|Friday, 19 April 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-04-20
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesGreek prime minister Costas Caramanlis said that his country desires more than anything else, the reunification of the republic of Cyprus, following a workable and viable solution of the Cyprus issue, on the basis of the Anan plan and in accordance with the acquis communitaire,
Pope Benedict the 16th today celebrated Mass with the cardinals who elected him, a choice that was greeted with joy by conservatives and consternation among Church reformers,
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 hit Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu early today, injuring at least 22 people
A Japanese policeman returning from an evening's drinking has landed in hot water after climbing into a relaxing hot bath in someone else's house.
 Karamanlis GreeceGreek prime minister Costas Caramanlis said that his country desires more than anything else, the reunification of the republic of Cyprus, following a workable and viable solution of the Cyprus issue, on the basis of the Anan plan and in accordance with the acquis communitaire. In a speech at the 'Economist' conference in Athens, Mr Karamanlis said that the Greek government is sincerely pursuing the development of bilateral cooperation and smoothing out relations with Turkey. Greece, he added, has and will support Ankara's European prospects. House president Dimitris Christofias, also speaking at the conference, said that the solution must have the content and characteristics which reverse the causes of the tragedy on the island. He added that the solution must be agreed and not given, rule out the possibility of third party interference in the internal affairs of the island, underline the cohesive and not divisive elements and respect human rights and basic freedoms. Opposition PASOK president Yiorgos Papandreou said that Europe is the only way out for the solution of the Cyprus issue, so that Greek and Turkish Cypriots can live together peacefully, following a UN sponsored solution.
 Pope wrapPope Benedict the 16th today celebrated Mass with the cardinals who elected him, a choice that was greeted with joy by conservatives and consternation among Church reformers.
The election of Germany's Joseph Ratzinger, 78, in one of the swiftest conclaves for a century was widely seen as reflecting the cardinals' determination to maintain continuity with the stern rule of his predecessor, Pope John Paul.
The choice of one of John Paul's closest aides and the guardian of traditional doctrine for 23 years prompted a shower of congratulations from world and religious leaders and delight from conservatives.
The strict defender of Catholic orthodoxy for 23 years, Ratzinger has made clear in recent speeches that he will brook no dissent and will block debate on issues such as women priests, priestly celibacy, abortion and homosexuality.
Italian newspapers, generally the best informed about the secret papal election, said the swift conclusion of the conclave after only four votes suggested Ratzinger had exploited the momentum of his front-runner status before a more moderate wing could unite around one candidate.
The clear favourite before the conclave, he also confounded the Roman maxim: "He who enters as Pope leaves as a cardinal."
 Soyier occupiedIn the occupied territories, the General Secretary of the Turkish republican party Ferdi Soyer, will be the illegal prime minister under the new Turkish cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, who won Sunday's voting. According to reports in the Turkish cypriot press, Soyier stated that the the illegal government will be set up by next week.
 Limassol bombA bomb completely destroyed a car in Limassol at three in the morning. According to a police report, the car belongs to German Matthias Helwek, a hotel owner at the Pissouri resort. It was parked outside the apartment building where he lives.
 India fireIndian police searched for more bodies today after firecrackers stored in a community hall exploded as dozens of people were inside, killing at least 18 people.
The incident occurred late last night in a village, 750 km northeast of the Andhra Pradesh state capital Hyderabad. The subsequent fire spread to neighbouring huts.
The firecrackers had been stored for use in a religious procession to occur after Monday's festival of Ramnavami, celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Hindu god-king Ram.
A similar explosion last November in the same district, killed 13 people and injured more than two dozen.
 Quake JapanA strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 hit Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu early today, injuring at least 22 people.
The early morning quake, followed by two smaller jolts, shook the region around the city of Fukuoka, about 900 km southwest of Tokyo.
No tsunami warning was issued.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit the same area on March 20, killing one person and injuring about 500.
The focus of the first quake was about 14 km below the seabed near the island of Genkaijima, which suffered the worst damage in the March quake.
In October 2004, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the Niigata region in northern Japan, killing about 40 people and injuring more than 3,000.
 Russia rainRed rain fell in the Voronezh region of southern Russia, coloured by pollutants from a local paint factory.
The Itar-Tass news agency quoted local Emergencies Ministry officials as saying the rusty-red rain, which fell on agricultural land, was coloured by ochre, a natural pigment containing clay and iron oxide.
The pollutant came from a paint factory in the nearby town of Zhuravka, an investigation found, but it presented no danger to people or animals.
 Japan drunkAnd finally, A Japanese policeman returning from an evening's drinking has landed in hot water after climbing into a relaxing hot bath in someone else's house.
The 21-year-old officer from Nara, western Japan, was arrested and charged with unlawful entry after being discovered late Friday night in the bath tub of a house about 50 yards from his own.
"I can't believe it wasn't my bath," NHK television quoted the policeman, who was off duty on the day of the incident.
 WeatherIt will be generally fine this afternoon, with patchy cloud in some areas. Winds will be light to moderate on the southern and eastern coastal areas in the afternoon, southeasterly to southwesterly and southwesterly to northwesterly on the western and northern coastal areas, over slight seas. Temperatures will rise to 25 degrees inland, 23 in coastal areas and 18 over the mountains.