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BANK HOURS

An extra half an hour of service from today Bank customers will be able to benefit from an extra half an hour of service every day from today. Banks will now close at 2.30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and at 2 p.m. on Fridays (instead of the previous closing times of 2 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. respectively). Opening hours remain unchanged, meaning banks will still open at 8 a.m. CELL SUICIDE Addict uses shoelaces to kill self A 21-year-old drug addict used his shoelaces to hang himself in a Thessaloniki police cell late on Friday night following his arrest for possession of narcotics. It is unclear whether the unnamed man, who was alone in the cell, was under supervision. Body found A body found washed up on Samothrace on Saturday is believed to be that of Andreas Bonelis, 28, from Patras, who has been missing for more than two weeks, police said yesterday. Bonelis had disappeared on August 17 following a flash flood on the island where he had gone for a camping trip with friends. Bonelis’s father said the body was probably that of his son after being unable to positively identify the features of the young man, police added. Cyprus The number of Turkish Cypriots living in the island’s north is falling due to the political stance maintained by Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Ankara, Cypriot Interior Minister Andreas Panayiotou said yesterday following the publication of figures setting the number of Turks in occupied northern Cyprus at around 100,000. Of a population of 200,000 in the occupied territories, 150,000 are settlers but only 50,000 of these are the children of Turkish Cypriots, according to Turkish-Cypriot newspaper Afrika. Also yesterday, Greek daily Fileleutheros set the ratio of Turkish Cypriots in the island’s north at less than 40 percent of the population. Euroforce stalemate The resolution of a dispute with Turkey over the proposed EU rapid reaction force remains a priority after Friday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers in the Danish city of Elsinore failed to yield any solutions, Foreign Minister George Papandreou told reporters on Saturday after the informal meeting. Armed robbery A 44-year-old shopowner was taken to the hospital on Saturday after being shot in the hand by a would-be robber who raided her convenience store in the Athenian district of Kolonos. The assailant was one of a pair of unidentified men, believed to be Albanian, who threatened Sofia Argyropoulou at gunpoint and then shot at her when she refused his demands for money and shouted for help.