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PM Samaras receives Austrian President Heinz Fischer in Athens

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras received visiting Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer at the government's headquarters in Maximos Mansion on Wednesday, for a meeting lasting roughly one hour and covering a range of issues.

CULTURE / TOURISM

A marble head discovered at the Kastas Tomb excavation in Ancient Amphipolis, northeastern Greece, on Tuesday belongs to the eastern sphinx found at the entrance to the tomb, the ministry of Culture said on Tuesday.

ECONOMY

An Athens first-instance court on Wednesday declared a four-hour work stoppage on Thursday planned by air-traffic controllers illegal. As a result, all flights on Thursday are expected to be carried out normally.

POLITICS

Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday had a meeting with the political and military leadership of the Defence ministry during which he was informed about Greece's geostrategic plans.

ECONOMY

Greece's fiscal deficit was 12.2 pct of GDP in 2013, while the country's public debt totaled 174.9 pct of GDP, Eurostat said on Tuesday. In its revised figures for fiscal deficit and public debt in the EU, Eurostat said that the Greek fiscal deficit rose to 12.2 pct of GDP in 2013 from 8.6 pct in 2012 and 10.1 pct in 2011, while the country's public debt rose to 174.9 pct of GDP in 2013 (319.13 bln euros), from 156.9 pct in 2012 and 171.3 pct in 2011.

GENERAL

The 48-hour strike called by the association of Greek archaeologists SEA on Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23, will be joined on Wednesday by the association of temporary archaeologists in northern Greece

POLITICS

Commissioner-elect Dimitris Avramopoulos will go on a 24-hour visit to Strasbourg on Wednesday to attend the special plenary session of the European Parliament that will vote on the new European Commission as a whole, while on Tuesday he hosted a dinner for EU and NATO officials as outgoing National Defence minister.

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