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Policewoman discharged

Guard hurt in October attack released from the hospital A 24-year-old special guard seriously injured by Kalashnikov assault rifle fire during a terrorist attack on a police precinct in the northern Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi last October was yesterday discharged from hospital after undergoing an operation on her arm, which has been paralyzed since the shooting. Sofia Psychogiou, who returned to her hometown of Arta to recover, is expected to regain the use of her arm in about a year, doctors said. Synagogue fire One man held, two bailed A 33-year-old Briton was yesterday remanded in custody over two arson attacks on the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania, Crete but two other suspects were released on bail pending trial. The Briton, from Manchester, has been charged with arson and forming a criminal gang. A 24-year-old local man and a 23-year-old Briton were also charged. A fourth suspect, a 24-year-old American, is due to face a prosecutor tomorrow. A fifth man, also an American, is being sought but he is believed to have fled to Italy. The synagogue was severely damaged in the January 5 and 16 attacks. Train vandals Police in Athens were seeking the youths who vandalized a train that had been moving in to the Patissia station of the Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway (ISAP) at 3 a.m. yesterday. According to ISAP staff, a group of youths littered the tracks with objects to hinder the passage of the train, which had been pulling in to the station well after the end of services on the line. The youths also smashed the window of one of the train’s carriages and sprayed graffiti on its side. Low spirits Greeks are among the most pessimistic citizens of the European Union, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey that shows 92 percent are worried about the Greek economy and 78 percent concerned about the global economy. More than nine out of 10 Greeks (94 percent) expressed dismay about high unemployment levels, above the EU average of 85 percent. Murder probe The body of a woman believed to be aged around 30 was found early yesterday in the first-floor corridor of an apartment block in Gyzi, near central Athens. Police said one shotgun cartridge was found next to the body. It was unclear if the woman had been a resident of the apartment block. Minor trouble Thirteen minors who were allegedly part of a group of 45 people that disrupted an anti-racism rally in Ambelokipi, central Athens, on Saturday were released from custody late on Monday night. The teenagers denied charges of disrupting the peace, using threatening behavior and illegally carrying and using weapons. All 13 will have to face an investigating magistrate. Another 32 suspects were arrested following Saturday’s disturbances and have already been charged with various felonies.