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Rare pair under close scrutiny as doctors decide next step A pair of day-old Siamese twins were in serious condition in an Athens children’s hospital yesterday, doctors said. The babies, born to a Nigerian mother, were on a life support machine in Aglaia Kyriakou Hospital and doctors were deciding whether they needed to be transferred to a hospital abroad for specialist treatment. The last time Siamese twins were born in Greece was two years ago. HOSPITAL CHECKUP Probe in Iraklion after tens go down with stomach bug Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis yesterday ordered local authorities in Crete to conduct an investigation into how some 84 people who were patients, staff or visitors at the university hospital of Iraklion ended up suffering from gastroenteritis. Hospital authorities have already begun checks within the building and on food for any suspect bacteria. DIAVATA FIRE Woman found dead in warehouse Firefighters found the charred body of a 38-year-old woman in the remains of a warehouse in Diavata, near Thessaloniki, which burned down Wednesday, authorities said yesterday. The unnamed woman worked as an accountant for the company that owned the warehouse and was a mother of two. Authorities did not say how the woman became trapped in the building or what had caused the fire. Double agent A Thessaloniki court yesterday ruled that the owner of a local travel agency should stand trial, along with another 14 people, for allegedly conspiring to sell immigrants fake passports costing between 7,000 and 14,000 euros each, authorities said. The gang is alleged to have begun operating at the end of 2003, and the businessman is thought to have gained some 120,000 euros from the sale of 13 forged passports. Fatal crash Two people were killed and one seriously injured on the island of Chios early yesterday when the three-wheeled vehicle in which they were traveling ran off the road and over a roadside cliff. The accident sparked a fire which firefighters managed to get under control before it spread. Empty beaches There are no lifeguards at 186 of the 496 Greek beaches that are required to have them, said Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis yesterday. He ordered the port police to investigate if the authorities and organizations in charge of the beaches without lifeguards were living up to their legal obligations to fill the positions. Kozani arrests Police arrested two immigrants near Kozani in northern Greece yesterday in connection with the robbery of a shop owner, from whom they allegedly stole some 22,000 euros in cash, officers said. The two men, whose nationality was not revealed, are aged 22 and 27. Hospital thefts A 30-year-old man was yesterday charged by a court in Athens with sneaking into the offices of doctors at hospitals around the city and making off with cash, mobile phones and other valuables, authorities said. The suspect, arrested in Kato Patissia on Wednesday, is alleged to have carried out at least 15 thefts and stolen items worth some 3,000 euros. Ship shape The Panama-flagged cruise liner Royal Iris ran aground in the port of Argostoli in Cephalonia yesterday but no damage was done and none of the 690 passengers on board were injured, authorities said. Safe Ilioupolis The Municipality of Ilioupolis in southeastern Athens is helping make its streets safer by employing its own municipal police officers, officials said yesterday. The 10 officers will patrol their designated areas by foot. At the beginning of September, the municipality will also set up a 24-hour phone line so local residents can contact the new law enforcers.

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