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AEGEAN VIOLATIONS

Turkish, Greek fighter jets joust for the fourth time in just over a week Five formations of Turkish fighter jets yesterday violated Greek national air space in the Aegean 22 times, military sources said. The Turkish jets were chased off by Greek aircraft and there were four simulated dogfights. Also, a Turkish F-16 flew over the islet of Levitha, which is situated between Kalymnos and Amorgos at an altitude of 24,000 feet. It was the fourth series of violations in just over a week. The Turkish military yesterday denied having repeatedly violated Greek air space recently. The assertion was swiftly rebutted by the Greek Joint Chiefs of Staff. BORDER QUAKE Strong tremor in southern Albania, seismologists’ readings differ A strong earthquake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, struck the border area between Greece and Albania early yesterday morning, seismologists in Athens said. Meanwhile, the Albanian Seismological Institute said a quake measuring 4.6. had struck the area of Gjirokaster, in southern Albania, in the early hours of yesterday. No injuries were reported, but some damage to buildings in Albania were damaged. It appeared that Greek and Albanian seismologists were referring to the same quake but it was unclear why there was a discrepancy in the magnitude recorded. MOSQUE RIOT Three TV actresses charged A Xanthi prosecutor yesterday brought charges of disturbing the peace against three television actresses whose presence outside – or, allegedly, in – a Thracian mosque last Tuesday sparked a riot. The actresses are due to defend themselves before an Athens prosecutor. Meanwhile, Xanthi prosecutor Georgios Kantsidis ordered an urgent preliminary investigation into the incident, asking for charges to be brought against residents of Echinos who may have attacked members of the television cast and crew. US ‘threat’ President Costis Stephanopoulos yesterday stressed the need for vigilance in the face of «threats» posed by the USA, in comments reported by the Athens News Agency. «There is one superpower, the USA, which we all observe for what it does and what it omits to do, and we should deal with the threats emanating from this source as soon as possible,» the ANA quoted Stephanopoulos as saying following a meeting with heads of the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities (KEDKE) in Athens. Store sales Store sales are to begin on February 1 and continue until the February 28, the Development Ministry said yesterday. Price tags must display both the original price and the sale price, or stores must display signs clearly showing the percentage discount for categories of products, the ministry said. Diesel protest The environmental protection group Greenpeace yesterday called for the ban on the circulation of diesel-powered cars in Athens and Thessaloniki not to be lifted, warning of an inordinate increase in pollution in both cities. Island power Deputy Development Minister Giorgos Salagoudis yesterday approved licenses for the operation of small power stations on Symi, Anafi, Serifos and Amorgos to ensure the islands have sufficient electricity. The capacity of the power stations range from 0.22 MW on Anafi to 1.5 MW on Serifos. Traffic disruptions Traffic will be disrupted around the Pharos junction on Kifissias Ave in Psychico from 11.30 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning as work gets under way. The disruptions will affect Athens-bound traffic on the ground-level section of Kifissias Ave and the stretch of Marathonodromou St between Taigetou St and the Pharos junction. Work that got under way yesterday to remove lines and other Olympic signs marking the Marathon Route are to continue for the next 20 days, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Block blast A homemade explosive device, planted at the entrance to an apartment block in the Athenian district of Kolonos, yesterday caused minor damage when it detonated shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday. It was unclear who planted the device.