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Fuel truck runs into bus transporting factory workers Four people were killed and three were seriously injured in Crete yesterday after a fuel truck hit a bus carrying factory workers and exploded, police said. Three of the six people on the bus were hospitalized with third-degree burns after the accident on a national highway some 10 kilometers outside of Rethymnon in northern Crete, police said. Rescuers recovered three bodies from the bus, which was carrying workers home from a meat-processing plant, along with the body of the truckdriver. Police said the truck rammed into the bus when it stopped to let off workers. About 25 firefighters using seven fire trucks were involved in the operation to put out the blaze. AIRPORT CAFES Ministry spots numerous violations in food and drink price regulations Development Ministry officials conducting inspections on cafes and food outlets at the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport yesterday recorded several violations in pricing regulations. According to officials, the outlets did not offer small bottles of water (only liter bottles) and did not offer the classic toasted ham-and-cheese sandwiches (only more expensive snacks). Also, the outlets did not have a price chart for basic goods on which there is no price ceiling, such as bottled water and coffee. MP manhandled French ambassador apologizes A left-wing Greek party accused French police yesterday of beating and handcuffing one its members of Parliament following a mix-up over aircraft boarding cards. The French Embassy said that Ambassador Bruno Delaye had apologized to Yiannis Dragasakis of the Synaspismos Left Coalition party for the incident Sunday at Paris’s Orly Airport. The embassy said that Dragasakis had been given a boarding card for the flight to Strasbourg that was not in his name. The party said that when he tried to board the plane, the crew called the police, who threw him to the ground, hit him with a truncheon and handcuffed him before dragging him out of the aircraft. (AFP) Train disruption Train routes between Serres and Dikaia in northern Greece will be interrupted until August 5 due to construction work on the network, the Hellenic Railways Organization said yesterday. Passengers can obtain more details by calling 1110. Suspects released Three men arrested in demonstrations in Athens last week against proposed education reforms were released yesterday on the condition that they report twice a week to police, authorities said. Charges against the two students and an unemployed male include theft, arson and causing physical bodily harm. Fatal collision A 37-year-old motorcyclist was killed yesterday morning when he collided with a car in Thessaloniki’s Kalohori district. The 45-year-old car driver was taken in for questioning. Neither of the drivers’ names were revealed. Beach cleaning A program to clean the beaches of Greece’s islands, jointly organized by the Defense Ministry with the help of the Tourism Ministry and Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), gets under way today. Regional tourism authorities on the Aegean Islands and Crete are to participate in the program. Drug arrest A 34-year-old man was arrested in Thessaloniki yesterday after police found in his possession 57 grams of cocaine and 517 grams of cannabis. Following an inspection of his home, police uncovered an additional 13 grams of cocaine and 36 ecstasy pills. Ski recall The Development Ministry said yesterday that Kawasaki Jet Ski models (JT1100C/F/G, JT1200-B/D and JT1500-A) are being recalled due to problems with the fuel system.