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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-11-20
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunshine is forecast in all parts of the country with early morning mist in some parts of the mainland. Winds variable, light. Temperatures still high for this time of year, will range between 12-23 C in Athens; and in Thessaloniki 7-20 C.
(20/11/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 Istanbul blasts kill 27, two Greeks injuredTruck bombs killed at least 27 people and wounded nearly 450 in attacks in Istanbul, Turkey today on the British consulate and a London based bank today-days after a bloody terrorist strike on Istanbul synagogues. The worst terror bombings in Turkey's history coincided with President George W. Bush's trip to Britain and were blamed on al-Qaida. British Consul-General Roger Short was among the dead according to Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.
Two members of the Greek community in Istanbul Vasilis Karamalis and Nikos Vafiadis were slightly injured in the terrorist attacks today, according to statements made by the Greek Consul General in the Turkish city.
(20/11/2003 8:28:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis sends condolences to Turkish PMPrime Minister Costas Simitis sent his condolences to Turkish PM Tayip Erdogan today. The PM condemned the terrorist actions that shook Istanbul and expressed his sorrow over incident and the victims. Mr. Simitis called those responsible for these actions to 'realize that they lead nowhere'.
In the meantime, the Foreign and Health Ministries have stated they are prepared to offer any assistance that may be required in the country.
(20/11/2003 8:30:00 μμ)
 Heightened security measures in Greece after Istanbul blastsPolice said security was tightened around the British and American embassies, banks, companies and other foreign interests. Security forces had already boosted security around the Israeli Embassy and the city's synagogues after last week's blasts in Istanbul. Government spokesman Christos Protopapas said Greek police and other forces were already on alert as part of security preparations for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics, adding that the efforts will now be doubled.
(20/11/2003 8:32:00 μμ)
 PM presents Pasok's political declarationPM Simitis presented PASOK's political declaration this afternoon during a reception at Zappeion Hall. The PM underlined elections will be held in April or May at the end of the government's four-year term in accordance with the Constitution. Mr. Simitis pointed out that the breaking away of parliament deputies from PASOK or their refusal to run in the elections would not be detrimental to the party.
(20/11/2003 8:34:00 μμ)
 Pasok's ballot to be announced tomorrowDuring a Pasok Central Committee meeting tomorrow the names of over 400 candidates will be announced. According to information, new candidates will surpass 45% of the names on the ballots. New candidates include individuals distinguished in the literary, artistic and sports sectors.
(20/11/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Pension system changesChanges will take place in the country's pension system with higher monthly benefits and different preconditions for pension issuance to be applicable in the beginning of 2004.
Increases will be effective for civil servants subsidiary pensions while farmers pensions will increase by 30 euro per month.
In addition, the age limit for pension issuance for one category of insured will increase by six months while free-lance professionals will be eligible for pensions after 37 years with no age limit.
(20/11/2003 8:38:00 μμ)
 Car bombs hit Iraq, Bush says U.S. to stayA suicide car bomber killed at least four people in an attack near the offices of a leading Kurdish party in northern Iraq today, hours after two others were killed in a car bombing west of Baghdad. U.S. President George W. Bush said Washington could increase the number of American troops in Iraq if necessary, but officials said there was no sign that more were needed at present.
(20/11/2003 8:41:00 μμ)
 100,000 march against Bush in London100,000 protesters marched through London and tore down a mock statue of visiting U.S. president George W. Bush today, many of them convinced his policies were to blame for anti-British bombs in Turkey. Demonstrators of all ages beat drums and blew whistles along a three-mile route that took them past parliament and the end of Downing Street, where crowds paused to jeer
(20/11/2003 8:45:00 μμ)