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Ministry demands information about children of academics The Education Ministry appears to be heading for a clash with several universities that have so far failed to comply with its request to supply information about how many of their lecturers and professors are children of people already employed by the institutions. As of yesterday, nine of the 22 state universities had not responded to the ministry’s request. Deputy Education Minister Yiannis Panaretos sent the third written query in the last two months to the universities that have so far not supplied the necessary information. He requested the details by November 19. Frontex arrests Border initiative is working Greek border guards working with members of the European Union’s border monitoring agency Frontex arrested two suspected Turkish smugglers and 14 would-be migrants on Sunday night. The guards spotted the two boats crossing the River Evros using infrared cameras. According to officials, a team of 175 Frontex border guards has significantly curbed the influx of migrants in just three days since its mobilization at the Greek-Turkish border. Train derailed A train that had been en route to Kalamata in the Peloponnese from the western port of Patra came off the rails near the village of Lappa in Achaia prefecture early yesterday afternoon but there were no injuries. The engine of the train derailed due to a tree that had fallen onto the tracks amid strong winds. Service on the Kalamata-Patra section were suspended and passengers put onto replacement buses. Shooting probe Coast guard officers at Kaloi Limenes, on the southern coast of the Iraklio prefecture on Crete, found two nine-millimeter shells on the deck of a US-flagged cargo ship docked in the area yesterday after the captain reported hearing four gunshots. The Maersk Constellation had anchored at Kaloi Limenes to refuel when the shots were heard and reported by its captain. There were no injuries or damage. Flexible Straw Britain’s former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says that a formal partition of Cyprus should be considered if reunification talks between Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots fail. In an opinion piece in The Times newspaper, he said it was time to consider this «taboo» subject and admitted that Britain had made mistakes while he was foreign minister between 2001 and 2006. TB checks One in three economic migrants living in Greece who displays signs of tuberculosis fails to attend a follow-up hospital session, according to figures made public yesterday by the Sotiria Hospital and the Institute of Chest Infections, Health and Work Safety (IENTHYAE). According to the statement made at a medical conference in Thessaloniki, more than 86,600 immigrants underwent chest X-rays between 2000 and 2009 at IENTHYAE and 122 showed signs of suffering from TB. Soccer league Panathinaikos remained one point behind Super League leader Olympiakos last night after beating Atromitos 1-0 away. AEK came from behind to down visitor Ergotelis 3-1 while PAOK won 1-0 at Kavala. Aris and Larissa shared a 1-1 draw.