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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-11-28

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] British cooperation for Olympic Games security
  • [03] PM inaugurates hospital in Thebes
  • [04] Greek initiative for Middle East peace
  • [05] Patriarch rejects Church of Greece proposal
  • [06] Olympic strike strands thousands of travelers
  • [07] Veteran politican, economist Pesmazoglou dies
  • [08] Budget rules clash clouds EU constitution talks
  • [09] Anti-terror raids target Islamists across Europe

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Cloudy weather is forecast throughout the country with showers mainly in the west and north. Winds variable, moderate. Temperatures will drop slightly in the Ionian and on the mainland, and will range between 13-18 C in Athens; and 10-15 C in Thessaloniki.

    (28/11/2003 8:15:00 μμ)

    [02] British cooperation for Olympic Games security

    Greece requested the participation of British officials concerning the security program for the Olympic Games according to an announcement by the British Health Protection Service.

    At the same time, Scotland Yard underlined the security measures for the Olympic Games must be further strengthened following the recent attacks in Turkey.

    (28/11/2003 8:16:00 μμ)

    [03] PM inaugurates hospital in Thebes

    PM Costas Simitis inaugurated the new state of the art hospital in Thebes central Greece today. During the inauguration, the PM supported that the creation of new health infrastructure throughout the country is proof that the work of the PASOK government during the period 2000-2004 has made one of the most productive terms since the political changeover.

    Mr. Simitis mentioned that the four-year period has changed Greece impressively, since after 2000, the government accelerated its work and its modernization of infrastructures, resulting in new hospitals, schools and public works. The PM maintained development requires risk.

    At the same time, the PM criticised the ND party of populism.

    (28/11/2003 8:20:00 μμ)

    [04] Greek initiative for Middle East peace

    During an international conference at Zappion Hall concerning peace in the Middle East personalities from Europe requested the implementation of the Geneva Treaty . The treaty, which will be voted on Monday, will for the first time comprise a cooperation agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

    The event at Zappion Hall is a joint initiative of the Coalition Party and the German Democratic Socialist Party with the support of the of the European Parliament's left wing and is also participated by representatives from Greek political parties.

    The president of the Coalition Party, Nikos Konstantopoulos announced his party and the German Socialists have assumed the initiative to develop a security system for the Middle East.

    (28/11/2003 8:22:00 μμ)

    [05] Patriarch rejects Church of Greece proposal

    The bitter turf war between Fanari and the Church of Greece concerning control of 36 Greek bishoprics is deepening after Ecumenichal Patriarch Vartholomaios rejected a Church of Greece compromise proposal.

    Under the deal advanced by Archbishop Christodoulos, Vartholomaios could look at a list of candidate bishops but final approval would lie with the Church of Greece. The Patriarchate wants legal coverage for the patriarch to have the final approval for the final list of candidates for bishops in Thessaloniki and Eleftheroupolis. Government spokesperson, Christos Protopappas stated the government ruled out legislative reform to solve the dispute, unless both parties agreed.

    (28/11/2003 8:24:00 μμ)

    [06] Olympic strike strands thousands of travelers

    Thousands of travelers were stranded today as striking flight attendants defied a court order to return to work, forcing Olympic Airways to cancel more than half its scheduled flights. The job action - expected to end Monday - forced Olympic to cancel 18 of its 31 domestic and international flights early today. The attendants walked off their jobs to protest plans to have them transferred to a new streamlined carrier - Olympic Airlines that was expected to start operating next month. The attendants' union says the revamped airline is asking workers to accept longer hours and pay cuts.

    Olympic has chartered 2 aircraft with attendants from foreign airlines in order to confront the problem.

    (28/11/2003 8:25:00 μμ)

    [07] Veteran politican, economist Pesmazoglou dies

    Veteran politician and economist Yiangos Pesmazoglou, who headed negotiations that led to Greece signing an association agreement with the then European Economic Community, died yesterday at the age of 86. Pesmazoglou, born on Chios in 1918, served as finance minister in the first government of Constantine Karamanlis after the fall of the military dictatorship in 1974. He was an MP in the European Parliament from 1981 to 1984 while heading the Democratic Socialist Party (KODISO) and was president of the Athens Academy in 1996. He is to be buried at Athens's First Cemetery at 11.30 a.m. tomorrow.

    (28/11/2003 8:26:00 μμ)

    [08] Budget rules clash clouds EU constitution talks

    Anger over Franco-German trampling on European Union budget rules spilled over into tough talks on a new EU constitution today with some countries demanding stricter guarantees that future laws will be obeyed.

    In one potential breakthrough, Britain said it had reached a draft deal with France and Germany on EU defense arrangements that could end a bitter dispute with the United States, which fears a move to undermine NATO's primacy.

    But a British spokesman made clear the accord, which the French daily Le Monde said would allow the EU to plan and conduct military operations independently of NATO, first had to be cleared with "key allies" -- code for Washington.

    (28/11/2003 8:30:00 μμ)

    [09] Anti-terror raids target Islamists across Europe

    Police hunting Islamic militants across Europe capped a dramatic series of anti-terror raids in three countries with the arrest of a suspected Algerian extremist in the German port of Hamburg today.

    A copy of an arrest warrant showed that one of the recruits was suspected of complicity in an October rocket attack on a Baghdad hotel where U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was staying.

    Separately, British police were questioning a suspected would-be suicide bomber arrested in southwest England on Thursday. The government has said the 24-year-old Muslim man may have links with al Qaeda. The European police operations coincided with the charging of three Kenyans in connection with a previously undisclosed plot to blow up the U.S. embassy in Nairobi -- the same mission that was destroyed by suspected al Qaeda bombers in 1998.

    In the latest alert, the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo said today it had stepped up security in response to a "specific threat" against international organisations in the U.N.-run province.

    (28/11/2003 8:35:00 μμ)


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