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Strike action

Aircraft grounded tomorrow, public transport disruptions Metro and railway services will be suspended tomorrow as public transport employees join a 24-hour strike called by public utilities. Aircraft will remain grounded as air-traffic controllers and Olympic Airlines crews join the 24-hour action. Some 100 domestic and international flights have been canceled. Buses, trolley buses and trams will also be subject to disruptions tomorrow as employees stage work stoppages from from dawn until 8 a.m. and from 10 p.m. until the end of the shift. FYROM talks Diplomats return to New York Diplomats from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are today due to continue United Nations-mediated talks on the Macedonia name dispute in New York, though Greek hopes for a breakthrough are not high. Greece’s envoy has been instructed to bring back the new UN proposal to Athens where it will be studied before a response is given. Cyprus dialogue Cypriot President Dimitrios Christofias said he remained «cautiously optimistic» about the progress of talks on the reunification of Cyprus, though he sometimes felt frustration. Christofias told reporters in Nicosia on Sunday that there had been «no spectacular progress,» but added that this did not mean no progress at all. Talks under UN auspices between Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began on September 3. New university The country’s 23rd university will be based in Agrinion, western Greece, Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis said yesterday. The institution, to be called the University of Western Greece, is expected to open by the end of next year. Clean bill Greece is no longer threatened with a fine from the European Commission over the state of a landfill site at Kouroupitos on the island of Crete after an inspection of the site and the Mesomouri waste packaging facility showed the area had been cleaned up in accordance with specifications. Man killed The body of an unidentified man was found on a street corner in Kallithea, central Athens, yesterday. The man, aged about 25, had sustained head and leg injuries. Police are treating his death as the result of a crime, although they have not ruled out the possibility of an accident. Not Animal Day One of two dogs guarding an enclosed municipal area in the suburb of Filothei was shot on Sunday, just one day after World Animal Day. A local resident said the person who shot the animal was driving a black Smart car. Climber rescued A rescue team yesterday managed to locate a Bulgarian climber who had slipped and fractured his leg on Mount Olympus. The climber was one of a group of nine Bulgarians who became trapped at an altitude of 2,700 meters when the accident occurred. Despite heavy snow, the rescuers – supported by two helicopters – reached the injured Bulgarian and took him to hospital in Katerini.