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YIANNIS MORALIS

Respected Greek visual artist dies at the age of 93 One of Greece’s most renowned visual artists, Yiannis Moralis, has died at the age of 93, it was revealed yesterday. As a teenager, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he went on to teach from 1947 to 1983. Apart from painting, Moralis was also involved in the creation of sets and costumes for theater, the illustration of poetry work and music albums and the decoration of buildings, such as the facade of the Athens Hilton. Moralis’s family said that his funeral would only be open to close relatives. MAGOULA ATTACK Kiosk blown up for second time Assailants used 3 kilos of dynamite to blow up a kiosk in the town of Magoula, western Attica, in a pre-dawn attack yesterday. The kiosk was shut at the time, so nobody was injured. Police believe that the attack was the result of personal differences, as it is the second time in a month that an explosive device has gone off next to it. Border protest Livestock breeders from Kilkis in northern Greece yesterday ended their blockade of the Evzonoi border crossing. The farmers said this was a goodwill gesture and did not rule out the possibility of taking further action. They began blocking the crossing on December 10, demanding the full payment of subsidies and the clear labeling of all imported dairy products. Fatal boar hunt A 52-year-old man who was part of a group of 18 people who were hunting yesterday for wild boar in the Arnaia area of Halkidiki, northern Greece, was shot dead by another member of the party. Police said that a 49-year-old man, who seems to have shot his fellow hunter by mistake, was arrested so he could be questioned at the local police station. Katerini stabbing Two men, aged 20 and 27, were arrested yesterday in Katerini, northern Greece, on suspicion of stabbing a 26-year-old man. The two suspects, both foreign nationals, were allegedly giving their victim, also a non-Greek, a lift home when an argument broke out in the car. The 27-year-old is suspected of using a switchblade to stab the victim in the stomach and chest. The 26-year-old was taken to the hospital by a passing driver after being dumped by the side of the road. Thessaloniki robberies A fast-food delivery driver was robbed at knifepoint in Thessaloniki early yesterday, police said. The scooter rider said that three men threatened him and then stole 150 euros in cash and his mobile phone. A robbery also took place at a gas station on the outskirts of the northern port city in the early hours of yesterday. Two assailants forced the employee on duty to hand over 120 euros in cash before riding off on a motorcycle. Pre-dawn blasts An explosive device that was placed under a parked car in the southern Athens suburb of Neo Faliro went off at just before 5 a.m., causing damage to the vehicle but no injuries. Police said the car belonged to the owner of a company but gave no further details. Meanwhile, arsonists in Thessaloniki damaged three parked cars early yesterday. The attacks took place between 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. in three different neighborhoods. Nobody was injured.