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METRO TIMETABLE

Several changes tomorrow and on New Year’s Day There will be changes to the metro timetable tomorrow and on New Year’s Day, the operating company, AMEL, said yesterday. Tomorrow, trains will run every five minutes between 6.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and every 10 minutes for the remainder of the day. The last train from Syntagma station will leave at 11 p.m. The last train from the airport will be at 10 p.m. On New Year’s Day, there will be trains every 10 minutes throughout the day but they will run as normal at night. AMEL also said that the timetable would be adjusted on January 6, when trains will run every seven minutes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and every 10 minutes for the remainder of the day. HOT DOUGH Vrilissia bakery held up Armed robbers stole at least 20,000 euros in cash from a bakery in the northern suburb of Vrilissia yesterday morning. Two armed men entered the bakery on Pendelis Avenue at 6 a.m. and forced the manager at gunpoint to open up the safe and give them the cash inside. Witnesses said that the pair made off in a car. Samothrace quake An earthquake measuring 4.8 Richter struck the northern Aegean island of Samothrace shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday. The quake was also felt in Alexandroupolis and on Lesvos but did not cause any damage. According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the undersea quake’s epicenter was 52 kilometers southeast of Alexandroupolis. Several minor aftershocks followed the quake. Landfill protest The Municipality of Assyros and residents of the area near Thessaloniki yesterday staged a 24-hour blockade of the road leading to the Mavrorachi dump. They were protesting the failure so far of authorities to financially compensate the municipality for the operation of the landfill, which opened a month ago. Protesters also highlighted that no program has been put in place for waste management and they fear that Mavrorachi will turn into a dump rather than a center for managing household waste. Ferry collision A passenger ferry crashed into the harbor of the Dodecanese island of Kasos yesterday, causing minor damage to the vessel but no injuries to anyone on board. The Marina, part of the GA Ferries fleet, had just set sail from the island with 20 passengers and 45 crew members when a it was struck by a freak wave that knocked it back against the harbor. The captain refused to dock at the same port again, fearing worse damage and asked for permission to sail to Rhodes or Piraeus for repairs. Father threat Police said yesterday that they have arrested a 60-year-old Syrian man in the southern Athens suburb of Glyfada after he allegedly held his 7-year-old son hostage and threatened to explode two Molotov cocktails in the apartment if his estranged wife took the boy with her. Officers said they convinced the man to hand over the firebombs before moving in to arrest him. The unharmed child was given to his mother. Police said that the 60-year-old has been arrested for rape twice in the past.