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ATHENS Rabais Homme Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Noir , Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- On the eve of Sunday's Athens 33rd Authentic Marathon, organizers and humanitarian organizations called on Greeks and foreign runners and spectators to seize the opportunity to show their solidarity with the thousands of refugees who keep reaching Greece to escape war zones.

Since 2009 the Athens Marathon has launched a Charity and Social Liability Program that allows involved charities to use the sports event as a means to promoting their scopes and collect money. This year the refugee crisis holds a leading role.

The Doctors Without Borders will participate in all races attempting to cover as many kilometers as possible to gather funds for those in need. "We are running here for a doctor over there," is the main slogan of their participation this year.

They urge citizens to join them in the race to provide medical aid to refugees arriving in the Aegean Sea islands by making donations on their website

For each euro donated the donor will take one footstep along the original 42 km route from Marathon to the 1896 Olympic Stadium in the heart of Athens in virtual reality. Each step made will be converted into support for the refugees.

In previous years, Doctors Without Borders have collected more than 50,000 euros.

In addition Homme Nike Air Max 97 OG GS Blanche Pas Cher , on an initiative of the Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) that organizes the Marathon, all isothermal blankets used by runners at the end of the race will be delivered in coming weeks to refugees on Lesvos. The island has received the bulk of the 600,000 refugees flows since the start of this year.

Runners and spectators are also urged to donate, as in the past year, shoes and clothing for the refugees and other people in need.

A record number of 43 Moins Cher Homme Nike Air Max 97 Noir ,000 runners will participate in this year's Athens Marathon and the shorter 10 and 5 km races, up from 35,000 participations in 2014.

About 16,000 runners will run the classic 42 km Marathon race the legendary Athenian soldier Pheidippides run 25 centuries ago from the Marathon battlefield to Athens to announce Greeks' victory over the Persian forces.

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Each one of them has at least one relative or friend to support and cheer himher along the way, according to estimates from previous years.

Another 100,000-200,000 spectators are expected to be following the event along the route and at the finish line inside the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics were hosted.

Last year the Athens Authentic Marathon raised approximately 500 Achat Homme Nike Air Max 97 OG GS Army Vert Noir ,000 euros which were donated for good causes. This year organizers hope to break this record.

Addressing a press briefing ahead of the event this week, Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis praised organizers for the humanitarian profile of the Athens Marathon.

"This series of initiatives show that despite the economic difficulties Greece faces in recent years, Greek people are always willing to help. SEGAS' sensitivity to the refugee crisis honors all of us, because it shows the best image of Greece," he said.

BRUSSELS, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers of NATO allies and Montenegro signed an accession protocol on Thursday, marking the final stage on the country's road towards NATO membership.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said on social media: "Foreign ministers just signed accession protocol. Montenegro is very close to becoming NATO's 29th member."

The signature of the protocol allows the small Balkan country to participate as an observer in NATO meetings.

"As of today, Montenegro will have a seat at NATO's table. Taking part in all our meetings as an observer," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the start of Thursday's meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs.

After the signing ceremony in the NATO headquarters, Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will participate for the first time in NATO's North Atlantic Council Meeting.

The protocol has to be ratified by the parliaments of all NATO 28 member states.

"Once all Allies have ratified the protocol, Montenegro will become the 29th member of the Alliance," Stoltenberg said.

Montenegro joined the NATO membership action plan in 2009. In December last year, NATO foreign ministers invited Montenegro to begin accession talks to become a member of the alliance.

SOFIA Nike Air Presto Bordeaux Rabais , Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The number of illegal immigrants who were arrested in Bulgaria in the first half of 2017 significantly dropped compared to the same period last year, a report from the country's Interior Ministry showed on Wednesday.

During the first six months of 2017, Bulgarian law enforcement authorities arrested 413 foreigners trying to enter the country illegally, a figure which is 84.5 percent less than the same period of last year, the statistics showed.

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In addition, the Bulgarian authorities arrested 827 foreigners from January to June who were illegally staying in the country, 67.7 percent less year-on-year.

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