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Street Dogs Of Athens...ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens on January 27, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city's various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets - which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings - also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine's Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece's debt crisis  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis 

A man offers his fish for sale at a central fish market in Athens.

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A man offers his fish for sale at a central fish market in Athens.

A man walks past a graffiti of Sausage, a stray dog, painted by street artists Smart, N_Grams and Martinez in Athens October 20, 2014. The ginger mongrel called "Loukanikos" in Greek, who became famous for appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece's debt crisis, has died of a heart attack, local officials said on October 9, 2014.

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A man walks past a graffiti of Sausage, a stray dog, painted by street artists Smart, N_Grams and Martinez in Athens on Monday. The ginger mongrel, called Loukanikos, found fame after appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece’s debt crisis, has died of a heart attack

Amal Clooney...Lawyer Amal Clooney, second left, arrives for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived Monday to Greece on a four-day visit to meet government officials, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, and advise on Greece's quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Athens from the British Museum in London. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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Lawyer Amal Clooney arrives for a meeting with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in Athens. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived in Greece on Monday for a four-day visit to meet government officials and advise on Greece’s quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to from the British Museum. 

A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a protest in Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  The Greek Roma community, protesting authorities' plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside, blocked a main northern Athens avenue for hours Tuesday, using rubbish bins that they then set on fire. Eventually, a compromise was reached whereby a few uninhabited shacks will be knocked down, and the rest will stay in place pending a final agreement on relocating the Roma.

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A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a Greek Roma community protest in Athens that blocked a main northern avenue in the city on Tuesday. The Roma are protesting authority plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside

A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb  on September 25 , 2014. The show was a pre-event for  Athens annual Flying Week  at the weekend at an airfield north of Athens.

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A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb on Thursday

Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters demonstrate in front of the Parliament before a vote that will decide whether the deputies of the party will be stripped of their immunity from prosecution, in Athens, Greece, 04 June 2014. The members of Parliament (MP) of the Golden Dawn party are being charged for their alleged participation and leading of a criminal organization

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Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters demonstrate in front of the parliament in Athens before a vote that will decide whether the deputies of the party will be stripped of their immunity from prosecution over alleged criminal activities

Cleaning ladies from the public sector react as they scuffle with police officers at the entrance of a building housing the Finance Ministry, during a protest against the layoffs and transitions due to a troika-led civil service revamp, in Athens June 3, 2014.

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Cleaning ladies employed by the public sector demonstrate at the entrance to the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, during a protest against layoffs

Car bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece

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Police bomb-disposal experts gather evidence at the site of an explosion in the centre of Athens, on Thursday

A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens on April 9, 2014. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike today shutting down ferry services to the country's world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices. They protest new labour reforms demanded by the country's EU-IMF creditors.

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A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.

In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, a motorcyclist passes the work 'Access Control' by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens. Greece has attracted international street artists to its capital, due to the availability of commissioned work and relatively lax anti-graffiti law.

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A motorcyclist passes the work ‘Access Control’ by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens. Greece has attracted international street artists to its capital, due to the availability of commissioned work and relatively lax anti-graffiti law. 

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A protester stands in front of riot police securing the private office of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek public administration reform minister, in central Athens on Thursday. Scores of striking schoolteachers and other civil servants occupied Mitsotakis’s office to protest planned public sector lay-offs, under cost-cutting reforms demanded by the debt-mired country’s bailout creditors.

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A tourist walks inside Attalos Arcade in the ancient agora (market) in Athens

A woman talks on her mobile phone as she walks past a  graffiti referring to Google in central Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

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A woman walks past anti-Google graffiti in central Athens, Greece on Tuesday. 

Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading "No", during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally  and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive.

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Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading “No”, during a rally organised by Greece’s Adedy main public sector union in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a four-hour work stoppage to protest against planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government’s austerity drive

A local resident gestures to a military helicopter dropping water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens

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A local resident shows his support as a military helicopter drops water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis (C), 43, married with two children of three and six, from the northern Greek town of Edessa, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding the Greek parliament in Athens. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis, centre, from the town of Edessa in northern Greece, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding parliament in Athens.

Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens...Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens July 8, 2013. The euro zone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Municipal policemen on their motorcycles join a protest by local government workers in Athens against the public sector reforms and layoffs the Greek government has promised its international lenders. The eurozone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to the country to force through unpopular measures ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. 

Marialena, a homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens...Marialena, a 42-year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens May 13, 2013. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent in March, new figures show. According to Praxis, a non-governmental organisation, the number of homeless in Greece has nearly doubled to over 20,000 from 11,000 in 2009. Picture taken May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 41 FOR PACKAGE 'DOWN AND OUT IN ATHENS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'UNEMPLOYMENT YANNIS'

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Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens