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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-05-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Anan Cyprus
  • [02] Tassos Russia
  • [03] Turkey Europarliament
  • [04] Quake Algeria
  • [05] India heatwave
  • [06] Blair Iraq
  • [07] Tailer
  • [08] Weather THURSDAY 29 MAY 2003

  • [01] Anan Cyprus

    The UN Secretary General Kofi Anan expressed the view that the attitude of the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, does not leave a lot of scope for a new initiative in the Cyprus issue. According to diplomatic sources quoted by the Cyprus news agency, Kofi Anan considers that Rauf Denktash showed no intention of cooperating, despite the political will displayed by the government of Cyprus and Greece. On Monday, the report of the UN chief on renewing the mandate of UNFICYP is expected to circulate at the Security Council. Discussions on the resolution are expected to start, following the submission of the report, with a view to adopting the resolution before the 15th of June. Diplomatic sources in New York say that Kofi Anan's report will be descriptive and give a detailed account to the latest developments, following the partial lifting of restrictions on free movement. As far as political conclusions are concerned, Mr Anan makes a reference to the deadlock at The Hague and the readiness of the Secretary General to take on a new initiative if there is proof of the necessary political will.

    [02] Tassos Russia

    President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos will hold new talks with Greek prime minister Costas Simitis, this time in St Petersburg, where he has been invited to take part in the EU-Russia summit, but also the 300th anniversary of the founding of the historic city. In statements at Larnaca airport and responding to criticism by Democratic Rally leader Nikos Anastasiades on his speech at a meeting of the ruling party PASOK central committee meeting in Athens, the President said that he is happy if these are the only issues that the opposition can critisize the government on. He also stressed that he considers it a duty to brief as many politicians as possible about the Cyprus issue and particularly members of the Greek house of representatives. President Papadopoulos refuted reports that the head of the opposition party in Greece Costas Caramanlis, has been infuriated by his attendance of the PASOK meeting. Forty heads of state will take part in the EU-Russia summit.

    [03] Turkey Europarliament

    The Europarliament will convene next week to discuss a report by Dutch euromp Ari Oslander on Turkey's accession course, already adopted with a huge majority by the Europarliaments' foreign affairs committee. The basic conclusion of the report is that Turkey has made progress, but it still does not fullfill the Copenhagen criteria, which hold the key to the start of accession negotiations. A reference is also made to the Cyprus issue, with regret expressed over the failure of settlement talks at The Hague. The Turkish government is also called upon to withdraw its troops from the occupied northern part of Cyprus, in order to pave the way for the resumption of talks and the reunification of the island.

    [04] Quake Algeria

    A new earthquake struck the Algerian capital Algiers and towns to the east early today causing some injuries and damage to buildings.

    As the state radio reported, a violent tremor struck the country just after five.

    A few people were injured and there was some damage to buildings in the capital Algiers."

    The radio quoted an official from Algeria's Geophysical, Astronomical and Astrophysics Research Centre as saying the epicentre was the same as in the previous tremors.

    An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck near the town of Zemmouri, some 50 kilometers, east of Algiers, on May 21, the deadliest in the oil-rich country since 1980.

    The latest official toll from that quake is 2,251 dead and almost ten a half thousand injured, but hundreds are still unaccounted for.

    Fresh aftershocks struck Algeria again on Tuesday and yestrday this week.

    [05] India heatwave

    A heat wave gripping south India's Andhra Pradesh state has killed 513 people in the past two weeks with temperatures soaring as high as 47 degrees Celsius.

    Most of those who died were poor, homeless people such as rickshaw pullers, street hawkers and construction workers, and there was no immediate sign of relief from the hot weather.

    Relief officials said the death toll was likely to rise with no sign of pre-monsoon showers and the weather office forecasting two more days of scorching heat.

    [06] Blair Iraq

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who gambled his political career on the war on Iraq, today became the first Western leader to visit the country since the conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein.

    Blair arrived in the southern city of Basra for a lightning visit to thank British troops controlling the area and throw his weight behind reconstruction efforts.

    The prime minister's visit coincides with fresh controversy over whether Saddam had weapons of mass destruction -- the chief reason given by the U.S. and Britain for justifying the war.

    But on Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an effort to explain why no such weapons had been found, said Iraq may have destroyed them before the U.S.-led invasion in March.

    [07] Tailer

    Hours spent playing action video games may not be as mindless as many parents think.

    Whether it's Spider-Man or Grand Theft Auto 3 or others, the fast-moving action of the games seems to improve a range of visual skills.

    According to Daphne Bavelier, of the University of Rochester in New York, although video-game playing may seem to be rather mindless, it is capable of radically altering visual attentional processing.

    In four experiments, published in the science journal Nature, Bavelier discovered that people who played video games several times a week for six months could monitor complex visual information more easily than non-game players.

    And when the researchers gave novices 10 hours of training on the game Medal of Honor, they improved their visual processing skills.

    Bavelier said that by forcing players to simultaneously juggle a number of varied tasks, such as detect new enemies, track existing enemies and avoid getting hurt, among others action-video-game playing pushes the limits of three rather different aspects of visual attention.

    [08] Weather

    It will be cloudy this afternoon with the possibility of light showers, while visibility will be hampered because of dust settling in the atmosphere. Winds will be moderate to strong northeasterly to southeasterly, force four to five, turning very strong force six in windward areas, over moderate to rough seas. Temperatures will rise to 31 degrees inland, 29 on the coasts and 24 on the mountains. Tonight it will be cloudy with the possibility of light showers, with visibility improving. Winds will be moderate northeasterly to southeasterly, force three to four, turning moderate south to southwesterly, force three to four, over slight to moderate seas. Temperatures will fall to 16 degrees inland and on the coasts and ten on the mountains. The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.
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