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Two stolen icons to return to Greece

Two icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary painted in 1735 and 1785, respectively, were delivered to the Greek Embassy in Beirut on January 19 to be returned to Greece. The Greek culture ministry, in an announcement, said that both icons were stolen in 2006, along with other objects, from Aghia Triada church in Oxia, Karditsa where they had been cataloged and photographed by the local antiquities ephorate. The icons, classed as "despotic" or those on the altarpiece that depict Christ, the Virgin Mary or patron saints, had been posted on Interpol's wanted artworks database.