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A hiker was fatally injured yesterday morning when he fell into a 10-meter ravine as he attempted to descend from the peak of Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest mountain at 2,917 metres. Nikolaos Kralios, a 63-year-old doctor, lost his footing on the steep slopes of Louki. Train hits car A pensioner was killed on Saturday afternoon when an intercity train, en route from Thessaloniki to Evros, crashed into the car he was driving across an unguarded level crossing near the village of Yfantes in the Thracian prefecture of Rodhope. Giorgos Alexandridis, 68, died instantly. The driver of the train was not arrested. Hooligans riot Clashes between supporters of rival Athens soccer teams AEK and Panathinaikos resulted in three injuries and 15 arrests yesterday. Groups of fans scuffled near Nea Smyrni stadium and in other parts of Athens and clashed with police inside the stadium before the game started at 9 p. m. The two teams drew 2-2. In the city center, a group of fans torched a car, which was totally destroyed. Mariopol center Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis on Saturday inaugurated a medical center for ethnic Greeks living in the Ukrainian town of Mariopol. The ceremony was attended by World Council for Hellenes Abroad President Andrew Athens, whose initiative it was to establish the center, and New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis. The focus of the government’s drive to support ethnic Greeks in the region is on creating medical centers, promoting Greek language and culture, and supporting the launch of small businesses, Magriotis said. Karamanlis said it was the State’s duty to offer security and tax breaks to ethnic Greeks who repatriate.