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OSCE MEETING

Greece to allow FYROM flight to land for Corfu talks Greece, which normally bans flights from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from landing in the country, has decided to make an exception to the rule so that a delegation from Skopje can take part in a meeting of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) foreign ministers due to take place on Corfu June 27-28. The decision was criticized by PASOK, which said that it «undermined» Greece’s position in the ongoing name talks with FYROM. Government sources said that if the FYROM diplomats had been banned, Skopje could have claimed it was being barred from the meeting by Greece. TURKISH VIOLATIONS Harassment over the Aegean Turkish fighter jets flew low over the small island of Agathonisi early yesterday, violating Greek air space, Defense Ministry officials said. Earlier a Slovakian aircraft monitoring the eastern Aegean as part of a European Union crackdown on illegal immigration had been harassed by the Turkish F-16s. The Slovakian aircraft had been in international air space south of Samos when it was harassed, Greek officials said. Child drowning Police in Alimos yesterday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning of a 9-year-old boy in the pool of a bar-restaurant in the coastal suburb. According to officers, the boy had gone to the establishment with his 15-year-old sister to swim. Lifeguards on duty at the time tried unsuccessfully to revive the boy. Bear attack A 42-year-old Albanian immigrant was due for release from hospital yesterday after being mauled by a bear earlier this week shortly after crossing the border into Greece illegally with two compatriots. The female bear, who had been with a cub at the time, scratched the 42-year-old on the face and shoulder. Rhodes quake A moderate quake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the undersea area off the southeastern coast of Rhodes early yesterday. The quake, which occurred shortly before 4.30 a.m., caused no injuries or damage. Evros migrants Police in Thessaloniki yesterday detained 31 illegal immigrants, including 10 children, believed to have been smuggled into Greece through Evros, the region that borders with Turkey. Officers also arrested a 19-year-old Iraqi believed to be a member of the smuggling ring that brought the migrants, chiefly Iraqis, into the country. Siblings killed Two brothers, aged 14 and 17, were killed late on Wednesday when their scooter, being driven by the elder sibling, crashed into a car on the outskirts of the town of Pyrgos in the Peloponnese. There were no reports of any injuries to the driver of the car. Corpse in car Police in Athens yesterday were investigating the death of a 48-year-old woman found in her car in the early hours in the district of Neos Cosmos. Officers had to break into the car to remove the woman as all the windows were closed and the doors had been locked. The woman had blood on her face, police said without giving any indication of the cause of death.