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EXPLORERS TRAPPED

Massive rescue effort to locate two speleologists in Cretan cave A team of cave explorers and rescue workers arrived in Iraklion yesterday to join the search for two speleologists believed to have been trapped since Saturday in a flooded cave about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Cretan port. The man and woman, who have not been named, are believed to be trapped about one kilometer into the Sarhos Cave, located near the village of the same name, after heavy rainfall flooded the cave’s ducts, rescue workers said yesterday. The pair, both 35 years old and members of the Cretan Speleological Association, had visited the cave as part of research toward drawing up a map of local rivers and lakes. Baby abandoned A Serres woman has asked to adopt a 5-day-old baby boy she found on the doorstop of her apartment on Saturday morning after hearing the infant’s cries. The baby, who almost died of exposure, is under observation in the northern town’s general hospital. Radio vandals A group of seven unidentified assailants, wearing green Panathinaikos scarves, broke into the Kallithea premises of Spor FM radio and sprayed tear gas at four employees, the Athens News Agency reported on Saturday. The assailants vandalized the sport station’s office before fleeing, it said. Olympic truce The 15 education ministers of the European Union converged in Thessaloniki on Saturday to sign the official declaration of the Olympic Truce. The signing was attended by Foreign Minister George Papandreou. Kavala crime The son of a Kavala businessman, suspected of masterminding a twin bank robbery near the northern town last week and of four mafia-style murders, staged one of the two bank raids, Kavala police said yesterday. The son of Andreas Chtenas, 45, identified as D. Chtenas, 24, allegedly held up a bank in Eleftheroupolis along with an Albanian currently in detention, police said. Greece has requested the extradition from Turkey of the father, currently in a hospital in the town of Edirne.