NEWS

In Brief

Teachers yield

Union decides to call off action for good of students The Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OLME) yesterday appealed to members to resume grading students’ university entrance examinations papers «so as not to jeopardize the credibility of the exams,» following weeks of refusing to mark exam papers due to a pay dispute with the government. Talks with Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou last week failed to resolve the spat. An OLME spokesperson said the union would resume its demands in the fall. Gruesome finds Probes into two dead bodies Police in the northern city of Drama yesterday were questioning a 20-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman believed to be behind the murder of a 39-year-old man, whose corpse was found buried under a henhouse in the couple’s backyard in the village of Sitagroi. According to police, the 20-year-old has admitted to strangling the victim a month ago before burying him with the help of his girlfriend. The 20-year-old is also charged with using the dead man’s credit cards. Meanwhile, police in Arta, western Greece, were probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was found in an irrigation canal near the village of Aneza. The victim is believed to be a 54-year-old local man who disappeared 18 months ago. Protest rally The civil servants’ union (ADEDY) yesterday called on its members to join a rally in central Athens at 7 p.m. today to protest impending reform to the country’s pension system. The rally is the second in two weeks. ADEDY and the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) are organizing a general strike on June 29. Thessaloniki unrest A group of hooded youths torched garbage dumpsters and hurled stones at riot police officers stationed outside the premises of the city’s Aristotle University early yesterday, causing minor damage and no injuries. The youths took refuge on the grounds of the university before any arrests could be made. In a related development, two fans of Thessaloniki soccer team Iraklis were arrested yesterday on charges of participating in clashes with police on Monday night. The fans had been protesting the team’s relegation. ‘Pedophile’ arrested Police in Athens yesterday searched the home of a 42-year-old Greek national after the latter was arrested in Colorado in the USA on charges of attempting to sexually abuse minors. According to police, the man had been in contact via the Internet for several months with an American woman who told him she had two children, aged 5 and 7. The man allegedly expressed his desire to sexually molest the children before traveling to meet the woman in Colorado. There he discovered that the woman was a police officer who arrested him. Road accidents A 35-year-old motorcyclist was killed yesterday when he veered out of lane on the Athens-Patra national highway, near Patra, and collided with a car being driven by a 46-year-old man. The driver of the car was not injured. A few hours later, a 67-year-old motorist veered off the same highway near the Corinth junction and hit a 41-year-old pedestrian, injuring him fatally.