In Brief


President lauds patriarch President Costis Stephanopoulos and Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios attended commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Greek National School’s founding in Vienna on Saturday. In a speech, Stephanopoulos said that «with his high standing, (Vartholomaios) makes all Greeks proud and in his person they see not only their patriarch but the head of Orthodoxy and a most high Greek who honors his country.» The patriarchate and the Church of Greece recently ended a bitter quarrel over territory. Arson arrest A man has been arrested on Karpathos on suspicion of having started a fire on Friday that burnt some 400 acres of forest and fields on the Dodecanesian island, police said yesterday. The suspect, whose identity was not made public, will be taken to Rhodes to be charged tomorrow. Domino effect About 3,500 boy and girl scouts lined up under the Acropolis yesterday to form a gigantic human domino chain in celebration of the Olympic Games. The tumbling scouts stretched along the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street from the Acropolis to Hadrian’s Arch. Fake euros A routine search of a car just outside Yiannitsa, in northern Greece, revealed a stash of 17 forged 50-euro notes, police said yesterday. A man and a woman, who were not named, were arrested. Bomb hoax An anonymous caller claiming there was a bomb on the Daedalos ferry on Saturday evening delayed its from Thessaloniki for Tinos, Paros, Santorini and Iraklion for over two hours, as disposal experts searched the ship for explosives. None were found.