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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-09-11
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 Weather forecastUnsettled weather is forecast for today with showers and storms, mainly in the central and northern parts of the country. Winds northerly, light to moderate. Temperatures in Athens will range between 18C and 29C and in Thessaloniki between 17C to 27C.
(11/9/2002 1:54:00 μμ)
 Events marking the Sptember 11 terrorist attacks in N.YThe U.S today began marking the anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a number of ceremonies for the 3025 victims in the World Trade Center in N.Y. The central ceremony of the day will begin at Ground Zero at 1246 GMT the moment the first two hijacked planes hit the northern tower.
The U.N this year observes the anniversary of September 11 attacks with a day of ceremonies honoring the dead and reaffirming support for the campaign against terrorism .The 15 nation Security Council has scheduled a special session starting with a minute of silence and proceeding to speeches from U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan and U.S Secretary of State Colin Powell.
American President George Bush expressed his determination to defeat those who attacked his country and hinted at his intention of extending that war into an assault to remove Iraqui President Sadam Housein.
In the meantime , the U.S went onto its second highest state of alert yesterday , responding to intelligence data that suggested new attacks were possible especially in the Middle East and South Asia. The government has promised extraordinary security and surveillance at events commemorating the attacks.
The State Department closed 15 embassies and several consulates around the world either for security reasons or to allow staff to attend memorial ceremonies. Britain and Australia also closed selected embassies in Asia. U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft said U.S intelligence had information from a captured high official of the militant Islamic al Qaeda movement and other sources that U.S enemies were planning new strikes , possibly suicide attacks.
The Qatar-based –al-Jazeera station last night broadcast what it said was the voice of Osama bin Laden acclaiming the suicide hijackers as men who changed the course of history. It also broadcast footage which showed bin Laden calling on Muslims to fight the U.S and Israel and praying for the release of two jailed Muslim scholars .
In a joint declaration released in Brussels , the leaders of the 15 E.U member states
vow to cooperate with the U.S on the struggle against terrorism voicing in parallel their support for a just international order.
The U.N General Assembly opened its 57th session yesterday with a call by its new President, Jan Kavan of ther Czech Republic – to press on with the world body s campaign against global terror . However , he expressed hope that American President George Bush would allow the unconditional return of U.N inspectors to Iraq to avoid war.
In the meantime Brazil yesterday said it opposes the use of military force against Iraq unless the U.N Security Council approves it.
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will attend events in memory of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In his message , Prime-minister Simitis said that the September 11 attacks have negatively affected international economy and international relations and stressed that democracy and open society should safeguarded.
The President of the N.D party, Kostas Karamanlis said that terrorists acts could not be justified in the name of any ideology, religion or culture while the President of the Coalition of the Left , Nikos Konstantopoulos said that the September 11 terrorist attacks instead of being the cause for a peaceful world have lead to war polarisation with the American President s doctrine – whoever is not in our side is our enemy-.
(11/9/2002 1:55:00 μμ)
 Opening of the new academic school yearToday is the official opening of the new academic school year with thousands of Grammar and High School students returning to school.
In the meantime the crisis in tertiary education appears to be easing , following the agreement between the Education Minsitry and university deans to set up acommittee to study the salary demands of university teaching staff. Ameeting of the Panhellenic federation on UNIVERSITY teachers is scheduled to to meet today to decide on whether to continue their ongoing strike.
(11/9/2002 1:56:00 μμ)
 DNA tests on the 16 terrorist suspectsThe Appeals Court yesterday approved an application by an Athens Public Prosecutor for DNA tests to be made on the 16 terrorist suspects currently in custody pending trial , on charges relating to the activities of the November 17 urban guerilla group. The application included a list of over 150 samples found at the organisation s two hide-outs in Athens.
In the emantime, lawyers for the 16 suspects lodged a joint complaint with the Justice Ministry about the cramped detention conditions.
(11/9/2002 1:57:00 μμ)
 Special measures for the relief of flood victimsThe goverment has decided to take special measures for the relief of the flood victims in the Kifissos area. Among the measures is the allocation of 3 billion drs in the form of loans with a grant of the 30% of the amount of the loan. The special 600 euro aid will be extended to small business as an advance for compensation of damages . The government will also call banks and tax offices to freeze debts of flood victims
(11/9/2002 1:58:00 μμ)
 Three workers died from fumes inhalation at oil refineryAngry reactions and strong protests about safety conditions in the workplace have followed Monday s accident at an oil refinery near Korinth , in which 3 workers died from poisonous fumes inhalation. Preliminary reports indicate that the accident was due to a leak in the installations being cleaned by the 3 victims.
In an announcement , the Panhellenic workers federation charges that specialised jobs at refineries and chemical plants are assigned to contractors who fail to observe elementary safety regulations turning the facilities into- time bombs-.
(11/9/2002 1:59:00 μμ)