NEWS

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PAPADOPOULOS VISIT

Cypriot president will be in Athens next week for talks with PM The Cypriot government officially announced on Saturday that President Tassos Papadopoulos will be making a two-day visit to Athens next week after an invitation from Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. The two leaders are due to hold talks, centered on the Cyprus issue, at 6 p.m. on January 25. RACING ARRESTS Three drivers lose their cars Athens traffic police arrested three motorists who had been taking part in illegal car races along Vouliagmenis Avenue early on Saturday. The men had their cars impounded and their number plates and vehicle registration documents confiscated. The arrests came as part of a police clampdown on illegal racing along the coastal roads of Athens – another three drivers were caught in the same area early Friday. Tsunami agreement More than 30 mayors and representatives of cities around the world met in Paris on Saturday where a suggestion from Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis for each city to sponsor an area of southern Asia, where over 157,000 lost their lives in the tsunami disaster – was adopted. Athens will sponsor several villages in Sri Lanka and will be responsible for an infrastructure project in the area, such as the building of a school or orphanage, Bakoyannis said. Fatal robbery One Indian migrant was shot dead and two others stabbed early yesterday morning when five armed men burst into their shack in Megara, west of Athens. According to witness statements from the nine other Indians living on the property, the robbers, who were probably Albanian nationals, made off with cash and various valuable personal items.