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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-09-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 1999
 HEADLINES--- President Glafcos Clerides and Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis, will discuss the Cyprus problem in Athens today.
--- President Clerides has given instructions for more tents to be sent to Greece for earthquake victims.
--- The death toll from a Moscow bomb blast which destroyed an eight-storey block of flats rose to at least 109 today.
--- Arsonists torched four cars belonging to the Russian and Albanian consulates in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki last night.
 CLERIDES TALKSPresident Glafcos Clerides and Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis, will discuss alternative scenarios on the Cyprus problem, defence issues and Greco-Turkish relations, during their meeting today in Athens.
They are also expected to exchange views on the Cyprus problem, in view of the invitation to talks, expected to be sent out by UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
Special emphasis will be given to the possibility that Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, may turn the invitation down.
Final decisions on future handling of the problem will be taken by the National Council.
 CLERIDES MITSOTAKISHonourary President of Greek New Democracy party, Constantinos Mitsotakis, said that the spectacular improvement of Greco-Turkish relations was the best assistance for Cyprus and the settlement of its political problem.
He added that he Greece has duty to support Cyprus, in finding a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.
Mr Mitsotakis was speaking after a meeting in Athens this morning with President Glafcos Clerides.
 CLERIDES QUAKEPresident Glafcos Clerides visited areas hit by the recent earthquake in Greece.
He said he was shocked and that the Cyprus Government would support Greece, by sending financial and other help.
President Clerides gave instructions for more tents to be sent to Greece, and said that on his return to Cyprus, he would propose to his cabinet to increase the amount of help sent to Greece.
 UN CLERIDESThe 54th session of the UN General Assembly begins today in New York, with the Cyprus problem included in the agenda.
President Glafcos Clerides will address the General Assembly on September 23.
 RUSSIA BLASTdeath toll from a Moscow bomb blast which destroyed an eight-storey block of flats rose to at least 109 today, as rescue teams desperately combed the ruins for survivors but found only bodies.
The Russian parliament was due to meet today to hear a report from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has described yesterday's blast, and a similar explosion last Thursday which killed 94 people, as "terrorist attacks".
Moscow police said the blasts, which officials blame on warlords from the breakaway region of Chechnya, had fuelled a wave of false bomb alerts overnight.
No one has claimed responsibility for the Moscow blasts but Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo said that he had no doubt that Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev and another Chechen commander, Khattab, bore responsibility.
The two men have been leading rebel incursions into Russia's southern region of Dagestan.
Jordanian-born Khattab has threatened terrorist attacks across Russia, but Basayev has denied any involvement in the latest blasts. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov, who has no control over the unruly warlords, has also denied involvement.
 GREECE BOMBSArsonists torched four cars belonging to the Russian and Albanian consulates in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki last night.
The cars, which bore diplomatic licence plates but did not identify which country they were from, were parked in front of houses in different parts of the city. Three Russian cars and one Albanian car were destroyed.
Neither the Russian consulate nor the Thessaloniki police would comment beyond saying an investigation was under way.
 WORLD IN BRIEFAnd now for a look at developments around the world in brief.
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The United Nations evacuated 1,300 East Timorese refugees under cover of darkness from a smouldering Dili and closed its besieged compound in the ruined city.
The UN said it could no longer guarantee the safety of refugees in the destroyed East Timorese capital. They were taken to Australia.
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Indonesia's President B.J. Habibie said Jakarta was putting no conditions on the formation of a UN peacekeeping force for East Timor.
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US President Bill Clinton said he believed Congress would back the deployment of a limited US contingent for an East Timor security force despite heavy American commitments in the Balkans and elsewhere.
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Hurricane Floyd, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, pounded the central Bahamas and set its sights on Florida, where more than one million people prepared to flee 250 kph winds.
Floyd's centre blasted through the low-lying cays of the 700-island Bahamas chain last night. Panicked residents of the larger islands in the northwest of the chain, which has a total population of 287,000, shuttered windows, sandbagged doors and stripped market shelves of bottled water.
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The Spanish government has rejected Chile's request for international arbitration to determine jurisdiction in a human rights case against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Foreign Minister Abel Matutes, who was due to explain the Spanish position in the Pinochet case to parliament later today, said at the beginning of September it was unlikely his country would accept Chile's proposal.
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Britain's secret service seemed set for a shake-up after widespread condemnation for lack of communication with government leaders over a widening spy scandal.
Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour government made no secret of its disquiet at being left largely in the dark as newspapers splashed stories on the unmasking of two British spies for the Kremlin and talked of more exposures.
 ICEMANIt will take modern science and ancient Indian oral tradition to unlock the secrets of an iceman found in a Canadian glacier on August 14.
The age of the human remains discovered in remote northwestern British Columbia remains a mystery, but officials hope to have a better idea soon after carbon dating is completed on artifacts found with the body.
The province of British Columbia and the people of Champagne and Aishihk First Nations agreed to jointly manage a study on the iceman, who is believed to be an aboriginal hunter.
The artifacts, including a hat and hunting spear, indicate the body predates contact between the region's Indians and Europeans, who did not begin extensive trading in the area until the late 1700s.
 MURDER UNDERAGEAn illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas of the island issued three-day remand orders against two underage persons, who admitted killing "Kibris" journalist Sertac Gorguner.
The murder of the 35-year-old journalist, whose funeral will be held today, was condemned by political parties and organisations in the Turkish occupied north.
 SIESTAThe Summer siesta period ends today and as from tomorrow shops will open according to Autumn hours, until October 31.
During this period, the shops will remain open until 7 o'clock in the evening on weekdays, and until 2 o'clock every Wednesday and Saturday.
On Fridays, they will be able to stay open until 8 o'clock in the evening.
Barbers and hairdressers can stay open until 7 o'clock on weekdays and until 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays, but will remain closed on Thursdays.
 FOOTBALLThe European Champions League begins tonight.
The CyBC Second TV Channel has set up a link for the live broadcast of the match between Fiorentina of Italy and Arsenal of England, which begins at 9.45 tonight.
After the match, the CyBC will show parts of tonights other games.
Tomorrow, CyBC 2 will host a live broadcast of the match between Olympiakos of Pireaus and Real Madrid.
 WEATHERThis afternoon will be cloudy with some rain inland and on the mountains.
Winds will be westerly to southwesterly, moderate, four beaufort, and on the south coast five beaufort.
The sea will be moderate.
Tonight clouds will yield some local showers.
Winds will be northwesterly, light, three beaufort, and the sea will be slight to moderate on the west coast.
The temperature will drop to 19 degrees inland and on the west coast, to 21 on the south coast, and to 14 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.