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ATHENS UNIVERSITY

Postponed rector vote due to take place on June 7 and 8 The ballot to elect a new rector for the University of Athens will take place on June 7 and 8, the current head of Greece’s oldest tertiary education institution, Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos, said yesterday. The election was due to be held on May 26 but was postponed following an argument between candidates about who was eligible to vote. Asimakopoulos said every effort would be made to ensure a transparent and fair voting process. CHILD DIES Boy falls from seventh floor A 7-year-old boy fell to his death from the balcony of his parents’ apartment in Patissia, near central Athens, yesterday morning. The boy, who was not named, fell from the seventh floor of the building on Stratigou Dagli Street at around 8.30 a.m. Police were unable to obtain an explanation from the boy’s mother of how he fell as she was in a state of shock. Diver fatality A diver working for Hellenic Petroleum in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, died yesterday while helping repair a water tank. The diver, who was not named, lost consciousness while under water and was taken to hospital but was declared dead. Rape arrest A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Rethymno, Crete, on suspicion of raping a 10-year-old Bulgarian girl. Officers arrested the suspect, who has not been named, after the victim pointed him out to police. It is alleged that he forced his way into the girl’s home while her parents were at work. Brotherly hate A 74-year-old man has been arrested in Igoumenitsa, northwestern Greece, on suspicion of shooting dead his 59-year-old brother. Police said that the pair argued over inheritance rights and that the older man went to his brother’s house and shot him with a hunting rifle. Officers recovered some 30 bullets from the suspect’s home. Better roads More than 74 million euros will be spent on improving roads in northwestern Greece, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas said yesterday. Almost 49 million is to be spent on improving the highway between Igoumenitsa and Preveza while the remainder will go toward upgrading the road between Markopoulo and Anavyssos, southeast of Athens. Crashes increase The number of traffic accidents was up by 8.5 percent this March compared to last year, according to figures released yesterday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). In these accidents, 113 people were killed, 124 were seriously injured and 1,495 suffered light injuries. Supermarket raid Armed robbers held up employees at a supermarket in Kalamata and made off with 58,000 euros in cash yesterday, police said. Nobody was hurt during the robbery. Two-ton pud The residents of Serres in northern Greece will attempt to break the world record for the largest rice pudding on Sunday by making a dessert that will weigh 2 tons and be prepared in a pot 1 meter high and 2.5 meters wide. It will be presented at a gastronomy festival in the city this Sunday.