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DETAINEE DEATH

Immigrant dies in police custody An illegal immigrant, who was detained last Friday pending deportation by police in Mygdonia, north of Thessaloniki, died at a Lagada medical unit shortly after being transferred there with a headache and nausea, police said yesterday. The guard on duty at the Mygdonia unit had given the detainee a painkiller that he took before vomiting and then losing conciousness, police said. The man’s identity or nationality were not made public. An autopsy was to determine the exact cause of death. Prostitution ring The female owner of a bar in the Athens coastal suburb of Palaio Faliron and the bar’s Egyptian manager have been charged with recruiting foreign women to offer sexual services to customers, police said on Sunday after arresting the pair. The unnamed duo would pocket 70 of the 100 euros charged for each sexual encounter, according to police, who said the pair faced charges of human trafficking and money laundering. Olympic security Australia’s Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has confirmed that extra security provisions have been made to protect Australian athletes competing in the August Olympics, but refused to outline the new measures, The Associated Press reported on Sunday. «I am always cautious about putting too much detail in the public arena because it only undermines the effectiveness of the arrangements,» AP quoted Ruddock as saying. Warehouse blaze A team of 50 firefighters, manning 16 fire engines, yesterday afternoon extinguished a fire at a toy warehouse in the Athenian suburb of Palaia Kokkinia around two hours after it started. The cause of the blaze was yesterday unclear as was the extent of damage caused. Record flatbread? Eight Cretan bakers yesterday cooked a flatbread loaf just under 85 meters in length in an attempt to win an entry in the Guinness book of world records. The chefs used 600 kilos of flour and took 37 hours to bake the loaf, which was subsequently displayed around Hersonissos.