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Casein was detected in biscuits sold in JUMBO toys stores

The Greek Food Standards Agency (EFET) informed via the Early Warning System for Food and Feed (RASFF) on the movement of chocolate biscuits, in which the presence of milk ingredient (casein) was detected. This substance, however, was not indicated on the product label. Casein is a component that can cause health problems to people who are allergic or intolerant to ...

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Refugees clash again with police forces in Idomeni (video)

Refugees who were gathered at the Greece-FYROM border in the Greek town of Idomeni, tried to cross to the other side and clashed with FYROM police. On Sunday morning, a delegation of five refugees approached the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border and asked for permission to cross so they can continue their journey to central Europe. The FYROM police refused ...

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Five migrants drowned after a speedboat taking them to Greece sank

Five migrants – four women and one child – drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos close to Turkey’s coast, Greek coast guard officials said on Saturday. Nine other migrants were rescued, the officials said, and coast guard vessels assisted by a helicopter were searching for more survivors. The death toll has exceeded 3,000 so far as ...

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Greece launches new scheme for online applications through its consular services

Greek ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs on Friday launched an initiative that will allow Greeks living abroad to apply for official certificates and documents online from the country’s consular services around the world. The new scheme will operate in pilot mode for a week at the Greek Consulate in Dusseldorf, which is home to hundreds of Greeks who ...

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US government provides Humanitarian Assistance to refugees in Greece

On April 7 and 8, 2016, the U.S. Mission to Greece and the U.S. Army’s 409th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) donated essential humanitarian supplies for migrants and refugees in Greece on behalf of the U.S. Government. Thousands of beds, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, diapers and other necessities were provided to the Hellenic Republic First Reception Service for distribution at sites ...

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EU-IMF meet in Brussels on Greek reforms

The EU and IMF met in Brussels on Friday to agree on how to coax Greece into more economic reforms linked to its bailout and unlock more funds, with one EU official saying they hoped for a deal by Sunday. Mission chiefs of Greece’s European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders left Athens for consultations in Brussels, adjourning their bailout ...

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Activists jumped in the sea at Lesvos port to prevent ship departure

Three activists on Friday jumped in the sea at the Lesvos Port to prevent the departure of a ship carrying 45 migrants to be deported to Turkey. The deportations resumed today amid reactions from activists. According to an Alpha television report, a group of activists jumped in the water and started swimming around the ship on which 45 migrants were ...

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A crowdfunding initiative was launched to support Greece’s former statistics chief

Colleagues of Greece’s former statistics chief, who faces accusations of falsifying fiscal data, have launched a crowdfunding initiative to help cover defence costs as his legal troubles look set to continue. Andreas Georgiou, a veteran International Monetary Fund statistician, was appointed head of statistics service ELSTAT in 2010 with a mandate to restore the credibility of Greek statistics a few ...

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Greek Coast Guard says refugees have two weeks time to leave Piraeus

Authorities in Greece say thousands of migrants and refugees camped out at the country’s largest port near Athens have been given two weeks to move to army-built camps voluntarily or be expelled by force. The warning issued Thursday came as nearly a third of the 52,000 migrants stranded in Greece by European border closures are refusing to move to organized ...

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