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Roadworks will hold up traffic on three key highways in Attica from today, the traffic police said yesterday. Traffic will be disrupted on the Athens-Corinth national road between the Megara and Kineta junctions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. today and tomorrow; Athens-bound drivers will be squeezed into one lane while Corinth-bound traffic will be diverted via the old national road. Also from tomorrow – and for the next six months – traffic on Marathonos Ave (9th-12th kilometer) will be restricted to one lane in both directions. There will also be one-lane traffic on Varis-Koropi Avenue, from the Koropi ring road to the junction with Aghia Marina Ave, from tomorrow until the end of June. MINE PROTEST Minister offers reassurances As protesting miners yesterday embarked on a seventh day of an underground hunger strike against the imminent closure of the former TVX Hellas ores mine in Stratoniki, Halkidiki, Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos pledged that details of a «new structure» to take over the mine’s operation would be revealed this week. «The mines in Halkidiki should not close under any circumstances,» Tsochadzopoulos said. «We aim for this structure to bring together the State and private sectors, as well local government authorities… to create an enterprise able to meet local needs,» he added. Forged euros There have been several fresh discoveries of forged euro notes in northern Greece over the past few days, police said yesterday. Unidentified individuals deposited two fake 200-euro bills at banks in Xanthi and Drama, while a forged 50-euro and 200-euro note were deposited at separate Kavala banks. Clumsy Two robbers raided a jeweler’s in the Athenian district of Peristeri at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday but dropped most of their loot as they fled from the store, police said. Drugs arrest A primary school teacher has been arrested on Philopappou Hill in central Athens on charges of selling heroin to a 29-year-old addict, police said yesterday. The suspect was identified as Vassilis Romanos, 40, who teaches at a school in Paralia Avlidas on Evia.