|Sunday, 26 May 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-05-16
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 TZIONIS UNCyprus' envoy to the UN, Tasos Tzionis, begins investigative contacts today in New York concerning the possible resumption of the Cyprus peace talks.
Mr. Tzionis will hold talks with deputy Secretary-General Sir Kieran Prendergast and representatives of UN Security Council members. He will also exchange views with the UN Secretariat.
Yesterday, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said the meetings of his emissary to the UN, would be both procedural and substantial.
According to reports broadcast last night on the main TV news programme, Mr. Tzionis will outline the positions of the government on the Annan Plan but under no circumstances will table any document.
It also reported that the agenda of his talks will be open.
 IRAQThe bodies of 12 Iraqi men, all of whom had been shot dead, have been found dumped in northeastern Baghdad.
They said the bodies had been found overnight. Since Saturday, at least 46 bodies have been found dumped at four locations in Iraq.
Insurgents have regularly attacked Iraqis they accuse of working with the U.S.-backed government and security forces and dumped their bodies as a warning to others.
On Saturday, the bodies of 10 Iraqi soldiers were found dumped in the western city of Ramadi. Yesterday 13 bodies were found in eastern Baghdad and 11 were discovered near Iskandariya just south of the capital.
 IRAQ JOURNALISTSThree Iraqis working for Kuwaiti television have been killed south of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said today.
The three men -- two journalists and a driver -- were on their way back to Baghdad from the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala when they were ambushed near the towns of Mahmudiya and Latafiya in the lawless area known as the "triangle of death".
Hundreds of Iraqi police and soldiers and Shi'ite pilgrims have been killed while travelling through the area, and several foreigners have also been kidnapped or killed in the region.
 MIDEASTIsraeli troops shot dead today a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at an army checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarm.
It was the latest incident that has strained a three-month-old ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.
Military sources said the knife-wielding Palestinian tried to attack a soldier south of Tulkarm and troops opened fire when the man ignored warning shots and orders to stop.
Israel turned over Tulkarm to Palestinian security control in March but has continued manning roadblocks in some areas outside the town.
 RUSSIA YUKOSA Russian judge began reading the verdict in the trial of YUKOS magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky today in a fraud and tax evasion case that has scared investors and soured President Vladimir Putin's image abroad.
Judge Irina Kolesnikova began reading the verdict, which may take up to three days, as soon as the court convened in central Moscow at 0800 GMT, the news agency Interfax said.
Outside the courtroom about 500 supporters of the YUKOS magnate gathered with banners calling for his release, one of which read: "Mikhail in jail is Russia's shame". A small group of elderly people gathered calling for his jailing.
Commentators expect Khodorkovsky to be found guilty on at least some of the seven counts he faces but, whatever the judge decides, prosecutors have vowed to bring new charges to keep the 41-year-old billionaire behind bars.
Khodorkovsky was arrested 17 months ago and has been held in prison. His YUKOS oil firm has since been crushed under the weight of a 27.5 billion dollar back-tax bill.
 WARSAW COE BEGINSThe Third Summit of the Council of Europe began today in Warsaw, with the participation of heads of state and government from the 46 member-states of the Council of Europe, as well as five observers and three guest organisations.
Cyprus is represented by President Tassos Papadopoulos, who is scheduled to address the Summit tomorrow, in the context of the third session.
The Summit was opened this morning at the Royal Castle in the centre of the historic town of Warsaw by Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski who said borders should be linking rather than dividing and that unity beyond boundaries strengthens unity and solidarity.
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rene van der Linden said standards must be respected by all and there should be no double-standards or dividing lines in Europe.
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis said the challenge facing the members is the question of what is the purpose of the Council of Europe.
The Summit is attended by five observers, namely the Holy See, the USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The European Commission, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations have been invited as special guests.
In Warsaw, President Papadopoulos will hold bilateral contacts. Although he said no meeting has been scheduled with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he did not rule out a meeting with the Turkish Premier.
 KOREA NORTHSouth Korea urged North Korea today to return to talks on its nuclear plans but the North failed to respond and instead asked for food aid and fertiliser, reports from the first senior-level meeting in 10 months said.
High-ranking officials from the two Koreas last met for formal talks in July last year. The North stopped contact in anger after a secret airlift to the South of more than 460 North Korean refugees from Vietnam.
"North Korea must come forward to resolve the nuclear problem in a direction that serves the stability and interests of all," South Korean Vice Unification Minister Rhee Bong-jo was quoted as telling the North in the northern city of Kaesong on the first of two days of talks. Details came in South Korean pool reports.
North Korea declared in February it had nuclear weapons and said this month it had completed extracting spent fuel from a reactor, a move that could yield more material for atom bombs.
 MILK OKDirector of the Pancyprian Cattle organisation Nicos PApakiriacou said cattle breeders are very sensitive as far as the quality of the milk they provide to the market is concerned.
Mr. Papakyriakou said fines reach up to eight thousand pounds for unsuitable quantities of milk entering the market, therefore most cattle breeders maintain machines which check the quality of the milk.
Veterinary Services director Fidias Loukaides, also said that no unsuitable quantities of milk have entered the market.
 WEATHERThis afternoon there will be increased cloud in the middle and higher atmosphere. Winds will be southwesterly to westerly moderate, force three to four and the sea slight. Temperatures will rise to 32 C inland, 29 C on the south and east coast, 27 C on the west and north and 24 over the mountains.
Tonight the weather will remain clear but locally there will be thin mist and low cloud. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly light, two to three beaufort and the sea calm to slight. Temperatures will fall to 16 C inland and on the coasts and 12 over the mountains. The fire hazard remains very high in all forest areas.