ATHENS, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers opened up road
freight to competition on Wednesday, prompting angry truck
drivers to briefly block the two main roads to the capital and
clash with police in front of parliament.
Road freight is one of the most closed professions in Greece
– along with pharmacists, architects and lawyers — with no new
licenses issued for decades. Opening up these professions is a
key requirement of an EU/IMF bailout deal.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek riot police fired teargas at protesters chanting “Burn parliament” in Athens on Tuesday just hours before lawmakers were to begin debating a sweeping pension reform to help tackle the country’s huge debt crisis.
About 10,000 people took part in marches across Athens during a nationwide strike — well down from the 50,000 in the biggest demonstration against austerity measures needed to secure a 110 billion euro ($134.2 billion) bailout from the European Union and the IMF.
One of the most challenging and exciting parts of my job is working with some of the toughest and best-trained men in the most dangerous and challenging spot in the world. Last January, Reuters photographers received a group email asking for volunteers for an embed in Afghanistan “during the two most dangerous months of the year, May and June”. I did not think much before responding. I was on my way back to my home base in Greece after a two-year assignment in Israel.
By mid-March I was back in the gym to be fit for the embed. After a series of emails with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and a bit of paperwork, I received the approval for a three-week embed with the 2-508 Infantry Parachute regiment, (the Red Devils) part of the 82nd airborne, based in Arghandab valley near Kandahar. I was very happy and relieved to get the go ahead. I arrived at Kandahar airfield (KAF) on April 30. After a two day wait at the airbase, and a few rocket attacks, I got the green light to fly on an Australian Chinook chopper to my base in the valley — a region considered the most dangerous on earth at that time. To whoever is a fan of extreme games, I suggest a flight with that “bird.”
This image shot by Gaza-based Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem of a martial arts class is among the latest “Photo highlights from the Holy land”
Click below to view a multimedia presentation by Jerusalem-based Senior Photo Editor Sharon Perry showcasing some of the best Reuters images from Israel and the Palestinian Territories in November 2009.
This image shot by Jerusalem based Reuters photographer Ronen Zvulun of storks flying over the Judean Desert is among the latest “Photo highlights from the Holy Land”.Click below to view a multimedia presentation by Sharon Perry showcasing some of the best Reuters images from Israel and the Palestinian Territories during the week of August 24-31, 2009.
The Dead Sea is among 14 finalists in a global internet vote next year to choose the 7 wonders of the natural world, organisers said on Tuesday August 25, 2009.The famously salty lake at the lowest point in the world is in the running for a place alongside spectacular natural phenomena such as the Amazon River, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.The Dead Sea is shared by Israel, Jordan and the occupied West Bank. It was almost eliminated from the contest (www.new7wonders.com) earlier this year when Middle East politics blocked their required cooperation.But a last-minute compromise allowed the candidacy to proceed to the next stage. Final results are due in 2011, by which time the organisers expect one billion people will have voted online.Click below for a multi-media ’essay’ on the Dead Sea.
Tisha B’Av is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The day has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”. Thousands of Jewish pilgrims gather in Jerusalem’s Western Wall to pray and mourn throughout the night.