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ACCORD PRAISED

Papandreou hails agreement between Turkey and Armenia Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Papandreou yesterday praised the signing of an accord normalizing ties between Turkey and Armenia. «I welcome this historic agreement between Turkey and Armenia and the effort and political will that the leaders of these two countries are investing so that differences can be overcome and we can work toward greater security and stability in the region, which is in all our interests,» said Papandreou, also in his capacity as the current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). GLYFADA ROBBERY Municipality’s safe raided Three armed robbers raided the offices of the Municipality of Glyfada, southeastern Athens, early yesterday and netted some 40,000 euros in cash, police said. The robbers threatened the guard on duty during the predawn raid and forced him to lead them to the safe. Once there, they tied up the guard and used welding equipment to open the safe. The guard managed to free himself an hour after the robbers had disappeared with the money. Youngster killed A 12-year-old boy was crushed to death by a steamroller on Zakynthos on Saturday. It was not clear how the accident in the village of Macherado happened. The boy was not named but was reported to be Moldovan. The driver abandoned his vehicle after the accident but turned himself in on Saturday evening. Thessaloniki muggings A woman was being treated for head injuries in Thessaloniki yesterday after being struck by a mugger, police said. According to officers, the 51-year-old woman was approached by an unidentified man at the entrance to her apartment block in the Sykies neighborhood of the city. The assailant demanded money from the victim and, when she refused to hand over the cash, the mugger hit her over the head with a metal object. Police said that a 34-year-old man was also mugged at knifepoint in Thessaloniki early yesterday. The two suspects made off with a gold chain and a mobile phone after causing a slight injury to the victim’s hand. Glider pilot Authorities in Halkidiki on Saturday called off a search for the pilot of a glider who had reportedly crashed in the Toroneos Gulf on Friday evening. Emergency services, aided by a coast guard helicopter, searched for possible signs of the crash both on land and at sea but could not find the remains of the glider nor the body of the pilot. The search was called off as there were no reports by Saturday of anyone going missing in the area. Mystery fall A woman was being treated in a Thessaloniki hospital yesterday after falling into the Thermaic Gulf on Saturday night. It was not clear how the woman, aged 48, fell into the sea while walking along the city’s main promenade. She was pulled out of the water by other pedestrians and was said to be in a semi-conscious state when she was taken to the hospital. Cars torched Arsonists set fire to three luxury cars in the Ano Poli and Kalamaria neighborhoods of Thessaloniki late on Saturday, police said. No arrests were made.