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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-11-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunshine is forecast in all parts of the country with some early morning mist. The west will have some scattered clouds and showers. Winds variable, light. Temperatures will range between 11-20 C in Athens; and in Thessaloniki from 6-18 C.
(21/11/2003 8:09:00 μμ)
 PM says all measures taken for secure Olympic GamesOn the occasion of the latest bloodbath in Istanbul PM Simitis underlined today during his speech at the Pasok Central Committee meeting that the Greek government has assumed all the necessary measures in order for the 2004 Olympic Games to be carried out in complete security. Mr. Simitis reiterated the need to politically confront the phenomenon of terrorism.
(21/11/2003 8:11:00 μμ)
 Heightened security in Greece at airports, metro, embassiesGreek security authorities are on full standby since yesterday's violent terrorist strikes in Istanbul. In Athens, Thessaloniki and other urban centers, increased security measures have been taken at embassies and consulates, synagogues, offices and multinational company offices, while checks at airports, harbors and borders have also intensified.
Special equipment for the detection of explosive and chemical substances will be installed in the Athens metro, in the framework of the security measures that have been enforced since yesterday's terrorist attacks in Istanbul.
(21/11/2003 8:13:00 μμ)
 ND leader sends condolences to British PM T. BlairThe leader of the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Kostantinos Karamanlis extended his condolences to British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the British victims in the bomb attacks in Istanbul yesterday.
(21/11/2003 8:15:00 μμ)
 Pasok candidate lists presented todayPasok's Central Committee today gave the green light for the lists of candidates introduced by the Executive Bureau today. Included in the lists are 178 new names raising the renewal percentage to 47% with 15% of the candidates being women. The Central Committee authorized the Executive Bureau to bridge the gaps that exist in certain electoral regions.
PM Simitis appeared certain of victory in the upcoming elections and called all progressive citizens to consolidate regardless what parties they originate from. Mr. Simitis added the work of the PASOK government has been one the most productive tenures since the political changeover.
(21/11/2003 8:18:00 μμ)
 Karamanlis criticizes government from ThessalonikiDuring his speech at a meeting on primary local government in Thessaloniki, ND leader, Konstatinos Karamanlis appealed to the government to respect the basic principles of Democracy and abort all attempts of regime expression.
Mr. Karamanlis spoke about his party's main axes for education, culture, recreating the state and implementing new economic policies.
(21/11/2003 8:20:00 μμ)
 UK's Straw says bombs won't hurt Turkey's EU bidBritish Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said today the Istanbul bombings hardened Britain's determination to see Turkey join the EU as soon as possible. But the European Union's point man for enlargement said sympathy for Turkey's plight after four blasts in a week did not mean it could duck the difficult political and human rights reforms needed before entry talks can begin.
At least 27 people were killed in Thursday's bombings at the Istanbul headquarters of London-based HSBC Bank and on the British consulate, adding to the 25 people killed in Saturday blasts at two synagogues in the city.
(21/11/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 Rockets slam into Iraq Oil Ministry, hotelsGuerrillas fired rockets from donkey carts at Iraq's Oil Ministry and two Baghdad hotels used by Westerners today in strikes on targets linked to the U.S.-led occupation. Iraqi police found a third cart loaded with 21 rockets near the Italian and Turkish embassies and close to the offices of one of Iraq's main Kurdish parties. A fourth cart was found near Baghdad's law faculty with the donkey wired with explosives. A U.S. military spokesman said the rockets -- identified as Russian-made Katyushas -- were aimed at the Palestine hotel but one had missed and hit the Sheraton.
(21/11/2003 8:27:00 μμ)
 US warns of possible al Qaeda plot on US interestsThe U.S. government has issued an advisory warning of al Qaeda's "continued desire" to plot a terrorist attack on American interests abroad, but there has been no change in the U.S. terror threat level according to officials today. A Homeland Security spokesman said there was no change however in the current color-coded threat level, which remains at "yellow" or an elevated risk of attack.
(21/11/2003 8:31:00 μμ)