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Mother, 30, allegedly stabbed newborn baby with a syringe A 30-year-old woman was yesterday under armed guard in the psychiatric clinic of the general hospital in Alexandroupoli, northeastern Greece, after allegedly killing her newborn child. The body of the 2-day-old infant was found on Thursday afternoon in a basement on the hospital grounds with a syringe next to it. It is believed that the mother had used the syringe to stab her baby in the chest. Shortly after the discovery of the baby, the 30-year-old was found in a hospital bathroom in a state of distress. ISAP DISRUPTION More weekend engineering work Ongoing engineering work on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) will disrupt services between the Attiki and Irini stations over the weekend, ISAP managers announced yesterday. Commuters will be able to use their tickets on the X10 shuttle bus that will service the stations on the affected section. Work will also affect services on the capital’s suburban railway route from tomorrow through Tuesday on the section between Tries Gefyres and Athens International Airport. A replacement bus service will be available for commuters, who can telephone the customer information line on 1110. Teacher snaps A primary school teacher is to face a misdemeanors court on Monday on charges of grievous bodily harm after allegedly grabbing a pupil by the hair and striking his head against a desk, causing him to split his lip. Charges were brought against the teacher yesterday after the boy told his mother about the alleged incident on Thursday. The mother reportedly asked police not to bring criminal charges against the teacher. Bombs found Armed forces bomb disposal experts yesterday were dispatched to remove eight World War II bombs discovered by laborers working on a government project to reinforce the banks of the Sarantapotamos River in Elefsina, western Attica. Officer arrested A 22-year-old police officer in Athens has been arrested for possession of drugs, theft and forgery of official documents. Police said that the force’s internal affairs department made the arrest and seized 15 ecstasy pills, cannabis seeds and a forged identity card and driver’s license at the officer’s apartment. The policeman was not named. Kyrkos operation Veteran leftist Leonidas Kyrkos was in stable condition at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens yesterday evening after undergoing heart surgery. Doctors said that they expect to fit Kyrkos, the founder of what is today the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), with a pacemaker on Monday. Firing guidelines The Supreme Court yesterday issued a ruling that private companies that sack employees must do so based on objective criteria, as it annulled the firing by a publishing firm of a woman who had an indefinite contract. The court said that companies have to take into account the number of years served by an employee, their age, financial situation, productivity and how difficult it will be for them to find another job. The court also ruled that companies have to offer employees facing dismissal the option of working in a more junior position.