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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-31

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  • [01] ND leader visits children's infirmary
  • [02] Plane dispatched to retrieve bodies of seamen
  • [03] Suspects charged in mayor's killing
  • [04] New Year's Eve carols and celebrations

  • [01] ND leader visits children's infirmary

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras visited the Children's Infirmary in Penteli on Thursday, accompanied by Health sector chief Marios Salmas, party spokesman Panos Panayiotopoulos and Deputy Argyris Dinopoulos.

    The ND leader was given a guided tour of the premises, he listened to carrols sung for him by the children and gave them gifts.

    Samaras said in a brief address that the most difficult times are those when the children do not have their parents and added that "this deficit of love and affection is provided by the foundation's employees and volunteers," while pointing out that society must give lessons of love on a daily basis and not only on holy days.

    [02] Plane dispatched to retrieve bodies of seamen

    An aircraft dispatched to retrieve the bodies of three Greek and six foreign seamen, who died on board the bulk carrier "Aegean Wind", landed on Thursday in Curacao, the Dutch Antilles. The plane is scheduled to depart Curacao in the afternoon.

    The freighter was towed to the port of Curacao on Monday, after the fire that broke out on the vessel on Christmas Day as it was sailing 90 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

    [03] Suspects charged in mayor's killing

    Two suspects have been charged in the murder of Paggaio Mayor Triantafyllos Koukoudis, who was found on Wednesday tied with with multiple gunshot wounds in his car's trunk.

    The two men have been identified as treasurers in the same rural municipality of northeast Greece where the victim served as mayor.

    The vehicle was spotted in a remote seaside region west of the port city of Kavala on Wednesday evening. At a press conference on Thursday, the chief of Kavala police, Alexandros Bitzis, said a coroner's findings indicated that the victim was hit in the face with a blunt object and was shot eight times in the chest and head. Police said missing funds from the municipality's treasury were the motive for the crime.

    According to reports, the two men had arranged to meet the victim on Sunday in a remote area in order to hand over property deeds as a "guarantee" for the embezzled money. A third man was arrested for supplying the weapon allegedly used in the fatal shooting.

    The 50-year-old mayor had left his home for a scheduled meeting in the Nea Peramos district. When he failed to return, his brother reported his disappearance at noon on Tuesday.

    [04] New Year's Eve carols and celebrations

    New Year's Eve carols were traditionally sung throughout the country on Thursday. Residents of major cities fled to urban areas to celebrate the coming of 2010 taking advantage of the favourable weather conditions, while others remained in the cities to watch the fireworks and take part in the celebrations organised by the local municipalities. Traditional groups and children sung to party leaders and other officials the New Year's carols
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