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HOUSE COLLAPSE

Two people killed in rubble, two more seriously injured Two people died and another two were seriously injured yesterday when a section of the wall of a house in Edessa, northern Greece, which had been under restoration, collapsed. The two fatalities were a 41-year-old Albanian man and a 66-year-old Greek woman, who was one of the owners of the house. The other two, a 41-year-old Greek man and a 29-year-old Albanian, are being treated for their injuries in the hospital. Doctors said yesterday that the 29-year-old remained in critical condition. WEATHER ALERT Forecast sees thunderstorms Thunderstorms are expected to hit the western coast of Greece early this morning before moving across to eastern parts and the Aegean, the National Meteorological Service warned yesterday. Western Greece, which is expected to be the hardest hit, will begin seeing improved weather by early this evening. The Attica region is also forecast to see its share of wet weather, with downpours expected, while those due to travel in the Aegean are warned that winds will reach speeds of 9 Beaufort. Temperatures will dip across the board, bringing snow to regions in the north. Cannabis haul Narcotics officers in Hania, Crete, yesterday seized a large cannabis plantation containing 700 trees and 330 kilos of unprocessed marijuana. Acting on a tip, officers raided the makeshift plantation that had been carved into a forest in Rodovani and became embroiled in a shootout with a group of unidentified suspects who fled into the woods. Further investigation also revealed a large drying shed containing the 330 kilos of unprocessed cannabis. Myconos No 1 Readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine, published by The Independent newspaper, voted the Cycladic island of Myconos as the most popular island destination in Europe, it was announced yesterday. More than 25,000 people voted in the awards. Billboards down The Athens Court of First Instance yesterday ruled in favor of a petition by the Mont Parnes Casino in Parnitha, north of Athens, for all billboards advertising the online betting site Casino848 to be removed from the streets of Attica. The court’s ruling is in line with a law banning the advertisement of online betting sites. Cyprus ruling Nineteen Greek-Cypriot plaintiffs were awarded some 15 million euros in total by the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, in a ruling that calls on Turkey to pay compensation for property that was seized during the 1974 invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus.