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February 2019 Week 3

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden put the full weight of his presidency behind voting rights action last week, heading to Capitol Hill in an effort to push Democrats to change Senate rules to pass legislation.

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.

ATHENS – A Greek Internet protection group said a police program that would scan people's faces and fingerprints goes against international human rights and is an invasion of privacy that could worsen discrimination.

AUSTIN — Money is pouring fast into the Texas governor's race headlined by Republican Gov Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who both reported massive early fundraising hauls Monday that puts the campaign on an accelerated track to become one of the nation's most expensive in 2022.

ΑΤΗΕΝS - How many refugees and migrants arrived in Greece – or were rescued at sea trying to get there from Italy – is uncertain after two key ministers gave conficting numbers.

ATHENS - The process to get high speed trains operating from Athens to Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki, a key northern port, is taking even longer than the train now takes to get between them.

ATHENS - Greece confirmed 23,340 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 53 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Tuesday.

ATHENS - The funeral for renowned Greek painter Alekos Fassianos, who died on Sunday at the age of 87, was held in the Papagou cemetery in Athens on Tuesday.

COLLEYVILLE, Texas — An armed man who took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue had spent time in area homeless shelters in the two weeks leading up to the attack, and was dropped off at one by someone he appeared to know.

THESSALONIKI - An allegation by a 24-year-old woman that she was raped by three men at a New Year's Eve party in Greece's second-largest city Thessaloniki has led a Supreme Court prosecutor to begin an investigation.

OCEAN, NJ – Rafaella Lambrinos, whose family is from Karpathos originally, spoke with The National Herald about the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou program she founded at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ, which connects youth and seniors from her church community through weekly phone conversations.

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Politics

ANKARA - Turkey's swiveling between offering diplomacy or gunboats and demands that Greece take troops off its islands near Turkey's coast is roiling the waters between the countries and plans to hunt for energy.

United States

NEW YORK – Grammy-nominated artist Eric Alexandrakis announced his latest release due out on February 1, titled Good Girls Never Waltz With Me, another new genre-bending addition to his critically acclaimed TERRA series of releases.

General News

ATHENS – Five members of the World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association (WHIA), with Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis as head of the group, visited Evros on January 12-13.

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Despite Huge Volcano Blast, Tonga Avoids Widespread Disaster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru.

On MLK Day, King III Implores Senate to Act on Voting Rights

ATLANTA — A day before the US Senate was expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, Martin Luther King, Jr's eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction.