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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-05-13

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Saudi Attack
  • [03] Satellite glitch
  • [04] Papad Anan
  • [05] Spokesman
  • [06] Euro occupation
  • [07] Omirou Panagopoulos
  • [08] Synod decision
  • [09] Greece SARS
  • [10] Embryo Zavos
  • [11] Champions
  • [12] Weather TUESDAY 13 MAY 2003

  • [01] Headlines

    In the Saudi capital, Riyadh, suicide bombers may have killed up to 10 people and wounded more than 160 Americans and other nationals late last night in attacks on foreigners' compounds,

    A last minute glitch last night prevented the take off of the first Greek and Cyprus satellite, Hellas Sat, from Cape Canaveral in California,

    The European parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from the occupied territories of the republic of Cyprus

    and

    The members of the Holy Synod of Cyprus have been meeting since this morning, to discuss the issue of the succession of the ailing Archbishop Chrysostomos.

    [02] Saudi Attack

    In the Saudi capital, Riyadh, suicide bombers may have killed up to 10 people and wounded more than 160 Americans and other nationals late last night in attacks on foreigners' compounds.

    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who flew to the Saudi capital from Jordan just hours after the bombings, said that ten Americans and a large number of other nationals were killed in the suicide bombings.

    A few hours earlier, from Amman, Powell said that the latest anti-Western attacks in the birthplace of Islam bore the stamp of al Qaeda and its Saudi-born leader Osama bin Laden.

    Cars packed with explosives were driven into compounds housing Westerners.

    Television pictures showed mangled cars, blasted buildings and emergency vehicles racing through Riyadh's streets.

    Australian Ambassador Bob Tyson said he believed the attacks had killed at least 10 people, including an Australian citizen. There were other, unconfirmed reports of two American fatalities.

    At least one Saudi was killed.

    The Saudi authorities linked the blasts to a fugitive group of 19 suspected Qaeda sympathisers, mainly Saudis, who disappeared in the capital on May 6th.

    On May 1st, the United States renewed a warning for citizens to avoid travel to Saudi Arabia.

    One official said intelligence agencies had credible information about a possible al Qaeda plot to strike American targets there. The same day, a gunman wounded a U.S. civilian at a naval base in Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi Arabia has charged 90 Saudis with belonging to al Qaeda and is interrogating another 250.

    [03] Satellite glitch

    A last minute glitch last night prevented the take off of the first Greek and Cyprus satellite, Hellas Sat, from Cape Canaveral in California. The launch was re-scheduled for this evening, at 57 minutes past midnight Cyprus time. It will be carried live from CyBC one, in a special programme starting at midnight.

    [04] Papad Anan

    President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos stated that the amendments he suggested to the Anan plan, had also been put forward in writing to the UN Secretary General on the 28th of February. The amendments, he added, aim to make the solution more operational and viable. President Papadopoulos reiterated that the position of the Greek cypriot side, as decided by the National Council, is to hold talks on the basis of the Anan plan.

    [05] Spokesman

    Government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides accused Rauf Denktash and the Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul of being intransigent and distorting the political and legal facts, from the presence of the occupation army in Cyprus. The spokesman welcomed the fact that Greek cypriot and Turkish cypriot parties are inreasing their contacts. Mr Chrysostomides welcomed the initiative on the Cyprus issue by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, saying it was an important move, adding however that the official EU position is the one expressed by Commissioner for Enlargement Gunther Verheugen, which clearly states that the initiative for the resumption of settlement, must come from the United Nations.

    [06] Euro occupation

    The European parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from the occupied territories of the republic of Cyprus and called on Ankara and the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to take major steps in order to find a solution to the Cyprus issue. In a report, whose contents were disclosed by the Athens daily Eleftherotypia, the Europarliament condemned the role of the army in the decision making progress in Turkey and referred to the need to stop all discriminatory actions against religious minorities. It also called on Turkey to ratify the operation of the International Criminal Court at the Hague, being the only country that has not done so and suspend the prohibition of the use of minority languages. The report, adopted a few days, after the illegal visit in the occupied territories, of Turkish prime minister Tayip Erdogan, has met with the complete satisfaction of the Greek presidency.

    [07] Omirou Panagopoulos

    Athens and Nicosia are in agreement over the need for the Anan plan to be amended. Following a meeting with Greek ambassador in Nicosia Christos Papagopoulos, Kisos president Yiannakis Omirou stated that the solution of the Cyprus issue, can no longer diverge from the acqui communitaire. He said that the climax of initiatives, has led to the Anan plan, which is still on the table as a basis of negotiations. There are, however, he added, issues that must change. The Greek ambassador agreed, adding that a more general evaluation of the situation, as well as further decisions, have to he expected during the meeting of Tassos Papadopoulos with prime minister Costas Simitis on the 26th of May.

    [08] Synod decision

    The members of the Holy Synod of Cyprus have been meeting since this morning, to discuss the issue of the succession of the ailing Archbishop Chrysostomos. Health certificates and opinions of five church experts are being evaluated. Bishop of Paphos Chrysostomos stated that a final decision must be reached so that the church of Cyprus can respond to a letter by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios stating that to replace the Archbishop, there must be a decision from a thirteen member Major Synod. In statements to our station, the Bishop of Paphos, expressed the certainty that through dialogue, a happy medium will be reached, to the best interest of the Church. He added that the letter sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch was to himself, but he did not disclose its exact contents.

    [09] Greece SARS

    Greece today reported its first suspected case of SARS and semi-official media said the possible victim was a foreign flight attendant who was recently in Hong Kong.

    Health Ministry officials told Reuters they expected to know by the end of the day if they were dealing with a confirmed case of SARS after carrying out more tests.

    The Athens News Agency said the patient was a young female flight attendant from South Africa who arrived in Greece two days ago and had recently travelled to Hong Kong, itself badly-hit by the deadly flu-like virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

    It did not identify which airline the attendant worked for.

    The attendant was staying at a major Athens hotel when she came down with fever and hotel staff immediately alerted health authorities who placed the patient in hospital quarantine.

    The case was reported at the start of the busy holiday season in Greece, one of Europe's most popular destinations for holidaymakers on the continent.

    Almost fifteen million foreign tourists visit Greece each year.

    SARS has killed more than 500 people and infected more than seven thousand three hundred worldwide but has largely been confined to east and southeast Asia and the city of Toronto in Canada.

    [10] Embryo Zavos

    Cypriot geneticist Panayiotis Zavos stated that he has cloned a human embryo and he plans to implant it in the womb ofthe mother in the next few weeks. The embryo, created from the cells of a 45 year old American, was cultured for 92 hours and then was frozen in order to ran genetic tests. Dr Zavos said that the cloning process was held secretly, at a lab, outside the United States. However, it was filmed and will be shown next Saturday on Britain;s channel four.

    [11] Champions

    Bitter Milan rivals, Inter and Milan are battling it out tonight for a place in the final of the Champions League. The first leg of their semifinal had ended goalless. The second leg starts at nine forty five and will be carried live on CyBC one.

    [12] Weather

    It will be mainly fine, with clouds forming later in the day, expected to bring showers in some areas. Winds will be light northeasterly to southeasterly, force three to four, turning light westerly, force two to three on the west coast, over slight seas to moderate seas on the east coast. Temperatures will reach 37 degrees inland, 32 on the south coast, 30 on the west coast and 26 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine, with mist forming in some coastal areas. Winds will be light northwesterly to northeasterly, force two to three, over calm to slight seas. Temperatures will fall to 18 degrees inland, on the western and southeastern coasts and 20 on the south coast and the mountains. The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.
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