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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-05-16
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESDefence Minister Socratis Hasikos stated today that Cyprus has been undoubtebly cemented into the European defence dogma, as an equal to all EU-candidates, including Turkey,
The results of tests carried out regarding the causes of death of Yiorgos Hadjidimitris, 14, who died on the operating theatre at the Nicosia General Hospital, are expected to be announced in a short while,
Ethnic Albanian guerrillas today fired on Scopjean troops in defiance of a government ultimatum, while in neighbouring Serbia over 100 Albanian rebels were reported to have thrown down their guns and
Lingering kisses and tearful farewells are to be a thing of the past on the platforms of some of France's biggest railway stations.
 Hasikos CyprusDefence Minister Socratis Hasikos stated today that Cyprus has been undoubtebly cemented into the European defence dogma, as an equal to all EU-candidates, including Turkey.
In statements to our station, Mr Hasikos said that Turkey's reaction to Cyprus joining the European army was to be expected, but, he added, the European Union has decided about how to treat such reactions.
The defence minister also said that he received assurances from the Swedish presidency of the EU that the issue will be treated in the same way, by the other presidencies too.
Mr Hasikos is in Athens today, where he will hold talks with his Greek counterpart Akis Tsoxatzopoulos.
 Turkey CyprusThe all powerful Turkish National Security Council wil discuss latest developments in the Cyprus problem, on the 29th of May.
According to reports in the turkish daily "Sabah", the National Security Council is called upon to adopt a new policy on the Cyprus problem, because the current policy is not paying dividends.
 Youth testsThe results of tests carried out regarding the causes of death of Yiorgos Hadjidimitris, 14, who died on the operating theatre at the Nicosia General Hospital, are expected to be announced in a short while.
All tests conducted so far, have shown no exact cause of death.
In his initial diagnosis, Coroner Marios Matsakis had said that the anaesthetic was the cause of death.
Meanwhile, two investigations, by police and the ministry of health, are under way, to establish the existence or not of medical negligence.
In case of disciplinary offences, the Minister of Health will ask the cabinet to appoint an investigating officer.
 Students ArrestPolice in Paphos arrested four students early this morning, in connection with a series of robberies and thefts that happened in Kato Paphos last month.
An American, an Englishman, an American-Cypriot and a Swedish-Cypriot, all living in Paphos, were arrested.
During questioning, the students, aged between 15 and 18, admitted the crimes and led police to a hideout where part of the stolen items were stashed away.
One of the students was charged in writing and released, but the other three are still in custody.
 Box explosivesA box of explosives and bullets was discovered this morning by police, at the Kapsalos area of Limassol.
Seven grenades, four detonators and 39 bullets for an automatic weapon, were among the weapons discovered.
The box was spotted by a young man at an underground parking place, and he immediately notified police.
According to preliminary police reports, unknown individuals were trying to get rid of the unwanted stash, and transported them at the particular site.
At the moment, it has not been established whther the weapons are in usable condition and police are trying to establish their origin.
 Balcans wrapEthnic Albanian guerrillas today fired on Scopjean troops in defiance of a government ultimatum, while in neighbouring Serbia over 100 Albanian rebels were reported to have thrown down their guns.
Insurgents fired machineguns at government positions in the morning, drawing artillery rounds in response.
The fighting at Slupcane, a rebel occupied village pounded repeatedly by government over the past two weeks, indicated the "National Liberation Army" had so far paid no heed to a deadline to leave the area by Thursday at noon.
In Serbia, the Yugoslav Army said 14 Albanian guerrillas were killed when Serb forces recaptured the village of Oraovica, roughly 10 miles, north of the Scopjean battlefield.
The rebels said they lost five men.
Serbian forces were braced for further clashes in the Presevo Valley in the next few days.
Albanian rebels say they will fight to prevent Serbs regaining control of the Kosovo buffer zone they occupy on May 24, as agreed by NATO this week.
 Mideast wrapPalestinians and Israelis mourned new dead today in the aftermath of a memorial day marking the exile of Palestinians at Israel's birth in 1948 and a top Palestinian official met the U.S. secretary of state.
Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and wounded more than 200 yesterday during the commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba or "catastrophe" when some 700 thousand Palestinians became refugees in the Arab-Israeli war following Israel's creation.
Arafat said in a defiant address for the Nakba broadcast on Palestinian media that Israeli military might would never make them surrender their dream of independence.
In an interview with the newspaper Ha'aretz published, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said his country was facing a "struggle for its existence" and must take steps to achieve peace.
 Turkey loansEconomy Minister Kemal Dervis today hailed an IMF decision to grant Turkey 8 billion dollars in new loans as a great success for the government but said it also imposed a grave responsibility on the country to reform.
Dervis, speaking hours after the International Monetary Fund board approved the emergency funds, said his crisis-wracked country could return to the "road to prosperity" by mid-summer.
Dervis's policies appear predicated on a fall in interest rates to help the country cope with a hefty domestic debt burden analysts say may reach some 80 percent of gross national product at the end of the year.
 Robbery DutchTwo dutchmen, that have already left the island, are considered suspects for yesterday's robbery at a Cyprus Bank branch in the Oroklini area in Larnaca.
According to police, the two dutchmen left last night for The Netherlands, and Interpol has been notified and is searching for them.
The unarmed robbers, in the presence of three employees of the branch, opened the safe and got away with 50 thousand pounds.
 Cse todayThe All Shares Price Index took a downturn at today's meeting of the Cyprus Stock Exchange.
It closed at 193 point ten units, a fall of almost one percent.
Volume of trading reached eleven and a half million pounds.
 TailerLingering kisses and tearful farewells are to be a thing of the past on the platforms of some of France's biggest railway stations.
In a decided departure from the country's reputation for romance, officials at stations in Paris, Lyon and Marseille have launched new "welcome-filtering operations" to keep platforms for passengers.
These operations aim to reduce fraud by preventing people without tickets from boarding trains and to make it easier for trains to leave at the exact time.
Uniformed railway staff will demand to see tickets before letting anyone onto platforms, and loved-ones will be encouraged to say their goodbyes elsewhere.
 WeatherIt will be mainly clear this afternoon, with patchy clouds.
Winds will be moderate southwesterly, three to four beaufort, over slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will reach 26 degrees inland, 24 on the south and east cpast and 22 on the west coast.
Tonight it will be mainly clear, with the possibility of thin mist forming in some areas.
Winds will be light northwesterly, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will fall to 12 degrees inland, 14 on the coast and seven on the mountains.
The fire hazard is high in all forest areas.