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JET CRASH

Pilot safe after ejecting from fighter jet following engine trouble The pilot of a Greek Mirage 2000 fighter jet that crashed into a mountain near the Gulf of Evia yesterday had managed to eject safely from the aircraft before the collision, armed forces officials said. The French-made jet, which was being used in a training exercise, crashed into Mount Htypas two minutes after taking off from the Tanagra military air base. The pilot reported engine trouble almost immediately after takeoff and ejected from the aircraft safely. DEAD COUPLE Pair in car had gunshot wounds A man and woman were found shot dead in a car yesterday near the seafront in Anavyssos, east of Athens, police said. Officers said it was likely that 53-year-old Petros Maniatis had shot 50-year-old Ernestina Kolarou and then turned the gun on himself. A hunting rifle was found in the car, which was parked in the Alykes area. Police said that the couple had lived together for several years in nearby Saronida, where they used to own a cafeteria. The couple had separated recently. British visa People who need a visa to travel to Britain should from now apply through the Internet, the British Embassy said yesterday. Visitors should go to www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk where they will also be able to make an appointment to meet with an official from the visa department. The embassy said that people who want more information should call 210.727.2600 or e-mail [email protected] Burglary ring Police are seeking at least three Romanian nationals believed to have carried out a string of violent burglaries in Attica and parts of central Greece along with a 33-year-old Romanian man who was arrested earlier this month. According to police, the ring carried out at least 17 burglaries, chiefly targeting elderly residents whom they would. Rapist arrested Police said yesterday that they have arrested a 31-year-old man in central Athens on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old boy. The unnamed Pakistani national is accused of assaulting the child earlier this month at his home in Aghios Panteleimonas. Fugitive caught A 37-year-old fugitive, who has been convicted for the 1999 murder of a businessman and other crimes, was arrested early yesterday outside the Loutraki casino with 67,000 euros in his pockets, police said. The unnamed man had been sentenced to 24 years in jail for the murder of Constantinos Kamarinopoulos.