A 91-year-old Greek mariner is running for a place in the Guinness World Records as the oldest amateur competition sailor, after his team submitted his nomination for the renowned reference book.
The Labor Ministry is setting up a new framework for teleworking, an option that was widely applied during the spring lockdown to keep many companies from going under.
Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday chided the European Union over its condemnation of a Turkish decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque, saying the matter is an issue of national sovereignty.
Greece on Tuesday described Turkey’s decision to convert the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to a mosque as “unnecessary and petty” and called for tougher European Union action over Ankara’s gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean.
Mosaics in Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered by curtains or lasers during times of Muslim prayer, the spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party said on Monday, after President Tayyip Erdogan converted the museum into a mosque.
Turkey reiterated that the country has the right to change the status of Hagia Sophia, adding that the UNESCO World Heritage monument will remain open to visitors.
Municipal crews started work late on Sunday to extend the network of pedestrianized streets and bicycle lanes called the Grand Walk to Athens’ popular Plaka district. The first interventions started at the lower section of the commercial Ermou Street, stretching from Aeolou to Agion Asomaton streets. The plan foresees the creation of an extra lane for pedestrians and bicycles, however Ermou will remain open to regular traffic. Speaking to Thema radio station on Monday, Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis said ‘the idea is to find a balance between pedestrians, cyclists and [public transport] passengers.’ [Yiannis Liakos/InTIme News]
Greek police have arrested ten people in connection to a criminal network made up of two gangs that cultivated and sold narcotics in Athens, Corinthia and Messinia, state-run news agency ANA-MPA said.
Turkey’s repeated violations of Greece and Cyprus’ sovereign rights in the Mediterranean and its “unnecessary and petty” decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque “require a comprehensive European response,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday.
Refugees with serious physical or mental health problems face finding themselves in the street as a result of a government decision to end housing and financial support for those whose asylum applications have been approved, Doctors without Borders has warned.