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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-07-18

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Friday
  • [02] Weather Forecast: Rain in north, sunny elsewhere Friday
  • [03] Police say they hold suspected leader of November 17, Saunders' killer
  • [04] Demand for blue chips leads Greek stocks higher

  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Friday

    18/07/2002 18:30:10

    Indicative tourist buying rates per euro

    U.S. dollar 1.013

    Pound sterling 0.647

    Danish kroner 7.491

    Swedish kroner 9.352

    Japanese yen 118.6

    Swiss franc 1.475

    Norwegian kroner 7.44

    Cyprus pound 0.581

    Canadian dollar 1.562

    Australian dollar 1.837

    [02] Weather Forecast: Rain in north, sunny elsewhere Friday

    18/07/2002 18:16:13

    Rain and isolated storms are forecast from early evening in Epirus, Macedonia and Thrace, which will see scattered cloud earlier in the day. The rest of the country will be hot and sunny. Winds west-northwesterly, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the islands. In the west and north, temperatures will range from 20C to 33C; on the rest of the mainland from 23C to 36C; and in the Aegean islands from 25C to 36C. Temperatures in Athens between 25C and 36C; and in Thessaloniki from 24C to 33C.

    [03] Police say they hold suspected leader of November 17, Saunders' killer

    18/07/2002 18:09:42

    A 60-year-old man detained on the island of Lipsi has admitted to being Alexandros Giotopoulos, the suspected leader of the terrorist organisation November 17, the Greek police announced on Thursday.

    Police Chief Fotis Nasiakos said that the name Michalis Economou, by which the suspect had been known on Lipsi and in Athens, was false and that his identity card was fake. In addition, his fingerprints matched those found in the November 17 safehouse in Patissia.

    In the early hours of the morning, the suspect admitted to the anti-terrorist squad and to Nasiakos himself that he was called Alexandros Giotopoulos, son of Dimitris Giotopoulos and Zoi Metaxa, and had been born in Paris in 1944.

    Nasiakos said that the police had built up a profile of N17's leader from the evidence turned up by their investigation of a white-haired man aged 55-60 years, known by the code-name 'Lambros'. In the past 24 hours, further clues pointed to the mystery leader being Michalis Economou who had a summer house on the island of Lipsi, leading police to make the arrest.

    In addition, they said that one of three men formally charged on Thursday as suspected members of the terrorist group, Vassilis Xiros, had confessed to participating in the murder of British military attache Brigadier Stephen Saunders.

    The other two men charged were Christodoulos Xiros, brother of suspected terrorist Savvas Xiros whose capture opened the floodgates in the N17 investigation, who confessed his involvement in 28 N17 hits and robberies and Dionysis Georgiadis, 26.

    [04] Demand for blue chips leads Greek stocks higher

    18/07/2002 16:25:32

    Greek stocks continued moving higher on Thursday reflecting investors' renewed interest in blue chip stocks in the Athens Stock Exchange.

    The general index rose 0.81 percent to end at 2,153.83 points, with turnover a heavy 212.2 million euros, of which 135.4 million euros were transactions in OPAP's newly listed shares.

    The Retail and Telecommunications sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day (2.86 percent and 0.13 percent respectivey), while the Metals, IT Solutions and IT sectors scored the biggest percentage gains (2.51 percent, 2.02 percent and 1.58 percent).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks rose 0.95 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index ended 1.23 percent higher and the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index rose 0.48 percent.

    Broadly, advancers led decliners by 222 to 82 with another 53 issues unchanged.


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