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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-07-13

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Olympic victors propose returning flame to Ancient Olympia
  • [02] Conjoined twins born in Greece doing well, doctors say
  • [03] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Monday
  • [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

  • [01] Olympic victors propose returning flame to Ancient Olympia

    13/07/2003 21:46:36

    Greek Olympic medallists on Sunday proposed that the international event's symbolic flameshould be extinguished in Ancient Olympia, beginning in 2004.

    ''Ancient Olympia is the starting point and end point of the Olympic Games. Our proposal is that the holy flame should return to its place of birth immediately after the end of the games,'' said Panayotis Fassoulas, the president of the Association of Greek Olympic Victors.

    ''The flame would then be extinguished in the place where it is to be relit for the next event,'' said Fassoulas, a parliamentary deputy and former basketball player.

    ''We are here to contribute to vindication of the values of the land of the Olympic Games, and to show the world that the games are an integral and powerful part of a chain of values that can hold the world in unity,'' he said.

    The Greek medallists were addressing a seminar in Ancient Olympia on values represented by the games.

    [02] Conjoined twins born in Greece doing well, doctors say

    13/07/2003 18:24:34

    Twin girls born conjoined at the forehead last month are doing well, doctors in the northern port city of Thessaloniki said.

    Doctors at the city's Ippokration hospital told the Angelioforos newspaper that the health of the two babies born on June 12 by caesarean section had given no cause for concern.

    The babies' parents had learnt half way throught the mother's term that they were conjoined but decided to complete the pregnancy, sources said.

    According to doctors, the girls are being closely monitored to decide when they will be taken abroad for an opinion on separation.

    [03] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Monday

    13/07/2003 17:16:52

    Scattered cloud is forecast in all parts of the country, with isolated showers or storms likely in Macedonia and Thrace. Winds northerly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 17C to 32C; on the rest of the mainland from 19C to 35C; and in the islands from 23C to 32C. Temperatures in Athens will range between 22C and 34C; and in Thessaloniki from 19C to 31C.

    [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

    13/07/2003 16:02:35

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.140

    Pound sterling 0.697

    Danish kroner 7.494

    Swedish kroner 9.208

    Japanese yen 134.3

    Swiss franc 1.560

    Norwegian kroner 8.385

    Cyprus pound 0.592

    Canadian dollar 1.570

    Australian dollar 1.733


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