pakistan: Celebrations at Wagah Border (video)

Wagah Border is the only open crossing border of India and Pakistan

The Beating Retreat ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959.

Friday, August 28, 2015

S. Korea proposes family reunion talks with DPRK on Sept. 7

South Korea's Red Cross proposed working-level talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sept. 7 to discuss the reunion of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War, the Unification Ministry said on Friday.

Ethiopia races to preserve 'Africa's Jerusalem' (video)

Conservationists are facing a race against time to prevent one of Ethiopia's most sacred religious site from crumbling away.

The ancient churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia have been a place of pilgrimage for local Christians since they were constructed 800 years ago.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Χειμάρρα: Μεγάλη η πρόκληση της Αλβανίας

Έντονες αντιδράσεις από την Αθήνα προκάλεσε η κατεδάφιση του ναού Αγίου Αθανασίου στην Χειμάρρα.

Dozens of refugees found dead in truck in Austria

Up to 50 refugees have been found dead in a truck in Austria, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna to decide on how to collectively tackle the biggest refugee crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

UN urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

With the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, Wednesday urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two new attacks hit refugee centres in Germany

Two refugee shelters in Germany have been attacked, police said Wednesday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit a center for asylum-seekers that was hit by violent far-right protests.

Austria builds refugee camp on Slovak border

A new camp for immigrants designed for Syrian refugees is being set up on the Austrian side of the border with Slovakia, local news agency TASR reported on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Europe's response to migrant crisis is not working, warns UN rights expert

UN, 25 August 2015 – The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, a United Nations expert today advocated, assuring is the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants.

Merkel, Hollande urge common European asylum policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for a common European asylum policy in view of the current wave of refugees entering Europe.

Monday, August 24, 2015

UNESCO chief condemns destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple

UN, 24 August 2015 – Extremists “cannot silence history,” the Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, declared today, firmly condemning the destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, in Syria, a World Heritage site.

Ancient Palmyra: Islamic State Blows Up Ancient Temple

Syrian activists and the country's antiquities chief say the so-called Islamic State militant group has blown up an ancient temple in Palmyra, one of the the most historic sites in the Middle East.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

«Αυτή δεν είναι η Ευρώπη στην οποία θέλω να ζήσω» (Jean-Claude Juncker)

Αυτή δεν είναι η Ευρώπη, στην οποία θέλω να ζήσω, υποστηρίζει μεταξύ άλλων ο πρόεδρος της Κομισιόν, Ζαν Κλοντ Γιούνκερ, σε άρθρο του στη γερμανική εφημερίδα «Die Welt», σχετικά με το ζήτημα της μετανάστευσης.

Could Egypt recover the statue of Sekhemka?

Egypt's antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty launched on Saturday a fund raising campaign to re-buy the 4500-year-old ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka, which was sold by a UK museum.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ISIS destruction of heritage ‘most brutal since WWII’ (UNESCO)

ISIS extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday - a stark warning that came hours after militants demolished a monastery with ancient foundations in central Syria.

FYROM allows ‘limited number’ of migrants to cross border from Greece. (Assurances that the border will not be closed in the future)

FYROM*** on Friday allowed a limited number of "vulnerable" migrants to enter the country a day after sealing its border with Greece and leaving thousands of refugees stuck in no-man's land.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Christians decry Israeli restrictions on holy sites

A delegation of Palestinian Christians visiting South Africa has complained about Israeli discrimination that restricts them from accessing holy sites in Jerusalem during Christian holidays.

Pakistan police hunt 'exorcist' over women's deaths

Pakistani police are hunting an "exorcist" over the death of a woman and her daughter who suffocated in a botched fire ritual to rid them of their demons, officials said.

Pentagon looking for US locations to house Guantanamo detainees amid opposition at home

US defense chief Ash Carter said Thursday the Pentagon is examining domestic sites to transfer detainees currently held without any trials at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid unrelenting opposition from local officials and lawmakers.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Council of Europe Urges Slovakia to Stop Discriminating Refugees

Slovakia should change its outrageous stance on accepting refugees based on their religion, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said Thursday.

