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Major hydroelectric dam in Thessaly to go ahead, PM Samaras announces

The hydroelectric project of Messochora, in central Greece, is slated to be completed in two years, following implementation of construction decisions, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Thursday after a meeting at Maximos Mansion with Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis, Deputy Minister Nikolaos Tagaras and government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi.

ECONOMY

Greece's Parliament on Thursday ratified the first three concessions granting rights for hydrocarbon exploration and extraction in offshore locations in western Greece, specifically in Katakolo, Ioannina and the Patras Gulf.

POLITICS

Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Thursday met with Pope Francis in the Vatican and discussed the economic crisis, the migration issue and the need for politics to re-inspire people as well as the need for world peace.

POLITICS

Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Kotzamani on Wednesday ordered a preliminary investigation into claims made by International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde and Greece's main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras that they received threats against their lives.

GENERAL

Antifascist groups and other organizations on Thursday held events in Athens and other Greek cities to mark the first-year anniversary since the musician Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death by a member of the ultra-right Golden Dawn party.

POLITICS

Main opposition SYRIZA party appears to be leading over ruling New Democracy by 6 percent, according to a nationally held poll by the University of Macedonia between September 11 and 15 for Skai TV.

CULTURE / TOURISM

Lady Gaga gave eager fans a little taste of what's to come soon after she landed at Athens International Airport ahead of her concert on Friday night.

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