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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-11-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] DEFENCE MINISTER MINES
  • [03] GUL CYPRUS
  • [04] SAUDI SECURITY
  • [05] SAUDI MORE
  • [06] IRAQ LEAD
  • [07] IRAQ DEATH
  • [08] CARS BILL
  • [09] WEATHER
  • [10] WEATHER AFTERNOON MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2003

  • [01] HEADLINES

    -- Defence Minister Kyriakos Mavronicolas said so far the Turkish occupation army has not responded positively to the demining of the buffer zone.

    --Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will hold talks in Rome today with EU officials.

    --The United States says al Qaeda wants to topple the pro-Western Saudi government and royal family but Riyadh insists the militants who killed at least 17 in a weekend suicide attack will not destabilise the kingdom.

    And * Iraq's U.S. governor Paul Bremer warned today guerrillas would step up attacks to stop reconstruction efforts and said several hundred foreign militants had entered the country. Meanwhile, another US soldier was killed in Baghdad.

    [02] DEFENCE MINISTER MINES

    Defence Minister Kyriakos Mavronicolas said so far the Turkish occupation army has not responded positively to the demining of the buffer zone.

    He told CyBC that the government intends to go ahead with the demining of the buffer zone, adding that it would like to link the destruction of anti-personnel mines with the demining of the buffer zone.

    The destruction of anti-personnel mines which are situated in storage areas, will be held in a special ceremony on 11 December at the Vizakia firing range, in the presence of President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos.

    According to CyBC reports, the demining of National Guard mine fields will start from the Nicosia Airport area.

    [03] GUL CYPRUS

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will hold talks in Rome today with EU officials.

    During a meeting with chairman of the EU Council of ministers, Franco Frattini, Mr. Gul will examine issues concerning the European Commission's report on Turkey.

    He will also meet Irish Foreign Minister Bryan Kohen, whose country undertakes the EU rotating presidency in January.

    Turkey's "Hurriyet" newspaper said that Mr. Gul does not believe a Cyprus solution can be achieved without a prior date for Turkey to start accession negotiations with the EU.

    [04] SAUDI SECURITY

    Saudi Arabia stepped up security of diplomats today and Western residences across the capital Riyadh said they were beefing up defences after suspected suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in a housing compound.

    The United States embassy was closed to the public for the third day in a row and diplomats said it would not re-open before Wednesday at the earliest.

    The embassy, which stands in a diplomatic quarter guarded by a military checkpoint, closed on Saturday after Washington warned that militants were planning imminent attacks.

    The moves came in response to a bombing early today at a compound housing mainly Arab expatriates on the desert outskirts of the Saudi capital. It was the second devastating attack against compounds in Riyadh in six months.

    [05] SAUDI MORE

    The United States says al Qaeda wants to topple the pro-Western Saudi government and royal family but Riyadh insists the militants will not destabilise the kingdom.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told Al Arabiya television, excerpts of which were broadcast today that it is quite clear to that al Qaeda wants to take down the royal family and the government of Saudi Arabia.

    The world's biggest oil exporter, battling a surge in Islamist violence, said it would hunt down those behind the attack on a housing compound in Riyadh and, along with Washington, blamed al Qaeda.

    The suspected al Qaeda bombers posing as police blew up their explosives-rigged car in the Muhaya compound in the Saudi capital.

    The official said seven Lebanese, four Egyptians, one Saudi, one Sudanese and four unidentified people had been killed. The dead included five children.

    There were no details of the attackers, except that Saudi sources said there had been at least two.

    Western embassies in Saudi urged their nationals to remain vigilant and restrict their movements.

    [06] IRAQ LEAD

    Iraq's U.S. governor Paul Bremer warned today guerrillas would step up attacks to stop reconstruction efforts and said several hundred foreign militants had entered the country.

    Mr. Bremer vowed in an interview with Britain's Times newspaper U.S.-led forces would not be driven out of Iraq by the militants because the price of failure was too high for the country itself and the Middle East.

    The American diplomat said there will be increased attacks and increased terrorism because the terrorist can see the reconstruction dynamic is moving in the Iraqis' direction, adding the foreign fighters were from Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

    Washington, which has lost 150 soldiers to hostile fire since President George W. Bush declared major combat over on May 1, blames the attacks on Saddam Hussein supporters and foreign fighters, including al Qaeda members.

    [07] IRAQ DEATH

    - A U.S. soldier was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad last night.

    A military spokesman said the soldier, of the 18th Military Police Brigade, was killed in an attack at about 1600 GMT west of Iskandariya, about 50 km south of Baghdad. No other details were immediately available.

    The latest death brought to 151 the number of American soldiers killed in hostile action since U.S. President George W. Bush declared major combat in Iraq over on May 1.

    [08] CARS BILL

    Communications and Works ministry officials will hold a series of meetings today with political parties and other interested parties to exchange views on the government proposal on the new tax proposals on cars.

    AKEL deputy Stavros Evagorou said the aim is to prepare the bill by Wednesday, submit it to the Council of Ministers and then forward it to the House plenary on Thursday.

    Mr. Evagorou said the aim is for consumers to benefit the greatest from this proposal.

    Furthermore, he said used vehicles will be available and the price of those not exceeding a horse power of 16 ccs will go down.

    Meanwhile, chairman of the Second Hand Car dealers' Association, Michalis Constantinou, described the government proposal "destructive" for the members of his association.

    Speaking to CyBC, he said the association wants an immediate meeting with government officials to be informed on the contents of the proposal.

    [09] WEATHER

    Torrential rain fell yesterday and today in many areas of Cyprus.

    The rain has caused many problems in the Morfou, Kofinou, Kotsiati areas.

    According to the director of the Meteorological Department, Kyriakos Theofilou said there will be more local rain or isolated storms tomorrow but gradually the weather will be improved. Tomorrow there will also be high winds and low temperatures.

    From Wednesday and Thursday, a west front will affect the area of Cyprus while from Friday, weather conditions will gradually improve and temperatures will go up.

    [10] WEATHER AFTERNOON

    It will be cloudy and rainy this afternoon with local storms. Winds will be south-easterly to south-westerly moderate, and locally strong, four to five beaufort and the sea moderate. Temperatures will reach 23 C inland and on the coasts and to 13 C over the mountains.

    Tonight it will be mainly cloud with local rain and possibly storms. Winds will be south-westerly moderate to strong, four to five beaufort and the sea moderate. Temperatures will fall to 11 C inland, 13 C on the coasts and five over the mountains.


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