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Transport disruptions

Reduced service today, more upheaval Wednesday The Athens metro and the Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway (ISAP), as well as buses and trolley buses, will operate between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. today as workers walk off the job early in the morning and late at night in an ongoing protest against a government cost-cutting drive. The tram will run between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. today while the suburban railway (Proastiakos) will operate normally. Public transport workers have called a work stoppage for Wednesday, between noon and 4 p.m., but unions are reportedly considering upgrading this to a 24-hour strike and staging a another all-day strike on Monday, January 10. Nightclub bomb None hurt in powerful blast A powerful bomb exploded outside a nightclub on Syngrou Avenue early on Friday, causing major damage but no injuries. The explosion, which occurred just before 4 a.m., destroyed the facade of the Fever nightclub and left a large crater in the ground. The club had been closed on the day of the blast, which police have attributed to a settling of accounts between members of the capital’s nightclub underworld. The same club was targeted by another blast earlier this year. The explosion came a day after unidentified militants detonated a large bomb outside the premises of an Athens first instance court in the neighborhood of Ambelokipi, near central Athens, causing significant damage but no injuries. The attacks are not believed to be connected. Alexandria attack Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras yesterday condemned as a «barbarous criminal act» a New Year’s Day terrorist attack on a Coptic Christian church in the Egyptian port of Alexandria that killed 21 people. «We condemn in the strongest terms this horrific attack… that targeted worshippers who had visited the church to pray.» «This is another reminder of the importance of our common fight against terrorism,» Delavekouras added. The ministry stated that no members of Alexandria’s sizable Greek community had been harmed in the blast. Toll charges Charges at toll gates in Afidnes, north of Athens, Thebes, Tragana and Aghia Triada, in Fthiotida, increased last night. The charges for motorists are now 2.05 euros at Afidnes, 2.50 at Thebes, 2.40 at Tragana and 1.55 at Aghia Triada. Thessaloniki corpse Police in Thessaloniki yesterday were investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in a garbage dumpster near the city center. The woman had been stabbed in the neck, according to a coroner. Sexual abuse A 66-year-old man was detained in the Cretan port of Iraklio on charges of sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl who is alleged to have been forced into prostitution by her mother and sister. Police said they caught the 66-year-old in a car with the girl in a remote part of Iraklio. Police found in the girl’s possession 40 euros – believed to be the charge for her sexual services. The 46-year-old mother and 23-year-old sister have been detained.