Greek police recover stolen 'miracle' icon

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Athens, Sept. 23(AP): Police have recovered a revered religious icon, stolen from a monastery in southern Greece, following an intense five-week investigation that involved roadblocks, telephone surveillance and helicopter searches, authorities said on Saturday.

The 700-year-old icon of the Virgin Mary, credited with having healing powers and performing miracles, was stolen on Aug. 18 from a cliff-top convent near the town of Leonidio, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) southwest of Athens.

On Friday, police announced the arrest of a Romanian man in Athens in connection with the icon theft. A second Romanian man, detained on the island of Crete, was released without charge after questioning.

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