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Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-04-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr>

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 28/04/1997 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • Turkish sub warned after approaching Aegean island coast
  • Defence Minister to visit Greek peacekeeping troops in Albania
  • Greek state to be godfather of murdered Greek-cypriot's baby
  • Thirty-three dead, 324 injured in Easter exodus road accidents
  • Earthquake causes minor damage in Messinia
  • Ancient skull returned to Greece
  • Shops closed today
  • Weather
  • Foreign exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

Turkish sub warned after approaching Aegean island coast

Greek soldiers manning an army post on the Aegean island of Farmakonisi yesterday spotted a Turkish submarine sailing on the surface in ''harmless passage'', defence ministry sources said.

Because the submarine, possibly due to weather conditions, approached the coast of the island closer than regulations allow, the soldiers fired warning shots in the air in accordance with standing orders.

The same sources said Hellenic Navy vessels were monitoring the course of the submarine from a discreet distance.

Defence Minister to visit Greek peacekeeping troops in Albania

National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos left today for Tirana to spend Easter Monday with Greek troops participating in the multinational protection force in Albania, as the last batch of the 700-man strong Greek contingent leaves for the neighbouring country tomorrow.

Addressing young conscipts at a military camp in Thessaloniki on Easter Sunday, Mr. Tsohatzopoulols said that a "strong army means favourable terms in negotiations for the settlement of all issues concerning Greece today."

For the same occasion, Defence Undersecretary Dimitris Apostolakis also goes to Bosnia today to visit Greek peacekeeping troops serving there.

Greek state to be godfather of murdered Greek-cypriot's baby

The Greek state will symbolically be the godfather of Anastassia Isaac, baby daughter of Tassos Isaac, the young Greek-cypriot who was brutally murdered by Turkish-cypriots and "Grey Wolves" militants last year as he tried to lower the Turkish flag from a pole in the Turkish-occupied part of the island republic.

Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos will be the symbolic godfather at the christening ceremony to be held at the Church of St. George in Paralimni village, near where Isaac was shot and killed.

Thirty-three dead, 324 injured in Easter exodus road accidents

Thirty-three people were killed and 324 injured in 248 road accidents since last Thursday as thousands of city dwellers left for the provinces to spend the Orthodox Easter.

Traffic police today took special measures along the country's national highways for the safe return of the holidaymakers.

Earthquake causes minor damage in Messinia

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 0119 this morning, 210 km south-southwest of Athens. The epicentre of the tremor, which was felt throughout the prefecture of Messinia, was the Gulf of Kyparissia. Although no injuries have been reported, two houses and a warehouse sustained structural damage.

Ancient skull returned to Greece

An ancient skull of great archaeological significance which has been stored for many years in Vienna for research purposes was returned to Greece yesterday. The ''Minoan Microcephalus'' was handed to Greece's Ambassador in Vienna on Thursday. According to researchers, the skull, discovered during excavations on Crete in 1962, proves that the Minoan dynasty in Crete was indigenous. The skull will most probably be put on display at the Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Shops closed today

Shops will remain closed throughout the country today. The post offices at Athens international airport and the port of Piraeus will however be open throughout. Bakeries and shops will reopen on Tuesday.

WEATHER

Fair weather is forecast for most parts of the country today, becoming cloudy in the mainland and northwestern Greece in the afternoon, accompanied rainfall. Winds will be westerly, light to moderate especially in the Ionian Sea. Athens will be mostly sunny with temperatures between 7-23C. Thessaloniki will be partly cloudy with a drizzle in the afternoon and temperatures between 6-19C.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Closing rates - buying US dlr. 270.717 Pound sterling 438.325 Cyprus pd 529.113 French franc 46.719 Swiss franc 184.631 German mark 157.500 Italian lira (100) 15.881 Yen (100) 214.609 Canadian dlr. 193.896 Australian dlr. 209.957 Irish Punt 418.128 Belgian franc 7.640 Finnish mark 52.467 Dutch guilder 140.060 Danish kr. 41.319 Swedish kr. 35.315 Norwegian kr. 38.321 Austrian sch. 22.382 Spanish peseta 1.871 Portuguese escudo 1.570

(C.E.)


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