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Miniature gun factory discovered

An Athens refrigerator technician has been arrested after being found in possession of miniature guns made to look like keyrings and pens as well as a number of other weapons and ammunition, police said yesterday. Acting on a tip, officers raided the workshop of Stavros Katosnidis, 49, in the capital’s industrial district of Tavros, and were astounded to find the first such weapon-making business in Greece. They confiscated two keyring guns and 23 that were still being made, as well as three pen-guns and another five that were still being made. The officers also found equipment for making the keyring guns. In addition, they confiscated two G3 semiautomatic rifles, a pistol, various parts of guns such as stocks, locks and barrels as well as ammunition clips and bullets of various sizes. Officers also found instruction manuals on how to make the weapons as well as equipment to do so. They are now looking for accomplices. Powell is also due to attend meetings at NATO in Brussels next week. Turkey, whose decades-long aspiration to become an EU candidate was granted in 1999, is objecting to plans for the EU rapid-reaction force unless it can have a decision-making role in the force’s automatic use of NATO assets.