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DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Man dies soon after being shot while driving in southwest Athens A 25-year-old man was killed early yesterday in a drive-by shooting in Nikaia, southwest Athens, police said. The unnamed victim was shot in the left shoulder as he was driving along Rodopoleos Street shortly after midnight. He died soon afterward. The gunmen were on a motorcycle, officers said. Police did not make public any more details about the incident. PASSPORT OFFICE New center opens in Metaxourgeio A new office which will accept applications for new high-tech passports is due to open today in Metaxourgeio, central Athens. The office is located in the headquarters of the traffic police and can be accessed from an entrance on 7 Samou Street. Two more offices are expected to open shortly, in Zografou, eastern Athens, and the southern suburb of Palaio Faliron, as authorities expect a rush of applications before the end of the year. War crimes? An assistant coach at PAOK basketball club has been arrested in connection with alleged war crimes in Croatia it was reported yesterday. Ernest Radjen, an ethnic Serb, was arrested after a warrant was issued by a Croatian court. He is wanted in connection with the massacre of some 50 civilians in the Zadar area in 1991, Agence France-Presse reported. Prostate tests State hospitals are offering free tests for prostate cancer this week to mark European Prostate Awareness Day. Some 5,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Greece each year but only half are at a curable stage when the tests are conducted, officials said. Doctors recommend that men over the age of 50 submit to tests for prostate cancer every year. Aide arrested A 21-year-old woman, a Romanian national, has been accused of helping an Algerian inmate to escape from a jail in Aegaleo earlier this month, police said on Saturday. The woman is believed to have smuggled a cutting tool into the holding cell enabling the prisoner to escape. Illegal immigrants The coast guard detained 41 illegal immigrants yesterday off the islet of Vatos, near the Aegean island of Chios. Two men, aged 30 and 29, traveling with the migrants were arrested, accused of transporting them into Greece. Authorities said that the migrants destroyed the wooden boat they were traveling in shortly after reaching the islet. No further information concerning the migrants or alleged smugglers was given.