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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-05
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastHot, sunny weather is forecast all parts of the country. Winds north northeasterly, moderate to strong, turning gale force in parts of the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 25C and 35C; and in Thessaloniki from 23C to 33C.
(5/8/2003 8:16:00 μμ)
 Day two of Tselentis testimonyNovember 17th suspect, Patroklos Tselentis continued his second day of testimony once again stirring much reaction with his claims. Tselentis referred to Alexandros Giotopoulos, who he said acted for ideological reasons alone. He referred to Giotopolos as an individual with 'French culture' and 'an elitist' while calling him stubborn and one who would not accept the views and conclusions of others.
At the same time, Tselentis maintained that the November 17th members conducted monthly meetings in open areas where they would communicate with passwords. He also maintained that from the summer of 1988 he began having second thoughts about the actions of the organization and its effectiveness.
(5/8/2003 8:18:00 μμ)
 Electoral Law needs discussionIn an interview to our station State Council Minister Alexandros Akrivakis underlined the new electoral law leaves many issued open which need to be discussed. Mr. Akrivakis pointed out a dialogue is underway within the Pasok party while a meeting of the parliamentary group would also take place.
Meanwhile, the communist and coalition parties are joining forces with respect to the simple proportionate vote. Thus far, parliamentary representatives of the Coalition and Communist parties, Kouvelis and Skyllakos and Backopoulos from the Dikki party have made the first agreements for the coordination of their upcoming actions, while the aim is to also meet with social groups and former and present Pasok MP's who have expressed their support of the simple proportionate vote.
(5/8/2003 8:19:00 μμ)
 Price checks against profiteering continueStrict checks and additional measures are being implemented in all tourist areas throughout the country against the phenomena of profiteering and overcharging. The Ministry of Development's Financial Crimes Bureau and the Greek National Tourist Organization are making strict spot checks particularly on the islands, particularly with respect to the prices of food and lodging.
(5/8/2003 8:20:00 μμ)
 Bomb kills 14 injures 150 in IndonesiaA huge car bomb ripped through one of the top hotels in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta today, killing 14 people and wounding 150 in the second major attack to shake the world's most populous Muslim nation in a year. Jakarta's governor said a suicide bomber had probably caused the blast at the JW Marriott Hotel, part of a U.S. hotel chain.
(5/8/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 M.E. road map dealt new blowPalestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas today pulled out of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon because of a row over a prisoner release, dealing a new blow to the U.S.-backed peace "road map".
(5/8/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 American killed by landmine in IraqAn American civilian contractor working with the U.S. military was killed in Iraq today when his truck detonated an anti-tank mine in the hostile territory around Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.
(5/8/2003 8:34:00 μμ)
 Portugal seeks NATO help with firesPortugal asked NATO for planes and helicopters today to help fight forest fires as the death toll from the worst blazes in two decades, whipped up by strong winds amid a heatwave, rose to 11.
The two latest deaths were that of a 62-year-old man who showed signs of smoke poisoning and an elderly woman whose body was charred. The fires, which prompted the government to declare a national disaster on Monday, have destroyed an unknown number of homes and burned up to 135,000 acres of woodland since the start of last week.
(5/8/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Heat wave continues to bake EuropeBlistering heat caused four more deaths today in Spain raising the overall death toll 14 as Europe baked in relentless summer weather that has disrupted travel, taxed air conditioners and cooked the Mediterranean enough for one scientist to warn of a proliferation of jellyfish.
Four elderly women died in Spain, in a week of soaring temperatures. Doctors said the latest victims had heart or respiratory conditions that ere worsened by the heat.
Workers in the Netherlands flooded a labor union with requests as to whether they could stay home because of the heat. Four nuclear power plants in Germany cut production drastically to avoid overheating water in cooling towers that empty into rivers.
Britain also sweated as temperatures rose to 30 degrees Celsius in London and Manchester.
(5/8/2003 8:41:00 μμ)