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Torch relay for Beijing Olympic Games in Greece January 31, 2008

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The torch relay for the Beijing Olympic Games will last seven days on Greek territory, after the Lighting of the Flame in Ancient Olympia on March 24.

According to a press release from the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Olympic Flame will cover in Greece 1.528 kilometers by the hands of 605 bearers. The torch relay will pass through 16 prefectures, 43 municipalities, 4 communities and there will be organized 29 ceremonies in specific cities along the route of the torch relay.

The Olympic Flame will be lit in Ancient Olympia at 12.00 o’clock March 24 and will be handed over to the Organizing Committee of Beijing on the March 30 at 15.00 at the Panathenaikon – Kallimarmaro/Marble – Stadium in Athens, the venue where the first Modern Olympics Games began in 1896.

World Cup campaign begins away January 31, 2008

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Greece’s bid to reach the 2010 finals starts in Luxembourg before continuing in Latvia

Greece officials, players and fans are hoping Otto Rehhagel will extend his contract to lead Greece in its bid to make the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Cyprus, Poland and Ukraine are also taking part.

Greece will begin its qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup finals with two away games next September, against Luxembourg and Latvia, before playing its first home game against Moldova a month later, following a draw held yesterday in Zagreb, Croatia.

The national soccer team, which has qualified for the World Cup finals just once before, will be eager to rake in maximum points from these early – and theoretically easy – games to set the pace for a solid campaign from there on.

Now preparing to defend its European title at the Euro 2008 finals this summer following an impressive qualifying campaign that produced a 10-1-1 record, the Greek team is hoping that coach Otto Rehhagel will still be at the helm in its bid to reach the World Cup finals.

Rehhagel’s contract expires at the end of Euro 2008, to be held in Austria and Switzerland in June, and he has yet to announce his plans. The Greek soccer federation’s chief Vassilis Gagatsis has made quite clear his interest in extending Rehhagel’s contract.

The national team’s schedule for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers is as follows:

September 6, 2008 – Luxembourg-Greece

September 10, 2008 – Latvia-Greece

October 11, 2008 – Greece-Moldova

October 15, 2008 – Greece-Switzerland

March 28, 2009 – Israel-Greece

April 1, 2009 – Greece-Israel

September 5, 2009 – Switzerland-Greece

September 9, 2009 – Moldova-Greec

October 10, 2009 – Greece-Latvia

October 14, 2009 – Greece-Luxembourg.

Greece will take part in a six-nation friendly tournament in Cyprus, beginning this weekend. It plays the Czech Republic on February 5 and Finland the following day.

Ministry websites hit by hacker intrusion January 31, 2008

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Hackers broke into websites belonging to the Interior and Agriculture Ministries yesterday, showing just how vulnerable sites are to such attacks.

The hackers, who go by the name “Cyber Anarchy,” broke into the networks run by the two Ministries and posted messages against the police and in support of migrants.

It is their second attack since breaking into the Justice Ministry’s website in November. Ministry officials said they did not inform police immediately as they had launched their own investigation.

“It is clear that attacks against organizations and state services are a serious issue for the intelligence services of Europe and Greece,” said an official from the National Intelligence Agency (EYP), which is in the process of setting up a task force designed to protect state services from similiar attacks.

Greeks flock to mourn Archbishop Christodoulos January 31, 2008

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Thousands of mourners have lined the streets of Athens for the funeral of Archbishop Christodoulos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Archbishop died on Monday, aged 69, after suffering from cancer.

The funeral, with full state honours, comes after four days of official mourning across the country. Thousands of people have already paid their last respects to the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, whose body lay in state at Athens’ cathedral.

The spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, led the funeral service at Athens’ main cathedral.

It was also attended by other senior Orthodox officials, Greek President Karolos Papoulias and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. A delegation from the Vatican was also present.

Outside the cathedral, thousands of mourners waited as the funeral cortege wound its way to Athens’ cemetery. The Archbishop’s open coffin was carried on a gun carriage, accompanied by priests, government officials and a large military guard of honour.

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