|Sunday, 26 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-02-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESPublic enemy number one, Petros Patsalides, continues to elude police despite an island-wide dragnet,
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides is meeting with his Greek counterpart today to evaluate the latest developments in the Cyprus issue,
The government spokesman envisages a greater role for Britain in Cyprus solution efforts,
Panicos Tsiakkourmas' so-called pre-trial hearing continues today in occupied Famagusta,
The Finance Minister said it's only a matter of time before the stock exchange falls in line with the island's robust economy,
And Omonia has been censured by two home matches having to be played in neutral stadiums.
 patsalidesThe island's most wanted man, Petros Patsalides, remains at large after giving police the slip Tuesday night.
Police have expanded their island-wide dragnet for Patsalides, and have erected checkpoints at key traffic junctions across the island, but the capital remains at the centre of the search.
Tips pouring into police headquarters have so far proved inconclusive.
Patsalides escaped when he was lead by officers in old Nicosia supposedly to show them where he had hidden a secret arms cache.
The officer in charge of the team that was guarding Patsalides has already been suspended.
 cassoulidesTalks between Foreign Minister Ioannis Cassoulides and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou are focusing on the Cyprus issue in light of Alvaro De Soto's latest visit to the island.
The two foreign ministers are also discussing the island's course towards European Union accession in light of decisions taken at the Nice EU summit and the bloc's priorities as they have been set by its Swedish presidency.
A firm date for Mr. Papandreou's visit to Cyprus will also be set during the meeting.
Both men are expected to make statements following the meeting.
 papapetrouGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou envisages a greater role for Britain in efforts to solve the Cyprus issue.
Speaking on Greek London Radio, Mr. Papapetrou was pleased with the views British Cyprus envoy Sir David Hannay expressed during a special seminar in which Greek Turkish and Cypriot diplomats took part.
Mr. Papapetrou suggested that the proximity talks have not been definitely scuttled.
 TsiakkourmasThe so-called pre-trial hearing of Panicos Tsiakkourmas, detained illegally by the occupation regime since his abduction in December, continues today in occupied Famagusta.
According to Turkish Cypriot newspapers, the hearing will determine if Tsiakkourmas will be tried directly by a so-called criminal court.
 kleridesFinance Minister Takis Klerides noted that the situation currently holding over the Cyprus Stock Exchange does not reflect the wider state of the Cyprus economy which he described as extemely satisfactory.
Speaking on CyBC television, Mr. Klerides said steady economic growth, coupled with a drop in inflation and the public deficit are reflected in companies doing business in Cyprus and as a result, it is only a matter of time before fortunes change at the stock exchange.
Mr. Klerides said one of the factors which will help the stock exchange fall in line with the economy is the level of trust investors show in the bourse.
Referring to government measures aimed at boosting the exchange, Mr. Klerides said the process has already begun to regulate pre-paid transactions and speed up the introduction of shipping companies on the bourse floor.
 cseMeanwhile, the stock market dipped for the eleventh straight day after today's rocky session.
The All-share index posted a 0.35 percent drop to close at 202.9 points.
Volume was just under 10 million pounds.
 world newsNow a brief look at what's making headlines around the world:
Israel's new leader Ariel Sharon met his defeated foe Ehud Barak to discuss forming a coalition strong enough to face a Palestinian revolt.
The two men beamed and shook hands before starting talks at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem that a spokesman for Sharon's Likud party said would cover "coalition issues".
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Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid launched a scathing attack on his critics as fears grew that increasingly angry protests by his supporters were hurting the country's fragile shift to democracy.
Wahid was speaking to fanatical supporters from the 40-million strong NU Muslim organisation in his political heartland of East Java who have mounted massive protests this week against attempts to oust him.
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A series of fresh tremors struck fear into the hearts of thousands living in India's earthquake-ravaged western state of Gujarat overnight, but officials said they appeared to have caused little damage.
The district magistrate of the city Bhuj said there no reports yet of any damage from the entire district and that the impact has not been significant.
 OMONIAThe Cyprus Football Federation punished Nicosia Club Omonia by taking away two home matches and imposing a one thousand pound fine for the mayhem the club's fans caused after the match with Olympiakos.
The Federation also fined the Club's football director Sotiris Kaifas fifty pounds.
Meanwhile, the federation decided that tomorrow's match between Omonia and Salamina will be played at the neutral GSZ stadium in Larnaca.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be fine with some scattered clouds.
Winds will be northwesterly to northeasterly light to moderate, 3 to 4 beaufort with slight seas.
More fine conditions tonight with light, northwesterly winds, 2 to 3 beaufort and with slight seas.
The temperature will drop to 7 degrees inland, 9 on the coasts and 3 in the highest mountains.