NEWS

In Brief

AIRPORT STRIKE OFF

Flights to proceed as normal today There will be no flight disruptions at Greek airports today after air-traffic controllers decided not to participate in a 24-hour strike called for today by the civil servants’ union. It is unclear whether air-traffic controllers will go ahead with a four-hour work stoppage planned for Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Morocco attacks In a statement issued on behalf of the European Union presidency, the Foreign Ministry denounced «in the strongest possible terms» Saturday’s terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Morocco. «This is the second cowardly and barbarous act occurring within a few days, aimed at innocent civilians,» the statement, issued later on Saturday, said. «Those responsible for this dastardly act must be found and punished in an exemplary way.» Bankruptcies The Yvonni chain of cosmetics retailers and the Antonopoulos chain of supermarkets on Friday announced they would be filing bankruptcy after a protracted period of financial difficulties and increasingly losing their market shares in recent years. A total of some 200 people are expected to lose their jobs. Mine off Kavala Navy explosives experts on Saturday defused a World War II mine found by fishermen in the sea off the eastern Macedonian town of Kavala. The mine was of British manufacture. Harbor accident An 18-month-old baby boy was hospitalized in critical condition in Iraklion yesterday after the car in which it had been left alone fell into the Cretan city’s harbor. The cause of the accident was unclear.