Domestic em­ployee found dead

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A 25-year-old­man who was found dead at his em­ploy­ers’ home in the Thes­sa­loniki sub­urb of Py­laia was stran­gled, a coro­ner found yes­ter­day. The domestic em­ployee was found by a col­league half­sub­merged in the fam­ily’s in­door swim­ming pool though yes­ter­day’s au­topsy con­cluded that he had been stran­gled. A search of the home found no ev­i­dence to sug­gest a break-in. In­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

He­lios charges dropped.

Cyprus’s at­tor­ney gen­eral dropped all charges against four men on trial for a Cyprus-based He­lios Air­ways plane crash in Gram­matiko, north­east of Athens, in 2005, in which 121 peo­ple were killed. The de­ci­sion was up­held by the Ni­cosia-based crim­i­nal court, which said that a Greek tri­bunal had al­ready de­liv­ered a rul­ing re­gard­ing the crash, which was deemed to have been caused by hu­man er­ror.

Mos­quito ini­tia­tive.

Health Min­is­ter Andreas Lyk­ourent­zos is due to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the min­istries of In­te­rior and Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment to­day to dis­cuss plans to pre­vent mos­quito-trans­mit­ted dis­eases. Over a dozen peo­ple died last year of West Nile virus, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to plan for pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures this year ahead of the on­set of warmer weather.

No-tell mo­tel on block.

Greek tax au­thor­i­ties plan to auc­tion a so-called love ho­tel be­long­ing to Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zarou­lia, who is also the wife of the ne­o­fas­cist party’s leader Nikos Michalo­li­akos, due to un­paid debts to the state, Sun­day’s Eth­nos news­pa­per re­ported. The com­pany which owns the New Dream ho­tel owes the state 36,000 eu­ros in taxes, the report said.

Cyprus polls.

The con­ser­va­tive can­di­date in the Cyprus pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades, and left­ist Stavros Malas will face each other in a runoff on Fe­bru­ary 24 af­ter the first round of polls on Sun­day proved in­con­clu­sive. Although exit polls had sug­gested Anas­tasi­ades would gar­ner over half of the votes, the fi­nal re­sults re­vealed a strong show­ing for in­de­pen­dent Gior­gos Lil­likas who came within 2 per­cent of en­ter­ing the runoff. Anas­tasi­ades, the head of DISY, got 45.46 per­cent. AKEL’s can­di­date Malas ad­vanced to the sec­ond round with 26.91 per­cent.

Nigeria kid­nap­ping.

An Is­lamist group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the kid­nap­ping of seven for­eign work­ers – in­clud­ing one Greek na­tional – in north­ern Nigeria on Satur­day. In a state­ment, the group, call­ing it­self An­saru, warned Nige­rian and Euro­pean au­thor­i­ties not to “act against our con­di­tions.” The group, who did not spec­ify any terms, said ran­som de­mands would fol­low. The work­ers – who also in­clude one Bri­tish, one Ital­ian, three Le­banese and one Filipino – were ab­ducted in Ja­maare, in the north­ern state of Bauchi on Satur­day.

To our read­ers.

Due to a 24-hour strike by jour­nal­ists to­day, the In­ter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune will be pub­lished to­mor­row with­out Kathimerini English Edi­tion. We will be back on Thurs­day.

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