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Golden Dawn blames Greek government over killings

Greek far-right group Golden Dawn has blamed the country's government after two of its members were shot dead, saying it had asked for police protection at its offices after receiving threats.

Supporters of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party. Credit: REUTERS/John Kolesidis

"(Prime Minister Antonis) Samaras's anti-Greek government is to blame for the crime, which allowed out-of-control terrorists to murder young kids in cold blood," the party said in a statement.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although a police official told Reuters the force suspected unnamed anti-establishment groups.


Golden Dawn member shot dead in Greece

A member of the Greek far-right group Golden Dawn has been killed in a drive-by shooting, ITV News sources have said.

Golden Dawn members appeared in court earlier this month. Credit: REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Two other Golden Dawn members were reportedly critically injured in the attack, which took place outside the organisation's offices in Heraklion, Athens.


Bulgarian Roma woman denies selling child in Greece

A Bulgarian Roma woman, Sasha Ruseva, has denied taking money for giving up her baby to another Roma family years ago, as she faces preliminary charges of selling the child known as Maria to a Greek couple.

Ms Ruseva was pictured with her blonde-haired son Atanas, 2. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Ms Ruseva, who has eight chiildren, said she gave birth to a girl while working as an olive picker in Greece “several years ago”, but said she was forced to leave the child behind because she could not afford to take her home.

She told Bulgarian TV: “I intended to go back and take my child home, but meanwhile I gave birth to two more kids so I was not able to go back.”

Pictures show Bulgarian Roma woman with blonde son

Sasha Ruseva with her blonde-haired son Atanas. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian Roma woman Sasha Ruseva, who faces preliminary charges of selling the Greek child Maria, has been pictured with her fair-skinned, blonde-haired son Atanas.

The two children of Ms Ruseva (not pictured) at their home in Bulgaria. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Maria was taken away from a Greek couple after authorities suspected that she was unrelated, due to her blonde hair and fair skin which did not match the couple's dark hair and tanned skin. DNA tests have since confirmed that the child is unrelated to them.

Ms Ruseva has a second fair-skinned child, who has striking red locks. Ms Ruseva said she wanted Maria back if DNA tests prove she is her daughter.

Bulgarian woman faces charges of selling 'Maria'

A Roma woman in Bulgaria has undergone DNA testing to determine whether she is the mother of the mystery blonde girl Maria, who was taken from a couple in Greece after she was suspected to be unrelated to them.

Sasha Ruseva, pictured here with her son Atanas, 2, who faces preliminary charges of child-selling linked to Maria. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

The 35-year-old Blugarian, Sasha Ruseva, is now under investigation after she said she once left a baby behind in Greece. She faces preliminary charges of child-selling.

The children of Sasha Ruseva (not pictured) rest at their home in Nikolaevo, southern Bulgaria. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

DNA tests show that the blonde-haired, pale-skinned child called Maria is not related to the Greek couple with whom she was found.

Three arrests on suspicion of baby 'abduction' in Greece

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of abducting a two-month-old baby in Greece, police have said.

A police official said the suspects tried to get a birth certificate with only a signed statement, as is possible in Greece, instead of producing hospital records, which aroused suspicion.

Regional police chief Panagiotis Kordonouris told The Associated Press that a 19-year-old woman, her 21-year-old male companion and his mother were arrested at a Roma settlement on the island of Lesvos.

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