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AIR SPACE VIOLATIONS

Minister ‘strict’ with Turks The recent increases in Greek air space violations by Turkish warplanes, which included four incidents last week, «are not consistent with Greek-Turkish ties nor with Turkey’s European outlook,» Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos said on Saturday. «Everything is being monitored… But, it is a tactic that the government is handling very seriously and strictly,» Spiliotopoulos said in response to a reporter’s question. Ship sinks An abandoned North Korean-flagged ship laden with marble sank a few kilometers south of the Dodecanese island of Kassos on Saturday morning, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. Rescue helicopters on Friday airlifted to safety the 15-strong crew of the Ostria, which had been listing dangerously in winds of 7 to 8 Beaufort. The vessel had been bound for Albania from Port Said, Egypt. Sibling killing A 63-year-old man was detained on Saturday after fatally stabbing his 73-year-old sister in the yard of her home in the northwestern Athens district of Ilion, police said. Michail Kotsiliatis is mentally disturbed, they said. The victim was named as Vassiliki Kotsiliati. Migrants intercepted Port authority officials in Igoumenitsa on Saturday detained a man and a woman after discovering 13 illegal immigrants in a specially designed compartment in the back of their camper as they waited to board a ferry to Ancona, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. The couple’s nationalities were not revealed. In Patras, a truck driver was arrested after eight people were found hidden in his truck and trailer. Kiosk robber A 26-year-old man – believed to belong to a gang responsible for at least 20 raids on street kiosks, convenience stores and gas stations – faced a prosecutor yesterday following his arrest in Glyfada on Saturday, police said. Officers caught Lendar Alinetay, an Albanian national, after conducting a random search of the car he was in with a female companion. Alinetay, who was identified by six robbery victims, allegedly carried out the raids with 22-year-old Pavlin Kola, who has also been arrested, and two other Albanians who remain at large, police said. Dead fisherman A 69-year-old fisherman was found dead in his boat in the Bay of Itea, a few kilometers from Delphi, early yesterday. The man, whose name was not released, had been reported missing on Saturday. The cause of death was not yet known.