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Policeman critical after health setback following shooting A 30-year-old officer shot in the neck in the neighborhood of Kypseli, near central Athens, on April 3 is in critical condition after his health drastically deteriorated on Monday, doctors said yesterday. Spyros Theodorou was a member of the police’s rapid reaction Delta force, which had begun operations just a few days earlier, when he was shot while attempting, along with a colleague, to stop two suspected thieves. Theodorou underwent a long operation on Monday after suffering complications. TIMETABLE CHANGE Less frequent buses due to poll Buses run by the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) will operate on a reduced schedule on Friday, Monday and Tuesday due to the elections for the European Parliament. OASA said that the buses will run according to the regular Saturday timetable. Buses to KTEL intercity bus stations, Athens International Airport and the port of Piraeus will not be affected. Municipal strike The union of municipal workers (POE-OTA) decided yesterday that its members will go on strike from 11 a.m. until the end of their shift next Wednesday, June 10. Municipalities will shut down as a result of the employees demanding permanent jobs and that cleaning and hygiene work not be contracted out to private companies. Hoodies attack Seven hooded assailants threw Molotov cocktails and paint at the guard posts outside the Secretariat General for Information and Communication in Neos Cosmos, near central Athens, yesterday. The attack, which occurred at about 4 p.m., led to one guard post being destroyed but no injuries. Truth is out Greece’s broadcasting watchdog yesterday announced that it was banning Antenna TV from airing the controversial program «The Moment of Truth» any longer. In a majority decision, the National Television and Radio Council (ESR) decided that the show, in which contestants are required to answer revealing questions about themselves, should not be broadcast anymore because it was offensive and demeaning for participants. Murder solved A 23-year-old Pakistani has confessed to murdering a 32-year-old ethnic Greek from Kazakhstan in Kallithea, southern Athens, last May, police said yesterday. The suspect was arrested in Piraeus and allegedly told officers that he had met the victim on the night of the murder and that the pair had gone to the 32-year-old’s small apartment where they began drinking heavily. The two men argued and the 23-year-old allegedly stabbed his victim and then set fire to the apartment. The 32-year-old died of smoke inhalation. Neither of the men was named. Child molester A 40-year-old man was arrested in the northern Athens suburb of Menidi on suspicion of sending indecent images to underage girls via e-mail, police said yesterday. Officers were alerted to the unnamed man’s behavior after complaints from the parents of two 11-year-old girls.