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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Latest developments after attacks on US
  • [03] Attack on US not have an impact on 2002 social budget in Greece
  • [04] Pension funds will function till 2012
  • [05] International Olympic Committee delegation in Athens
  • [06] Registration of new students admitted to tertiary education begins on

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    25/9/2001 1:16:00 μμ

    NEWS HEADLINES

    Weather forecast Latest developments after attacks on US Attack on US not have an impact on 2002 social budget in Greece Pension funds will function till 2012 International Olympic Committee delegation in Athens Registration of new students admitted to tertiary education begins on October 1st

    [01] Weather forecast

    The weather will be mostly sunny today. The northern Ionian, Epirus and Macedonia may be showery later in the day. Winds westerly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 16C to 34C; on the rest of the mainland from 18C to 36C; and in the islands from 21C to 33C. Mainly sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 22C and 36C. Light cloud over Thessaloniki with temperatures from 18C to 32C.

    [02] Latest developments after attacks on US

    A Taliban defence official said today that the militant movement would retaliate against anyone who attacked Afganistan or actively supported such a move while Taliban fficials have said they are reinforcing their army by mobilising an additional 300,000 men. However, Pakistani experts on Afganistan consider the figure improbable , with one estimating total Taliban military strengh at no more than 45,000. In a message he faxed to Katar television channel, Osama bin Landen called on muslims in Pakistan to respond to any attack in Afagnistan by american crusaders. The US was building a slow but deliberate coalition against Osama bin Landen on Tuesday, seeking global help to battle terrorism and isolate the man it blames for the attacks on NY and Washington. Among recent developments, Saudi Arabia dropped diplomatic recognition of Afganistans Taliban rulers on the grounds that it still shelters terrorists, leaving Pakistan as the last state still recognising the leadership of the country that has sheltered the Saudi born bin Landen.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to arm opponents of the Taliban leaders as well as share information on the bases and operations of people Moscow categorises as intentional terrorists. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw arrived in Teheran the first British Foreign Minister to go to Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, to discuss closer Iranian cooperation in the fight against world terrorism. The US Senate approved a long-waited free trade agreement with Jordan designed to further strengthen ties with a key ally ahead of a Washington visit by King Abdullah later in the week. In Paris at least two persons were arrested charged with having links with an illegal islamic organisation. U.S President George Bush announced an economic war against terorists , freezing the assets of Osama bin Landen and all persons and organisatiions who might have links with the notorious Al Kainda ring , among them the November 17 or ganisation. Finance Minsters from the Group of Seven major industrialised nations wil hold a conference call in Pakistan today to discuss what measures can be taken to combat terrorism.

    EU officials headed by the EU Foreign policy chief Xavie Solana are in Islamabad to meet with several Pakistani leaders as part of their tour to drum up support among muslim nations for Washington' s coalition against terrorism. NATO Defence Ministers will hols an extraordinary meeting in Brussels tomorrow.

    US military services are drawing up plans in absolute secrecy as their target is not only bin Landen but 26 other targets. Ambdul Hak, leader of the guerilla group who forced the Soviets out of Afganistan in 1989 whose name comes first as the most likely leader of the enw Afgan government- last night announced that he was going to Pakistan to organise oppostion groups to launch an attack on the Taliban. In the meantime, there is wide spread fear for a biological and chemical weapon attack on the US , while the President of the International Health Organisation Gro Brutland has called on goverments to be prepared to deal with such a possibility. In a separate development, journalists in Washington have strongly reacted to the State Departments decision to ask the US funded Voice of America radio station not to air a rare interview with Mohammad Omar, leader of Afganistan' s ruling Taliban saying it was against every principle of journalistic ethic.

    The State Department defended its decision saying that the American taxpayer, the Voice of America should not be broadcasting the views of the Taliban. The Onassis Foundation has donated the sum of 500,000 US dollars to the assistance funds for the widows and orphans of the hundreds of firemen and policemen who were killed while trying to save people trapped in the rubble of the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York following the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11. Amnesty International called on the US to seek justice but n ot revenge. Stock markets appear to be recovering while oil price dropped to its lowest in the last 10 years .

    [03] Attack on US not have an impact on 2002 social budget in Greece

    In Greece oil prices are expected to drop as from midnight today. Gasoline will go down by 9,5 drs per litter and diezel oil by 8,5 drs per litter. Greek national Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said that the terrorist attack on the US would not have an impact on next years budget especially on what concerns social policy. An alternative emergency plan on the 2002 budget will be tabled in the Parliament on Monday.

    [04] Pension funds will function till 2012

    Labour Minister Tasos Yiannitsis tabled the 2001 social policy budget in the Parliament yesterday. Mr. Yiannitsis said that the work-force- pensioners ratio is rapidly deminishing while a significant decrease also appears in the assets of pension funds. However, he said that the existing pension system could function till 2010-2012.

    [05] International Olympic Committee delegation in Athens

    A delegation of the International Olympic Committee headed by its President Jaques Rogue and the President of the 2004 Coordination Committee Dennis Osvald arrives in Athens today to hild talks on security during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

    [06] Registration of new students admitted to tertiary education begins on October 1st

    Russian President, Valdimir Putin has given a 72 hour deadline to the leadership of Chechnyan guerillas to start talks with Russian officials on disarmament and further end of clashes.
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