Sa­ma­ras and Venize­los to talk

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Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venize­los are to hold their first meet­ing of the New Year on Tues­day, just over a week be­fore the troika is due to re­turn to Athens and with a grow­ing num­ber of is­sues trou­bling their two-party gov­ern­ment. Among the mat­ters to be dis­cussed by the two men are com­plaints about a new 25-euro charge for pa­tients who are treated at pub­lic hos­pi­tals

Protest dive.

A 60-year-old woman threw her­self into the wa­ter dur­ing the tra­di­tional re­li­gious cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing Epiphany on the Dode­canese is­land of Rhodes yes­ter­day, al­legedly in protest at the fi­nan­cial prob­lems she and her fam­ily were fac­ing. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the woman, who was stand­ing near the area re­served for of­fi­cials dur­ing the cer­e­mony at the port of Man­draki, fell into the wa­ter fully clothed when the is­land’s bishop, who was bless­ing the waters, threw the cru­ci­fix into the sea.

Uni sweep.

Five peo­ple were ar­rested on Sun­day af­ter a po­lice sweep at the Aris­to­tle Univer­sity in the north­ern port city of Thes­sa­loniki. The ar­rests were con­ducted both on the ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity’s cam­pus and out­side it. Two Greek men and a for­eign na­tional, aged 19, 36 and 46, were fac­ing charges over drug pos­ses­sion, while a 36-year-old for­eign na­tional was taken into cus­tody af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of a fold­ing knife. A third for­eign na­tional, aged 26, was ar­rested over pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions as well as for fail­ing to present a valid res­i­dence per­mit.

Climber found.

A 37-year-old climber was found safe and sound in the moun­tains of Naf­pak­tia in western Greece yes­ter­day. Sev­eral searches had been or­ga­nized af­ter the man had been re­ported miss­ing on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Vol­un­teers, po­lice­men, fire­men and mem­bers of the EMAK spe­cial res­cue unit par­tic­i­pated in the res­cue ef­fort, which ended at 4 a.m. yes­ter­day, when the man was lo­cated near a river in the area of Am­be­laki­o­tissa.

ATMs tar­geted.

Four ATMs were fire­bombed by un­known as­sailants early yes­ter­day morn­ing in the port city of Pi­raeus. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the ar­son at­tacks caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the cash dis­pensers lo­cated on Ae­to­likou and Olyn­thou streets. Au­thor­i­ties were also in­ves­ti­gat­ing two ar­son at­tacks that caused ma­jor dam­age to two ve­hi­cles parked out­side the Peace and Friend­ship Sta­dium in Neo Faliro on the same day.

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