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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-01-09

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  • [01] Two paintings stolen from National Gallery
  • [02] Police dismantle cocaine trafficking ring on Rhodes
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Two paintings stolen from National Gallery

    AMNA--Two paintings were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, during a break-in, and a police investigation was immediately launched.

    Police said that the Gallery's alarm went off at 4:52 a.m. and the security guard, who had not been aware of anything suspicious up to that time, saw a man running out of the building.

    The guard immediately investigated the facilities and saw that two paintings were missing, and alerted police.

    It was not yet known which paintings have been stolen and their value.amna

    An exhibition of masters was currently taking place at the Gallery, which closed to the public on Monday for restoration work.

    [02] Police dismantle cocaine trafficking ring on Rhodes

    AMNA--Police have dismantled a cocaine trafficking ring on the island of Rhodes, arresting three Albanian nationals and a woman of Romanian nationality, while 600 grams of cocaine were confiscated. amna

    A police operation in the city of Rhodes on Friday evening led to the arrest of all three members of the ring, aged 25, 29 and 39, while the 23-year-old Romanian woman was arrested in the framework of the same operation, accused of possessing drug substances.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Prime Minister Lucas Papademos' meetings with the party leaders backing his government, expected to focus on the course of the economy, the troika's (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) pressure for the abolition of the Christmas and Easter bonuses in the private sector and the objective criteria on tax returns, mostly dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Fives landmines in Papademos' government...".

    AVRIANI: "National betrayal".

    DIMOKRATIA: "The minister with the ...chainsaw!! - Unbelievable gaffe by Koutroumanis (labour minister), who insists on cutbacks in auxiliary pensions but gives disability benefit to pedophiles, exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs and pyromaniacs".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Window for pensions up to five years earlier!".

    ESTIA: "Papandreou stuck on authority".

    ETHNOS: "The Christmas bonus a sacrifice to the troika's altar".

    IMERISSIA: "Solution for the PSI - Dual plan for the banks".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Objective criteria for tax returns".

    TA NEA: "Everything changes in building construction".

    VRADYNI: "When civil servants will receive their lump sum retirement benefit".

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