|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-07-19
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 headlinesPolice arrest three persons in connection with the murder of a 37-year-old Kaimakli resident whose charred body was found inside the boot of a burning vehicle in the early hours of yesterday morning, while also re-opening two other murder-cases;
Tomorrow marks thirty years to the day since the beginning of the 1974 Turkish Invasion of Cyprus;
A suicide truck-bomb kills at least ten in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, while another bomb kills a senior member of Lebanon's Hizbollah organisation;
Sixteen illegal immigrants are apprehended along the Larnaka district's Meneou coast;
The inventor of the world-wide-web, through which we surf the Internet, receives a knighthood.
 murder arrestsThe murder of 37-year-old Pavlos Christodoulou from Nicosia's Kaimakli area, whose charred body was found in the early hours of yesterday morning in the boot of a vehicle set alight in an open parking lot off the capital's Kennedy Avenue, appears to have been sexually-motivated.
Police today proceeded with the arrests of three persons in connection with the case, with Assistant Chief Sotiris Charalambous telling our Third Radio Channel that the individuals in question are the victim's wife herself, and two student flatmates, one Pakistani and one Chinese.
Adding that during questioning the two students admitted to having been involved in the murder, Assistant Chief Charalambous spoke of a tragedy and an inhumanly criminal act which shocked even the most experienced police officers.
The post-mortem on the body of the victim revealed a heavy blow to the head with a metallic object, and that death was due to serious cranio-cerebral injury and incineration.
 murder reopeningTwo other unsolved murder cases meanwhile have been re-opened by police following the weekend arrests of three persons believed to have been involved in both these and other serious crimes within the last ten years.
The suspects, already remanded for eight days each by the Nicosia District Court, are 33-year-old unemployed Nicosia resident Constantinos Moyseos, 36-year-old Avgorou car-salesman Yeorgios Stylianou a.k.a. Arapis, and 21-year-old private-company employee and Vrysoulles resident Pashalis Shamantas.
The cases which have been re-opened concern the killings of Petros Yiannakis and Artemis Kazamias, the attempted murder of Andreas Theocharous, and the destruction of property through explosives.
Also wanted in connection with the cases are two more individuals, one from Larnaka and one from Sotira village, who however, are reported to be abroad and in different countries.
 invasion anniTomorrow marks thirty years to the day since July 20th 1974, when Turkish troops invaded Cyprus in response to the coup organised by the military junta ruling Greece at the time, and a number of events are being planned, starting off with the sounding of air-raid sirens in all of the island's unoccupied towns at 5:30 a.m., the precise time of the invasion, while flags will also be flown at half-mast throughout the day.
Ten o'clock in the morning will see a supplication being held at Nicosia's Phaneromeni Church for the liberation of the island, the return of the refugees, and the establishment of the fate of those still missing, followed by a memorial service for those who fell during the invasion, with the official address being delivered by Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides in the presence of the President of the Republic and other officials, including visiting Greek Minister of Education and Religion Marietta Yiannakou, a cross-party Greek Chamber of Deputies delegation, and representatives of those missing and fallen.
At 12-noon meanwhile, church bells will toll mournfully for a total of fifteen minutes, with the ad-hoc ministerial committee responsible for events marking theday calling on the members of the public to come out onto the streets for three minutes in order to remember the day, and also say "no to occupation" and proclaim their will for a reunification of the island and its people.
At the same time, the House of Representatives will be convening in an extra-ordinary session in order to condemn the invasion and continued occupation of the island.
And as far as the evening is concerned, the Makarios III Amphitheatre in Nicosia will, between 9 and 11 o'clock, be hosting a rememberance event organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture under the title "Cyprus: 1974-2004", with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos as the main speaker, and featuring Greek singer George Dalaras, Cypriot Alkinoos Ioannides, and the Limassol-based Diastasis choir.
The event will be carries live on CyBC's First Television and First Radio Channels.
 iraqA suicide truck bomb blew up outside a Baghdad police station today, killing at least 10 people, wounding dozens and destroying cars and buildings in the latest in a series of suicide attacks on Iraqi police, National Guardsmen and senior members of Iraq's new government in a seemingly accelerating campaign of violence.
Commenting on the attack, US Army Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Salter said that between 10 and 15 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the attack, and added, in a direct quote to Reuters, that "We believe it was possibly a fuel-truck type vehicle," with witnesses also saying they saw a fuel tanker racing towards the police station moments before the explosion.
The bomb went off shortly after 8 a.m. or 0400 GMT, as people were arriving at work. Car workshops across the road from the police station bore the brunt of the blast, and several people working there were killed.
Last week, a car bomb outside the headquarters of the US military and Iraqi interim government in Baghdad killed 11 people, while another outside an Iraqi National Guard garrison 200 km northwest of Baghdad killed 10. In addition, a suicide bomber tried to assassinate Iraq's justice minister on Saturday, killing five of his bodyguards.
 illimsA total of sixteen illegal immigrants were apprehended overnight on the Larnaka district's Meneou coast, and were today led before the District Court for the issuing of remand orders.
Another two illegal immigrants are reported to be still at large, with efforts to locate them continuing.
The illegal immigrants, fifteen Syrian nationals and one Palestinian, came to the island on a Lebanese boat manned by a six-member crew, all of whom were also arrested.
 tailerIn today's tailer, a long-overdue tribute to the pioneer who helped make our world smaller: 49-year-old Tim Berners-Lee, the London-born scientist who invented the World Wide Web, and who was knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Friday.
He received the knighthood in recognition of his services to the development of the Internet through the invention of the Web, transforming the Internet from a domain for scientists and academics into the fastest growing mass medium of all time.
Berners-Lee never cashed in on his invention, opting instead to work as an academic in the United States and run the not-for-profit industry standards-setting body W3C, or World Wide Web Consortium.
Always modest, Sir Tim -- as he may now be called -- used the occasion to thank fellow Web collaborators. "Everyone in the Internet community should be recognised by this honour," he said in a statement released through the W3C, and went on to note that "As the technology becomes even more powerful and available, I hope we learn how to use it as a medium for working together and resolving misunderstandings on every scale."
Berners-Lee was already a holder of the Order of the British Empire, the OBE, while in April, the Finnish Technology Award Foundation awarded him 1 million euros for his achievements, the single largest sum he has been awarded for his invention.
 weatherGenerally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, with winds being moderate sea-breezes, 3-4BF, on slight seas, and temperatures not expected to exceed 37C inland, 34C in the south and east, 31C in the west and north, and 26C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for this evening, even though mist and low cloud are expected to form in areas. At the same time winds will abate to light northwesterlies, 3BF, on slight seas, while temperatures will be dropping to 24C inland and in the south and east, 21C in the west and north, and 17C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
Similar conditions will continue into tomorrow, with winds being moderate sea-breezesm 3-4BF, on slight seas, and temperatures reaching highs of 38C inland, 34C in the south and east, 31C in the west and north, and 26C at higher altitudes.