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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-10-22
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Πηγή: ΕΤ-1 22/10/2001 2:42:00 μμ
Weather forecast Latest developments after U.S led attacks on Afganistan Cyprus initiative of Afganistan political sectors Pasok party Central Committee ND leader strongly criticised the government Liberal party suspended party' s operation Damanaki Avramopoulos possibly run for the post of Athens Mayor again Ecumenic patriarch-10th anniversary of his enthronment Golden key of Peristeri to President of the Republic Top security measures at the new Athens airport
 Pasok party Central CommitteeThe ruling PASOK' s 180-member Central Committee, which was elected at the party 's congress on Sunday October 14, will convene on Monday to elect the party' s 11 members of the Executive Bureau and the new Secretary. On Tuesday, according to sources, Prime Minister Costas Simitis will announce a cabinet reshuffle.
 Liberal party suspended party' s operationLiberals party leader Stephanos Manos on Sunday formally announced the suspension of the party' s operation following a relevant decision taken by the Liberal' s central committee during a two-day session over the weekend. The reasons Manos cited for suspending the party's operation include the Liberals' electoral performance and serious financial problems, since the party received no state subsidy. Manos said that the party would not run in the next general elections, nor would he himself seek a seat in parliament.
 Golden key of Peristeri to President of the RepublicA monument of the Cyprus Hellenism was unveiled at the Peristeri suburb square at the presence of the President of the Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos , the President of the Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and political party representatives.
The Mayor of the city awarded Mr Stefanopoulos with the golden key of the city .
 Weather forecastMost of the country will be overcast today, with the chance of local showers in the west and north parts and the islands of the eastern Aegean. Weak to moderate westerly and southwesterly winds gradually turning to strong northwesterly winds in the west . In Athens temperatures will range from 14-28 C, in the north from 10- 25 C and in the rest of the country from 13-29 C.
 Top security measures at the new Athens airportIn an interview with CNN , the former advisor of the Federal Political Aviation Service described the new Athens airport as an example of security.He also stressed that security measures at european airports stand far above standards in American airports.
 Latest developments after U.S led attacks on AfganistanIn an effort to calm down American citizens over the possibility of a bio-chemical warfare, experts in the U.S warn that panick and anxiety are greater threats to human life than the antrax virus itself.
In the meantime , in Washington doctors are fighting to save the life of a mail sorter who worked in the main post office that serves the U.S capitol after he became gravely ill with inhaled antrax the most deadly form of the potential germ warfare weapon.
In parallel, U.S Capitol authorities announced yesterday that office buildings for the House of Representatives and Senate would remain closed today pending checks for antrax but both chambers would be in session on Tuesday. House of Representatives , along with office buildings where much of the Congress work is done , were closed at the close of business last Wednesday while experts checked offices and ventilation systems for potentially deadly antrax spores. U.S warplanes slammed Afganistan yesterday , starting the third week of President Bushs war on terrorism.
Sunday' s air strikes were believed aimed at Taliban front lines north of the capital of Kabul, where troops were massed to hold off any attack by the oppostion Northern Alliance . The Northern Alliance , only 35 miles from Kabul, has been eagerly awaiting U. S air strikes so that they can advance . The ruling Taliban Press Minister said that at least 18 civilians were killed and 23 wounded during the air strikes. In the meantime , the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Air-Force General Richard Myers yesterday dismised a taliban claim to have killed 20-25 of more than 100 elite U.S special forces who Friday night raided a command center near Kandahar used by taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. However, the Al Zarira television network yesterday reported Afganistan' s ruling Taliban claim that they have discovered pieces of an American helicopter in Bab Sahib hills , some burnt tires and parts and traces of blood. E.U Foreign policy chief Javier Solana dennounced the Taliban on Sunday as a group of fanatics and said he hoped the former king of Afganistan would soon succed insetting up a new coalition government in Kabul. Solana held more than an hour of talks in Rome with 87-year old Mohammad Zahir Shah to discuss the ex-monarch' s plans to draw Afganistans many warring factions togetther into a single administration to replace the hardline Taliban regime. European Union leaders at a meeting in Belgium on F riday pledged wholehearted support for the U.S led military action in Afganistan and indirectly backed the removal of the Taliban. Many western diplomats , fearful of a power vacuum should the taliban collapse under the weight of the U.S onslaught are pinning their hopes on Zahir Shah to establish a credible alternative government. In a relative development , Russian President , Vladimir Putin, the President of Tazikistan Rakhnonov and the senior leader of Afganistan' s opposition Burhanudin Rabbani signed a joint declaration this morning , in which they underline the need for a political solution in Afganistan . They also stress that all factions should participate in the formation of a government in Afganistan with the cooperation of the U.N and foreign goverments. At the Shangai summit of the Asia Pacific Cooperation Forum, leaders condemned last month' s attacks on the U.S in the strongest terms and Putin described U.S action in Afganistan as measured and adequate, while the US nd Russia agreed to closely cooperate for the control of nuclear , chemical and biological weapons.
 Avramopoulos possibly run for the post of Athens Mayor againAthens mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos left open the possibility of standing for the post of Athens Mayor in the next elections provided his proposal to turn Athens to a metropolitan municipality.
 Ecumenic patriarch-10th anniversary of his enthronmentThe Archibishopry of America has organised an event today to mark the 10th anniversary of the Ecumenic Patriarchs enthronment .
 DamanakiThe Central Political Committee of the Coalition of the Left and Progress party concluded its works yesterday with the political condemnation of Coalition deputy maria Damanaki.
 Cyprus initiative of Afganistan political sectorsThe Cyprus initiative , comprised of Afganistan political sectors concluded its two-day meeting in Cyprus which aimed to determine their positions in view of their meeting in Rome this week with former king of Afganistan . The Cyprus initiative belives that the creation of a national assembly with a broad representation to set up the preconditions for a democratic government is the only answer to take the country out of the deadlock. Representatives from the U.N , the EU as well as from the US, Germany , France and Iran attended the meting.
 ND leader strongly criticised the governmentMain opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Costas Karamanlis, addressing on Sunday the party' s Central Committee meeting, launched a strong attack against the government' s economic and public work policies.