|Thursday, 22 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-10-31
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESPresident of the Republic Glafkos Clerides leaves for Geneva this afternoon, to take part in the fifth round of UN sponsored proximity talks on Cyprus, starting tomorrow,
Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is now haughtily offering advice to President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides on how to change his policy on the Cyprus issue,
Police have arrested and brought charges against a Russian official of an offshore company based in Limassol of blackmailing well-known Cypriot businessmen, who had sexual relations with a Russian beauty.
An Italian tanker carrying 6,000 tonnes of toxic chemicals sank in the Channel, near the isle of Alderney as it was being towed to France AND
Since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, superstitious Russian cosmonauts have followed his example of watching a certain film and relieving themselves in the desert.
 GENEVA DENKTASHTurkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is now haughtily offering advice to President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides on how to change his policy on the Cyprus issue.
Speaking at the illegal Tympoy airport in the occupied territories, prior to his departure for Geneva, Denktash said that the strategy of the Greek-Cypriot side to organise military exercises is a dead-end, as he put it.
He claimed that President Clerides' tactics are leading to a Hellenization of the island and provocatively wondered whether this policy is a result of the support given by the European Union.
Furthermore, he reiterated the unacceptable position that there is not going to be a settlement of the Cyprus issue, as long as the Cyprus government is recognised as the only official body on the island.
The fifth round of talks is expected to last about ten days.
 CLERIDES GENEVAPresident of the Republic Glafkos Clerides leaves for Geneva this afternoon, to take part in the fifth round of UN sponsored proximity talks on Cyprus, starting tomorrow.
Around three o'clock, CyBC television Channel One and CyBC Radio Channel One will carry a live transmission of the Presidents' statements, prior to his departure.
 ECEVIT CYPRUSMeanwhile, on the eve of the fifth round, Turkey reiterated its unacceptable demand for the creation of two states in Cyprus, as a precondition for the solution of the Cyprus issue.
Ankara's position was expressed by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, during a meeting in the Turkish capital, with his Dutch counterpart Vim Cock.
Ecevit adopted similarly intransigent positions on the Aegean issue, repeating Turkey's firm view that the issue of the continental shelf, is not the only one existing between Greece and Turkey in connection with the Aegean.
 BLUE MOVIESPolice have arrested and brought charges against a Russian official of an offshore company based in Limassol of blackmailing well-known Cypriot businessmen, who had sexual relations with a Russian beauty.
Two well-known businessmen from Limassol, have already filed reports saying that they have received threats with videotapes and photographs in which they appear canoodling with the Russian woman.
Police are holding evidence, which will lead to the uncovering of the scam, in which a ring of Russians living on the island appear to be involved.
The blackmailers demanded of the victims, usually family men, outrageous amounts of money, so that they wouldn't reveal their illicit affairs.
The Russian suspect, that was expected in court later today, was found in possession of several videotapes, that are being examined by police.
 SUICIDEA 23-year old man, Giagkos Giagkou, was today found dead in his home at Kato Amiantos, in the Troodos mountains.
His hunting rifle was found beside him.
He was discovered lying in a pool of blood by his grandmother who heard a gunshot and ran to his room.
Coroner Sofoklis Sofocleous said that the body had a bullet on the head, but ruled out the possibility of foul play.
Relatives of Giagkou, said that lately he has dealings with the police, and claimed that he had been beaten and abused.
 MIDEAST WRAPPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat hit back at Israel today following its helicopter attacks on Palestinian targets, vowing to go on fighting for an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
He said that Israeli actions cannot shake one eyelash from the eyelashes of a Palestinian child holding a Palestinian stone to defend holy Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state.
And whoever dislikes it, he added, let him come and drink the sea of Gaza.
At the same time, Israeli deputy defence minister Ephraim Sneh warned that the Palestinians would pay dearly, if they attempted to launch an armed struggle.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage after what Israel's Army Radio described as late-night pinpoint attacks on three unoccupied headquarters buildings of Arafat's Fatah faction in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Israel closed the Palestinian international airport in the Gaza Strip for the third time since the outbreak of violence a month ago, citing security concerns.
 CHANNEL OIL SPILLAn Italian tanker carrying 6,000 tonnes of toxic chemicals sank in the Channel, near the isle of Alderney today as it was being towed to France.
The Ievoli Sun, whose crew had been helicoptered to safety yesterday, sank some 40 miles west of the French port of Cherbourg.
The stricken tanker was carrying 6,000 tonnes of chemicals, including 4,000 tonnes of styrene, a hydrocarbon used for making synthetic plastics.
It reported a hole in its double hull in heavy weather yesterday and radioed for help.
The shipwreck happened 10 months after the tanker Erika sank off western France, spilling thousands of tonnes of heavy fuel onto the coast and causing an environmental disaster.
 SPAIN ETASpaniards mixed outrage with mourning today as they prepared to bury three people killed in the bloodiest attack blamed on ETA since the Basque separatist group resumed its armed campaign last year.
Newspapers splashed photographs of the havoc wrought by a car bomb that turned a residential street into an inferno of burning, twisted cars and set a bus ablaze.
Monday's attack killed a 69-year old Supreme Court judge, his driver and a bodyguard.
The attack took this year's presumed death toll at the hands of ETA to 19, the highest since 1992 when it was blamed for 26 assassinations.
Tens of thousands of marchers were expected to attend a protest rally tonight led by Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, himself the survivor of an ETA assassination attempt.
 TAILERSince Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, superstitious Russian cosmonauts have followed his example of watching a certain film and relieving themselves in the desert.
The three man U.S.-Russian crew that blasted off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning, had no intention of changing the ritual.
Legend has it that while on his way to his rocket the next morning dressed in his space suit, Gagarin was faced with the need to answer the call of nature.
He clambered out of the bus and relieved himself through a tube from his space suit against one of the rear wheels.
"Who are we to break with tradition?", said Russian Yuri Gidzenko, pilot of the white, orange and grey Soyuz rocket that headed for the $60-billion space station.
American William Shepherd Gidzenko and his compatriot Sergei Krikalyov will be the first people to live on the station, blazing a trail for possible missions to other planets.
 WEATHERThis afternoon it will be mainly clear with patchy cloud forming in some areas.
Winds will be light northerly, three beaufort.
The sea will be slightly moderate.
Tonight the fine weather will continue, with patchy cloud forming once again.
Winds will be light northwesterly three beaufort and the sea will be slightly moderate.
Temperatures will fall to 13 degrees centigrade inland and on the coast and seven on the mountains.