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Papandreou secured 55.6 percent of votes, final results show The final results of Sunday’s PASOK leadership elections were released by the party yesterday, showing George Papandreou with 55.6 percent of votes, Evangelos Venizelos with 38.5 percent of votes and Costas Skandalidis with 5.8 percent. A total of 738,078 PASOK supporters voted on Sunday, according to a party statement. Of these, 407,407 backed Papandreou and 282,230 voted for his main challenger Venizelos. The leadership elections were a success and «unprecedented even by European standards,» party spokesman Nikos Athanassakis said. Helicopter drop Emergency food and medical aid flown to isolated Antikythera Emergency food and medical supplies were transported by rescue helicopter to the small island of Antikythera, southern Greece, cut off from the mainland for 11 days because of a ferry workers dispute, authorities said yesterday. The Merchant Marine Ministry said supplies were flown to Kythera and Antikythera by Super Puma helicopter. Striking workers from state-subsidized ferry services to the islands said they started their protest after not receiving their salaries for two months. Sources said a solution to the dispute was likely late yesterday after the owner of the shipping operator obtained the necessary funds to pay workers. Young offenders Three teenagers arrested for theft Two minors and an 18-year-old have been arrested in the past 48 hours and charged with theft, police in Thessaloniki said. The two youths, aged 14 and 15, were tracked down yesterday after allegedly stealing musical equipment from a high school in the Evosmo district. Also an 18-year-old has been arrested after allegedly mugging two youngsters, taking their money and mobile phones, police said. There were no reports of any injuries during these thefts. Miraculous church Hundreds of Greek-Cypriot Orthodox believers flocked yesterday to a church where a cleric claims miracles have taken place after the relic of a saint went on public display. The Church of Saint John Chrysostom, named after the saint, has become a focal point for pilgrims seeking help for themselves or loved ones after two miracles were proclaimed there. The alleged miracles coincided with the arrival of the skull of John Chrysostom from Mount Athos in Greece. The saint’s relic went on show at the church in a Nicosia suburb on Saturday and its healing powers were declared soon afterward. (AFP) Store fines Piraeus prefectural officials said they had imposed a total of 274,750 euros in fines on local businesses over the past four months. Offenders range from gas stations to food retailers with the alleged transgressions including doctoring fuel, overcharging, misleading advertising and labeling of products. Most of the fines, totaling 165,000 euros, went to gas stations and other fuel retailers. Meanwhile, the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) said it had imposed 23,000 euros in fines on food firms for alleged transgressions ranging from the provision of food unfit for consumption to health and safety regulations. Fire damage Three apartments were damaged when a fire broke out in the basement of a building in the central Athens district of Kolonos, authorities said. There were no reports of injuries. The fire started in a basement store which sold paper goods and quickly spread to the first and second floor, authorities added. Two nearby parked cars were also damaged by the blaze. Ship sinks A Ukrainian-flagged cargo ship sunk 8 nautical miles off the Aegean island of Kythnos while being towed to Turkey, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. There were no crew members on board and the vessel was not transporting any cargo when it sunk in international waters. A coast guard vessel was dispatched to the site of the sinking to determine whether any fuel leaks had occurred. Bank raids Two armed robbers made off with 12,150 euros following a raid on a branch of Piraeus Bank in Thessaloniki’s Kalamaria district. The pair fled by motorcycle after the robbery in which no one was injured.