|Thursday, 7 December 2023|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-09-11
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--- UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem between President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash continue today after a short break for their meeting in Paris last week with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
--- Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou has said that the UN chief has the political will to reach a Cyprus settlement, knowing that the forthcoming European Council in Copenhagen mid-December is an important landmark for a solution.
--- U.S. forces came under fire in Afghanistan today as a tense American nation began marking the anniversary of the attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, smashed a crater in the Pentagon and inspired an act of self-sacrifice in the skies over Pennsylvania.
--- Archaeologists have discovered the bones of a Neanderthal woman and child in the German valley where the original "Neanderthal Man" was found about 150 years ago.
 TalksUN-led talks on the Cyprus problem between President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash continue today after a short break for their meeting in Paris last week with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Mr. Annan has urged the two sides to work and cooperate with his Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, by discussing the thorny issues of governance, security, property and territory.
The aim is to make significant progress by early October, when President Clerides and Mr. Denktash will be meting anew with the UN chief in New York, to re-evaluate the situation.
In view of today's meeting, Mr. de Soto returned last night from Brussels, where he briefed European Union officials on the result of the Paris meeting.
 PapandreouGreek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou has said that the UN chief has the political will to reach a Cyprus settlement, knowing that the forthcoming European Council in Copenhagen mid-December is an important landmark for a solution.
Mr. Papandreou was speaking after meetings with US Congresspeople and officials, to discuss the Cyprus problem.
The Greek Minister said he found the US officials were interested in the Cyprus problem and asked what they could do to help in this delicate phase of efforts to reach a settlement.
 MalteseMalta's President Guido de Marco departed from Cyprus this morning, having wrapped up his official visit to the island.
President Clerides bid farewell to his Maltese counterpart at an official seeing off ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
During Mr. de Marco's stay on the island, bilateral cooperation agreements were signed for the promotion and mutual protection of investments and cooperation in the sector of commercial shipping.
 Attack anniversaryU.S. forces came under fire in Afghanistan today as a tense American nation began marking the anniversary of the attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, smashed a crater in the Pentagon and inspired an act of self-sacrifice in the skies over Pennsylvania.
A long day of ceremonies for the 3,025 victims began in New York in the predawn darkness as firefighters and police, accompanied by bagpipes and drums, marched in five separate processions from each of the city's boroughs toward Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center used to stand.
With U.S. authorities warning of possible suicide bombings, a tense world held its breath as the solemn day dawned.
The United States was on its second highest state of alert in response to intelligence data that suggested new attacks were possible, especially in the Middle East and South Asia.
In Washington, live heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles were deployed around the capital.
Attacks on three U.S. bases in Afghanistan caused no injury or damage.
The U.S. military said a lone gunman was arrested after firing on Bagram Air Base, the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Islamic Press news agency said rockets were fired at U.S. special forces bases near the eastern towns of Khost and Gardez.
The assaults highlighted continued instability in the country 11 months after U.S. forces attacked Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks, and drove its Islamic backers of the Taliban movement from power.
A year later, U.S. authorities do not know whether Saudi-born bin Laden is alive or dead.
 US EmbassyThe UN Embassy in Nicosia is hosting an event tonight at its premises, for the victims of the September 11 attacks last year.
President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides will be attending the event and will lay a wreath in memory of the victims.
At five past nine tonight, CyBC's TV Channel One will be broadcasting the part two of three documentaries regarding the terrorist attacks.
 WorldAustralia closed its embassy in East Timor until further notice after receiving unconfirmed reports of a security threat that also targeted the United Nations in the fledgling southeast Asian nation.
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U.S. President George W. Bush said he would take a message to the United Nations this week that "we must work together" to deal with Iraq, and a senior U.S. official vowed Bush would make clear failing to act was not an option.
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US President George W. Bush called Yasser Arafat a "complete failure" as the White House dismissed a speech by the Palestinian president condemning violence against Israeli citizens.
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More than 90 survivors of a luxury train crash in eastern India arrived in New Delhi, many of them limping, wounded and in a daze but glad to be alive, after an accident in which at least 69 people were killed and 180 injured.
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Turkey stood on the verge of political turmoil with the possibility that a government party could quit the coalition and delay elections.
 AccidentA driver abandoned a 17-year-old girl after hitting her with his car.
Police said the accident happened last night in Pallouriotissa.
Anna Zamba from Kaimakli was trying to cross Ayios Andreas avenue from a zebra crossing, when she was hit by a car.
The girl was taken to the Nicosia General Hospital, where he was admitted.
The Police urge anyone who may know anything about the accident to contact the nearest police station.
 BombA bomb exploded at dawn this morning under the car of former police officer Avraam Ioannou, 49, from Nicosia.
The car was parked in an open area near the block of flats where Ioannou lives in Nicosia.
The blast caused extensive damage to the car.
 SkaliThe Open University lectures begin at seven o'clock tonight at Skali in Aglantzia.
The lectures are organised by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, the Aglantzia Municipality and the Cyprus University.
 NeanderthalArchaeologists have discovered the bones of a Neanderthal woman and child in the German valley where the original "Neanderthal Man" was found about 150 years ago.
Neanderthals died out about 30,000 years ago and scientists say they are not direct ancestors of modern humans. The species is named after a village near Dusseldorf where the first Neanderthal remains were discovered in the summer of 1856.
Archaeologists said they had determined that arm bones and a milk tooth found about two years ago were those of a woman and child who lived about 40,000 years ago.
Despite being a different species, the Neanderthals were quite similar to modern humans although their receding foreheads and prominent brows set them apart in appearance.
They made jewellery, hunted in teams, had a developed language and buried their dead.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be cloudy with local showers and possibly isolated thunderstorms.
Winds will be southwesterly, moderate, four beaufort, over slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will reach 31 degrees inland and along the south and east coasts, 28 along the west and north coasts, and 21 over the mountains.
Tonight will be cloudy with local showers.
Winds will be westerly to northwesterly, light, three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 21 degrees inland and along the coast, and to 13 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.