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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-18

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Taliban say to engage in holy war against the US
  • [03] Coordinated policy campaign gets under way
  • [04] The Greek community in the US yesterday buried the first victims of the
  • [05] Called to comment on possible participation of Greek armed forces in
  • [06] World economies
  • [07] OlympicAirways resume flights to North America
  • [08] Improvement of the environment in Attica

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    18/9/2001 3:21:00 μμ

    [01] Weather forecast

    Cloudy in most areas of Greece today and possibility of local rains in the northwest. South to southeasterly winds, light to moderate while temperatures will range between 17C to 32C.

    [02] Taliban say to engage in holy war against the US

    According to a broadcast on the Talibans Voice of Shariat radio, the Afganistan' s ruling purist Taliban movement has said it will launch a holy war against the US. Russia' s news agency Itar-Tass reported today that Afganistan' s Taliban rulers had set conditions for the extradition of Osama bin Laden, identified by Washington as a prime suspect in last weeks attacks on the US. Itar-Tass said the Taliban had demanded Saudi-born Osama bin Landen be tried in a neutral country and international sanctions against Afganistan be lifted. The Taliban was also reported to be seeking foreign economic assistance.

    [03] Coordinated policy campaign gets under way

    American President George Bush warned the ruling Taliban in Afganistan to surrender Osama bin Lnaden "Dead or Alive" or else face the wrath of the US. A Pakistani team, in the Afgan capital Kabul on a mission to try to convince the Taliban it must hand over bin Laden or face a massive US strike, left their embassy this morning for talks at an undisclosed location. In the meantime, the US is feverishly preparing the military operation code-named "noble eagle". American President, George Bush today begins deliberations with his European allies. President Bush will today meet with French Prime-minister Zaque Shirac and with British Prime-minister Tony Blair on Thursday while the European Union has called on an extraordinary summit meeting on Friday to discuss the issue of terrorism. Greek Prime-minister Kostas Simitis is expected to attend the meeting. In another development, UN High Commissioner on refugees, Rod Lumbers will fly to Washington to brief the State Department that milions of Afgans are facing death from hunger and possible american strikes will worsen the situation in this country.

    Tens of thousands of Afgans are crowding on the Afganistan-Pakistan borders for fear of american retaliations. In the meantime, the US asked for the postponment of UN 56th General Assembly scheduled to be held on September 24th stating that it could not guarantee the security of state leaders. In NY, hopes to find survivors in the rublles of the twin towers are fading awayThe toll in the World Trade Center attack stood at 5,422 missing with 201 confirmed dead.

    [04] The Greek community in the US yesterday buried the first victims of the terrorist attack in an atmosphere of deep grief

    Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou today begins meetings with political party leaders to discuss the situation after the terrorist attack in the US. He met with the President of the Coalition of the Left and Progress, Nikos Konstantopoulos and the General Secretary of the Greek Communict party, Aleca Papariga. The President of the ND party, Kostas Karamanlis yesterday asked for the convention of political party leaders meeting under the President of the Republic. The Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence-KYSEA -meets on Thursday to discuss terrorism after the recent attack on the US , revision of the strategic defence as well as the course of materialisation of the armament program.

    [05] Called to comment on possible participation of Greek armed forces in Nato operations

    Greek Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said that "When a military-type attack is recorded you must answer accordingly, at the same time raising the issue of democracy, international law and internationally recognised democratic rights in seeking 'the right formula'".

    [06] World economies

    Despite President Bush statement to develop an economic stimulus package, the Dow Jones industrial index plummeted 684.81 points, or more than 7% in its first session after the terrorist attack on the US. The stok markets in London and Paris also opened with losses today while Frankfurt opened with marginal profits and the Nikkei average closed 1.8% up. The Athens stock market went down by 1.8% while ASE said trading hours in the week would be altered from 12.00 to 18.00 local time.

    [07] OlympicAirways resume flights to North America

    Olympic Airways resumed flights to North America on Monday, as OA flight 423 to Montreal left at 9:50 a.m., while OA flight 411 for New York left at 12:20 p.m. The state-run airline's management has cautioned passengers to arrive at Greek airports at least four hours before departure as draconian security measures have been implemented.

    [08] Improvement of the environment in Attica

    Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis announced on Monday that the two ministries are advancing a new draft law for "a viable development of Attica". The ministers said 106 billion drachmas will be alloted for the improvement of the environment and for enterprises to assume initiatives for the protection of the environment. They noted that the demand for an ecolocical readjustment of production was imperative.
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