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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-08-18
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines lunchThe members of the Wheat Growers Committee are reacting strongly to the delivery of wheat cultivated in the occupied territories by Turkish cypriots to the free areas of the republic. However, two trucks loaded with 30 tonnes of wheat are not expected to cross over to the free areas today,
Iraqi engineers and U.S. soldiers struggled today to repair Iraq's main oil export pipeline, a crucial lifeline for the floundering economy, after two attacks by saboteurs last week set it ablaze,
Al Arabiya television today aired an audio tape allegedly from an al Qaeda spokesman saying Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Omar were alive and urging Muslims to fight a holy war against U.S. troops in Iraq.
 WHEATThe members of the Wheat Growers Committee are reacting strongly to the delivery of wheat cultivated in the occupied territories by Turkish cypriots to the free areas of the republic. This morning, they went to the facilities of the Wheat Committee in Nicosia, where they will remain until closing time, two thirty. The president of the Committee Andreas Theofanous stated that wheat growers are determined to block the warehouses, even with their bodies. Justice and Public Order minister Doros Theodorou said that sich action is both a hindrance to free movement and the hindrance of other citizens to exercise their legal rights. He added that the police has already been instructed to guard the warehouses. However, around noon, special forces posted outside the warehouses left, leaving behind a smaller force to guard the two entrances.
 REPUBLIC WHEATMeanwhile, the republic has made all the necessary preparations to receive a quantity of wheat from Turkish cypriots in the Larnaca district village of Louroutzina. A team from the agriculture minister today went to the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint, where the trucks loaded with wheat were expected to pass in order to go through all the the necessary phytosanitary checks. The agricultural officials left around noon however, because according to all indications, the trucks will not go through today. According to reports, thirty tonnes of wheat were to be carried to the free areas on two turkish cypriot trucks, having got the necessary approval from the republic.
 NAPA DEATHA twenty one year old man last night succumbed to his injuries, two days after being stabbed in the stomach, during a night brawl in Ayia Napa. Michalis Karayiannis was stabbed twice outside a pub on Friday night. He was working as a bouncer in a night club. A colleague of his, thirty year old Michalis Hadjicostas from Nicosia had been arrested for attempted murder. However, following the death of Karayiannis, Hadjicostas is now a murder suspect. The young man's funeral will be held at four this afternoon, while the Ayia Napa municipality had declared 40 days of mourning in his memory. All scheduled festivities have been cancelled.
 AKKELIDOU DOORHealth minister Dina Akkelidou had ordered an internal investigation, following the discovery of an unlocked door at the back of the ministry on the 15th of August bank holiday. The offices on the fourth floor were also discovered unlocked. In statements to our station, Mrs Akkelidou said that she will look into the matter with civil servants of the ministry, in order to established why the doors had been left open. The minister noted that the building had been always unsafe, because there are not enough guards.
 IRAQ WRAPIraqi engineers and U.S. soldiers struggled today to repair Iraq's main oil export pipeline, a crucial lifeline for the floundering economy, after two attacks by saboteurs last week set it ablaze.
In Baghdad, the U.S. military said it was investigating the death of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana, shot dead by an American soldier on Sunday as he filmed outside a prison. He was the 17th journalist killed since the invasion of Iraq on March 20.
Journalists had gone to the U.S.-run jail after the U.S. Army announced that a mortar attack there on Saturday evening had killed at least six Iraqi prisoners and wounded scores.
A Danish soldier was also killed over the weekend when his patrol tried to arrest looters who were stealing copper power cables west of the southern city of Basra.
Rampant looting of electricity cables, as well as sabotage of oil pipelines and breakdowns of decrepit equipment, have caused chronic power and fuel shortages across southern Iraq.
Exports from southern oil fields have been badly affected by frequent power cuts, a further blow to reconstruction efforts which need billions of dollars of oil revenue to fund them.
 KOREA INCIDENTSouth Korea's navy fired warning shots after a North Korean ship briefly crossed over a disputed border in the Yellow Sea.
No casualties were reported in the second such incident this month. A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean vessel was not military, but declined to elaborate.
The intrusion was the 15th time this year vessels from the North had crossed the so-called Northern Limit Line boundary and the fourth time South Korea has fired shots in the air to repel them.
The rich crab fishing grounds west of the divided peninsula was the site of deadly naval gun battles in 2002 and in 1999.
Tensions have been high on the Korean peninsula for nearly 10 months since the United States said the communist North had said it was pursuing a secret nuclear arms programme.
Monday's incident comes as preparations are being made for nuclear talks next week involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.
 Security QaedaAl Arabiya television today aired an audio tape allegedly from an al Qaeda spokesman saying Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Omar were alive and urging Muslims to fight a holy war against U.S. troops in Iraq.
Al Arabiya attributed the recording to Afghan-based al Qaeda official Abdel Rahman al-Najdi, who it said was on a U.S. list of wanted al Qaeda members.
The tape also praised and urged Muslims to continue their resistance against U.S. troops in Iraq, saying: "The Americans are begging the world to stand by their side in Iraq."
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the tape, which was aired yesterday and rebroadcast today, or the identity of the speaker.
 TAILERSaddam Hussein has his head tossed back, his blonde locks flowing and a filter-tipped cigarette dangling coquettishly between his delicate fingers.
Meet "Zsa Zsa Saddam", the U.S. army's latest ploy in the four-month hunt for the fugitive dictator.
In a campaign that started today, U.S. forces put up posters around Saddam's hometown of Tikrit showing his face superimposed on Hollywood heroines and other stars in an attempt to enrage his followers and draw them out.
As well as Saddam dolled up as a slinky Zsa Zsa Gabor, there is a busty Rita Hayworth Saddam, a grooving Elvis Saddam and even Saddam in the guise of British-born rocker Billy Idol.
"We're going to do something devious with these," said a chuckling Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Russell last week, as he checked out a range of spoof Saddam pictures taken from the Internet, namely the website www.worth1000.com.
 WEATHER LUNCHIt will be mainly fine this afternoon, with light to moderate seabreezes, force three to four over slight seas. Temperatures will rise to 40 degrees inland, 36 on the south and east coast, 32 on the west coast and 30 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine, with thin mist and low clouds forming in coastal areas at dawn. Winds will be light southwesterly to northwesterly, force two to three over calm to slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 23 degrees inland, the south and east coasts, 20 on the west coast and 21 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.