NEWS

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Clocks go back one hour at 4 a.m. on Sunday as summer time ends Clocks go back one hour on Sunday at 4 a.m. – to 3 a.m. – as European Summer Time ends and Greece officially enters winter time. Clocks change back to summer time at the end of March. AIGION BOMBING Four held for precinct attack Four youths have been charged with carrying out a firebomb attack on a police station in the northern Peloponnesian town of Aigion early on Wednesday. The names of the four suspects were not made public. Nobody was hurt in the petrol-bomb attack, which caused minor damage to the entrance of the Aigion police station. Although police are often targeted by groups of anarchists whose favored weapon is the Molotov cocktail, arrests are extremely rare. Soccer subsidies An Athens prosecutor yesterday brought charges against all responsible parties for violating legislation governing the distribution of state subsidies to soccer teams through the Greek Soccer Federation (EPO). Prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis lodged the charges after conducting a preliminary investigation following reports alleging that EPO had only allocated a fraction of the subsidies it had been entrusted with distributing to fourth division soccer clubs between 1997 and 1999. According to the charges, only 227,732 euros of a total of 17.23 million euros were disbursed. London flights Olympic Airlines is to launch two weekly flights from Athens to Gatwick Airport near London, starting next week, the national carrier said on Wednesday. The two extra flights – leaving Athens at 6.45 a.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. on Friday – will operate in addition to the 17 weekly flights OA currently operates to London’s Heathrow Airport. Return flights from Gatwick, which is situated about 42 kilometers (26 miles) from London, will be at 9.45 a.m. Forgers sentenced A Larissa court on Wednesday handed down jail sentences of 12 years and 12 years and eight months to a Greek and a Bulgarian found guilty of forging euro bills. It was unclear whether Karditsa resident Ilias Papaioannou, 42, and Larissa resident Stefnian Denion, 30, had formed part of a larger forgery ring. Migrants detained Coast guard officers in the Aegean have detained a total of 15 illegal immigrants since Tuesday, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. On Wednesday, officials on Chios stopped six would-be migrants and their suspected smuggler who arrived on the island the day before from neighboring Turkey. Also on Wednesday, officials on Lesvos detained six migrants. And on Tuesday, authorities on Samos detained five Afghan immigrants. Rain woes An old, uninhabited building in the Athens district of Sepolia collapsed at 3 a.m. yesterday following Wednesday night’s heavy rainfall. The falling rubble damaged a nearby car but caused no injuries. Traffic was suspended for two hours on part of the Athens-Corinth national road near the steelworks which was flooded by rainwater. There were also traffic disruptions under the Syngrou Bridge on Kallirois Street and at the junction of Pireos Street and Hamosternas. Dozens of homes and stores were flooded, with particular problems in Elefsina, Haidari and Aegaleo. Prostitution ring Two Bulgarian men yesterday faced a Kavala prosecutor following their arrest on Wednesday near the village of Ormenio in Evros by an undercover policeman to whom they tried to sell a 19-year-old Bulgarian woman for 5,500 euros.