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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-08-11
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--The United States are preparing to undertake initiativites to solve the Cyprus problem by 1st May 2004, according to Turkish Cypriot daily "Kibrisli".
--The turkish and Turkish Cypriot press strongly criticised the so called framework customs union agreement between Turkey and the illegal regime on Friday.
--Liberia's President Charles Taylor prepared to step down today after a defiant farewell speech in which he said he was being driven out by an American-led conspiracy.
And, -- A U.S. soldier was killed and two were wounded overnight when a bomb was detonated in the Iraqi town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad.
 USAThe United States are preparing to undertake initiativites to solve the Cyprus problem by 1st May 2004, according to Turkish Cypriot daily "Kibrisli".
Under the title "A US solution is arriving", Kibrisli writes that the Cyprus problem will stop being under the UN control and is being handed over to the US because of the Denktash policy.
Furthermore, it says the americans are preparing a different policy on the issue which foresees the despatch of US soldiers to the island and the implementation of the provisions of the Annan plan.
 TC PRESSThe turkish and Turkish Cypriot press strongly criticised the so called framework customs union agreement between Turkey and the illegal regime on Friday.
Hurriet said this was the "latest nonsense" regarding Turkey's foreign policy. It also accuses the Turkish government for listening to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Ankara's military and causing this disaster.
Millyet newspaper said the so called "agreement" was drafted by the Turkish Armed forces General Staff. It notes that the military officials have been working for a long time with Turkey's financial institutions to prepare the agreement.
According to the Turkish Cypriot press, the agreement was signed to satisfy Mr. Denktash. Yeni Duzen newspaper, which dedicated its front page to the story, said both the Turkish and international press describe the so called agreement a "fiasco".
 SAVERIADESIn an effort to create complications on the issue of Greek Cypriots' properties in the occupied areas, the Denktash regime, through lawsuits undertaken by Turkish Cypriot organisation EVKAF, is claiming Turkish Cypriot property in the free areas.
EVKAF is now demanding Costas Saveriades, pay rent from 1973 and onwards for the use of the building where the Droshia Gymnasium is operating in Larnaca.
Mr. Saveriades told CyBC that in 1970 he had rented the property from EVKAF for a five year period. After the Turkish invasion, he added, the building's administration was undertaken by the School board.
Mr. Saveriades has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, demanding compensation totalling four million pounds for the occupation of his property by Turkish in occupied Famagusta.
His case has been accepted for hearing by the ECHR.
 ARREST GCThe Turkish occupation regime illegally apprehended yesterday Gregoris Markou, 78, from the occupied village of Afania, Kofinou resident, while he was returning to Pergamos checkpoint from Kyrenia.
According to police, Marcou argued with two Turkish Cypriots who had locked a parking area where he had left his vehicle, saying he could take it after four hours. With the help of another Turkish Cypriot, he managed to take his car but was illegally arrested at the Pergamos checkpoint.
According to reports Markou had told the Turkish Cypriots he was going to make the issue public on his return to the free areas.
He is expected to appear before an illegal court in the occupied areas.
 LIBERIALiberia's President Charles Taylor prepared to step down today after a defiant farewell speech in which he said he was being driven out by an American-led conspiracy.
After ceding power Mr. Taylor is expected to leave Liberia, a nation founded as a haven of liberty by freed American slaves in the 19th century and now little more than a crumbling war zone that has poisoned impoverished West Africa.
The former warlord is due to hand over power to Vice-President Moses Blah, a former brother-in-arms from the Liberian leader's days of bush war and in Libya's guerrilla training camps, 1159 GMT.
The ceremony in the capital Monrovia will be attended by President Thabo Mbeki of continental power South Africa, as well as the leaders of Mozambique and Ghana -- representing the African Union and West Africa's regional bloc.
Forced back by rebels to a corner of the capital and under United Nations sanctions for fuelling regional conflict, Mr. Taylor has also been indicted for war crimes by a U.N.-backed court investigating atrocities during Sierra Leone's civil war.
Diplomatic sources said Mr. Taylor would most likely leave with Mr. Mbeki for Nigeria, which has offered him asylum. Security sources said he shipped four vehicles out of the country on Sunday aboard planes bound for Nigeria.
 IRAQ- A U.S. soldier was killed and two were wounded overnight when a bomb was detonated in the Iraqi town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad.
The death brings to 56 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in hostile action in Iraq since U.S. President George W. Bush declared major combat over on May 1.
U.S. troops in Baquba, a restive town in the "Sunni triangle" area, have frequently come under attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Late last month three soldiers were killed in an grenade attack on the town's hospital.
The United States says die-hard Saddam loyalists and some foreign fighters are behind the guerrilla campaign.
 INDONESIA APPEALAn Indonesian Muslim militant sentenced to death for last year's Bali bombings lodged an appeal against his conviction today despite saying during his trial that he wanted to die a martyr.
Lawyers for Amrozi, dubbed the "smiling bomber" for his chilling grin and expressions of delight at the Bali carnage, said they had filed the appeal on their client's instructions.
Chief lawyer Wirawan Adnan did not explain why Amrozi wanted to appeal after saying he wanted to die a martyr's death.
A Bali court sentenced the 41-year-old mechanic to death last week for his part in planning and carrying out the bombing of two nightclubs on the resort island in October 2002. The attack killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.
 MIDEASTIsrael threatened Syria today after Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon fired anti-aircraft shells that killed an Israeli teenager on Israel's northern border, but said it hoped to defuse tension through diplomacy.
Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim said Israel held Syria, the main powerbroker in Lebanon, responsible for Hizbollah's actions.
Mr. Boim told Army Radio that "Syria is definitely the umbilical cord from which Hizbollah feeds." He added that if there is escalation from their side, there will be definitely be a clear military response from Israel that could inevitably be against Syrian targets.
The death of the 16-year-old in the Israeli border town of Shlomi yesterday was the first fatality from Hizbollah shelling since Israel withdrew its forces from south Lebanon in May 2000 after a 22-year occupation, amid daily attacks by the group.
 BRITAIN WEATHERTemperatures climbed to record levels in sweltering Britain yesterday as the mercury hit 38.1 Celsius.
Registered at Gravesend, Kent, southeast England, the new record beat the previous hottest day of 37.1 C, set in Cheltenham in central England in 1990.
Londoners baked in heat that reached 37.9 C, measured at Heathrow Airport yesterday afternoon, but forecasters said slightly cooler temperatures were on the way.
Bookmakers estimated the industry would have to pay out more than 300,000 pounds after thousands of weather- obsessed Britons, whose conversation is often dominated by the changeable climate, put money on temperatures soaring to 100 F for the first time in Britain.
The sizzling heat drove millions to the country's frequently windswept or rain-lashed beaches to soak up the sun. Roads were jammed with motorists trying to escape the capital.
The RAC motoring organisation estimated 15 million cars, a fifth above average, would hit the roads over the weekend.
Rail passengers faced longer journeys after fears of buckled tracks led to speed limits being imposed across the country.
However, the heat brought violent thunderstorms to parts of northern and central England.
Lightning struck a leisure centre in the second city of Birmingham, injuring 14 people.
 WEATHERToday it will be mainly clear with some inland local cloud. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly light to moderate, three to four beaufort and southerly strong on the south coast.
The sea will be slight to moderate in windward coastal areas. Temperatures will reach 36 C inland, 33 C on the south coast, 30 C on the west and 26 over the mountains.
Tonight the weather will be clear but winds will be north-westerly light, two to three beaufort and the sea calm to slight. Temperatures will fall to 20 C inland, 22 C on the south cost and 17 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.