In Brief


Shards found in bags of nuts sold by Dia supermarket chain Pieces of glass have been found in 150-gram bags of nuts and sunflower seeds sold by the Dia supermarket chain, the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) said yesterday. The watchdog has asked the supermarket to withdraw any of the products that expire on Septmber 30, 2009. STATIONARY TRAMS More stoppages by staff today There will be no tram service between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. today due to a work stoppage by employees who are demanding better pay and more rights. Pupil in coma A high school pupil is in a coma at a hospital in Tripoli, in the Peloponnese, after drinking heavily during a sit-in protest at his school, it was revealed yesterday. The teenager was taken to the hospital on October 16 and a local prosecutor has ordered a preliminary investigation into the incident. Murder arrest A 36-year-old man from Syria has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 31-year-old Greek girlfriend in Peristeri, western Athens, in August over a business deal that went sour, police revealed yesterday. The woman had lent the man 7,000 euros for him to import goods from abroad but when the 36-year-old was not able to repay the money, the couple got into a fight. According to forensic evidence, police believe that the man put three sleeping tablets into the woman’s coffee and when, she had passed out, smothered her with a pillow. The Syrian, who has not been named, was arrested in Alexandroupolis, northeastern Greece. Hunting accident A 31-year-old man who went hunting yesterday in the northern prefecture of Pella accidentally shot dead his 30-year-old friend after mistaking him for a wild boar, police said. The two men had been out shooting wild duck when the 31-year-old heard a rustle, turned to fire at the prey but ended up shooting his friend in the head. Breast exams Women living in Athens can get free advice on breast self-examination and receive information on the early detection of breast cancer at special stands that have been set up in central Klafthmonos Square, City of Athens staff said yesterday. The initiative coincides with International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Illegal antiquities Two Syrians and a Greek have been detained in connection with the attempted sale of an antique statuette from Syria, police said on Monday. The three were arrested after allegedly trying to sell the statue for 120,000 euros to a policeman posing as an interested buyer, according to Agence France-Presse. Basketball win Panathinaikos basketball club stormed into its first Euroleague game for the season thrashing Lithuania’s Zalgiris Kaunas 78-51 at the Olympic Sports Hall in Athens yesterday. Suffering from financial problems, the visitors were clearly no match for the Greeks, who were cheered on by up to 15,000 of their fans.