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Alexis_Tsipras Athens: The July 5 Greek referendum on the debt draft deal with creditors will go ahead as planned, Greece’s highest administrative court ruled on Friday.

The State Council was requested to examine the petition submitted by two citizens who questioned the legality of the referendum and asked that it be withdrawn.

Judges rejected the case over technical reasons and did not examine the essence of the objections as to whether the referendum was constitutional or not, Xinhua news agency report.

According to the argument of the two citizens, the referendum is unconstitutional, because Greece’s constitution clearly states that referendums on fiscal matters are not allowed to take place.

In addition, they claimed that part of the question was not entirely clear to all voters and argued that the short notice does not allow citizens to be fully informed on the consequences of their choices.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s call for the referendum, as five month negotiations on the terms of a reforms for cash deal had hit an impasse, triggered dramatic developments in recent days that have fuelled fear that Greece was getting closer and closer to default and Grexit or exit from the eurozone.

With banks closed and capital controls introduced since Monday and with no financial aid from creditors, the Greek government has urged people to vote “No”, arguing that this outcome would boost Greece’s bargaining position from next week.

With Greece’s banking association chief Louka Katseli admitting on Friday that ATMs will run out of cash on Monday, Greeks fear that “No” means that the banks would not reopen on Tuesday and the situation will deteriorate.

Opinion surveys show that Greeks are almost evenly divided heading to the referendum.

(IANS)

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Australian Man Jacob Welsh from Geelong, Melbourne raises $4,000 to bring stray dog home from Greece

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece

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Jacob Welsh with the dog. Image source: Facebook

Melbourne, Sept 6, 2016: An Australian man Jacob Welsh has raised $4,000 to bring a stray dog home from Greece.

Welsh is from Geelong, 75 km from Melbourne, raised the money on a popular crowd-funding Website, to bring the dog, which he named “Chance,” back to Australia, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

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The resounding success of the campaign guaranteed Chance would have a home for the rest of her life, said Welsh.

“Thank you! She will not spend another night on the street thanks to all the help we’ve received,” Welsh wrote on social media on Tuesday.

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece.

“I called her over to me and she hesitantly approached, I gave her a little pat and ever since then she has followed me wherever I go,” he wrote on social media earlier.

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“I didn’t have the heart to leave her on the street after that so since then I have been sneaking her into my apartment, which has a strict no-pets policy.

“The sad reality of her going back on the streets is becoming more and more real as my time left in Greece comes to an end.

“Australia’s laws are very strict with this kind of thing but I have done the research and it is possible, just very expensive. If you can spare a few dollars Chance and I would really appreciate it.”

Costs involved in bringing an animal into Australia include a rabies vaccine, pet passport, plane tickets, airport transfers, de-worming medication and a pet carrier box. (IANS)

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