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Man identified as retired military officer dies after shooting partner, self

Police in southern Athens on Thursday were investigating the death of a 70-year-old man who reportedly shot himself after trying to kill his partner.

The pair were rushed to the Asklipeio Hospital in the coastal suburb of Voula at around noon on Thursday with severe gunshot injuries, where doctors were unable to save the man.

About 2,000 migrants arrived on Greek islands in January

Some 2,075 migrants and refugees arrived on the Greek islands in January, according to the latest data by the Hellenic Coast Guard.

In the same month, two traffickers were arrested and seven vessels were confiscated.

The arrivals figure for January was lower than the 3,183 recorded in December but higher than the 1,560 that arrived in January 2018.

Protesting farmers in northern Greece warn of further action

Farmers in northern Greece said on Tuesday they will escalate their protests and invited the ministers of agricultural development and growth and labor to a meeting to discuss their concerns.

Roadblocks have been set up on highways in the prefectures of Imathia, Pella, Pieria and Serres and that connecting Katerini and Thessaloniki.

Islanders set to protest cramped migrant centers

Residents of two eastern Aegean islands that host reception centers for undocumented migrants are planning action this week to protest overcrowding at the facilities. 

Businesses on Samos yesterday called a strike for Thursday to demand that the island's center near the village of Vathy be shut down and its 3,685 residents moved elsewhere. 

Farmers vow to continue roadblocks despite summons

Unionists representing farmers in Nikaia, central Greece, have accused the government of launching a "political persecution" after 10 of their colleagues were summoned by a Larissa prosecutor on charges of obstructing public transport.

Hundreds of farmers have parked their tractors along one lane of the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway at the Nikaia junction in Farsala.

Downpours wreak damage across the country

The area of Timenio, near Argos in the Peloponnese, remained largely flooded on Wednesday following protracted heavy rainfall that has submerged hundreds of hectares of farmland across the country. Messinia and Ilia were badly hit by flooding, as was the plain of Philippi near Kavala, in northern Greece. Meanwhile landslides were reported in Viotia, Chios, Lesvos, Kos and Arachova.