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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-11-09
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy and cold day is forecast, with local showers in some regions and snowfalls in the hills.
Temperatures in Athens will range from 8 to 12 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 3 to 7 degrees.
(9/11/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 Galeforce winds keep coastal ships docked in portCoastal ships remained docked at ports throughout the country today, due to galeforce winds, blowing at an intensity of 9 Beaufort in the Aegean Sea. Passenger vessel departures from Piraeus and Rafina ports to the Aegean and Dodecanese islands, as well as to Crete, were banned from 6 o'clock this morning.
(9/11/2003 8:49:00 μμ)
 Military service cut to 12 months from 2004In an interview published today in the Sunday newspaper, 'To Ethnos tis Kyriakis,' Defence Minister Yannos Papantoniou announced that compulsory service for conscripts in all three branches of the armed forces will be slashed to only 12 months, as of early 2004. Papantoniou added that a total of 25,000 professional soldiers will be hired over the next two years, and indicated that military officers would receive pay increases.
(9/11/2003 8:53:00 μμ)
 Senior Pasok officials express certainty of election winSenior officials of the ruling Pasok party have been expressing their optimism about the outcome of the upcoming general elections in spring next year. Pasok's General Secretary, Michalis Chrysohoidis ' addressing a party gathering in the northern city of Katerina ' appeared certain today of a win for the socialist party and accused the main opposition New Democracy party of conservative policies.
(9/11/2003 8:58:00 μμ)
 Holy Synod to meet on church crisis on TuesdayAt a meeting of the Church of Greece's Holy Synod next Tuesday, it will be decided which clerics will form the committee to convey the church's decision to the Constantinople-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, in an effort to defuse tensions relating to an ongoing dispute over jurisdiction in certain northern Greek dioceses. Yesterday, sources close to the Holy Synod denied speculation that Archbishop Christodoulos would head the committee.
(9/11/2003 9:05:00 μμ)
 Saudi suicide attack kills 11, wounds 122Suspected al Qaeda suicide bombers posing as Saudi police blew up their explosives-laden car in a Riyadh compound, housing mainly Arab expatriates today, killing 11 people and wounding 122, including 36 children. Riyadh vowed to hunt down those linked to the attack and told militants to surrender to save their souls.
(9/11/2003 9:16:00 μμ)
 Blasts in Baghdad, bomb hits homeSeveral loud blasts echoed across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, this evening and police said a mortar bomb hit a house in the center of the city, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
(9/11/2003 9:18:00 μμ)
 Israel approves prisoner swap with HizbollahIsraeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon narrowly pushed through his cabinet today a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese Hizbollah guerrilla group that touched raw emotions in Israel.
(9/11/2003 9:20:00 μμ)
 Palestinian PM reaches cabinet deal with ArafatPalestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie today announced a deal to form a new government that would keep security powers, key to a US-backed peace plan, under President Yasser Arafat's thumb.
(9/11/2003 9:21:00 μμ)