|Saturday, 20 April 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-04-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesPresident of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos is giving a live press conference this evening to both the state broadcaster and the three private stations,
EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn made clear that Brussels aims at contributing to a resumption of settlement talks on the Cyprus issue, based on the Anan plan,
Two suicide car bombs killed at least 15 people and wounded around 20 during rush hour near an Iraqi Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad
China called Japan's plan to allow gas exploration in disputed waters a serious provocation, but sought to rein in anti-Japanese sentiment that sparked violent protests at the weekend.
 President interviewPresident of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos is giving a live press conference this evening to both the state broadcaster and the three private stations. The president will touch on the Cyprus issue, the state of the economy, other internal issues and the situation on the island almost a year after accession to the European Union. The interview, starting at nine, will be carried simultaneously by all stations. Meanwhile, in statements this morning, following the signing of the condolence book on the death of Prince Rainier of Monaco, President Papadopoulos confirmed that he had received an official invitation to visit Britain, by Prime minister Tony Blair. He said that Britain was directly involved in the Cyprus issue, however, he added, the visit will not determine its policy on the Cyprus issue, nor will London expect to be informed about Greek cypriot positions through this visit.
 Rehn CyprusEU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn made clear that Brussels aims at contributing to a resumption of settlement talks on the Cyprus issue, based on the Anan plan. At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Rehn said that he was holding contacts with all parties concerned and they have assured him of their will to reach a settlement. Regarding the start of accession talks with Turkey, the EU commissioner expressed the view that they will start as scheduled on October 3rd, given that Turkey will have satisfied, the last two conditions set, namely reforming its penal code and extending its customs union with the ten new members, including Cyprus. Olli Rehn stressed the need for Turkey to comply with its international obligations regarding the docking of Cyprus-flagged ships in Turkish ports and Cyprus planes flying over Turkish air space.
 RaisinsHealth authorities have discovered large quantities of raisins on the market. Following an inspection on raisins of the 'Kafekopteio Amalia' company, it was found that they contained larger quantities than allowed of the preservative sulfur dioxide. The product was sold to various retail outlets in a 12,5 paper package with November 2005 expiry date. The health ministry has called on outlets to withdraw it immediately from stalls and return it to the wholesaler.
 Iraq BombTwo suicide car bombs killed at least 15 people and wounded around 20 during rush hour near an Iraqi Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad.
The bombs detonated in quick succession about 200 metres apart on a busy street packed with traffic. A Reuters cameraman said children were among the dead.
Other witnesses said some 15 cars were destroyed in the explosions.
The blasts occurred near Iraqi police vehicles protecting an entrance to the Interior Ministry building.
The attacks underscored the task facing the newly elected government in establishing security. The explosions come after a downturn in violence since an historic election in January.
 China JapanChina called Japan's plan to allow gas exploration in disputed waters a serious provocation, but sought to rein in anti-Japanese sentiment that sparked violent protests at the weekend.
Japan avoided escalating the war of words, saying dialogue was needed to resolve the feuds.
Simmering tensions between the two Asian giants over a range of topics, especially what Beijing sees as Japan's failure to own up to wartime atrocities, erupted in China at the weekend, with thousands taking part in protests in cities across the country.
The situation deteriorated yesterday after Japan announced it had started procedures to allocate rights for test-drilling in a disputed area of the East China Sea.
China and Japan, respectively the world's second- and third-biggest oil consumers, are at odds over China's exploration for natural gas near an area Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone.
 Odd BurialsIndian police have charged 80 people for burying children alive in an ancient Hindu ceremony known as "the festival of pits".
The ceremony, in which children -- some less than a year old -- are buried alive briefly and then dug up, happened on Monday in southern Tamil Nadu state, The Asian Age reported on Thursday.
Authorities have been trying for years to stop it and people found guilty face up to three years in jail and or a fine of 5000 rupees or 114 US dollars.
Every two years, parents who have vowed to bury their first-born if they are blessed with a child, take part in the Kuzhimattru Thiru Vizha ceremony.
The children are drugged to make them unconscious and placed in shallow "graves" in temple courtyards. The pits are covered with leaves and dirt and the children are pulled out after Hindu priests chant a brief prayer -- lasting up to a minute.
 WeatherIt will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of scattered showers. Winds will be moderate westerly to southwesterly, force three to four, over slight seas. Temperatures will reach 24 degrees inland, the southern and eastern coastal areas, 22 on the western and northern coastal areas and 15 over the mountains. Tonight it will be cloudy, with showers in some areas. Winds will be light westerly to northwesterly, force two to three, over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 12 degrees inland and the coastal areas and six over the mountains.