|Sunday, 24 May 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-02-20
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESDefence minister Socratis Hasikos stated that Cyprus republic authorities have no indication that the Turkish side is planning to stir up trouble in the mixed village of Pyla,
Turkey's top economic officials acted today to reassure markets shaken by a row between the president and prime minister over ways of fighting corruption, declaring they would not devalue Turkey's currency,
Legendary Hollywood director Stanley Kramer, died yesterday after a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 87
A jilted Hong Kong woman pestered her former lover with more than 1,000 phone calls a day for three years.
 HASIKOS PYLADefence minister Socratis Hasikos stated that Cyprus republic authorities have no indication that the Turkish side is planning to stir up trouble in the mixed village of Pyla.
Asked to comment on relevant reports in the press, Mr Hasikos said that the Turks are seeking ways to create tension in the area, but assured that the National Guard is on the look out and know exactly what is going on in Pyla.
Socratis Hasikos added that nothing worrying or suspicious has been observed in the Pyla area in the past few days.
The defence minister said that it's common knowledge that when the Turkish side finds itself in a difficult political position it resorts to creating tension so that attention is turned somewhere else.
 ROBBERY ARRESTSTwo men were remanded in custody for eight days, in connection with an armed robbery at a kiosk in Limassol, owned by Loukas Papademetriou, 58.
Dionysis Manisarides, 22 and Thomas Tolesides, 20, from Georgia, currently living in Paphos, wearing hoods, reportedly attempted to rob the owner with an automatic weapon.
Police are looking for a third person, that might be in possession of the automatic weapon used.
The owner of the kiosk, under the assumption that the weapon was just a dummy, chased the would-be robbers, but they managed to get away in a car.
However, a taxi driver went after them and due to the speed of the chase, the robbers car, hit the traffic lights in the area.
Two of the assailants were arrested, while the third managed to escape.
Police found a bullet, parts of a gun and a bayonet in the car, while a bullet and anotehr part of a gun, were found in one of the mens' possession.
 TURKEY CRISISTurkey's top economic officials acted today to reassure markets shaken by a row between the president and prime minister over ways of fighting corruption, declaring they would not devalue Turkey's currency.
They also pledged to stick to financial reform plans.
Stocks that ended 14 percent down yesterday after Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit stormed out of a meeting of political and military leaders declaring a "serious crisis", opened steadier today, nudging up to two percent into positive territory.
Ecevit had declared in an emotional and embarrassingly timed outburst on Monday that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had insulted him at a meeting of the National Security Council. He said Sezer had cast aspersions on his government's ability to fight corruption.
Sezer, the premier's candidate for president in a parliamentary vote last May, refused Ecevit's demand that he publicly apologise. He accused ministers of bad conduct.
The Turkish president had proposed launching his own investigation parallel to a government probe into the banking system, something Ecevit clearly saw as the president overreaching his authority. It was the latest in a series of clashes between the two over division of powers and is clearly given edge by a personal animosity.
 TSIAKOURMAS TOMORROWThe parody-trial of Panikos Tsiakourmas, begins tomorrow in the occupied territories.
According to UNFICYPs press spokesman Charles Golkin, the so-called trial was postponed due to the lack of an interpreter.
 TEKOGUL TRIALMeanwhile, the trial of turkish-cypriot Omer Tekogul, for heroine trafficking, will continue on the 28th of the month, with lawyers for the prosecution and the defence presenting their final arguments.
District attorney Elena Kleopa said that the case was postponed for the 28th, so tha the councillors have time to study the various documents and prepare their orations.
 RUSSIA DEFENCERussia today handed visiting NATO Secretary General George Robertson its proposals on European anti-missile defence, which Moscow sees as an alternative to the U.S. National Missile Defence system.
Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov said the three-stage plan for non-strategic anti-missile defence -- which puts closer assessment of the threat and political efforts before military hardware -- would keep existing arms accords intact.
He said it was "not a defence for the whole of European territory, only a part, the main part of European territory".
Russia has been alarmed by U.S. plans to push ahead with NMD, which Moscow believes would undermine the cornerstone 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty (ABM) and trigger a new arms race.
 YUGO TROUBLEAfter the death of three members of Serbian security forces, deployed in a five
kilometer safety ground zone in Presevo Valley, ethnic Albanian extremists with
constant provocations are trying to break fragile cease-fire announced
unilaterally by Serbian government who choose an option to negotiate.
Today serbian police positions were heavily shelled by mortars and sniper fire and a serb policeman was killed in an exchange of fire.
 PHILIPPINES CEASEFIREPhilippine President Gloria Arroyo today suspended military operations against Muslim separatist rebels in a surprise move aimed at kick-starting stalled peace talks.
Arroyo declared it was time to "heal and build" but she said there would be no withdrawal of government forces from dozens of rebel bases seized by troops last year.
She told the country in a televised speech she was also considering halting military action against communist rebels, the other major armed group that has been battling the government for years.
More than 120,000 people have been killed in the Muslim separatist war since it started in 1972, while more than 40,000 have been killed in the insurgency for a Marxist state waged by the communist New People's Army since 1969.
 CRAMER DEATHLegendary Hollywood director Stanley Kramer, who attacked racism and the nuclear arms race in such socially conscious films as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "On the Beach," died yesterday after a brief bout with pneumonia.
He was 87.
Karen Sharpe Kramer said her husband of 35 years died at the Motion Picture Home, a retirement community for former Hollywood workers, in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills.
The New York-born Kramer was famous for his message films, which also included "Judgment at Nuremberg," about the Nazi war crimes tribunal.
Several of Kramer's pictures won Oscars for their stars and writers, but he himself never received an Academy Award despite frequent nominations.
He worked with many of Hollywood's top names, including Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Maximilian Schell and Fredric March.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, blustery showers are expected throughtout the island.
Snow is falling on the Troodos mountains.
Winds will be gale-force, westerly to southwesterly, over rough to very rough seas.
Tonight it will be mainly clear, with light snowfall expected on the Troodos mountains.
Frost is expected to form in some areas.
Winds will strong to very strong, five to six beaufort, over rough seas.
Temperatures will fall to two degrees inland, five on the coast and four below zero on the mountains.