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ATHENS, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Refugee families stranded in Greece visited the Acropolis hill in Athens on Monday as part of celebrations for Europe Day under an initiative aimed to raise awareness on the refugee crisis.


The event, held by the Greek Ministry of Culture in assistance with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Flux Laboratory organization, aimed to alarm global community on the ongoing issue of the refugees and migrants, who were trapped in Greece since mid-February after the gradual closing of borders along the Balkan route to central Europe.


"We want Europe to find again its founding principles of democracy, peace, tolerance and acceptance of each individual without discriminations of sexual or religious orientation," Greek Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas said during the tour.


The refugees were mostly young Syrians and Afghans with their families, who live at the reception facilities centers at Eleonas and Schisto. They climbed the Acropolis hill and were guided by archaeologists to its monuments -- the Parthenon, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, and the small temple Athena Nike.


Following the tour at the archaeological site of the Acropolis, the Greek Minister of Culture accepted the group of refugees at the Acropolis museum where they were given souvenirs.


"This visit is very special. Greeks want to show that hospitality is not only material but also moral and historic, connected to their history and ours," Baltas added.


Underlining the significance of the monuments' integrity, Greek Culture Minister linked Syria and the destruction of Palmyra with the antiquity smuggling that followed.


"Neither the Parthenon is an integral monument from this point of view," Baltas pointed out, referring to the international campaign for the reunification of the Parthenon marbles.


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"The Web-version of Google Translate has always been accessible in [the market], and now Google Translate has been updated to version 5.8 on Android and iOS Cheap Chris Chelios Jersey , [which] is an extension of Google's translation service that has always been available to [Chinese mainland] users," Google told the Global Times on Thursday.


A low-key update of Google's Translate mobile app on Wednesday seems to have beefed up anticipation that Google might return to the Chinese mainland after a withdrawal from the market in 2010.


Finally the translation service has been made available without using a VPN, a user named "MXHJWAY" commented Wednesday on Apple's App Store. "Does this mean it plans to launch its [mainland] comeback?"


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The fresh speculation followed recent reports that Google Scholar will be the vanguard of the US search giant's much-speculated attempt to re-enter the Chinese mainland market. "The academic sector will be the first to get through Cheap Pierre Pilote Jersey ," Liu Binjie, a lawmaker and former head of the General Administration of Press and Publication, was quoted as saying in a South China Morning Post article Cheap Keith Magnuson Jersey , speaking of Google's return.


Analysts, however, are less optimistic about Google's mainland return in the foreseeable future.


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ROME, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The economic cost of a strong earthquake that recently hit central Italy would amount to at least 4 billion euros (4.48 billion U.S. dollars), Italian authorities said on Friday.


"The overall damage is estimated at about 4 billion euros, which is a very prudent figure," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told a press conference in the Italian capital.


"The earthquake has not only affected the communities where victims were claimed: a larger area has been profoundly wounded," he added.


Some 297 people were killed, and 400 injured, in the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck the central Lazio and Marche regions on Aug. 24.


Thousands more have lost their houses and activities in the disaster.


Around 3,000 displaced people were registered one month after the disaster, some 2,500 of whom still sheltered in tent camps, according to the Italian Civil Protection Agency.


"Our major priority now is to close the tent camps as soon as possible," agency chief Fabrizio Curcio said, adding "In other similar emergencies, displaced people have been able to live in tents up to five months."


"Yet, the current situation, the geographic position (of the affected areas), and the period of the year we are facing do not allow us to wait for such a long time," the officer explained.


A significant reduction in the number of people living in temporary shelters was expected in the upcoming weekend, according to the civil protection chief.


Authorities also said the emergency phase during the first month after the quake has been particularly difficult, but so far satisfying.


"It has been a complicated but well-coordinated path, and we want to thank local administrators for this," Renzi said.


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