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  • Michael Phelps comeback marches on with butterfly win July 12, 2014

    The comeback of Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion on Friday as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 metres butterfly and notched up the second fastest time of the year in Athens, Georgia. Phelps posted a 51.67, his first swim under 52 seconds...
  • 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattles southern Greece April 5, 2014

    Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The US Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 5.7, with an epicenter 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of the island...
  • Veer: Rajinder Rahelu fought polio to win bronze at Athens Paralympics February 14, 2014

    When life is harsh, it is people like Rajinder Singh Rahelu who show us the real strength of human spirit. The 40yearold Arjuna awardee from Jalandhar made the country proud at 2004 Athens Paralympics. He had contracted polio when he was only eight months old. The poor status of the...
  • Shots fired at residence of German ambassador in Athens December 30, 2013

    Unidentified assailants opened fire on the German ambassador's residence in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle early on Monday in an attack seen as an attempt to sour relations between debtladen Greece and its biggest creditor nation. At least 60 shots were fired in the air and four hit the metal...
  • Tweeting bra: A hightech bra that tweets each time it is unhooked October 26, 2013

    New Delhi: With the view to remind women of their monthly breast selfexam and promote breast cancer awareness, Nestle Fitness, with its ad agency Ogilvy Athens, introduced a hightech, pink bra that automatically sends a tweet each time it is unhooked. The purpose here is to deliver the lifesaving message...
  • Olympic hero Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore joins BJP, takes VRS from Army September 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Ace shooter and former Olympic Silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday joined the BJP after taking voluntary retirement from the Indian Army. The 43-year-old Colonel entered politics, contending that "I must not back out when the nation is faced with a different kind of threat". He said that...
  • Greece approves scheme to fire thousands of public workers July 18, 2013

    Athens: Greece's shaky coalition government scraped through a vote on Wednesday on a bill to sack public sector workers as thousands chanting antiausterity slogans protested outside parliament. The vote was the first major test for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's twoparty coalition since losing an ally over the abrupt shutdown of the...
  • American shot putter Nelson awarded 2004 Olympic gold May 31, 2013

    Washington: As Ukraine's Yuriy Bilonoh was disqualified for doping, Adam Nelson of the United States was officially awarded the 2004 Athens Olympic shot put gold. Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) approved the change Thursday, reports Xinhua. The American lost to Bilonoh in Athens...
  • Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore denies doping charges May 15, 2013

    Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has dismissed allegations from the National Rifle Association of India that he failed a drugs test ahead of the Games in 2004. ...
  • MP: Special Olympics medallist works at roadside eatery April 11, 2013

    Rewa: Special Olympics medal winner Sita Sahu has been forced to work at a roadside eatery and sell gol gappas (a ball of flour filled with spicy water) in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. Sita had won two bronze medals in 2011 Athens Special Olympics but due to financial problems she has...
  • Four Athens Games athletes stripped of medals: IOC December 6, 2012

    Four 2004 Athens Olympic medallists, including Ukraine's shot put gold medallist Yuriy Bilonog, have been stripped of their medals after retested samples from eight years ago were positive, the IOC said on Wednesday. The other athletes are women's shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova of Russia, discus thrower Irina Yatchenko of Belarus and...
  • Cyclist Hamilton stripped of Athens medal August 10, 2012

    London: American cyclist Tyler Hamilton was officially stripped of his Athens 2004 time trial gold medal on Friday ending an eightyear doping case, the International Olympic Committee said. "I can announce that we have communicated to Tyler Hamilton that he has been disqualified and we will reallocate the medals," IOC spokesman...
  • IOC strips Cox of Athens Olympics gold July 22, 2012

    London: American Crystal Cox, who won 4x400m relay gold at the Athens Olympics, was stripped of her medal on Saturday, the International Olympic Committee said. Cox, the Athens relay alternate, was banned for four years in 2010 for using performanceenhancing drugs. The U.S. AntiDoping Agency had said Cox had used prohibited...
  • India's Olympic moments: Rathore shoots silver July 20, 2012

    In the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, we retrace some memorable Indian moments at the historical games. Today, a look at Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. After the UAE's Ahmed Almaktoum took a considerable lead for the gold, India's Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stepped forward to...
  • Greek rivals near coalition, seek bailout revision June 20, 2012

    Athens: Greece's conservatives and socialists edged towards a deal on a new government on Tuesday that would seek concessions from the country's lenders on its punishing austerity programme, and the euro zone signalled it was ready to negotiate. Both the conservative New Democracy party, which narrowly won elections on Sunday, and...
  • Greece: World heaves a sigh of relief as proEurozone forces win June 18, 2012

