Coast guard saves 85 mi­grants

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Coast guard of­fi­cers yes­ter­day res­cued 85 un­doc­u­mented mi­grants in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren from a sail­ing boat that had is­sued a dis­tress sig­nal a few kilo­me­ters off the is­land of Asty­palaia in the south­ern Aegean amid harsh weather con­di­tions. The mi­grants – 15 chil­dren, 20 women and 50 men – are be­lieved to be from Syria and Afghanistan. They were all res­cued af­ter Greek au­thor­i­ties re­sponded to their sig­nal by dis­patch­ing four coast guard ves­sels and a navy frigate, which were aided by two cargo ves­sels that hap­pened to be in the area. The res­cue ef­forts were ham­pered by hail and high winds.

Ermion­ida tragedy.

A 39-year-old man from Ermion­ida in the Pelo­pon­nese who shot his 32-year-old girl­friend in the face be­fore ap­par­ently try­ing to burn him­self alive in his car was be­ing treated for se­ri­ous burns yes­ter­day while the 32-year-old was hos­pi­tal­ized in Athens for treat­ment to her in­juries. The 39year-old was trans­ferred from Naf­plio to a spe­cial­ist unit in Athens later in the day. The as­sailant un­der­went a three-hour op­er­a­tion be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a plas­tic surgery unit. Both were be­lieved to be out of dan­ger.

Il­le­gal broth­els.

Il­le­gal broth­els are thriv­ing in the streets be­tween Vic­to­ria Square and Fylis Street in cen­tral Athens, ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted by Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias to Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day in re­sponse to ques­tions about the prob­lem by three law­mak­ers of left­ist SYRIZA. In­spec­tions on 10 broth­els in the area be­tween Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber in­di­cated that most of the es­tab­lish­ments had re­opened il­le­gally af­ter be­ing closed by au­thor­i­ties and led to a to­tal of 59 ar­rests on a to­tal of 100 crim­i­nal charges.

Lot­tery win­ner.

A fa­ther of three from Kavala, in north­ern Greece, is the win­ner of this year’s na­tional lot­tery, net­ting 3.5 mil­lion eu­ros af­ter taxes, it emerged yes­ter­day. The man, who had not claimed his prize by late last night, is a small busi­ness­man who had been strug­gling in re­cent months, ac­cord­ing to the lot­tery ticket ven­dor who sold him the ticket. Another two peo­ple from Kavala won 500,000 eu­ros each in the draw.

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