NEWS

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OPINION POLL

ND maintains 4 percent lead over PASOK in January survey New Democracy is 4 percent ahead of PASOK, according to an opinion poll conducted for Kathimerini. The VPRC survey found that ND remained at 43 percent but PASOK slightly increased its share of the potential vote from 38.5 percent in December to 39 percent this month. However, two-thirds of voters believe that ND would win the elections if they were held tomorrow. The popularity of PASOK leader George Papandreou dropped slightly, as 23 percent of respondents said he would make the most suitable prime minister, compared to 49 percent who picked current premier Costas Karamanlis. RAPISTS ARRESTED Men caught after attacking teenager Police said on Saturday that they had arrested two men in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Halkida, Evia, a week earlier. Officers said that they are also looking for a third man in connection with the incident. The three men, all Albanian nationals, allegedly used a crowbar to smash the window of the car the 19-year-old was sitting in with her boyfriend. The two suspects then raped the woman, while the third man held down her boyfriend, police said. Drugs gang Five men have been arrested in Thessaloniki on suspicion of operating a drug-dealing ring, police said on Saturday. After raiding the men’s homes and cars, officers found 184 amphetamine pills and small amounts of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. They also found 4,355 euros in cash. The men were not named. Electric feeling An 18-year-old man was arrested early yesterday in Grevena, northern Greece, on suspicion of trying to set fire to 10 apartment block electricity meters. Officers said they arrested the teenager as he was in the process of trying to set a meter on fire outside an apartment block in the city. Police said the suspected arsonist confessed to all 10 incidents but it was not clear what led to his actions. ND vandals The windows of a New Democracy office in Vyronas, eastern Athens, were smashed early on Saturday morning when unknown assailants hurled rocks at the building. Nobody was injured or arrested.