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CYPRUS TALKS

Greek, Turkish officials to resume efforts for a solution, Gul says Greek and Turkish officials are to meet soon for talks aimed at finding a solution to the unresolved Cyprus problem, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said late on Friday in Brussels after meeting with his Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, on the sidelines of a European Union summit. Gul said the talks would be held between his and Papandreou’s deputies. CORPSE IN RIVER Man missing since January found Rescue workers yesterday recovered the corpse of a 49-year-old man, who had been missing from his Thessaloniki home since January 12, from the bottom of a river west of the northern city. An autopsy is to determine what caused the death of Nikolaos Garanis, police in the western Thessaloniki area of Sindos said. Desperate measures A 24-year-old Thessaloniki woman tried to hide an 11-gram package of heroin on her 5-year-old niece just before a police search of her home, officers in the northern city said yesterday following the woman’s arrest. Police said they saw V.F. hiding the drugs as she spotted them approaching her home in the city’s Stavroupolis district. Officers were given her address by a 19-year-old man they had arrested earlier in possession of a small quantity of heroin. More drugs A drug-trading ring comprising one Greek and four Albanians has been broken up, police in Thessaloniki said yesterday after arresting the five men. Officers apprehended K.N., 60, and Albanian nationals R.I., 25, L.J., 23, H.A., 25, and K.J., 41, on the grounds of a farmhouse owned by the 60-year-old Greek after discovering more than 700 grams of cannabis and 250 grams of heroin.