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DRUG HAUL

Police seize 122 kilos of heroin from truck at Greek-Turkish border Turkish police seized some 122 kilos of heroin yesterday after stopping a trailer truck which was set to cross into Greece at Turkey’s Ipsala border crossing, reports from Turkey said. The narcotics were found, with the help of sniffer dogs, under the seats and hood of the truck. The truck driver, a 43-year-old Turkish national, was detained. The seizure has a street value of 8.27 million euros, police said. Acropolis stabbing A 38-year-old American tourist was stabbed while visiting the site of the Acropolis in Athens yesterday by a man who tried to steal his camera, the Associated Press reported. Gary Pfeiffer, whose state of origin was not made public by police, was hospitalized for treatment to a single cut to his stomach which doctors said was not life-threatening, according to AP, which added that the attacker escaped arrest. Writer in hospital Nobel Prize laureate and writer Elie Wiesel was in an Athens hospital yesterday being treated for pneumonia, the Agence France-Presse reported. Wiesel, 75, was hospitalized shortly after his arrival on Sunday. He had been due to participate at an event in support of the Jewish community in Thessaloniki marking the 60th anniversary since Nazi forces deported 50,000 Jews from the city. The Romanian-born Wiesel, who survived Auschwitz, has written about 40 books. Rock riot Athens police detained dozens of youths just after midnight on Saturday after crowds leaving a rock concert in the Pedion tou Areos park in the city centre started throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at policemen and at a nearby hotel. Police, who responded with tear gas, detained a total of 85 people but released them all on Sunday morning. Rioters caused widespread damage to parked cars and to the Park Hotel on Alexandras Ave, said police, who added that there were no injuries to any of the guests of a wedding reception underway at the hotel at the time. Kyrenia to Cyprus The Kyrenia I, a refurbished replica of the ancient Greek ship discovered off Cyreneia in Cyprus in 1967, will be taken this morning from a shipyard in Perama, Piraeus, to the Salamis navy arsenal from which a navy transport is to carry it to Ayia Napa on Cyprus where it is to be displayed at the local Naval Museum, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday.