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SWINE FLU

Edinburgh-based students discharged after treatment Two Greek students diagnosed with swine flu following their return to Greece from Edinburgh earlier this month were discharged from the Sismanogleio Hospital in Athens and Thessaloniki’s AHEPA hospital yesterday. The youngsters, aged 19 and 21, are both in good health after receiving treatment, doctors said. The students are among five people in Greece to have been infected with the H1N1 virus. BRIEF ESCAPE Suspect leaps out of courtroom A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stealing handbags and drugs possession yesterday ended up in hospital in Athens after jumping out of a window at the city’s main court complex in a bid to escape the authorities. The man, who was not named, was arrested in the neighborhood of Ano Liosia, northwestern Athens, after being stopped by officers. He was under police guard at an Athens hospital last night after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Arson trial A council of judges in Thessaloniki yesterday decided to send to trial a 27-year-old man caught while allegedly placing an incendiary device outside the premises of the city’s municipal police headquarters in January. Police said they caught the suspect red-handed but an accomplice got away. The 27-year-old has also been accused of carrying out several arson attacks in Thessaloniki. Leros murder Police on the Dodecanese island of Leros yesterday were investigating the apparent murder of a 29-year-old Bulgarian woman who had been an employee in a local store. Police believe that the 29-year-old was strangled as she had marks on her neck. The woman’s body was found by her employer who visited her home after worrying about her failure to turn up for work. Police sweep Several police sweeps were carried out across Attica last week, leading to the arrest of 1,350 suspects, according to statistics made public yesterday. Most of those detained were charged with theft, drug dealing or weapons possession. Another round of police sweeps is scheduled for this week. Kiosk shooting A 34-year-old man was in police detention in Kalamata yesterday after allegedly shooting at a 25-year-old worker in a street kiosk. The woman was not harmed as the suspect’s shot hit the side of the kiosk. The gunman, who fled after the shooting, was found a few hours later on the basis of the woman’s description. Officers said they also arrested the gunman’s 42-year-old «accomplice.» It appeared that the pair had planned to rob the kiosk. Firebombs Arsonists planted gas canister bombs under two parked cars on a central Thessaloniki street early yesterday, resulting in damage but no injuries. The fire caused by the blasts destroyed both vehicles, one of which reportedly belonged to a TV channel. Violent dispute A 39-year-old foreign woman was in a Thessaloniki hospital yesterday with multiple injuries after her 34-year-old husband stabbed her four times. The man is alleged to have attacked his wife with a knife following a heated argument at their home in the village of Kolchiko.