In Brief


Doctors re-examine treatment as pain strikes ailing archbishop Doctors were said to be troubled yesterday by the pain felt by Archbishop Christodoulos. The head of the Church of Greece is battling liver cancer but doctors were concerned by that fact that he was in so much pain and were considering changing his medication. Christodoulos has refused to go to the hospital for treatment and is mostly confined to his bed at his home in Palaio Psychico, northern Athens. Aegean quake Lesvos, Chios rocked by tremor An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook two Greek islands in the eastern Aegean on Saturday but there were no reports of casualties or damages. The earthquake struck at 5.06 p.m. and its epicenter was located in an undersea area between the islands of Lesvos and Chios. A smaller earthquake measuring 3.8 Richter had occurred at the same spot six minutes earlier. Lawyers strike Lawyers will walk off the job on Thursday in protest at government-proposed pension reform plans. The one-day strike may be followed by more protest action if the Employment Ministry does not provide further information on the changes to be made to their pension fund. Lawyers will meet on Saturday to decide on further action. Apartment fire A fire broke out in an apartment in Kolonos, western Athens, on Saturday, killing a 23-year-old man, according to authorities. The man is likely to have died from smoke inhalation in his first-floor apartment, authorities added. An investigation has been launched into the caused of the fire which was extinguished before it spread to adjoining apartments. Suicide attempt A 27-year-old man being detained at a police station in Nea Erythraia, northern Athens, attempted to kill himself, police said yesterday. The man, an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, was about to be deported when he attempted to hang himself in his cell using a strip of fabric. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment where he was kept under police guard. Bag snatchers Police arrested two men, aged 21 and 18, in Thessaloniki for several counts of bag snatching, authorities said yesterday. The two suspects, both foreign nationals, are believed to have stolen bags from at least three female pedestrians in the last week. They are also believed to have pinched personal items from cars. Fan jailed A soccer fan from northern Greece was jailed yesterday after being arrested at a cup game between Xanthi and AEK Athens earlier in the week. The unnamed Xanthi fan was taken into custody at the game after swearing at and threatening stewards and police officers. Authorities later found that the 31-year-old already had an outstanding 15-month jail sentence to serve for a similar offense, so he was taken to Komotini jail.