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Change to shopping timetable ahead of Easter Sunday Stores will be operating on an extended Easter timetable as of today. Up to and including Thursday of Holy Week, shops will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Good Friday, they will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Easter Saturday they will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shops will be closed all day on the Monday after Easter. Tempe reopening Safety work has been completed Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas said yesterday that the Vale of Tempe section of the Athens-Thessaloniki national road, which has been closed since last December due to a massive rockfall, is ready to reopen. Reppas said that all the necessary work, including the installation of wire netting over the course of 4 kilometers to prevent rocks from falling on the highway, has been completed. Aegean Motorway, the company that manages this section of road, is expected to provide more details in a statement today. Mislaid plans Details of the security scheme in place around the Maximos Mansion, where the prime minister has his office, and the nearby Presidential Palace and Parliament in central Athens have been found by police after fears that they had gone missing. Sources said that they were discovered on the desk of an officer at police headquarters after being wrongly delivered there through the internal post system. Suspect escapes A 38-year-old man who was being held on suspicion of theft escaped from a holding cell at Piraeus’s main police station yesterday morning. Police said that the suspect, a Greek national who was not named, used an unidentified object to cut the bars on the window of his cell, which was on the third floor of the building. A manhunt has been launched. Aegaleo blast A homemade explosive device went off outside the offices of PASOK’s youth organization in Aegaleo, western Athens, early on Saturday. Police said that the entrance to the building was damaged but there were no injuries as a result of the 2.15 a.m. blast. Trafficker caught A 30-year-old foreigner was arrested on suspicion of smuggling seven illegal immigrants, two of whom were hidden in the trunk of his car, on Saturday. The man was arrested when police stopped his vehicle near Thessaloniki. The nationality of the migrants was not made public. Chios quake An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook the island of Chios in the northern Aegean on Saturday. The tremor, the epicenter of which was 220 kilometers east of Athens, struck at 8.35 p.m. No injuries or damage were reported. Inmate beaten A prisoner serving a long-term sentence in Corfu prison was transferred by airplane to a hospital in Ioannina on Saturday after being seriously injured in an altercation with other inmates, authorities said. The prisoner, an Albanian national who was not named, suffered blows to his body and head during the fight and was taken to an intensive care unit.