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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-08-16
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
16/8/2001 2:45:00 μμ
 Weather forecastSunny day in most parts of the country. In the central and northern mainland scattered cloud and storms in the afternoon. Winds northeasterly strong to very strong and gale force winds locally in the Aegean. Temperatures will range from 16 to 35 C.
 Virging Mary Day celebrationsThe Dormition of the Virgin Mary Day, one of the most venerated religious celebrations on the Greek Orthodox calendar, was observed across the country on Wednesday, with the Cyclades island of Tinos and the Panaghia (Virgin Mary) Soumela monastery in northern Greece attracting the majority of pilgrims.
August, 15 also marks Armed Forces Day in Greece and the 61st anniversary of the sinking of the cruiser "Elli" in Tinos' harbour by an Italian submarine, a tragic prelude to the countrys entry into World War II a few months later.
On his part, Greek President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos celebrated the religious holiday on the eastern Aegean island of Mytilini, satisfying, as he said, a long-held wish to spend the August, 15 religious holiday on the island.
In northern Greece, thousands of worshippers, mostly descendants of expatriate Greeks from the Pontus region of the southeastern Black Sea coast, congregated on the foothills of Mount Vermio at the Panaghia Soumela monastery.
 Rolling strikes by street sweepers and return collectors and workers in the oil and chemical industriesRolling 24-hour strikes starting on Thursday and Friday were announced by the Panhellenic Federation of Staff in Local Government Organisations until its demands are met.
Local government workers, which include street-sweepers and rubbish collectors, are demanding a collective agreement for 2001, equal pay for permanent and temporary workers, productivity bonuses, increased lump sum payments on retirement and other demands.
Due to the strike, the public are requested not to take their rubbish down to the street to avoid creating sources of infestation.
Also rolling 48-hour strikes, starting on Saturday, were announced by the Panhellenic Federation of Workers in Oil and Chemical industries, who oppose to the privatisation of the Greek Oil Refeniries.
 Taiwan allowed the return of two Greek seamenAfter preventing their departure for seven months, authorities in Taiwan finally gave the green light for two Greek seamen to return home on Wednesday.
The two men were the captain and engineer of the Greek-flagged freighter "Amorgos" that had crashed onto a reef in Taiwan's waters on January 14.
Since then, Taiwanese officials have not allow them to leave in order to pressure shipowners "Hermes Maritime" to pay for the cost of an environmental cleanup for a large oil slick caused by fuel escaping from the ship.
 Oil prices upAs from midnight tonight, gasoline goes up by 2.5 drs per litter and diezel oil by 1 dr per litter.
 NATO vanguard in FYROM by the end of the weekA vanguard of British soldiers are expected to arrive in FYROM by the end of this week to prepare the ground for a 3,500 - strong NATO force mandated to collect weapons from ethnic Albanian rebels.
NATO ambasadors meeting in Brussels on Wednesday approved the sending of the advance contigent of 400 troops as pioneers of a mission which will be the alliance's third in the Balcans.
However, the ambassadors from the alliance's 19 member states took no decision on Wednesday on deploying a full force, whose job will be to collect an estimated 3000 weapons which are supposed to be voluntarily handed over by the guerillas.
Earlier, FYROM Foreign minister had announced that the government had given the necessary formal go-ahead for full NATO deployment while President Boris Trajkovski had outlined an amnesty for guerillas excluding though those who had committed crimes that could be persecuted by the UN war crimes tribunal at the Hague and those who refuse to surrender their weapons.
Despite these developments, the situation remains tense in the region as witnesses in Tetovo reported that UCK guerillas opened fire against government forces.
 International pressure for peace in the METension in the ME has shot up in the past week after two Palestinian suicide bombings promppted an Israeli takeover of Palestinian offices in Jerusalem and a night raid into Palestinian ruled Jenin in the West Bank.
The US and Russia have agreed to coordinate efforts to end more than 10 months of violence and pave the way to a resumption of talks.
American President George Bush described extreme violence in the ME and assesed that war could be averted if both involved parties showed restraint.
Late last night, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat called for an emergency session of Arab Foreign Ministers to confront the Israeli acts and intransigence.
 Violen t storms sweep FranceViolent storms with torrential rains, thunder, lighting and driving winds swept through France yesterday, killing at least two people and leaving some 6,000 homes in the dark.
 Teen killer wins a rare stay of execution in TexasThe Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided a rare stay of execution of Napoleon Beazley, now 25, who committed crime when he was 17.
The Texas Court decided it wanted time to study Beazley's lawyers' appeals questioning the legality of executing someone who was not an adult at the time of his crime.