NEWS

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STRIKE EXTENDED

Classrooms to remain shut for fifth week over pay dispute The Greek Primary School Teachers’ Federation (DOE) agreed yesterday to extend its strike action for a fifth week as of Monday. Preschool and primary school teachers are striking over pay demands. Synaspismos Left Coalition leader Alekos Alavanos yesterday proposed a parliamentary debate on education. In a request submitted to Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki, Alavanos said that there has been turmoil in all levels of education in Greece since the start of the academic year. Meanwhile, about half of the students that had held sit-in protests at 494 schools in Greece started vacating buildings yesterday, allowing them to be used for Sunday’s municipal elections. DEADLY STABBING Man killed and two others injured after knife attack in Thessaloniki A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death in a street fight in Thessaloniki yesterday while his two companions, aged 25 and 23, were also injured, one of them seriously, police said. The three men were attacked while traveling in their car at about 2.45 a.m. by two male pedestrians. One of the two suspects pulled out a knife and stabbed the 30-year-old in the heart, injuring him fatally. He then stabbed the other two men before they both fled the scene by foot. The reasons behind the attack were not clear. PHONES STOLEN Robbers knock hole in store’s wall Burglars broke into a Vodafone store in Kallithea, southern Athens, early yesterday after knocking a 1-meter-deep hole in the wall from the adjoining apartment building, police said. The culprits made away with an unknown amount of cash and telecom equipment. The owners of the store reported the incident to police at about 1.30 a.m. after the store’s alarm system had gone off. Bank heist A branch of Geniki Bank was held up in Thessaloniki yesterday by an armed man who escaped with 23,250 euros, police said. No further details were available. US rice The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) said yesterday that genetically modified US rice is being sold on the local market despite not having the required approval. The product is distributed via German company Rickmers Reismuhle and consumers are being called not to eat the rice. Meanwhile, EFET employees have called a 24-hour strike for November 2 over pay demands. The workers warned that they will proceed with more strike action if their demands are not met. Train suit The European Commission threatened to sue Greece and 12 other EU countries yesterday for not enacting two rail safety measures approved by Brussels two years ago. The Commission said the 13 member states had not implemented the two laws, which aim to ensure high levels of safety and computability of high-speed services across Europe. The Commission will begin legal action against the countries in the European Court of Justice as they have not provided valid reasons for not enacting the measures. Drug possession Two coast guard officials were arrested on the Aegean island of Samos yesterday for drug possession, authorities said. The men, who were not identified, were found to be in possession of 5.4 grams of heroin and 7.6 grams of cannabis. Biker killed A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Argyroupolis, southeast Athens, yesterday while performing stunts on his bike along with a friend, police said. The victim lost control of his motorcycle and ran into a street pole. The second man, who was on a separate motorbike, was arrested, police added. Foreign students The Education Ministry yesterday released the names of foreign students who have been admitted to a Greek university. The ministry said that 1,756 students sat entrance exams of which 739 were accepted to a course. More information is available on www.ypepth.gr. Car recall The Development Ministry announced yesterday the recall of 12 Mitsubishi Lancer Diesel vehicles due to a problem with the engine’s cooling system.