|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-07-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- A heavy atmosphere dominates Limassol following yesterday's brutal stabbing of an 11 year old Turkish Cypriot boy by a 29 year old Greek Cypriot drug addict who was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime.
--Events will take place tomorrow to mark the July 15 coup d'etat of 1974.
--A suspected suicide car bombing killed 10 people and wounded 40 today in the first big bombing in Baghdad since an interim Iraqi government took over from U.S.-led occupiers on June 28.
--Soldiers dug out bodies buried by landslides and helicopters dropped food to thousands of people left homeless after monsoon floods left a trail of death and destruction across large parts of South Asia today.
 MURDER LSOLA heavy atmosphere dominates Limassol following yesterday's brutal stabbing of an 11 year old Turkish Cypriot boy by a 29 year old Greek Cypriot drug addict who was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime.
The government, through Interior Minister Andreas Christou stressed the need to create the conditions which will create trust and calm so that relations in the turkish Cypriot quarter in Limassol are not endangered.
He told CyBC that Limassol District administration officials and ministry officials are visiting the victim's family today to see how best they can support them.
 MURDER DETAILSAndreas Nicolaou, 29, from Yalousa, and a Kolosi resident, admitted stabbing to death 11 year old Salih Mehmet Ozhuvarta.
The boy was swimming at the old port pier with his friends when the suspect approached him.
According to CNA, in a voluntary statement, Nicolaou has admitted killing the boy.
The Turkish Cypriot boy was a member of a roman family who had arrived in the free areas two years ago. His parents collected old metals and according to the Minister of Interior, never created any problems.
 COUP DEMOSEvents will take place tomorrow to mark the July 15 coup d'etat of 1974.
At eight twenty in the morning, the time when the coup began, the sirens will sound all over the free areas of the Republic and at eight thirty there will be a memorial servicer at the Agios Constantinos and Elenis Church in Nicosia.
At eleven, the House of Representatives will convene in a special session to mark the coup and the invasion which followed on July 20. The President of the Republic and members of the Cabinet will attend the session for the first time.
 IRAQA suspected suicide car bombing killed 10 people and wounded 40 today in the first big bombing in Baghdad since an interim Iraqi government took over from U.S.-led occupiers on June 28.
"This is naked aggression against the Iraqi people," said interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, as he stood beside the wreckage of burnt-out vehicles near a crowded entrance to the heavily defended "Green Zone" compound.
"We will bring these criminals to justice," he said, adding that seven Iraqi civilians and three National Guards had been killed and 40 people wounded.
The blast occurred just hours after news that militants led by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had killed one of two Bulgarian truck drivers held hostage in Iraq. They vowed to kill the second within 24 hours unless U.S.-led forces freed prisoners.
The Philippines was preparing to withdraw its troops from Iraq to save the life of a Filipino hostage, but the military said it had yet to receive clear orders to leave.
 ASIA RAINSoldiers dug out bodies buried by landslides and helicopters dropped food to thousands of people left homeless after monsoon floods left a trail of death and destruction across large parts of South Asia today.
More than eight million people in eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal have lost their homes as many rivers swollen by the annual monsoon rains have burst their banks.
Governments scrambled to provide shelter and food to the homeless as the death toll rose to more than 200 people drowned, or killed by landslides and snakebites.
In India's poorest state of Bihar in the east, military officials said helicopter pilots found it difficult to reach those affected by the floods because water had submerged roads, rail tracks and other navigational markers.
In mountainous Nepal, soldiers pulled out a dozen bodies buried in landslides and 61 people have been killed in the impoverished country of 24.8 million.
 IRAN ACCIDENTA passenger bus and a truck collided in southern Iran today, killing at least 24 people and injuring 13 others.
Police said that according to the early assessments, the bus driver strayed into the other lane.
Iran has one of the highest road accident rates in the world, averaging five deaths every two hours, according to official figures.
A gasoline truck exploded after smashing into a bus in southeastern Iran in June, killing 90 people and injuring more than 100.
 SWEDEN-GUANTANAMOA Swede released from Guantanamo Bay last week said he had been tortured by exposure to freezing cold, noise and bright lights and chained during his 2-1/2-year imprisonment.
Mehdi Ghezali, the son of an Algerian-born immigrant, told Swedish media in interviews published and aired today that he was interrogated almost every day at the U.S. naval base on Cuban soil.
The 25-year-old man, who was arrested in Pakistan where he says he was studying Islam, was released on July 8 after pressure from Sweden.
Mr. Ghezali said he was also deprived of sleep, chained for long periods in painful positions, and exposed to bright flashes of light in a darkened room and loud music and noise.
 CANCER PATIENTSMembers of the Coordinating Committee of Patients and Relatives of the Oncology Department of the Nicosia General Hospital staged a demonstration today outside the Presidential Palace, against the closure of the department at the hospital.
A delegation was received by Permanent Undersecretary Christodoulos Pashiardis, following the intervention of deputy Eleni Theoharous.
Mr. Pashiardis asked the delegation to prepare a report with their demands and promised to examine the issue the soonest.
A committee representative said they want the President of the Republic to keep his pre-election promise to provide the necessary means to cancer patients at the new Nicosia General Hospital and all other districts.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, it will be clear. Winds will turn to moderate sea breezes, three to four beaufort and the sea will be slight. Temperatures will rise to 40 C inland, 33 on the south and east coast, 31 C on the west coast and 30 over the mountains.
Tonight the weather will remain clear.