Η τρομοκρατία ρίχνει σπόρο για Γ' Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο

Στο σοβαρό κίνδυνο αποσταθεροποίησης εξαιτίας της τρομοκρατίας αναφέρθηκε ο πρόεδρος της Ιταλίας Σέρτζιο Ματαρέλα, σε μήνυμά του προς την ετήσια συνάντηση της καθολικής οργάνωσης «Comunione e Liberazione» (Κοινωνία και Απελευθέρωση), η οποία πραγματοποιείται στο Ρίμινι και φέτος είναι αφιερωμένη στο διάλογο ανάμεσα στις διαφορετικές θρησκείες.

Egypt hits back at western criticism of its new counter-terrorism law

Egypt has sharply responded to western criticism of its newly-ratified counter-terrorism law, saying that foreign critics have misunderstood the law, and calling for Egypt's right to self-determination to be respected.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Σλοβακία: Δεν θα δεχτούμε μουσουλμάνους μετανάστες

Νέα αρνητική διάσταση στη μεταναστευτική κρίση στην Ευρώπη. Η Σλοβακία προειδοποίησε σήμερα, Τετάρτη, ότι θα δέχεται μόνο χριστιανούς και όχι μουσουλμάνους μετανάστες.

After new displacements, UN officials call for an immediate halt to demolitions in the West Bank

 UN, 18 August 2015 – Senior United Nations officials are calling today for an immediate freeze on demolitions in the West Bank, after dozens of structures were demolished yesterday by Israeli authorities in Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities, near East Jerusalem.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Διαμαρτυρία της Σοφίας Βούλτεψη για αφαίρεση εξεταστέας ύλης για τη Γενοκτονία των Ποντίων

Το θέμα της αφαίρεσης της εξεταστέας ύλης της Γ’ Λυκείου για την Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων του Πόντου, με απόφαση του υπουργείου Παιδείας, καταδικάζει η Συντονίστρια Παιδείας της Νέας Δημοκρατίας, βουλευτής Β΄ Αθηνών, Σοφία Βούλτεψη επισημαίνοντας πως «η κυβέρνηση εξαφανίζει την Ποντιακή Γενοκτονία και σκοτώνει την εθνική μνήμη».

Ομαδικός τάφος χιλιετιών: Μαζικές σφαγές στην Ευρώπη

Ένας ομαδικός τάφος ηλικίας περίπου 7.000 ετών, που βρέθηκε στη Γερμανία και ο οποίος περιείχε σκελετούς τουλάχιστον 26 ενηλίκων και παιδιών, σε πολλές περιπτώσεις με θρυμματισμένα κρανία και σπασμένα πόδια, αποτελεί μαρτυρία για τη δολοφονική βία που κατά καιρούς μάστιζε -όπως φαίνεται- τους πρώιμους νεολιθικούς αγροτικούς πληθυσμούς της Ευρώπης.

UN: Greece Must Take Charge in Refugee Crisis

The United Nations told Greece it must show "much more leadership" in tackling the escalating crisis of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Shocked by explosion in Bangkok, UN chief hopes perpetrators will be ‘brought to justice’

 UN, 17 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon was shocked to learn of an explosion today close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, which caused the loss of life of innocent civilians.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Corridas: Επτά άνθρωποι σκοτώθηκαν από ταύρους στην Ισπανία

Ταύροι σκότωσαν επτά ανθρώπους κατά τη διάρκεια εκδηλώσεων από τις αρχές Ιουλίου στην Ισπανία _ τέσσερις από τους οποίους το περασμένο Σαββατοκύριακο.

Hamas, Israel approach 'comprehensive agreement' on ceasefire, blockade

Yasin Aktay, senior advisor to Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu, revealed that Islamist Hamas movement and Israel are moving towards a "comprehensive agreement" that includes ending the Gaza blockade and a permanent ceasefire.

Κοινή ευρωπαϊκή πολιτική στη χορήγηση ασύλου (Μέρκελ)

Την ίδια ώρα που η Ελλάδα και η Ιταλία επωμίζονται σχεδόν όλο το δυσβάστακτο βάρος του μεταναστευτικού προβλήματος, η καγκελάριος της Γερμανίας Άγκελα Μέρκελ δηλώνει ότι το επόμενο μεγάλο ευρωπαϊκό εγχείρημα είναι μια κοινή ευρωπαϊκή πολιτική στο θέμα της χορήγησης ασύλου.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Merkel says migrants bigger challenge for EU than Greek debt crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday condemned a surge in German attacks on refugee shelters and warned that the issue of asylum could become a bigger challenge for the European Union than the Greek debt crisis.

