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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-11-17
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 1999
 HEADLINES--- President Glafcos Clerides arrives in Constantinople this afternoon, to participate in the Summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
--- Greece said it hoped Turkey would take initiatives for progress in the Cyprus problem. Turkey said its positions had not changed.
--- Rescuers in Turkey pulled a man alive from the rubble, more than 100 hours after he was buried by last Friday's earthquake.
--- Russian troops edged towards Chechnya's capital today, while President Boris Yeltsin prepared to defend his country's offensive at the OSCE Summit.
--- Science journals will soon be available on the Internet, with special links to each others' articles.
--- A pair of American Egyptologists have discovered ancient inscriptions that could be earliest known examples of alphabetic writing.
 CLERIDES OSCEPresident Glafcos Clerides arrives in Constantinople this afternoon, to participate in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Summit.
On his arrival at Constantinople airport, the President will give a press conference.
He will later on meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch and attend a cultural event, under the auspices of Turkish President, Suleiman Demirel.
President Clerides will address the OSCE Meeting, which begins tomorrow, along with 53 other heads of state and government.
 SIMITIS CYPRUSGreek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis, expressed hope that Turkey will take initiatives, that will lead to progress in the Cyprus problem and Greco-Turkish relations.
Speaking before his departure for Constantinople for the OSCE Summit, Mr. Simitis said that the Greek Government wishes for a productive discussion with US President Bill Clinton, during the latter's forthcoming visit to Athens.
 DEMIREL CYPRUSTurkish President, Suleiman Demirel, told Turkish TV channel NTV that his country's position on the Cyprus problem had not changed.
Mr. Demirel said that there was nothing else to be said.
Referring to his talks with US President Bill Clinton, Mr. Demirel said that the United States acknowledge the importance of Turkey and thus support her accession to the European Union.
 TURKEY QUAKETurkish rescuers pulled a man alive from the rubble today more than 100 hours after he was buried by last Friday's quake.
The man was rushed to hospital in Constantinople and was under intensive care suffering from exhaustion, a broken arm and kidney malfunction.
The state-run Anatolian news agency said rescue workers pulled the survivor from under the concrete of a ruined building in the town of Duzce, where the tremor of 7.2 on the Richter scale buried him.
He was rescued a day after many foreign rescue teams pulled out of the quake zone in northwestern Turkey saying cold weather made further survival all but impossible for anyone under the rubble.
The death toll stood at 550 today, according to figures released by the official crisis management centre.
More than 3,200 people were injured in the quake, which was the second major tremor to hit Turkey in three months.
A shock measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale killed more than 17,000 people in August.
 STOCK EXCHANGEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange price index dropped to 798,49 units today, compared to almost 800 units yesterday.
Total dealings also dropped, reaching 39 million pounds, compared to 47 yesterday.
 RUSSIA CHECHNYARussian troops edged relentlessly towards Chechnya's capital today on the eve of a pan-European security meeting expected to upbraid President Boris Yeltsin for the campaign against the rebel region.
Mr. Yeltsin is due to leave for the summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Constantinople, where he vowed to fend off accusations that Russia was resorting to "indiscriminate" force in Chechnya.
At least 200,000 refugees have fled the fighting and many civilians have died.
The 54-nation European security summit, due to open tomorrow, could be the stage for one of the most serious post-Cold War disputes between Russia and the West.
Western leaders are generally sympathetic to Moscow's security concerns, but accuse Russia of using too much force -- an accusation Russian leaders in turn have strongly rebuffed.
 WORLD IN BRIEFAnd now for a look at developments around the world in brief.
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The head of the United Nations refugee agency met Russian ministers to discuss the plight of people who have fled the campaign against Chechnya and said her organisation would work with Russia to help them.
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Northern Ireland's peace drive gathered momentum as politicians prepared for an expected but rare IRA statement which reports suggest could lead to a permanent end to violence in the British province.
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Hundreds of people were evacuated and a state of emergency declared in tourist areas in parts of New Zealand's South Island after three days of torrential rain.
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US President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will discuss "all issues" in the Middle East peace process when they meet in Constantinople.
 SCIENCE JOURNALSTwelve publishers of scientific and scholarly journals said that they were linking up on the Internet to make it easier for scientists to do research.
They said the agreement would link three million articles in the first quarter of 2000, and even more later.
Scientific publishers wield a huge amount of clout in the research world. Generally, a piece of research is not recognised until it is accepted by a scholarly journal for publication, and subjected to review by "peers" -- usually other scientists in the field who can say whether the basis of the study is sound.
Scientists also cite the work of other researchers in their work. This appears as a series of footnotes at the end of their reports, and the citations can refer to a large number of reports published in other journals.
Unless a scientist has a subscription to all the journals, or access to a library or Internet resource that carries them, he or she cannot read the cited articles, which may provide crucial background.
The new agreement will allow them to link automatically from an Internet version of one journal to the article cited in another, using just a click of the mouse.
 EGYPTOLOGISTSA pair of American Egyptologists have discovered ancient inscriptions in limestone that could be the earliest known examples of alphabetic writing.
John Coleman Darnell, assistant professor of Egyptology at Yale University, said that not only are th4ey the earliest alphabetic inscriptions, but are actually special in that they provide the neede information to say when the alphabet actually developed.
The inscriptions, found on the surface of a mountain in the western desert of Egypt, have been dated to between 2000 and 1900 B.C., which would place the inscriptions hundreds of years before any previously recognised examples of alphabetic writing.
A pictographic, or hieroglyphic, writing system already had been in use in Egypt for more than a millennium.
Scholars are still trying to translate the inscriptions, but so far they can make out the words "chief" and "God".
The previous oldest evidence of an alphabet, dated around 1600 B.C., was found near or in Semitic-speaking territory, in the Sinai Peninsula and farther north in the Syria-Palestine region occupied by the ancient Canaanites, Darnell said.
 WEATHERThis afternoon will be mainly fine, with a few clouds in the upper atmosphere.
Winds will be variable, mainly southwesterly in the west and northeasterly to southeasterly in eastern areas, light to moderate, three to four beaufort.
The sea will be slight.
Tonight will be clear, with clouds in the upper atmosphere.
Winds will be variable, mainly northerly, light, two to three beaufort, and the sea will be slight.
The temperature will drop to 13 degrees inland and along the south coast, to 11 on the west coast, and to 12 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.