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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-19
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunny and warm weather is forecast in most parts of the country. Winds will be out of the north, northeast, mild in the west, moderate to strong in the east and very strong in the southeast Aegean region. Temperatures in Athens will range from 25-37 C and in Thessaloniki from 23-35 C.
(19/8/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis' economic announcements at Thessaloniki Trade FairAmong the economic measures to be announced by Prime Minister Simitis during the 69th International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki include increases for low income pensioners, increased salaries for civil servants, support for the unemployed, handicapped and economic migrants and job openings in the public sector. Yesterday, the Prime Minister met with the Minister of the Economy, Nikos Christodoulakis where the two men discussed the announcements to be made by the Prime Minister at the Trade Fair in September.
In the meantime, the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, Haris Kastanidis is arranging the contacts to be made by the Prime Minister during the International Trade Fair.
(19/8/2003 8:25:00 μμ)
 Greece less likely to suffer terrorist attackAt a time when the international press is attacking Greece questioning the safety of the 2004 Olympic Games, a report by the British Research Center on International Markets puts Greece among the countries that are less likely to suffer a terrorist hit.
According to the conclusions of the report, Greece is less likely to become a terrorist target than the United States or Britain. The United States is at the fourth place on the list of countries with a high risk of a terrorist attack, while Britain is at the tenth place.
(19/8/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 Oswald satisfied with Olympics progressThe chief international overseer of the Athens Olympics lauded organizers today for a series of test events that suggested the city has overcome many of
its troubles. Denis Oswald met yesterday at the Maximos Mansion with Prime Minister Simitis, the Minister of Culture, Evangelos Venizelos and the President of thens 2004 Olympics Organizing Committee, Gianna Angelopoulou.
Mr. Oswald expressed his overall satisfaction concerning the preparations being made in the security sector of the games which he underlined was the main priority but pointed out however that the IOC is not concerned due to the seriousness and professionalism with which the issue is being handled.
(19/8/2003 8:28:00 μμ)
 November 17th trial continues tomorrowThe "17 November" terrorist group trial will resume tomorrow August 20 after a ten-day summer recess with the testimony of Dionisis Georgiadis.
Theologos Psaradelis who has been complaining of health problems over the past few days will testify after the so-called "Benjamin" of the terrorist group.
(19/8/2003 8:29:00 μμ)
 "Suicide" truck bomb destroys U.N. Baghdad HQA massive truck bomb devastated the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores according to officials. It may have been a suicide attack, a top U.S. official said. Among many badly hurt and still trapped under the rubble was Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. A U.N. official said his wrecked office appeared to have been the target of the unidentified bombers. A U.S. army officer at the scene said at least 13 people were killed. Several dead and wounded were still trapped.
Meanwhile, U.S. President George W. Bush condemned the massive truck bombing today and vowed that the civilized world wouldl not be intimidated. Bush spoke to reporters at his ranch and pledged assistance to the United Nations for the recovery effort.
(19/8/2003 8:30:00 μμ)
 Ontario fears blackouts as power supply still lowOntario remained under the threat of power blackouts today as temperatures rose and supplies remained low five days after the worst outage in North American history, even though U.S. cities were fully recovered, with no further pleas in New York to conserve electricity.
(19/8/2003 8:31:00 μμ)
 Israel, Palestinians to meet on West Bank handoversIsrael and the Palestinians planned talks today to try to break a deadlock holding up the transfer of four West Bank cities to Palestinian control, a handover that would bolster a U.S.-backed peace plan. Before a meeting later in the day between officers from both sides, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon conferred with his security chiefs to set Israel's terms for the transfer.
(19/8/2003 8:32:00 μμ)
 No agreement in Nepal talks but more to followA third round of peace talks between Nepal's Maoist rebels and the government ended without agreement today but both sides said they would meet again to try and end a revolt that has killed thousands. The rebels, who have been fighting since 1996 to establish communist rule, stuck to their demand for a new assembly to draft a new constitution to define the role of the king, chief government negotiator Prakash Chandra Lohani said.
(19/8/2003 8:33:00 μμ)