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TURKISH VIOLATIONS

Navy aircraft flies south of Lesvos A Turkish naval CN-235 reconnaissance plane violated Greek air space south of Lesvos shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday, military sources said. Two Greek F-16s that were mobilized to chase off the Turkish aircraft came upon two Turkish jet fighters, which they also chased off. It was the fifth in a series of violations by Turkish jets in the Aegean – where Ankara is conducting military exercises – in just over a week. Crete downpour Heavy rains that fell across eastern Crete on Friday night and Saturday morning flooded dozens of homes and stores in Iraklion and paralyzed much of the regional road network. The downpour caused landslides and many cars were carried off in the floods. There were also widespread power cuts. The areas of Aghia Pelagia and Lygaria were the worst hit. In the suburb of Poros, a 73-year-old woman was electrocuted as she tried to clean a drain in her front yard during the downpour. Illegal sub-station Plans to construct an electricity sub-station in the northern Athens suburb of Vrilissia, as part of a broader project to boost Attica’s power infrastructure during the August Olympics, have been ruled as illegal by the Council of State’s plenary session, court sources said yesterday. A joint ministerial decision foreseeing construction of the sub-station, as well as a public parking lot and an open-air cinema, should not be allowed as they violate constitutional provisions for the protection of the environment, according to the ruling. Soccer violence A group of around 15 motorcycle-borne youths, believed to be AEK soccer club fans, caused damage to the offices of rival Olympiakos supporters’ club in the Athens district of Kallithea on Saturday night ahead of yesterday’s match between the two teams – which ended in a goal-less draw. The youths used crowbars, sticks and stones to smash up a nearby bank branch, a car and three scooters before throwing two Molotov cocktails into the Olympiakos club offices. No injuries were reported.