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Couple flee in stolen car, woman rearrested later on A couple, arrested on Saturday after stealing a bag from a car in Markopoulo, southeastern Athens, yesterday escaped from the district police station using the same car, which was parked outside with the keys on the dashboard. Ioannis Gatzounas, 24, was still at large yesterday evening, but police caught up with Linda Rofati, 20, and arrested her for the third time in a week. The duo had been stopped for drugs possession last Sunday and had been due to face a prosecutor yesterday morning. The duty officer supervising the pair will be subjected to an official inquiry. Football politics Nicosia will handle a potential application for Cypriot citizenship by Turkish-Cypriot footballer Sabri Selden’s twin brother Raif in the same way as it did Sabri’s application which was eventually granted earlier this month, the Cypriot government spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou said yesterday. AEK Larnaca became the first Cypriot club since the 1974 invasion to sign on Turkish-Cypriot players. Cypriot citizenship Men born to a Cypriot mother and foreign father before June 11, 1999 will no longer automatically receive Cypriot citizenship and so will not be obliged to serve in the army, Nicosia’s Parliament decided on Friday, following protests from men of mixed parentage fearing 26-month terms. The new law reverses last December’s amendment, which retroactively conferred citizenship on those born after August 16, 1960. The law does not apply to those born after June 11, 1999. Sino-Greek ties Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing, who arrived in Athens yesterday for a three-day visit aimed at developing bilateral cultural ties and promoting tourism between China and Greece, is to meet Prime Minister Costas Simitis today. Lesvos quake An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the Aegean island of Lesvos just before 2 p.m. yesterday but no injuries or damage were reported. The epicenter of the quake was in the Turkish town of Bergama, near the port of Izmir. THURSDAY