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CARFREE DAY

Commuters, civil servants asked to leave their vehicles at home today Travel on all forms of public transport is free today to mark World Carfree Day. Commuters will also be able to enjoy music from speakers set up at stations across Athens’s public transport network. Deputy Interior Minister Apostolos Andreoulakos yesterday sent out a circular appealing to ministers and civil servants to leave their cars at home and use public transport to set the example for car-dependant citizens. EVIA MIGRANTS Authorities round up 27 illegal immigrants and two traffickers The coast guard detained late on Wednesday 27 illegal immigrants and two suspected traffickers on the island of Evia, central Greece, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. Authorities arrested two men believed to have transported the illegal immigrants on a Ukrainian-flagged sailing boat. The migrants, including four children, told authorities they had sailed to Greece from Turkey. No information was given about the nationalities of the immigrants. MIDDLE EAST TALKS Greece leads rare debate at UN Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis was expected to preside over an extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of the 15 member states of the United Nations Security Council in New York last night. The meeting was set to begin at 11 p.m. Greek time and would focus on the crisis in the Middle East. The Arab League made the request for the debate to take place and Greece, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, has worked intensively behind the scenes to arrange the meeting. Truck stop Three armed robbers drove off with a truck full of electrical goods early yesterday after breaking into a guarded parking area in Mandra, west of Athens, police said. The suspects threatened the guard and then bound and gagged him before locking him in the back of a truck. The robbers then stole a shotgun and an unspecified amount of cash from a caravan on the site. They went on to drag the driver of a truck out of his vehicle and drove off. Children’s playground The Athens-Piraeus prefecture opened the gates yesterday to a newly built 1,350 square meter children’s playground in Holargos, northeast Athens. The park, located on the corner of Anastaseos and Artemidos streets, cost some 305,000 euros. Armed robbery Two armed men held up a post office in Halkidiki, northern Greece, yesterday and made away with about 15,000 euros in cash, police said. Wearing bike helmets, the men entered the post office and fired shots in the air before they emptied the safe, police said. Basketball riot Seven basketball fans who were injured during clashes between Aris and PAOK supporters on Wednesday night have been released from hospital, doctors said yesterday. One of the men had been wounded by a sharp object and the others suffered bruising. Several parked cars were also damaged during the clashes between rival fans. Three people were arrested and a prosecutor yesterday charged them with causing an explosion and possessing weapons. Researchers’ night Dozens of university professors and researchers are to participate in shows and other activities in Athens and on the islands of Aegina and Kea this evening as part of a an annual European Union initiative called «European Researchers’ Night» and aimed at promoting a research career to youngsters. The pedestrianized walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou in the capital’s center is to host performances involving music, theater and even cooking to inform the public about the research sector and woo potential recruits. Karadzaferis runs The leader of the right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) Giorgos Karadzaferis confirmed yesterday that he will stand as a candidate for mayor of Thessaloniki in next month’s local elections. Current mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos of New Democracy, is the favorite to win the election on October 15 by a large margin.