NEWS

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SEWAGE REVERSAL

Council of State to be told that sludge should go back to Ano Liosia A court auditor is expected to recommend to the Council of State today that it should allow treated sewage to once again be dumped at Attica’s only landfill in Ano Liosia, court sources said yesterday. Greece’s highest administrative court will hear that the appeal by the Athens Water and Sewage Company (EYDAP) against a ban on taking sludge to Ano Liosia should be lifted as the sewage is being processed properly and dumped in the amounts agreed upon with Union of Municipal Authorities in Attica (ESDKNA), sources said. DEVELOPING AGREEMENT Greece and US to cooperate on aid Greece and the USA signed an agreement in Athens yesterday for greater cooperation between the two countries in the field of development aid. Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis met with USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Thomas F. «Woody» Mefford and agreed that Hellenic Aid and USAID should co-fund and work together in development programs in the Balkans and the Black Sea region. Trolley stoppage Workers on trolley buses in Athens and Piraeus are due to stage a work stoppage between noon and 4 p.m. today so they can attend their general meeting, where the signing of collective contracts will be discussed. Drugs bust Police arrested four Albanian nationals in Thessaloniki yesterday for drug dealing after undercover police offered to buy the 60 kilos of cannabis the men had in their possession for 40,000 euros. Police are seeking others believed to be involved. Slot machines Thessaloniki police said yesterday that they had arrested 55 people during the last two weeks of November in connection with illegal gambling after confiscating 154 computers and 59 slot machines. Curtain line A 30-year-old man slid to safety early yesterday when his apartment in Thessaloniki went up in flames. Authorities said the man pulled down the curtain in his apartment and used it as a rope to climb down the balcony from his first-floor apartment. It took 13 firefighters with five trucks to put out the blaze. Dangerous toys Consumer group INKA called on authorities to step up checks on the toy market as spending in the sector soars in the runup to the Christmas period. INKA said consumers should be careful what they buy as poor-quality toys may flood the market around Christmas time. Theophilos talks Jordan’s King Abdullah II insisted yesterday that Jerusalem must be an open city for Jews, Muslims and Christians during talks with Theophilos, the new Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy City. «Jerusalem must be open to the followers of the three monotheistic religions,» state-run Petra news agency quoted the king as saying. (AFP) Road protest Tens of schoolchildren, parents and teachers closed a section of the Thessaloniki-to-Kilkis highway yesterday demanding that warning signs be put up to advise drivers to slow down. A 28-year-old man was killed and two others, including a 16-year-old schoolgirl, were injured in an accident at the the highway’s Drimos junction on Saturday.