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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-03
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastSunshine is forecast in all parts of the country. Winds north-northeasterly, moderate to very strong, turning gale force in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 24C and 32C; and in Thessaloniki from 22C to 30C.
(3/8/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 Heavy traffic on Athens-Corinth National RoadParticularly heavy traffic is being reported on the Athens-Corinth National highway as the first wave of summer vacationers and weekend travelers return to the city. Traffic police is on extra alert in order to facilitate the return adding two more traffic lanes towards Athens at Kakia Skala and the Elefsina tolls. Within the framework of a pilot program, four police helicopters will monitor traffic on national highways that will notify patrol cars of any potential problems. In addition, trucks weighing over one and a half tons will not be permitted entry on the national roads
(3/8/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Key November 17th suspect to testify MondayPatroklos Tselentis, one of the key witnesses in the November 17th trial, begins testifying tomorrow, the 100th day of the trial. The suspect has not denied any of his pre-trial testimonies, has admitted his participation in the organization and has condemned the practices of the organization. Prior to his testimony tomorrow, the court will examine the objection by November 17 suspect, Vasilis Tzortzatos with respect to the admissibilty of his pre-trial testimony.
(3/8/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 New drug price lists effective MondayNew pharmaceutical price lists will be effective tomorrow. The new pricelist includes 157 new prices for existing or new drugs, three price reductions and nine price corrections.
(3/8/2003 8:40:00 μμ)
 15 year old gir from Kazakhstan drowns in camp poolA 15-year-old girl from Kazakhstan visiting Greece with a group of classmates drowned at a camp's swimming pool in the prefecture of Fokida. The young girl lost consciousness in the pool and had already died when she was pulled out. Police authorities have arrested the camp's shift director and children's chaperone while a search continues for one of the camp's owners.
(3/8/2003 8:42:00 μμ)
 Archbishop Christodoulos against barring Christianity from EU constitutionThe omission of a reference to Christianity in the draft European Union constitution is 'historically ignorant' according to leader of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Christodoulos during a speech in Samos. Mr. Christodoulos claimed a small minority insists of eliminating Christianity as a key element of culture in Europe. Christodoulos' remarks follow appeals from the Vatican to include a reference of Europe's predominant religion in the constitution
(3/8/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 U.S. warns about terror attacksWith a new public threat from al Qaeda, U.S. law enforcement officials said today they were preparing for other possible attacks on the U.S. adding warnings about ferries to those involving commercial airlines. The officials spoke of an audio tape purportedly from top al Qaeda official Ayman al Zawahri warning the United States today it would pay a high price if it harmed detainees at the Guantanamo U.S. base in Cuba, saying the "real battle" had not yet begun.
(3/8/2003 8:46:00 μμ)
 Fires rage in Portugal, Spain and CanadaThree more people have died in a wave of forest fires in central Portugal, bringing to six the number killed in the past week in the country's worst blazes for two decades. Meanwhile, emergency crews battling the worst fire season in British Columbia for half a century were hoping today for a break in the wind to help them control three mountain fires that have forced the evacuation of an estimated 8,500 people. Finally, helicopters and fire-fighting planes battled forest fires in southern Spain today as the death toll from a record-breaking heat-wave rose to seven.
(3/8/2003 8:47:00 μμ)
 Deadly blast in PakistanAt least 52 people were killed and 70 injured, many critically, when blasts set off by a fire near an explosives store in northern Pakistan reduced much of a remote village to rubble according to witnesses and officials.
(3/8/2003 8:48:00 μμ)