Greek Christmas is a Religious Holiday

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Christmas is a religious holiday and one for feasting after weeks of fasting

Kalanda singers, Aphrodite and Giorgos

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Greek Christmas customs

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Please start with the weblink below to explore the wonderful Greek traditions we celebrate during the Christmas holiday period. Mr. Yiannis Stamatis has much information available on his website Crete Explore including photos… Continue reading

Feeling a bit nauseous while watching AVATAR?

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Turkish cinema shrugs off cliches to explore conflict

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New films on Kurdish insurgency sway critics and audiences Turkish film director Ozgur Dogan poses for a photograph during an interview earlier this month. As tensions resurface around the Kurdish question, with violence… Continue reading

Peace talks on Cyprus to shift into higher gear

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NICOSIA (AFP) – Rival Cypriot leaders agreed yesterday to intensify the United Nations-led peace process next month in efforts to reunify the long-divided island in 2010. “On the occasion of their last meeting… Continue reading

Immigrants to get citizenship

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Cabinet approves pioneering draft law to give foreigners and their children greater rights Second-generation immigrants are going to be given the right to claim Greek citizenship and vote in the country’s elections, the… Continue reading

Bengali ‘should be UN language’

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The assembly in the Indian state of West Bengal has passed a resolution backing Bangladesh’s call for Bengali to be made an official UN language.

U.S. Sets 3-Hour Limit on Tarmac Waits for Plane Passengers

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The Transportation Department is ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes exit after three hours. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday announced the three-hour limit and other new passenger protections long… Continue reading

Brooke Astor’s Son Is Sentenced to Prison

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Anthony D. Marshall, who was convicted of siphoning millions from his mother, Brooke Astor, was sentenced on Monday to 1 to 3 years in prison. Justice A. Kirke Bartley Jr. said Mr. Marshall,… Continue reading