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Road deaths

Four people, including boy aged 5, killed in head-on collision Four people, including a 5-year-old boy, were killed late on Monday when two cars collided on the Patra-Corinth national highway near the Pounta junction. According to police, the accident occurred when one of the two vehicles veered out of its lane and hit the other car. The three people in the first car, including the boy, are believed to have been Albanian nationals, according to police who said the car’s registration plates were Albanian. The motorist in the second car is believed to have been Greek. Power charges Rates up 11 percent for most Electricity charges for households consuming up to 800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) every four months are to increase by 11 percent as of January 1, as compared to the originally planned rise of 13.7 percent, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Ministry said yesterday. According to the ministry’s decision, the increase in electricity charges for households consuming between 800 and 2,000 kWh will range from 1.5 to 3 percent. Households consuming more than 2,000 kWh will see their bills reduced by between 3 percent and 17 percent. Kallithea shooting Police in Athens yesterday were investigating the death of a 33-year-old mother of two shot by an unidentified assailant who rang the doorbell of her apartment in the southern district of Kallithea. The woman was shot in the head after opening the door of her third-floor apartment, according to police. The victim’s 4-year-old daughter and 9-month-old baby had been in the apartment at the time of the attack while her husband had been at work, police said. New mayor Giorgos Kaminis, the new mayor of Athens, is to be officially sworn in at City Hall at 5 p.m. today. The municipal councilors and Kaminis’s advisers are also to be sworn in. Doctored drugs? The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) yesterday ordered the withdrawal of two products trading under the names Fat Burner No. 1, intended to aid weight loss, and Durazest, a libido-enhancing substance, after tests revealed that the former contains sibutramine, an appetite suppressant, and the latter sildenafil, a drug which is the active ingredient in Viagra. According to EFET, Fatburner No. 1 and Durazest are not recognized by the National Organization for Medicines (EOF). According to EOF, sildenafil can cause serious side effects if not taken as prescribed by a doctor. The same applies to sibutramine which has been withdrawn in other European countries over health concerns. Dead pensioner Rescue workers yesterday recovered the body of a 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease from a hill on the outskirts of the central city of Tripoli. It was unclear what provoked the death of the man, who had been reported missing on Monday by his relatives. Illegal games Police in the Cretan port of Hania yesterday detained 13 Greeks and an Albanian on charges of illegal gambling. Two of the suspects are owners of bars alleged to have allowed patrons to play craps and poker. Officers confiscated more than 8,400 euros – believed to be proceeds from illegal gambling.