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Greece’s Mirela Manjani (photo) regained the women’s world javelin title at the World Athletics Championships in Paris on Saturday. Manjani, an Albanian who became a Greek citizen in 1997, clinched the gold with her fourth attempt which measured 66.52 meters – the best throw in the world this year. Premier Costas Simitis and opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis sent the 26-year-old 1999 world champion their congratulations. Bishop drowns Coast guards on Saturday retrieved the body of Bishop Eudokimos of Eleftheroupolis from off the coast of Nea Peramos near Kavala where the bishop’s summer residence is located. Kavala’s Port Authority said the 82-year-old bishop had suffered a heart attack before drowning but no official autopsy result was available yesterday. Teachers expelled The Cypriot government yesterday condemned a decision by Turkish-Cypriot authorities to expel from the occupied village of Rizokarpaso two Cypriot teachers who had been due to start work at the local school. Alexandra and Grigoris Koukotsikas, and their two young daughters, were escorted out of the occupied territories by Turkish-Cypriot police officers. Turkish-Cypriot authorities are obliged to immediately permit the employment of three teachers at the school, Cypriot government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said. Salonica wobbles A mild earthquake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, occurred yesterday morning in Thessaloniki but no damage or injuries were reported. Neo-Nazis Two members of the neo-Nazi group Chryssi Avgi were arrested in Kastoria on Saturday for assault on a bystander after around 100 extreme right-wingers staged a rally in the northern town ahead of yesterday’s commemorations at nearby Mount Vitsi for the 54th anniversary of the end of the civil war. Chryssi Avgi was banned from yesterday’s memorial service at Vitsi, which was attended by around 1,000 people. Migrants Coast guards detained a total of 34 illegal immigrants over the weekend. On Saturday, officers on Evia detained 20 people – seven Afghans, nine Pakistanis, one Indian and three Kashmiri nationals – while another 11 migrants – all from Kashmir – were detained on Andros. Yesterday, three Afghan immigrants were stopped on Chios.