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Feature: Two ancient civilizations embrace in tiny Greek island

By Liu Yongqiu, Chen Zhanjie LEFKADA, Greece, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- For every Chinese, it is common to see the famous Four Books (The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, The Confucian Analects, and The Works of Mencius) printed in traditional or simplified Chinese character, but it is rare to see them printed in Greek, one of the most difficult languages in the world.

Eight migrants die after boat sinks off Greece

At least eight migrants died early Friday after their boat sank off a western Greek island in the Ionian Sea, port authorities said. Fifteen migrants managed to escape alive and alerted the authorities to the accident near the island of Lefkada, a spokeswoman for the port police told AFP. "A search is underway for other victims," she said, adding that the migrants were travelling in an eight-metre (26-foot) inflatable dinghy that was found in the area. Their nationalities and port of departure were not immediately known.

Russian billionaire's daughter buys Onassis island Skorpios

MOSCOW/ATHENS (Reuters) - The daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has bought the Greek resort island where shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis famously married Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s, Rybolovlev's investment office said. The sale price was not disclosed. Greek media reports on Saturday placed the value of Skorpios island at over $100 million and said Ekaterina Rybolovleva, 24, wanted it not only for leisure but also business purposes.
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