|Tuesday, 21 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-10-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines--- A top German anti-terrorism official said today the Bali attack that killed at least 183 people was the work of an international group and possibly the al Qaeda network.
--- An explosion in a public telephone booth near Bethlehem that killed a Palestinian militant raised the spectre today of revenge attacks after Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction blamed Israel for the blast.
--- European Commissioner on enlargement, Gunter Verheugen, has said he is optimistic that the Irish will give a positive vote during the referendum on the Nice Treaty, which paves the way for enlargement.
--- The European Court of Human Rights has accepted the individual appeals of five Cypriots against Turkey, for illegal arrest and mistreatment during the 1989 anti-occupation demonstration in Ayios Kassianos.
--- Turkish doctor Mehmet Oz, who carried out an open heart operation on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, has given his patient a pair of training shoes so that he can work out.
 IndonesiaA top German anti-terrorism official said today the Bali attack that killed at least 183 people was the work of an international group and possibly the al Qaeda network.
Bomb blasts on the Indonesian resort island of Bali killed at least 183, mostly young Westerners, in a popular night club strip in the worst act of terror since last year's September 11 attack on the United States.
The blasts took place amid concerns that the al Qaeda network, blamed for the World Trade Center attacks, was planning new strikes and trying to establish a foothold in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
The German official said even if the Bali attack was conclusively linked to al Qaeda, there was no evidence that Iraq, which has been the focus of U.S. concern in recent months, has any ties with the group led by Osama bin Laden.
 MideastAn explosion in a public telephone booth near Bethlehem that killed a Palestinian militant raised the spectre today of revenge attacks after Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction blamed Israel for the blast.
Mohammed Abayat's death yesterday heightened tensions and shattered weeks of calm in the Bethlehem area in the West Bank before talks in Washington on Wednesday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and US President George W. Bush.
Bush wants calm in the region as he seeks Arab support for a possible war on Iraq. Israeli diplomatic sources said before Abayat's death that Washington had criticised Israel over army raids into Palestinian areas in which civilians have died.
Local Fatah leader Kamal Ahmed accused Israel of assassinating Abayat, a member of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, to try to undermine a security agreement under which Israeli forces withdrew from Bethlehem two months ago.
Israeli officials did not comment. Booby-trapping telephones is a method favoured by Israel's intelligence services.
 VerheugenEuropean Commissioner on enlargement, Gunter Verheugen, has said he is optimistic that the Irish will give a positive vote during the referendum on the Nice Treaty, which paves the way for enlargement.
Mr. Verheugen told a Swedish television channel that bookmakers are taking bets for the result of the referendum to be held over the weekend with the odds being 9 to 4 in favour of enlargement.
He said that especially in Ireland, the bets are more reliable than gallops.
This is the second referendum to be held in Ireland.
The first one, which was held last year, rejected enlargement.
 EcevitTurkey's Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit has said his country is entitled to join the European Union, because it has been European for 600 years.
Mr. Ecevit has also told the Union it will not be able to stand on its own two feet without Turkey.
Vice President Mesut Yilmaz came to add to this statement, by saying that Europe would not be able to solve the Cyprus problem without Turkey, thus averting a conflict on the island.
 KassianosThe European Court of Human Rights has accepted the individual appeals of five Cypriots against Turkey, for illegal arrest and mistreatment during the 1989 anti-occupation demonstration in Ayios Kassianos.
This decision is considered to be especially important for Cyprus.
By December 5, the Cypriots will have to brief the Court on the compensation they are claiming from Turkey, which will have to be given even after a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Christos Klerides, one of the lawyers who is on the case, told CyBC that with its decision the Court has made a further step from the Titina Loizidou case on property claims.
He said the decisions points a finger at Turkey as being responsible for the actions of the regime in the areas of the Republic under Turkish occupation.
 Denktash shoesTurkish doctor Mehmet Oz, who carried out an open heart operation on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, has given his patient a pair of training shoes so that he can work out.
Mr. Denktash, who appeared exhausted after the operation, gave a press conference on Saturday, saying that he would be ready to get back to work in three weeks.
Turkish Cypriot newspapers reported that Mr. Denktash was expected today to be discharged from his New York hospital today.
He will remain in New York until the end of the week and then fly to Turkey, where he will spend another week.
 AccidentPensioner Georgios Stylianou, aged 71, was killed in a road accident in Limassol.
The accident occurred just after seven o'clock last night in Mesa Yitonia, when Stylianou attempted to cross Makarios avenue.
He was hit by a car driven by 21-year-old Nikos Platritis.
Stylianou died in the Limassol General Hospital.
 GreeceGreece's opposition conservatives made major gains in local elections but were unable to deliver the knockout blow that could have forced the country into a general election, official results showed today.
Their most high-profile advance was being poised to take control of the Olympic Games city of Athens with the capital's residents set to elect their first ever female mayor.
For Prime Minister Costas Simitis' socialist government, which takes over the EU presidency at the end of the year, Sunday's first round results of the two-stage elections were a new sign of voter discontent at its economic management.
Candidates must win 50 percent of the vote or go to runoff elections next Sunday between the two leading vote winners.
With 90 percent of the vote counted, the conservatives had won outright the mayoral race for Greece's second largest city of Thessaloniki and held commanding leads in the capital Athens as well as the country's main port of Piraeus. They also led in many races for governor.
 WorldAmid signs of an al Qaeda resurgence as the United States takes aim at Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush urged the world to confront terrorism and condemned blasts that killed at least 183 people in Indonesia as "a cowardly act".
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The United States dismissed the latest Iraqi offer on weapons inspections as "word games" and repeated its call for sustained international pressure on Iraq to disarm.
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Ivory Coast's rebels tightened their hold on the key cocoa industry town of Daloa as a West African envoy held out the hope of talks to end a conflict that has shaken the fragile continent.
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Serbs weighed the consequences of an election failure after absent voters wrecked the presidential race, in a dismal triumph of apathy over the spirit of revolt which ousted Slobodan Milosevic two years ago.
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Britain was set to suspend Northern Ireland's power-sharing government after a spying row threw the fledgling peace process into its worst political crisis since the 1998 Good Friday peace accord.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be generally cloudy with a few local showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Winds will be southeasterly to southwesterly, moderate, three to four beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will reach 29 degrees inland, 28 along the coast and 23 over the mountains.
Tonight will be cloudy with local showers and possibly isolated thunderstorms.
Winds will be southwesterly to westerly, light, three beaufort, over slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland, to 18 along the coast, and to 15 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.