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Three dead, 30 injured after bus and car crash Three people were killed and 30 injured, five of them critically, when a car came out of a country road without stopping and was hit by an intercity bus on the Lamia-Domokos road in central Greece on Saturday afternoon. The bus, carrying 43 passengers, then crashed off the road, landing on its side in a ditch. Car driver Stavros Platias, a 68-year-old retired teacher, was seriously injured. Bus passengers Ilias Papayiannis, an army conscript, and Ioannis Dakoloukas, 80, were killed, as was bus inspector Dimitris Kafarantzis, 57. CYPRIOT SPECIAL CONSTABLES ‘Illegal’ gun licenses to be revoked The controversial gun permits issued in Cyprus to civilian «special police constables» with powers to arrest and detain will be revoked, it was decided on Saturday following a meeting between Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Cypriot Police Chief Andreas Angelides. Angelides, who was heavily criticized for granting gun licenses to people reportedly ranging from politicians and shady businessmen to pimps, said he had given Clerides all necessary information. Last week, Attorney-General Alekos Markides said Angelides had abused his authority in granting the «illegal» licenses. Drive-in restaurant Five bus passengers were slightly injured late on Saturday when a truck jumped a stop sign, hit a city bus and sent it crashing into a grill and restaurant in the Piraeus working class district of Kaminia. No one in the restaurant was hurt, but employees and local residents remonstrated that such accidents were a common occurrence and that they had been calling for a traffic light for years. Connoisseurs Twenty percent of secondary school students would like to be served alcohol and 32 percent would like to buy cigarettes at school canteens, according to a nationwide poll of 2,800 pupils presented yesterday by the Greek Consumer Society (EKATO). The reason given was «so that we do not need to go to a kiosk.» National Economy and Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis attends a EU finance ministers (ECOFIN) meeting in Luxembourg.