Japanese emperor expresses 'deep remorse' at WWII memorial service

Emperor of Japan Akihito on Saturday expressed his "deep remorse" over the past war for the first time at an annual national memorial service.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Η ελληνική συμφωνία έφερε την Ευρώπη

Η ελληνική συμφωνία μεταξύ των πολιτικών σε υπερκομματικό επίπεδο μέσω της ψηφοφορίας έφερε και την συμφωνία μεταξύ Υπουργών Οικονομικών της Ευρωζώνης.

US and Cuba spar over human rights after flag ceremony

US Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations with Cuba as the Stars and Stripes flag was raised on the island, but stark differences remain between the two countries over issues such as democracy and human rights.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Chinese media voice moderate criticism of Abe's WWII statement

China's state media on Friday moderately criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's remarks in a statement he issued to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

US state secretary expresses concerned over NGO’s future in Russia

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is concerned with the future of non-governmental organizations (NGO) and civil society in Russia, expressed his concerns to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a telephone conversation on Thursday.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Greece proposes marriage tours at Atatürk House to Turkish tourism agencies

One of the largest Greek tourism companies, Mouzenidis Group, has offered travel agencies in the Aegean province of İzmir to organize marriage tours to the Atatürk House in Thessaloniki in a bid to boost tourism in the cash-strapped country. Turkish agencies have found the idea appealing and asked their counterparts to develop tour packages.

Crimean museums ask for more time on Scythian gold case (museums’ representatives)

Crimean museums have asked the Amsterdam district court for more time to prepare an answer on the Scythian gold case, Andrey Malgin, the head of the Tavrida Central Museum, told TASS on Thursday.

'Comfort women' still waiting for an apology

As many as 200,000 Korean women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II, but Kim Bok-dong is not hopeful that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is about to apologize.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Αφήστε τις γυναίκες σας κι ελάτε στην Κούβα...

Εξήντα χρόνια πριν ήταν το νησί-πορνείο της Καραϊβικής!
"Αφήστε τις γυναίκες σας στο σπίτι κι ελάτε στον Παράδεισο της Κούβας..." έγραφαν οι αφίσες της κουβανέζικης Υπηρεσίας Τουρισμού. 

It’s Often Difficult to Distinguish Fact from Fiction on the Internet

It is ironic that in this modern age of technology and abundance of information at the fingertips of everyone with an electronic device, it is becoming increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible, to distinguish fact from fiction.

120 τραγούδια κρίθηκαν... ανήθικα στην Κίνα

Εκτός του διαδικτύου στην Κίνα περνούν 120 τραγούδια με τίτλους όπως «Δεν Θέλω Να Πάω στο Σχολείο» και «Όλοι Πρέπει να Πεθάνουν» γιατί κρίθηκαν «ανήθικα», καθώς προωθούν το σεξ, τη βία ή «ωθούν στην παρανομία».

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1,800 Syrians captured on Aegean Sea in four days

The Turkish Coast Guard has captured almost 1,800 migrants on the Aegean Sea as they attempted to illegally cross to Greece in just the past four days, according to figures from the state organization.

Police Brutality Leave Tibetans Hospitalised in Nangchen

Several Tibetans were hospitalised on 4 August after they were brutally assaulted by Chinese police in Nangchen County, Yushul Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Qinghai Province).

«Κατάσκοποι» οι ανταποκριτές κατά το Πεντάγωνο

Σφοδρή κριτική, δέχεται το αμερικανικό πεντάγωνο, καθώς σε έγγραφό του που αποκαλύφθηκε, θεωρεί τους πολεμικούς ανταποκριτές ως κατάσκοπους, οι οποίοι αναφέρει θα μπορούσαν σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις να τυγχάνουν μεταχείρισης παρόμοιας με εκείνη των "παράνομων μαχητών".

Five million of our brothers: It is Turks who will shape Europe's future

Europe's future depends on the Turks who live there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a large public rally on Thursday.