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Customs officials

Fuel supplies back to normal after six-day walkout ends Fuel supplies were returning to normal in Attica and elsewhere yesterday after customs officers called off a 6-day strike that had led to shortages. The customs officers had wanted to extend their protest action until tomorrow so that they could take part in a general strike that has the backing of private and public sector unions. But late on Sunday night they decided to call off their action after a court ruling on Saturday declared their strike to be unlawful and abusive. Mani cache Guns, explosives seized Police in Mani, in the Peloponnese, yesterday were questioning a 52-year-old Greek man and his 34-year-old Ukrainian tenant after a raid on the former’s property unearthed a large cache of weapons and explosives. The arms cache included 10 hand grenades, three pistols, a revolver, several shotguns and rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 2 kilograms of explosives. Officers also confiscated half a kilogram of cannabis. A search on the ground floor of the property, being rented out to the Ukrainian by the Greek suspect, turned up another half kilogram of cannabis. Anti-racism arrests Two members of an anti-racism organization yesterday faced a prosecutor in Larissa for allegedly provoking clashes between leftist demonstrators and members of far-right groups in the central city on Sunday night. The scuffles on Sunday began when anti-racist demonstrators gathered in the city center where members of two far-right groups had been due to stage a rally in protest at the granting of citizenship and voting rights to immigrants. A small rally followed without any major unrest. The two anti-racist protesters were released after testifying before a prosecutor. Sea rescue A Super Puma helicopter early yesterday rescued the 5-strong crew of a Comoros-flagged cargo ship that had just sunk off the coast of the Aegean island of Tilos. The crew of the Alborada – four Russians and one Azeri – were found unharmed in the vessel’s lifeboat. The ship, laden with 50 tons of tobacco, foundered off Tilos shortly before 4 a.m. when winds had reached 8 on the Beaufort scale. Migrants intercepted A total of 183 would-be migrants from Albania tried to enter the country illegally over the weekend and were repatriated via the Kakavia border crossing, police in northern Greece said yesterday. Many of the migrants had been hidden in the trunks of cars and trucks while others had attempted the crossing on foot. Lab raid Police in the western port of Patra yesterday were seeking the burglars who raided the seismology laboratory of the University of Patra. The unidentified thieves made off with around 10 computers which, according to laboratory staff, contain significant scientific data. There had been no one at the laboratory at the time of the burglary.