NEWS

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NAME DISPUTE

FYROM being ‘negative,’ says Greek Foreign Ministery While denying rumors that UN mediator Matthew Nimetz is about to hold talks in Skopje and Athens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said yesterday that Greece is keen to find a solution to its dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name but has been discouraged by Skopje’s «negative attitude.» «We are disappointed to see a negative attitude on the part of FYROM, which is always clear in its actions,» Delavekouras said. Last week Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said that the name «Northern Macedonia» could be the key to a settlement. DOCTOR ARRESTED Paternity tests raise suspicions A doctor at the Geniko Kratiko Hospital in Athens was arrested yesterday on suspicion of fraud. Police said the woman had offered to carry out a paternity test for a couple in exchange for 800 euros in cash. The couple alleges that when they received the results, it was clear the tests had been conducted by a foreign clinic and the doctor had tried to make it appear that the Geniko Kratiko conducted them. The doctor, who was not named, was arrested after accepting marked bank notes from the couple. Police believe she also accepted 1,800 euros from another patient for a paternity test. Kalamaria murder A 28-year-old man has been arrested in the Kalamaria suburb of Thessaloniki on suspicion of murdering a local woman. The body of the 24-year-old victim was found in her apartment by her father on Monday. Police said that the suspect, who was described as a friend of the woman, has admitted to killing her. Kifissias footbridge All the preparatory studies for the construction of a footbridge at the spot on Kifissias Avenue where high school student Solonas Karydakis was run over and killed last December have been completed, paving the way for the structure to be built. Details are due to be announced at Psychico College on Monday. All the studies have been carried out free of charge by professionals, including Karydakis’s father. The college will help to finance the project. Channel sit-in A group of anti-establishment protesters late on Wednesday occupied Creta Television’s premises in Iraklio, Crete, complaining about the arrest of six suspected members of the Revolutionary Struggle terrorist group and the government’s austerity measures. They burst into the studio during a news bulletin. There were no arrests as the protesters left the premises peacefully. Missing man Divers yesterday continued their search for a 59-year-old man missing since Monday afternoon when his boat overturned in the Axios River in Kilkis, northern Greece. The 59-year-old was swept away when the river broke its banks. Crane death An 80-year-old woman was killed instantly yesterday when a crane ran her over outside her home in the village of Gangales in Iraklio, Crete. According to police, the 34-year-old crane driver had stopped for a moment to allow a car to pass before reversing to allow another vehicle to pass. The crane driver hit the woman while reversing.