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Haiti quake

City Hall to send aid, phone line set up for information City Hall said it was preparing a humanitarian aid package for the victims of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti late on Tuesday night, burying thousands of people in rubble and killing an undetermined number. The Foreign Ministry in Athens said it had set up a telephone line for Greeks seeking information about friends or relatives in the Caribbean country. The number to call is 210.368.1212/1730/1350. Murder probe Knifed man's brother sought Police yesterday were seeking the brother of an 18-year-old man who was found stabbed to death in the house that the two youths shared in Kaminia, near Piraeus. The victim, who had been stabbed several times, was discovered by his parents who are residents of the island of Spetses. Police did not state outright that the brother of the 18-year-old was a suspect. Body recovered A corpse found off the coast of Alexandroupoli yesterday is believed to be that of an illegal immigrant who drowned at the end of December when a smuggling boat ran aground off the northeastern port, coast guard officials said. A total of 22 drowned migrants have been discovered off the coast of Evros and Rhodope since then. Store raid An unidentified robber wearing a motorcycle helmet held up a convenience store in the center of Thessaloniki late on Tuesday night, fleeing with 210 euros after threatening the shop owner at knifepoint. The victim handed over his takings and there were no injuries reported, according to police who had not located the perpetrators by late yesterday. Contraband cigarettes Police in the western port of Patra yesterday detained a 28-year-old foreign national after finding more than 2,000 packets of contraband cigarettes hidden in his truck. The ethnic origin of the suspect was not revealed. Prostitution ring Police in the northwestern town of Ioannina yesterday raided a local bar which is believed to have been operating as a brothel, exploiting the services of foreign women. Officers detained three Greek men and 13 foreigners, chiefly women but also men who are believed to have facilitated the operation of the alleged brothel. According to police, the bar had been fitted with surveillance cameras and an alarm system to warn managers of possible visits by police. Officers said they carried out the raid after several weeks of observation. Highway fatality A head-on collision between two cars on the national road linking Larissa and Trikala in central Greece late on Tuesday resulted in the death of one driver and the injury of the driver and passenger in the second car. No details were released about the identity of the deceased and the two survivors who had to be cut out of the wreckage of their cars by fire service workers.

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