|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-05-04
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesThe government and the political leadership has strongly condemned a grenade attack in Limassol against opposition Democratic Rally leader Nikos Anastasiades,
Human rights activists have asked Israel's highest court to ban the Israeli military from all use of Palestinian civilians as "human shields" in military operations
The rapidly evolving "Sasser" computer worm tore across the Internet today disrupting corporate and home computer systems and stoking fears of more potent outbreaks to come.
 Anasta BombThe government and the political leadership has strongly condemned a grenade attack in Limassol against opposition Democratic Rally leader Nikos Anastasiades. The grenade was thrown at four this morning, by an unknown number of people, causing damage at the entrance to the building where Mr Anastasiades' house is, broke windows in his bedroom and also damaged his guards' outpost. Three cars and a moped parked outside the house were also damaged. Interior and Justice and Public Order Ministers Andreas Christou and Doros Theodorou condemned the attack. Mr Theodorou assured that the police will do its utmost to find and bring those responsible to justice.
 Spokesman AttackThe government unequivocally condemned the bomb attack against the leader of the Democratic Rally. In a statement read out to reporters by spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, the President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos, condemned the act, with all the strength of his soul. He said that such phenomena, strike a heavy blow against the republic and the states' values and undermine the normal operations of political life. President Papadopoulos stressed that the people of Cyprus, can only express disgust about such actions, adding that the country has suffered a great deal in the past, because of them. The government spokesman told reporters, that President Papadopoulos has already given clear instructions to the authorities to come down hard on the perpetrators of such actions and bring those responsible to justice. At the same time however, he appealed for calm and restraint.
 Anasta reaxNikos Anastasiades, who was unharmed,said that the attack was politically motivated and aimed at the foundation of democracy. He also stressed that he is not affected by such action and nobody will scare him away. The leader of the Democratic Rally also said that the hatred developed these days and references to stabbing the republic in the back have led criminal circles to such actions. In statements to our station, Mr Anastasiades underlined that no one can blame the attack on his political opponents within the party, no matter how many differences they have. Nikos Anastasiades made clear that such action will not have any bearing on his political decisions and free thought.
 AKEL BombLeft wing AKEL condemned the attack on Mr Anastasiades' house and noted that such unacceptable actions, bring back practices that belong to the past. The party called on the government to take all necessary actions to find those responsible. It also extended its sympathies to Mr Anastasiades and his family for the mental ordeal they were put through.
 DIKO bombThe Democratic Party, DIKO, expressed regret and anger about the attack and extended its sympathies to Mr Anastasiades. The party stressed that such actions are against Cyprus and undermine the struggle of the people, who democratically and freely rejected the Anan plan in the referendum, thus expressing its will and determine to defend its rights.
 EDEK bombThe president of the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK, Yiannakis Omirou condemned the bomb attack, saying that the return of such actions belonging to a dark and destructive past, can only spell doom for Cyprus. Mr Omirou called on citizens to forge a spirit of unity, national togetherness and a high democratic standard, that will safeguard their country from destruction.
 Mideast shieldsHuman rights activists have asked Israel's highest court to ban the Israeli military from all use of Palestinian civilians as "human shields" in military operations.
Israel's Supreme Court barred the practice in 2002 after soldiers forced the neighbour of a suspected militant to knock on his door and deliver an ultimatum to surrender.
The militant shot and killed the man.
A lawyer for the Israeli-Arab advocacy group Adalah said the the current ban was not strong enough because it left some leeway for field commanders to press Palestinian civilians into service if they determined such action would not put them in danger.
 SARS confirmedThree suspected cases of SARS in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have now been confirmed, taking the number of victims of the latest outbreak to nine.
All three newly confirmed cases of the highly contagious deadly flu-like SARS were linked to one viral disease laboratory in Beijing.
Only one of the nine has died. Hundreds of people have been isolated for observation in the past few weeks, but hundreds of millions of travellers have been taking planes and trains undeterred for the week-long May Day holiday that ends on May 7th.
Nearly 800 people died of the potentially fatal illness worldwide after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome emerged in southern China in late 2002.
Six of the confirmed SARS patients were in stable condition in Beijing's Ditan hospital while a seventh confirmed patient in the capital was expected to be released from hospital after recording a normal temperature for 18 consecutive days.
 Sasser wormThe rapidly evolving "Sasser" computer worm tore across the Internet today disrupting corporate and home computer systems and stoking fears of more potent outbreaks to come.
First detected over the weekend, the worm has already infected, by some estimates, over one million PCs and knocked out computer systems at banks, transport reservation systems and at European Commission offices.
Unlike previous Internet worms, Sasser infects vulnerable PCs without any action by the user like opening attachments, allowing it to spread very quickly.
Home users would likely first notice an infection if their computer mysteriously rebooted or their Internet connection slowed dramatically.
Because of its nature, security experts were warning users to update their PCs with the latest Microsoft patches and install a firewall to keep out future infections.
With businesses throughout parts of Europe returning from the long holiday weekend today, anti-virus technicians were expecting a new wave of infections.
Because Sasser seeks out infectable computers automatically and does not use e-mail to spread, experts said personal machines may be most vulnerable.
Security experts are analysing the worm to determine where Sasser might hit next.
 WeatherFine weather is forecast for this afternoon, with the possibility however, of light showers, mainly on the mountains. Winds will be moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force four, turning strong force five, on the south coast, over slight seas to moderate seas in windward areas. Temperatures will reach 27 degrees inland, 24 on the south coast, 23 on the west coast and 18 over the mountains. Tonight patchy clouds and thin mist are expected to form. Winds will be light northwesterly to northeasterly, force two to three, over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 13 degrees inland, 15 in coastal areas and nine over the mountains.