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Hit and run

Youth charged with leaving young couple badly injured A 17-year-old youth yesterday faced a prosecutor on the Ionian island of Cephalonia on a string of charges after allegedly running down a young couple near the main port of Argostoli last Sunday night and leaving them seriously injured. The youth faces charges of hit and run, causing grievous bodily harm and riding a motorcycle without a license. The recently married couple were found in the road by a motorist after the youth fled the scene. They were treated at a local hospital before being transferred by military aircraft to an Athens hospital. They are both still in a critical condition, according to doctors who gave no further details. Violent burglary Woman, 84, beaten up An 84-year-old woman was in hospital yesterday after burglars broke into her home on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes through an open window and beat her before fleeing with some 2,000 euros in cash. According to police, one of the burglars threatened a cleaning lady who had been in the house at the time before striking the elderly lady in the face and other parts of her body. Migrants intercepted A group of 32 would-be migrants were detained by Volos Port Authority officials yesterday after being spotted in a Ukrainian-flagged sailing boat off the coast of Alonissos. The migrants – 15 men and 16 women – were detained along with the three suspected smugglers. No details were revealed by officials about the ethnic origin of either the migrants or the smugglers. Drug haul Police in the western port of Patra yesterday detained a 30-year-old foreign national after a search of the truck he had been driving turned up 11 kilograms of cannabis, wrapped in 72 small packages and concealed within the sides of the truck, inside the vehicle’s audio speakers and inside a tin of shaving foam. The truck had just arrived in Patra from Italy though there were no details about the nationality of the suspected smuggler. Foreign affairs Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas arrived in the Estonian capital of Tallinn yesterday for a two-day unofficial summit of his counterparts from NATO countries. Droutsas met with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and talks between the two diplomats reportedly focused on preparations for a scheduled visit to Greece in the middle of next month by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Armed robbery A lone robber in the central town of Volos netted more than 10,000 euros in cash yesterday after holding up a branch of Bank of Cyprus. The man, who was wearing a ski mask and cap, threatened the two cashiers with a shotgun, forcing them to empty their registers. The robber stuffed the cash into a rucksack before fleeing on foot. Police had not traced him by late yesterday.