In Brief


Court blocks multiplex on Vas. Sofias The fifth division of the Council of State, in a decision made public yesterday, ruled against the creation of a five-floor cinema multiplex near the US Embassy on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue in Athens – whose construction is already well under way. The ruling overturns an earlier decision that rejected an appeal against the project by residents concerned that the area does not have the infrastructure to handle the hordes of people, and cars, the multiplex would attract. Commercial centers should only be built in the area in exceptional circumstances, according to the ruling. Illegal races Traffic police early on Saturday arrested two motorists for allegedly taking part in illegal car races along Vouliagmenis Avenue. Police seized the two cars, and confiscated the motorists’ license plates and driving licenses for a month. Handball Players of the Greek national handball team celebrate on Saturday after qualifying for the second round of the Men’s World Handball Championship in Tunisia. The Greek team drew 27-27 with hosts Tunisia. The Greek team is to face Slovenia this afternoon. Ries interview The USA and the United Nations are waiting for Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos to state his proposals before launching a fresh attempt to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, the new US ambassador to Greece, Charles Ries, said in an interview with Kathimerini. Migrants detained Coast guards on Chios on Saturday detained 17 illegal immigrants who said they had reached the island from the neighboring Turkish port of Cesme in a wooden fishing boat, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. Cyprus murder The police chief in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus on Saturday appealed to police in Nicosia for help in tracing the killers of a Turkish-Cypriot fugitive banker and his family in the south earlier this month. Turkish-Cypriot police on Friday arrested another three suspects for the murder of Elmaz Guzelyurtlu, his wife and daughter, bringing the total number to 8. Nationalist march Around 300 members of Chryssi Avgi and another far-right group on Saturday held a march through central Athens in memory of the three Greek officers who died when their helicopter crashed into the sea during the January 1996 Imia crisis with Turkey.