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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-12-28

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

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 28/12/1998 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • Fog shuts down Thessaloniki airport
  • Northern Greece shivers to coldest winter in years
  • Two young men found dead in Florina
  • Monday morning begins with three robberies
  • New electricity line to prevent power outages
  • Police seek man transporting illegal immigrants
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

Fog shuts down Thessaloniki airport

Thessaloniki's international airport was once again this morning closed due to fog, with one flight from Athens to Belgrade via Thessaloniki cancelled and three others from Athens to Stuttgart, Munich and London going ahead without making the scheduled stopover. Greece's second biggest airport is plagued by problems due to fog in winter every year. It is hoped that a modern electronic system which enables "blind" landings will solve the problem.

Northern Greece shivers to coldest winter in years

Northern Greece bore the brunt of one of the coldest winters in recent memory, with the mercury falling to as low as -15 Celsius. Snow stopped falling on Sunday but the bitter cold caused frost overnight and, combined with fog, made driving on the region's roads particularly hazardous. The Kastoria lake has frozen over in a number of places for the first time in almost a decade. Temperatures fell to -15 in Florina, -10 in Kastoria, -5 in Kozani and -3 in Thessaloniki. At midday on Monday, the temperature in Florina had risen to a warmer -10, and to -5 in Kastoria.

Two young men found dead in Florina

Two young men were found dead in a basement garage in the northern Greek town of Florina, police said. Spyros Zafeiridis, 20, and Kyriakos Paschalidis, 19, were found on Monday morning in Zafeiridis's car by the 20- year-old's father. Police are investigating the cause of death.

Monday morning begins with three robberies

Two banks and a supermarket were held up in Athens on Monday, the robbers netting a total of more than 26 million drachmas. Two masked men, one armed with a sawn-off shotgun and the other a pistol, threatened customers and staff at a branch of the Commercial Bank in Peristeri, Athens before escaping with 4 million drachmas. One man armed with a revolver held up a branch of the Bank of Attica in Neos Kosmos, Athens and grabbed 1,200,000 drachmas from the counter before making his getaway. In another incident this morning, two masked men armed with pistols held up the "Bazaar" supermarket in Zografou and stole 21,500,000 drachmas.

New electricity line to prevent power outages

Development Minister Vasso Papandreou on Monday attended a ceremony marking the beginning of the operation of a third high voltage electricity line at Kryoneri, north of Athens. The new north-south line, whose construction was vehemently opposed by local residents, who claimed it was a health risk, is designed to eliminate the risk of a black-out during times of heavy power demand. The new line will transmit electrical power from northern Greece to the south and, particularly, to the Attica basin, which is home to 38 percent of the country's total population and consumes 36 percent of electrical power.

Police seek man transporting illegal immigrants

Police in northern Greece are looking for an unidentified man who managed to escape after the hearse he was driving was stopped after a high-speed chase and the occupants of the vehicle turned out to be seven illegal immigrants from Albania. The incident took place in Kastoria, when the suspicions of the officers of a joint army and police patrol were aroused by the hearse and they gave chase. They managed to corner the vehicle near the village of Kaloneri, Kozani but the driver managed to escape in the darkness. According to police figures, 52,530 illegal immigrants were arrested near the Greek-Albanian border in 1998 and sent back to Albania.

WEATHER

Greece will be overcast today with possibility of local showers in Crete and the Dodecanese Islands and a slight rise in temperatures throughout the country. Athens will be partly cloudy with temperatures between 1-11C. The same for Thessaloniki with temperatures from -3 to 6C.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Monday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 279.397 British pound 468.065 Japanese yen (100) 240.848 French franc 49.610 German mark 166.358 Italian lira (100) 16.800 Irish Punt 413.466 Belgian franc 8.066 Finnish mark 54.729 Dutch guilder 147.629 Danish kr. 43.731 Austrian sch. 23.664 Spanish peseta 1.955 Swedish kr. 34.686 Norwegian kr. 36.404 Swiss franc 203.613 Port. Escudo 1.623 Aus. dollar 171.507 Can. dollar 180.147

(M.P.)


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