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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-31
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE FINDINGS ON THE YAKOVLEV CRASH WILL BE ISSUED NEXT WEEK
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 31/10/1998 (MPA) According to information, the formal findings of the committee of experts on the causes of the tragic crash of the Ukrainian Yakovlev plane last December will be published next week.
Meanwhile, the installation of the new advanced radar equipment at Thessaloniki's Macedonia Airport is expected to be completed in November by the Italian company that has undertaken the project.
After the installation will follow test-use of the system in January and February with airplanes in flight, while by the end of March the training of air traffic controllers on the specific system will be completed.
 TWO BANKS REDUCED THE INTEREST RATES ON HOUSING LOANS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 31/10/1998 (MPA) The Alpha Credit Bank and the Bank of Pireaus reduced the housing loans' interest rates yesterday by 1 percentage point. The basic loan interest rate of the Alpha Credit Bank is now 15.25% and the housing loan interest rate is set at 9%, while the short-term loan interest rate of the Bank of Pireaus is 14% and the housing loan interest rate is set at 8.75%.
Meanwhile, an increase of 2.75% was recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange yesterday and the volume of transactions was 48.2 billion drachmas.
 SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE ITS POLICY
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 31/10/1998 (MPA) The prime minister underlined the government's determination to continue its policy, speaking in the meeting of the new cabinet. Mr. Simitis stressed that the government's targets are to continue the economy's development course, to preserve Greece's role in the international scene and to improve the quality of life for the people.
He also pointed out that the vote of confidence will allow the government to implement its policy with a quick pace and without hesitations and added that the discussion in parliament is another chance for the government to present its work to the Greek people.
 INCIDENTS WERE THREATENED BETWEEN GREEK CYPRIOTS AND TURKISH CYPRIOTS IN THE VILLAGE OF PERGAMOS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Nicosia, 31/10/1998 (MPA) Incidents were threatened between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the village of Pergamos in Cyprus. Greek Cypriot farmers, with the backing of a police force, attempted today to work in their fields that are being illegally farmed by Turkish Cypriots. The clashes between the farmers were avoided at the last minute with the mediation of British soldiers.
The Greek Cypriots will appeal to the European Court for Human Rights to claim their legal rights.
 THE SECOND ROUND OF ELECTIONS IN FYROM WILL BE HELD TOMORROW
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Skopje, 31/10/1998 (MPA) The second round of parliamentary elections will be held in FYROM tomorrow.
It should be reminded that the VMRO-DPMNE and Democratic Alternative coalition got 21 seats in the first round, the Social-democratic Union 13, the Albanian parties PDP and PDPA-NDP got 14 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party 2 and the Socialist Party 1 seat.
It should be noted that the second round of elections will be held in 62 of the country's 85 polling districts.
 A YOUNG GREEK GIRL IS AMONG THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGIC FIRE IN SWEDEN
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Gotenborg, 31/10/1998 (MPA) A Greek 17yearold girl, Paraskevi Boura, is one of the victims of the fire in a disco in the Swedish city of Gotenborg that killed 67 young people and injured 192.
Of the 67 bodies only 22 have been identified and according to speculations, among the unidentified victims is a Greek boy. Among the injured are two 16yearold Greeks a boy and a girl and according to information, their condition is not bad.
The parents of Paraskevi come from the north-western Greek city of Ioannina and are among the first Greeks who immigrated to Sweden in the 1960's.
 SAMARANCH SENT A MEMORANDUM TO SIMITIS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Lausanne, 31/10/1998 (MPA) Undersecretary of sports Andreas Fouras, who is expected to return from Lausanne to Athens this evening, will convey a memorandum by International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch to Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis.
The memorandum includes speculations and recommendations on the course of the preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games. Mr. Fouras, who was on a visit to the Swiss city, met with Mr. Samaranch and discussed sports issues.
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