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MIGRANT PROTEST

Immigrants living in Athens demand equal rights, especially for children Hundreds of migrants gathered in front of Athens City Hall on Saturday to ask for equal rights and to protest against racism. During the event, immigrant groups highlighted the problems facing their children, who are often not granted birth certificates by Greek authorities, leaving their parents to obtain the documents from their country of origin. Cyprus deadlock Nicosia will not agree to re-open a commercial street running through the divided city’s buffer zone if Turkish troops continue construction on an elevated walkway, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday. «As long as those constructions are there, and such interventions in the buffer zone are not stopped, we are not going to concede to opening Ledra Street,» Papadopoulos said. Grenade attack A hand grenade thrown out of a moving car in the Thessaloniki district of Neapoli on Friday night caused minor damage to two parked cars but no injuries, police said on Saturday. Unidentified individuals driving through the area lobbed the grenade out of the window before driving away, according to police, who could provide no more details about the attack. Journalist dies Journalist Eleftheria Bri, 41, was killed in a car crash on the Patras-Corinth national road in the early hours of Saturday morning when her motorcycle collided with a truck carrying concrete, police said. Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos expressed his condolences soon after. Soldier killed A teenage British soldier stationed in Cyprus was killed early Saturday when a motorist ran him over as he tried to get back to his garrison, according to the AFP. Police said the 18-year-old was wearing dark clothes and standing in the middle of the four-lane highway, possibly trying to hitch a lift, when he was hit by a car whose driver failed to see him in time. The incident happened around midnight on the southern Larnaca-Dhekelia highway. The 45-year-old Cypriot driver was given a Breathalyzer test and found to be sober.