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Zenith returns

Cruise ship to dock at Piraeus despite seamen’s protests The firm managing the Zenith, a Malta-flagged cruise liner which was forced to remain moored at the port of Piraeus at the end of April when protesting seamen barred hundreds of tourists from reboarding, has said the vessel will sail in to Piraeus today despite a threatened blockade by the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO). The Citizens’ Protection Ministry has assured the Zenith’s managers that the vessel will have no problems docking. The seamen object to draft legislation foreseeing the lifting of cabotage rules to allow vessels that do not fly a European Union country flag to moor at Greek ports. Teen killing Two policemen freed on bail The two police officers on trial for the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 received conditional release from custody yesterday. The judge in the Amfissa court where the trial of Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis is being held has ruled that the two suspects should be freed on bail as they have completed 18 months in custody. Both men have been barred from leaving the central Greek town and will have to report to the local police station regularly until a verdict is delivered. They have been on trial – Korkoneas for shooting Grigoropoulos, Saraliotis for being an accomplice – since February. SYRIZA turmoil Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), on Saturday appealed to members of a faction of the coalition, Reformist Wing, «not to take steps that open up a road of no return» after the party threatened to walk out of SYRIZA’s party congress, boycotting the election of members to party bodies. The development signals fresh turmoil within SYRIZA which has been overtaken by the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) over the past year to become the smallest party in Parliament. Crete quake An undersea quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck the seabed off the Cretan port of Iraklio early yesterday but caused no injuries or damage. The quake, which occured shortly after 3 p.m., was felt in the prefectures of Iraklio and Rethymno. Lawyers strike Lawyers are to launch a 48-hour strike today to protest the impact of new tax measures and imminent changes to the pension system. A second 48-hour strike is planned for June 16 and 17. Rain damage Brief but strong showers on Saturday in northern Greece flooded six basement homes and stores in eastern Thessaloniki and caused a traffic jam in the city center. Downpours also damaged crops in Trikala, central Greece, as irrigation ditches overflowed. Baby abandoned A 33-year-old man and his 27-year-old girlfriend were arrested by police in Athens yesterday for allegedly abandoning their 9-month-old baby on a sidewalk in the city center. The infant is undergoing medical tests. Pudding award Chefs in the northern city of Serres yesterday earned the city its third distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records by cooking up the world’s biggest rice pudding, weighing in at 2.5 tons.