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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-08

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  • [01] Albanian fugitive wanted in gang violence, armed robberies arrested
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Albanian fugitive wanted in gang violence, armed robberies arrested

    (ANA-MPA) -- A 22-year-old Albanian national arrested on Monday in a Piraeus-area district is believed to be a member of an Albanian gang involved in a bloody turf war in the Greek capital two years ago as well as a perpetrator of numerous armed robberies of jewelry stores and break-ins of upscale residences in the greater Athens area.

    The man is suspected of participating in the robbery of nine jewelry stores, where merchandise worth 500,000 euros was taken, as well as in the burglary of six residences.

    Nine murders and at least 13 attempted homicides were attributed to the 2008 violence, which pitted mostly gangs of young Albanians nationals vying for slices for the drug trade in parts of central and west Athens.

    The suspect was arrested along with a Romanian woman, 22, in the Piraeus working-class district of Drapetsona after a brief car chase. He had reportedly ignored a police patrol's indication to stop for a routine traffic stop.

    Authorities found an assault rifle, a pistol, bullets, a bulletproof vest as well as 11,490 euros and US$4,300 in the vehicle, while a subsequent search of the couple's home revealed another assault rifle, three handguns, a large number of rounds, another bulletproof vest, suspected loot from previous robberies, cannabis and two precision scales.

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    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The new Cabinet's swearing-in a day earlier and efforts for the battered economy's recovery, press speculation over EU "messages" for additional austerity measures and VAT hikes, as well as National Bank's 2.8-billion-euro share capital increase, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Reshuffle ... a jumble".

    APOGEVMATINI: "New ministers not aware of responsibilities".

    AVGHI: "Burning issues: Heating oil, VAT, inflation".

    CHORA: "Hospitals short of gauzes and medicines".

    ELEFTHEROS: "French Europarliament deputy Daniel Cohn-Bendit reveals: Greece promised to buy weapons in order to receive second tranche of (EU) loan".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Increase in heating oil sealed - Ministers have changed, but memorandum's predatory policy remains".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and EU preannounce harsher measures: It's is not enough, you have to pay more".

    ESTIA: "Musical chairs with ministries".

    ETHNOS: "Ministers' head-on collision with responsibilities - Government's balancing act restructured".

    IMERISSIA: "National Bank of Greece show of power - NGB's initiative opens up foreign bourses for listing of Greek companies".

    KATHIMERINI: "Reshuffle was Prime Minister George Papandreou's first step for new changes".

    LOGOS: "Three scenarios 'on the table' for VAT rates".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "100-metre hurdle race for new government - Development deficit, shortfall in revenues and bankruptcy scenarios".

    NIKI: "George makes U-turn to populist PASOK".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party (KKE) intervention in Parliament : Give 2004 Olympic buildings to the people".

    TA NEA: "What George (Papandreou) demands from his ministers after the reshuffle".

    TO VIMA: "Government's race for third tranche of loan".

    VRADYNI: "Recycling of old appliances - Prime minister mobilised ruling PASOK's grass roots ahead of new measures and local government elections".

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