    Fears of a Greek exit from the Eurozone have receded, as the probailout conservative New Democracy Party has won the Parliamentary elections. ...
  • World waits and watches as Greece heads to vote June 17, 2012

    A win for the Leftwing Syriza LED party would mean Greece's exit from the EU and bloodbath in the markets worldwide. ...
  • Euro twilight zone beckons for Greece May 16, 2012

    London: Speculation about an endgame in Greece's protracted crisis has flooded markets with euro exit scenarios this week, but investors reckon there's still every chance that uncertainty will simply drag on for months. Seeking clearcut outcomes to the euro saga to date has proven fruitless for investors, who have instead been...
  • Judge to lead Greece to fateful June 17 election May 16, 2012

    Athens: Greece put a senior judge in charge of an emergency government on Wednesday to lead it to new elections on June 17 and bankers sought to calm public fears after the president said political chaos risked causing panic and a run on deposits. Greeks have been withdrawing hundreds of millions...
  • Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill February 13, 2012

    Athens: Greece's Parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill Monday to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country. Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens and blackmasked protesters fought riot police outside Parliament...
  • IMF bailout fallout: Greece to cut 15,000 jobs February 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Labour unions in Greece have called for a strike after the Government said it would cut 15,000 public sector jobs by the end of the year. Greece is under pressure from its eurozone partners to accept another round of strict austerity measures in exchange for the $171 billion...
  • 1 dead in Greek riots, government faces dissent October 21, 2011

    Athens: Clouds of tear gas choked central Athens as rival demonstrators fought with stones and firebombs outside parliament on Thursday, leaving one man dead and dozens injured. Inside, the Socialist government grappled with dissent over the deeply unpopular new cutbacks demanded by creditors to keep the country afloat. Greece...
  • Start of 2day general strike shuts down Greece October 19, 2011

    Athens: A twoday general strike that unions vow will be the largest in years grounded flights, disrupted public transport and shut down everything from shops to schools in Greece on Wednesday, as at least 70,000 protesters converged in central Athens. All sectors, from dentists, state hospital doctors and lawyers to shop...
  • Protestors to rally worldwide against greedy rich October 15, 2011

    Milan: Protestors worldwide geared up for a cry of rage on Saturday against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed. Galvanised by the past month's Occupy Wall Street movement, they plan to take to the streets from New...
  • Greece moves closer to getting fiancial rescue September 21, 2011

    Athens: Debtsaddled Greece moved closer to getting the vital bailout funds it needs to avoid a disastrous default after persuading international debt inspectors to return to Athens and resume reviewing its austerity program. The euro jumped on the news, trading up 0.7 percent at USD 1.370. The common currency and global...
  • Protesters clash with riot police in Greece June 29, 2011

    Athens: A general strike disrupted services across Greece and riots erupted once more outside Parliament as demonstrators protested more taxes and spending cuts essential for the country to receive critical bailout funds that will prevent a potentially disastrous default. Inside Parliament, lawmakers debated on Tuesday new austerity measures which must be...
  • Greek prime minister to reshuffle Cabinet June 16, 2011

    Athens, Greece: Greece's prime minister, struggling to ensure Parliamentary approval for a crucial austerity bill, said on Wednesday he would reshuffle his Cabinet and seek a vote of confidence for his new government this week, after coalition talks with opposition parties failed. George Papandreou has been struggling to contain an internal...
  • Monk caught with nun's skeleton at airport January 19, 2011

    Athens: A Cypriot monk caught at a Greek airport with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage on the weekend told authorities he was taking the relics of a saint back to his monastery. The 56yearold Cypriot was detained at Athens airport after security staff discovered a skull wrapped...
  • Delhi misjudged size of task: Athens official September 24, 2010

    Athens: Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers have misjudged the size of the task of hosting a massive multisport event, an Athens 2004 Olympics official said on Friday. Given seven years to prepare for an event smaller than the summer Olympics, organisers have been embarrassed by complaints of filthy accommodation, shoddy construction and...
  • Blast in Athens kills one, injures two March 29, 2010

    Athens: A 15yearold boy was killed and his mother and sister injured late Sunday after a bomb exploded outside a building in central Athens, police said. Bomb attacks by militant leftist groups are frequent in Greece and usually target police, public buildings or businesses. Sunday's explosion was the first in years...