|Wednesday, 28 September 2022|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-28
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunny weather is forecast in all parts of Greece tomorrow. Winds will be light to moderate. Temperatures in the north will range from 18C to 37C; in western Greece from 20C to 38C; and in the Aegean islands from 23C to 35C. Temperatures in Athens between 24C and 37C; and in Thessaloniki from 22C to 36C.
(28/8/2003 8:34:00 μμ)
 Prime Minister meets with Ministrial Council about educationPrime Minister Simitis met with the Ministrial Council today where issues pertaining to the Ministry of Education were examined. Following the meeting, the Prime Minister underlined that the government's main goal is to improve all sectors and levels of education. During the meeting, Mr. Simitis gave the stigma of his political planning for the immediate future stating his program has a four-year outlook.
(28/8/2003 8:35:00 μμ)
 Government spokesperson clarifies no forces will go to IraqGovernment spokesperson, Christos Protopappas stated today Greece would not be sending forces to Iraq underlining that Greece would only participate in the restructuring of Iraq in the event the United Nations assumes such a responsibility. He added that this issue has not yet been questioned by the U.N.
(28/8/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Australian travel advisory for GreeceAustralia issued new travel advisories for Greece and Germany last night, containing general warnings to its citizens to be alert to their personal security in both countries. Officials said the new advisories are not related to specific security issues or threats in either country and are similar to recent advisories issued for France, Italy and Spain.
(28/8/2003 8:37:00 μμ)
 Patriarch and Turkish PM meet in AnkaraEcumenichal Patriarch Vartholomaios and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan meet in Ankara today, the first official visit between the two men since Mr. Erdogan became Prime Minister. Today's meeting is expected to be particularly important and symbolic in character since it affirms the Turkish government's interest over the problems being faced by the Patriarchate and the issue of the minorities living in Turkey.
(28/8/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 Russian tycoon released from KorydallosA prosecutor released former Russian media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky from Korydallos prison pending a hearing on whether he should be held on an international warrant for fraud and money laundering in his homeland.
(28/8/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 November 17 trial continues with testimony by KondilisToday's session on the November 17th terrorist group trial was completed with the testimony of defendant Sotiris Kondilis. The defendant admitted that he was a member of the group and his participation in two of its acts, in addition to the shootout between police and 17N members at Sepolia, Athens in 1991.
Kondilis maintained he always thought he was going to admit his 17N membership in the event he was arrested since, as he pointed out, the actions of the November 17th organization were politically motivated.
(28/8/2003 8:41:00 μμ)
 Israel raids north Gaza after rocket strikeIsraeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said today he had ordered Israel's army to take all necessary steps against Palestinian militants after they fired a rocket
into a large Israeli city for the first time.
Eight Israeli tanks and two armoured bulldozers rumbled into the Beit Hanoun area.Israel warned earlier that the attack may have crossed a "red line" threshold for serious military action inside Palestinian-administered Gaza after Islamist militant factions called off a seven-week-old truce.
(28/8/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 Britain's PM denies hyping Iraq threat; British soldier killedBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair, summoned to a judicial inquiry today, denied aides hyped intelligence reports to justify invading Iraq as the death of another British soldier there underlined the cost of the war. Blair told the inquiry into the suicide of a scientist at the centre of a vicious row between the government and the BBC over the Iraq war that if a BBC report that spy agency data had been "sexed up" had been true he would have resigned. Blair, only the second British premier to be called before such an inquiry, conceded his Labour administration had issued a controversial dossier last year on the threat from Iraq under intense public pressure to justify going to war.
A few hours before Blair appeared in a packed courtroom at London's Royal Courts of Justice, gunmen killed a British soldier in southern Iraq. Four U.S. soldiers were wounded today when a bomb exploded in Falluja, a hotbed of anti-occupation sentiment west of Baghdad.
(28/8/2003 8:49:00 μμ)