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MOONLIGHT SIGHTSEEING

Ministry says ancient sites will be open late tomorrow for full moon The Culture Ministry said yesterday that it will observe its annual tradition of keeping Greece's main archeological sites open past midnight tomorrow so visitors can enjoy the full moon. The sites that will be open until 1 a.m. include the Acropolis, Sounion, Kerameikos, Ancient Olympia and Delphi, the ministry said. KALYMNOS CONNECTION New airport to open on Dodecanese island as OA starts regular flights A new airport on the Dodecanese island of Kalymnos is to be opened tomorrow and Olympic Airlines will begin flying from Athens International Airport to the island on the same day. OA said yesterday that it will conduct 10 flights a week to the Kalymnos. Five will be direct flights and the other five will have stopovers in Astypalaia. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis will inaugurate the 6.5-millio-euro building on Kalymnos. CASH HOLDUP Thieves steal 20,000 euros at ATM Two robbers made off with 20,000 euros after holding up an armored truck as two security guards were filling a cash machine on coastal Poseidonos Avenue in southern Athens yesterday. The robbers threatened the guards with a gun and sped off on a motorcycle after grabbing a metal box full of cash. Water cuts The Athens Water Company (EYDAP) said yesterday that residents in central Athens will either have low water pressure or no water at all between 7 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m on Thursday due to work on the underground network. People living in the areas around Vathi, Omonia, Monastiraki, Psyrri and Koumoundourou squares will be affected by the work. Zografou mugging A 27-year-old man was hospitalized late on Sunday night after being mugged as he was taking cash from an ATM in Zografou, near central Athens, police said. The unnamed man had been withdrawing money from the National Bank of Greece's cash machine on Eleftherias Square when two men on a motorcycle rode up and struck him over the head. It was not immediately clear how much money they stole, officers said. Yiossakis refusal A council of appeals court judges yesterday refused a request by former priest Iakovos Yiossakis to be released from custody. Yiossakis is waiting to be tried in connection to his alleged involvement in a trial-fixing ring. The judges refused his request to be released as they deemed him a flight risk. Migrants at sea Coast guard officers picked up yesterday morning 16 illegal migrants off the coast of Farmakonissi, an uninhabited islet east of Patmos in the Dodecanese, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants, who were all men, had sailed to the island in a wooden boat which they sank before reaching the shore. Another four migrants were detained off the southeastern Aegean island of Kos after trying to sail to the island in a rubber dinghy, the ministry said. Hania drownings Authorities in Hania, Crete, said yesterday that so far 11 people had drowned while swimming at beaches in the area this summer. The local coroner said the majority of those who drowned were over 50 years old and had either been eating or drinking before they went swimming. Almost half of the people who died were Athenians who were visiting Hania on vacation. Authorities said that 12 people drowned in the area during all of last summer. The coast guard reminded bathers last week to take care when they swim in the sea. High-tech haul Robbers raided a company specializing in television equipment in Pallini, northeast of Athens, and stole items worth 100,300 euros, police said yesterday. The suspects broke into the company's warehouse during the night.

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