Greece of­fers small team

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Greece will pro­vide a “small team” of sol­diers to take part in any Euro­pean Union op­er­a­tions in Mali, the De­fense Min­istry said yes­ter­day. Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Kara­belas made the com­mit­ment dur­ing an in­for­mal EU de­fense sum­mit in Dublin. He said Greece was also will­ing to help with any train­ing re­quire­ments.

Gold mine pro­test­ers.

Four­teen peo­ple who were ar­rested dur­ing a protest against the Sk­ouries gold mine in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, last Oc­to­ber are to face trial on Novem­ber 21 af­ter their case was post­poned yes­ter­day be­cause the court ran out of time to hear it. The de­fen­dants face a range of charges in­clud­ing dis­turb­ing the peace and re­sist­ing ar­rest. Dozens of peo­ple had gath­ered out­side the Halkidiki court to ex­press sup­port for the sus­pects and op­po­si­tion to the min­ing project.

Kid­nap­pers sen­tenced.

Five peo­ple were sen­tenced yes­ter­day for kid­nap­ping the daugh­ter of Nikos Gon­das, former mayor of Ioan­nina, in Septem­ber 2011. One man re­ceived a 22year term, an­other two were given 19 years and four months in jail, while two women were given sus­pended four-month terms. Gon­das called on au­thor­i­ties to also track down the “mo­ral in­sti­ga­tors” be­hind the ab­duc­tion.

Ci­ti­zens’ helpline.

Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis yes­ter­day an­nounced that a ci­ti­zens’ helpline, 1595, would re­sume op­er­at­ing on Fe­bru­ary 25. The helpline, which will op­er­ate be­tween 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, will be manned by staff who will re­spond to ci­ti­zens’ queries about is­sues re­lated to all mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices.

Ko­ry­dal­los killing.

A 51-year-old man died on Wed­nes­day night af­ter be­ing bru­tally beaten by two young men in Ko­ry­dal­los, near Pi­raeus. Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, the two young men, aged 24 and 31, got into an ar­gu­ment with the 51-yearold on a bus. The three got off the bus on Grig­o­riou Lam­braki Street, where the two young men were seen beat­ing the 51-year-old. Of­fi­cers in a po­lice pa­trol car saw the at­tack as it was hap­pen­ing and ar­rested the two as­sailants. The 51-yearold was rushed to the near­est hospi­tal, where he died shortly af­ter­ward. The cause of the ar­gu­ment was un­clear.

Car thief.

A 22-year-old Al­ba­nian man wanted for 88 car break-ins on the Dode­canese is­land of Rhodes in the past four months faced a pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day on mul­ti­ple theft charges. A 31year-old Al­ba­nian be­lieved to have been his ac­com­plice was ar­rested a few days ago.

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