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Albanian charged with sexual attacks on two women in Glyfada A 34-year-old Albanian national has been arrested in Glyfada, southern Athens, accused of committing two counts of rape, police said yesterday. The suspect was initially stopped by traffic police when authorities found him to be carrying two forged drivers licenses. A further investigation revealed that he is wanted in connection with the rape of a 24-year-old woman in Glyfada earlier this month. The second rape is believed to have been committed in the same area some two-and-a-half years ago. SERRES MURDER Farmer admits to killing neighbor for treating him condescendingly Police in Serres yesterday charged a 25-year-old farmer with the murder on Thursday of a 35-year-old farmer and neighbor in the village of Akritohori. The 25-year-old allegedly confessed to killing his fellow villager, saying he had been driven to it by the victim’s condescending attitude toward him. The 25-year-old crept up and shot the older farmer twice, once in the stomach and once in head, police said. It was unclear what type of gun was used. «This was a premeditated and heinous crime,» Central Macedonian Police Chief Stergios Apostolidis said. Emergency landing Iraklion-Cardiff flight grounded A flight carrying 185 passengers from Iraklion, Crete, to Cardiff, Wales, returned to the island yesterday and made an emergency landing due to a problem with the landing gear. The plane, which had taken off from Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, returned shortly after takeoff and landed safely. The plane was kept grounded at the airport as technicians inspected it for any mechanical problems. Archbishop recovering Archbishop Christodoulos, who has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver, is recovering following an operation to remove a tumor from his intestine, Deputy Development Minister Anastassios Nerantzis said after visiting the Aretaio Hospital where the archbishop is being treated. Nerantzis was not allowed to see Christodoulos but said he was told by doctors that the archbishop was steadily recovering. Alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros yesterday expressed the government’s wishes «for a speedy and full recovery.» Forgery ring Police in Athens yesterday arrested two Pakistanis believed to be members of a large criminal ring producing forged travel, residence, social security and tax documents from a workshop in the central district of Aghios Nikolaos. Officers deconstructed a fully equipped electronic workshop and confiscated dozens of passports and forged social security booklets. Meanwhile, police in Thessaloniki charged three people with currency forgery after printing equipment and forged bills were found in their apartment. Three Greeks – a man, 28, and two women aged 32 and 35 – were caught in Veria, west of Thessaloniki. Shampoo withdrawn A British-made shampoo called Osmo Essence has been withdrawn from the Greek market as it contains a substance believed to be carcinogenic, the General Secretariat for Consumer Protection said yesterday. Citizens who have purchased the product should return it to the retailer, the secretariat said. Food confiscated The Agriculture Ministry said yesterday that it blocked 203,183 kilos of food from being imported into the country as the produce was considered to be unfit for human consumption. The confiscated food included dried nuts, corn and seafood. Consulate shut The consular section of the US Embassy in Athens will be closed to the public on Wednesday for internal administrative reasons. This will affect the non-immigrant visa, immigrant visa, federal benefits, American citizens services and passport units.

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