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A laborer sustained slight injuries on his legs on Saturday after a hand grenade detonated on the third floor of the Zara clothes store on Ermou St near Syntagma where refurbishment works are underway. The grenade, found among rubble on the work site, is not a modern weapon, according to explosives experts who examined it. Gas deal Greece and Turkey yesterday agreed to build a natural gas pipeline linking producers from the Caspian Sea region with Europe. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and Turkish Energy Minister Mehmed Guler signed the 250-million-euro deal at the end of a two-day summit of European Union energy ministers in Thessaloniki. The pipeline will go from the town of Karacabey in western Turkey to Komotini in Thrace. (Page 5) N17 rebuff The criminal department of the Supreme Court has rejected appeals by alleged November 17 mastermind Alexandros Yotopoulos and another four alleged N17 members against their indictment to trial for alleged terrorist activities, court sources said on Saturday. Yotopoulos, Pavlos Serifis, Costas Karatsolis, Iraklis Kostaris and Sotiris Kondylis had all appealed against their indictment to trial on March 3. Such appeals cannot be made in view of existing anti-terrorism laws, the Supreme Court ruled. Vandis dies Stage and screen actor Titos Vandis died of cancer in Athens yesterday at the age of 86. Vandis was best known for his roles in two Jules Dassin films, «Never on Sunday» and «Topkapi,» as well as for his performance in the classic horror movie «The Exorcist.» Pro-monk protest Some 150 people demonstrated on Saturday in the village of Ouranoupolis, the gateway to Mount Athos, in support of the 100 rebel, ultra-Orthodox monks who face eviction from their 1,000-year-old premises in the monastic community. The protesters were stopped from boarding ferries to cross to the Esphigmenou Monastery, whose brotherhood has been excommunicated by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios.