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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-05-06

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] NATO BOMBARDMENT
  • [03] G8 AGREEMENT
  • [04] HILARY REFUGEES
  • [05] PIRAEUS ATTACK
  • [06] BRITAIN ELECS
  • [07] SAVOIL CASUALTIES
  • [08] BEAR CUBS
  • [09] INTERNET FRAUD
  • [10] BRITISH AIRWAYS STRIPPER
  • [11] WEATHER THURSDAY 6 MAY 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES

    NATO attacks against Yugoslavia continue, while G8 foreign ministers agree on a strategy for resolving the Kosovo crisis;

    Three foreign bank branches in Greece were the targets of rocket attacks early this morning;

    Cyprus' Defence Minister is in Greece for official contacts;

    Britons went to the polls today for what are considered critical elections;

    Plans to transfer Wednesday's burn victims to Israel have been postponed;

    A 45.5-million-dollar alleged credit card swindler has been arrested by US agents;

    and...

    A British Airways stewardess grins and bares it!

    [02] NATO BOMBARDMENT

    NATO continued its bombardment of Yugoslavia last night and early this morning, with the official Yugoslav News Agency Tanjug reporting hits against civilian areas in a village near the Kosovar capital of Pristina, wounding four people, including a seven-and-a-half-year-old girl.

    Serbian media also reported new strikes against oil dumps and fuel stores in the northern city of Nis, and first attacks against fuel depots and a chemical plant around the Danube river port of Prahovo, on the border with Romania.

    Montenegrin radio meanwhile, monitored by the BBC, said that last night NATO aircraft attacked a bridge near Novi Pazar in south-western Serbia and a military airfield in Lazarevac, near the central Serbian town of Valjevo. The Ladjevci airport serving Kraljevo, in central Serbia, was also reported to have been hit.

    [03] G8 AGREEMENT

    Foreign ministers of the G8 countries, comprising the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia, met in Bonn today and agreed on a strategy for resolving the Kosovo crisis, at their first meeting since NATO began bombing Yugoslavia six weeks ago, but hastened to add that the alliance would not yet stop its air raids against the Balkan country.

    The agreement provides for an immediate and verifiable end of violence and repression in Kosovo; the withdrawal of military police and paramilitary forces; the deployment of UN-endorsed civil and security presence's the establishment of an interim administration; the safe and free return of all displaced persons and unimpeded access by humanitarian aid organisations; substantial autonomy for Kosovo in accordance with the Rambouillet talks; and a comprehensive approach to the economic developments and stabilisation of the region.

    Belgrade has yet to respond in any way to the text of the G8 agreement.

    [04] HILARY REFUGEES

    US First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton today took centre stage in relation to the Yugoslav crisis, welcoming the first 450 Kosovar refugees to arrive in the United States.

    In her welcoming speech, delivered at a US Air Force football field south of New York, Hilary Clinton pledged that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic will not be allowed to prevent the return of all refugees to their Kosovo homes.

    She also noted the strength of American sentiments towards the plight of the refugees, and stressed that their safe return is both the United States and NATO's singular objective.

    According to current temporary relocation plans, the US is to host some twenty thousand Kosovar refugees.

    [05] PIRAEUS ATTACK

    Three rockets were launched against foreign banks in the Greek port of Piraeus early this morning, wrecking a Chase Manhattan branch and causing minor damage to branches of the French "Banque Nationale de Paris" and Britain's "Midlands Bank".

    There was no claim of responsibility or advance warning for the attacks, in which there were no casualties and which took place shortly after midnight.

    Police however said the attacks bear the hallmarks of "November 17th", Greece's deadliest urban guerrilla group, which has used rockets stolen from a Greek military depot against other targets in the past. "November 17th" has repeatedly expressed its opposition to NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.

    [06] BRITAIN ELECS

    Britain's political make-up is to undergo radical change today, with more than 30 million adults getting the chance to cast their votes.

    In Scotland, voters are electing members for the soon-to-be-instituted Scottish National Parliament while in Wales the electorate is casting its vote for what may well be a less powerful Welsh National Assembly.

    Votes are also being cast to decide the largest number of council seats being contested across Britain since 1995.

    In an earlier report, British Prime Minister Tony Blair described today's election as a stark choice between a new Britain or its costly break-up.

    [07] SAVOIL CASUALTIES

    Doctors at Larnaka General Hospital today described the condition of the two victims of the fire which broke out on Wednesday at the SAVOIL plant in the Larnaka district as still being highly critical.

    Initial plans to transfer father and son Savvas and Yiorgos Savvides to Israel have since been postponed, following the decision of an Israeli plastic surgeon who arrived from the neighbouring country last night.

    Meanwhile, Police and Fire Department investigations as to the exact causes of the blaze are continuing, but it has been established that the explosion which occured in the plant's main processor was caused by a spark in an adjoining tank containing hexane.

    [08] BEAR CUBS

    To end our news bulletin on a lighter note, we're all aware of the saying "curiosity killed the cat", only in this case it's playfulness and bears.

    A retired teacher in Turkey's Artvin province came across two abandoned 20-day old bear cubs during a day trip in the region's mountains one day, and decided to look after them until they're able to fend for themselves.

    What he didn't count on however, was the cubs' not so inexpensive feeding habits of five litres of milk each every day. But, as another saying goes, "every cloud has a silver lining", and the little ones' rambunctiousness seems to more than compensate the animal-loving teacher for his material expenses!

    [09] INTERNET FRAUD

    US federal agents in California this week arrested Kenneth H. Taves, the alleged mastermind of a 45.5-million-dollar credit card swindle, on charges of concealing millions in a Cayman Islands bank account in violation of a court order.

    Regulators say Taves' companies (including the Malibu-based 'Netfill') billed up to 900,000 credit card holders for Internet services they didn't order, making it one of the largest credit card scams in history.

    In his defence, the alleged perpetrator said that he ran a legitimate "customer service" business, providing access to adult Web sites and processing transactions for other sites. He said he believes unscrupulous computer users may have entered fraudulently obtained credit card numbers into the sites, causing the real cardholders to be billed. Other consumers, he said, may have simply forgotten that they had made the transaction.

    [10] BRITISH AIRWAYS STRIPPER

    British Airways has decided that one of its flight attendants who made headlines by stripping to her underwear has given the airline valuable publicity and therefore should be let off the hook with a mere dressing down.

    Andrea O'Neill, 31, performed her ecdysiast act at the airport in the Italian city of Genoa after losing a bet that her flight from London would not land on time. Delighted male airport staff witnessed the prank.

    Commenting on the incident, a British Airways official was quoted by the Times newspaper as saying "I guess we ought to take our hats off to her -- but nothing else -- for such wonderful exposure of our brilliant time-keeping."

    [11] WEATHER

    The weather will continue generally fair tomorrow, but skies may be marked by some scattered cloud during the afternoon. Winds will be westerly to south-westerly light to moderate, 3-4BF in the morning, increasing to moderate to strong, 4-5BF, by the afternoon, on moderate seas. Temperatures will reach 29C inland, 27C along the south coast, 25C in the west and 23C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
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