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Football riot – Twelve injured by rampaging fans The Athens-Thessaloniki highway near Lamia turned into a battleground yesterday afternoon when five busloads of supporters of the Olympiakos football team ambushed two buses carrying Aris Thessaloniki supporters and began throwing stones, injuring the 12 people who did not manage to get out of the buses in time. The two buses were completely wrecked and the passengers’ belongings looted. Police arrested four people, including two suspected of damaging two of the police cars that arrived on the scene. Money laundering. Cypriot Prosecutor General Alekos Markidis had a meeting in Nicosia yesterday with US Ambassador Donald Bandler to discuss accusations in the American media and by former US officials that Cyprus was a center for money-laundering. Also at the meeting was Eva Papakyriakou, head of the unit set up to fight money-laundering. Storm warning. All ports in Greece were closed yesterday due to gale-force winds of up to 8 on the Beaufort scale. The ban applied to all passenger ferries due to sail from Piraeus and Rafina for the Aegean islands, Crete and the Dodecanese. Parking hazards. Police have arrested a young Albanian on charges of preying on three couples who had parked at night in the seaside suburbs of Kavouri and Vouliagmeni, southern Athens, it was reported on Saturday. Edmond Rebrasa, 21, was identified by his victims as one of two men who had threatened them with a knife and a gun and robbed them of their money and valuables, and in one instance, of a motorbike.