Police arrest drivers transporting Syrians

THESSALONIKI — Greek police said they have arrested two Syrian citizens on suspicion of transporting 20 people who allegedly had entered the country illegally from Turkey.

The arrests happened Saturday, but announced by police on Sunday.

Police said a 30-year-old driving an SUV tried to speed away after being spotted near Greece’s northeastern border with Turkey. The vehicle ended up in a ditch and police discovered 13 Syrians inside, seven of them children. Three were taken to a hospital with minor injuries and released.

Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits southwestern Pacific isle

PORT MORESBY — A large earthquake has struck the middle of Papua New Guinea.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 quake hit about 55 miles southwest of Porgera early today in the Pacific island nation.

Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the quake, which had a depth of 22 miles, occurred in a rural, jungle area near a mountain range.

It wasn’t clear if there was damage. The Geological Survey website had 19 reports of people feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was violent.

He said there was no tsunami danger.