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News in brief

Increased traffic at this hour on Alexandras Avenue.

The US State Department condemned on Tuesday the recently signed maritime deal between Libya and Turkey as “counterproductive and provocative”.

Replying to a question by the Athens News Agency, a State Department spokesman said that Turkish claims are contrary to international law, which states that the islands have same rights regarding the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the continental shelf as any land territory.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with his Moroccan counterpart and other government officials in the capital city of Rabat today.

The current situation in Libya and other regional issues will be at the center of talks.

Greece’s former top corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou, who quit her post in 2017 over alleged political interference in the Novartis bribery investigation, on Tuesday reportedly described former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos as “the definition of lawlessness.”

Testifying before a parliamentary committee, Raikou reportedly accused Papangelopoulos of pressing her to fabricate evidence.

Responding, Papangelopoulos accused Raikou of using “dirty lies” to try and save herself.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will start a round of visits to ministries. The first meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism is scheduled at 11.30 this morning.

Today the deadline for paying road-tax stickers expires.

The fifth post-bailout assessment of the Greek economy begins on today at the staff level, with the new framework on the bankruptcy law and credit sector issues dominating the agenda of a review that is not related to any disbursement of funds to Greece.

Talks will focus not only on the bankruptcy law reform but also on the course of auctions, the Hercules plan for the reduction of nonperforming loans and the reduction of the backlog of cases pending in courts from the Katseli law that protected borrowers’ main residences.

On Monday, the US attorney general, William Barr, called on Apple to help the FBI unlock two iPhones related to the fatal shooting of three Americans at a Florida naval base in December. The attorney general complained that Apple had “not given us any substantive assistance”.

Australian Open qualifying was delayed twice on Wednesday because of the «very poor» air quality from ongoing bushfires in the country and then rain.

Iran says it has arrested the person who filmed the footage showing a Ukrainian passenger plane being shot down by a missile.  It is believed the person being detained will face charges related to national security.

And the weather forecast…

Cloudy in Attica this morning with the temperature expected to reach a high of 15 degrees Celsius.

More news in brief tomorrow morning at 9.

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