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FATAL PLUNGE

Bodies of two sisters discovered at bottom of ravine after car accident Two sisters, aged 40 and 41, were found dead at the bottom of a ravine, some 200 meters deep, near Trikala on Saturday morning. Maria and Athanassia Malemi had left Trikala on Friday afternoon by car, heading for the village of Aghia Paraskevi, relatives said. Local police started a search for the sisters on Friday evening after their relatives failed to receive word from them. The car in which the sisters had been traveling appears to have been involved in an accident and overturned before plunging into the ravine, police said. PRISON DEATH Korydallos inmate, 42, found dead in cell from suspected drug abuse A 42-year-old inmate of Korydallos Prison was found dead in his cell on Friday morning, authorities said yesterday, suggesting that his death had been linked to drug abuse. The death of the 42-year-old, who had been detained in connection with a drug-related crime, follows the deaths last week of two prisoners at Malandrino jail in central Greece. The Malandrino detainees are also believed to have died of drug abuse. CYPRUS ‘MISSING’ Archbishop appeals for evidence Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos yesterday urged both Greek and Turkish Cypriots to come forward with evidence regarding the fate of hundreds of people who have been missing since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. Chrysostomos said that the Church would be willing to help finance the work of the United Nations Committee for Missing Persons (CMP). «I take this initiative to urge the Cypriot people to come forward and give testimony to the CMP, particularly those who have vital evidence about events they have witnessed,» he said. If Greek Cypriots were reluctant to give evidence, the archbishop said, they could confide in him and he would pass on the evidence. Hospital blaze Seven children were evacuated from the pediatric unit of the Hatzikosta hospital in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, in the early hours of yesterday morning after a fire broke out in a locker room. Hospital staff managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived. There were no reports of widespread damage or injuries. It was unclear what caused the blaze, the hospital’s management said, adding that the unit would be closed down for a few days for repairs to be carried out. Tourists identified The two Polish tourists who were found dead in Crete’s Samaria Gorge on Friday have been identified as Marek Sawicka, 37, and his sister Danuta, 40, a coroner said on Saturday. The tourists were found on Friday after a five-day search. The exact causes of their deaths are to be announced today by a coroner. Cannabis haul Police in Kilkis, northern Greece, on Saturday arrested a 46-year-old man believed to have been cultivating a cannabis plantation on the banks of Axios River. The cultivation had around 45 cannabis plants ranging in height from 2.5 meters to 4.5 meters, according to police who also confiscated digging and watering equipment as well as two sets of scales from the suspect’s home. The plants and the equipment were subsequently destroyed, police said. In a separate development on Saturday, port authority officials arrested a 35-year-old man who had boarded a ferry at Thessaloniki, after he was found in possession of several small packages of cannabis. Aegina blackout Aegina was yesterday without electricity after an underwater cable that supplies the island was damaged. The Public Power Corporation (PPC) said yesterday evening that efforts were under way to rectify the problem.