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ARSONISTS ARRESTED

Two suspects tell police they started fire in order to frame neighbor Police said yesterday they arrested two men in Patras on charges of arson after they allegedly set fire to about 3 hectares of land as a way of getting back at a neighbor after a disagreement with him over property differences. The two suspects, aged 19 and 34, told police they set fire to the area earlier this month in order to make it look like the third person had committed the crime. Another man, aged 73, was also arrested by police for allegedly instructing the two suspects on how to set up their neighbor. BANK FRAUD Bulgarian nationals nabbed in suspected ATM surveillance scam Police said yesterday they arrested two Bulgarian nationals suspected of copying bank details from customers using ATM machines in Serres, northern Greece, by attaching a minicamera and monitoring device to cash machines. The two unnamed suspects are believed to be involved in an international ring that would issue forged bank ATM cards with stolen details. The Bulgarians, arrested late on Saturday, had allegedly placed a tracking device on an ATM located in the center of Serres. FIRE EXTINGUISHED No injuries at arms factory blaze Firefighters extinguished a blaze at an arms factory in Aigion, northern Peloponnese, on Saturday before it spread to the whole plant or the neighboring forest area, authorities said. Authorities said small explosions occurred during the blaze which took place in the bullets production area of the government-owned Hellenic Arms Industry plant. There were no reports of injuries. UNESCO wonders The United Nations organization for culture yesterday blasted a private initiative that drew nearly 100 million Internet and telephone voters to choose seven «new» wonders of the world. «This campaign responds to other criteria and objectives than that of UNESCO in the field of heritage,» said Sue Williams, the spokeswoman for UNESCO, the UN cultural body that designates world heritage sites. «We have a much broader vision,» she told AFP. Voters chose the Great Wall of China, India’s Taj Mahal, the centuries-old pink ruins of Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, the statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico. Short-listed sites that missed the final cut included the Acropolis in Athens. (AFP)