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Fatal beating

British woman, 22, dies after attack by boyfriend in Malia A 22-year-old British woman, hospitalized on Crete on Sunday following a beating – allegedly at the hands of her 21-year-old British boyfriend – died of her injuries yesterday. According to doctors, the unnamed woman had suffered an infection provoked by internal bleeding. The beating is believed to have taken place in Malia, a resort known for attracting young Britons, earlier in the week. Doctors said they might have been able to save the woman, had she visited the hospital immediately after the beating. The 21-year-old has been detained for questioning. Mugging probe Pair rob, injure old lady Police in Thessaloniki yesterday were seeking the perpetrators behind the violent mugging of an elderly woman believed to have been carrying a large sum of money in the city’s Analipsi district. According to the testimony of the victim, whose age was not revealed, two assailants attacked her as she had been leaving a bank with 30,000 euros in cash in a bag. The woman said she was thrown to the ground by the robbers, who fled with the bag. Police were also seeking two armed robbers who held up a bank in Pylaia, eastern Thessaloniki, in the early afternoon, fleeing with an undetermined sum. Noise crackdown A total of 35 lawsuits are to be filed against music venues in the lively Athens districts of Kolonaki, Ambelokipi and Gazi, following noise pollution inspections carried out over the weekend by municipal police. Groups of officers used special equipment to measure sound levels at bars and clubs in the city center on Friday and Saturday nights and recorded a total of 35 violations. Authorities are to suspend the operating permits of the establishments in question, which were not named. Deputy Athens Mayor Andreas Papadakis said the checks would continue. «Athens is a lively city and will remain so but everyone must contribute to the improvement of quality of life by respecting the rights of others.» Power cuts The union representing workers at the Public Power Corporation (PPC) is to join a general strike this Thursday, which could result in power cuts. PPC workers are also due to join rolling 48-hour strike action from the evening of Tuesday, May 25. Their union is protesting austerity measures and plans to reform the country’s creaking pension system. It has accused the government of «succumbing to the pressure of [global financial] markets» to the detriment of the Greek people. Lawyers strike Lawyers are to join a general strike due to take place on Thursday, the coordinating committee representing all the country’s bar associations said yesterday. The action has been called to protest the impact of new tax measures and imminent changes to the pension system. KEPs closed State Citizen Service Centers (KEP) will be closed today as employees continue a 48-hour strike launched yesterday to protest the government’s austerity measures. Unionists have condemned the pay cuts, tax increases and impending reforms to pensions as «a violent attack on workers’ rights.»