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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-17
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
17/9/2001 2:24:00 μμ
Weather forecast Latest developments after attacks on US KYSEA meeting earlier than scheduled Palestinians and Israelis agree to resume talks Earthquake in Messinia
 Weather forecastMostly sunny throughout Greece today. South to southeasterly winds, moderate to strong on the high seas. Sunny weather in Athens with temperatures between 17C to 30C. Only a few clouds in Thessaloniki with temperatures between 16C to 28C.
 Latest developments after attacks on USRescue teams found the bodies of two innocent victims, the pilot and one of the air-hostess of the plane which crashed on the first tower of the World Trade Center , tied feet and hand. A delegation of senior Pakistani officials has arrived in the Afgan city of Kandahar to try to persuade Taliban officials to hand over Saudi-born terror suspect Osama bin Landen. The delegation has already started talks with the Afgan Fotreign Minister. In the meantime, the ruling Taliban movement has called on the Islamic Conference Organization and the Islamic states to help them in case of US attack against their country while officials from Afganistan s ruling Taliban movement have started to flee the capital Kabul amid growing expectations of US attacks. At the same time, former CIA chief, James Welsey maintained that Iraqui leader Sadam Housein is the most probable suspect.
American President George Bush repeated his Saturday declaration that the nation was at war and prepared Americans for a protracted campaign. He said that the crusade on terrorism would take a while and American people must be patient and underlined his intention not only to attack terrorists but also the countries, which shelter them. The mission will bear the code name "noble eagle".
Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that the US administration was reviewing the 1976 executive order enacted by President Gerald Ford banning the US personnel from engaging in or conspiring to engage in assassinations of foreign leaders. Feverish deliberations in Europe on the time and means of retaliation. Retaliation against Muslims in the Us started, a 49 year old Indian was killed and a number of mosques and houses damaged.
American President George Bush expressed his great faith in the resiliency of the US economy and stressed there would be a rebound when the stock market reopened on Monday after 4 days of no trading. World markets expect the opening of the Wall Street today. Asian markets opened with great losses today. Greek National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said that the Greek economy is well-shielded adding that the course of economies would depend on the reactions of the American economy.
 KYSEA meeting earlier than scheduledPrime-minister Simitis meets with Defence Minister Akis Tsihatzopoulos today while the Government Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense-SEA-meets on Thursday a week earlier than scheduled after the recent dramatic events in the US. Among the issues to be discussed is the de-freezing of the armament program.
 American ambassador in Athens-his top priority to combat terrorismIn an interview with the newspaper "to Vima tis Kyriakis", US ambassador to Athens Tom Miller said that his first priority will be to combat terrorism and stressed that November 17 terrorist organization must be highly concerned after the US declaration of war against terrorism.
 Palestinians and Israelis agree to resume talksBoth the Israeli and Palestinian side desired a resumption of peace talks, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said on Sunday, immediately after a meeting in Jerusalem with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres. The meeting with Peres came just hours after the Israeli government cancelled a meeting between Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on that day-a decision that Peres disagreed with and which triggered a crisis in the Israeli government.
Prior to his meeting with Peres, Papandreou had also met with Arafat, who afterwards said he was ready to return to the negotiating table with Peres at any time. The Greek minister also expressed the view that the worldwide situation immediately after the tragedy in the United States created better conditions for dealing with the Middle East crisis.
 Earthquake in MessiniaA 5.2 on the Richter scale earthquake jolted Messinia prefecture in southwestern Greece early Sunday morning, with damages to mostly older, stone-built homes and buildings reported in several villages. The quake was recorded at 5:01 a.m. with an epicenter some 180 kilometers southwest of Athens, and 30 kilometers north of the Peloponnesian port city of Kalamata. No injuries had been reported.