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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-02
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy day in the east and south parts of the country, turning to rain and storms, easing off later in the day. Sunshine is forecast in the rest of the country. Winds northerly, moderate, turning strong in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens between 15C to 22C and in Thessaloniki between 11C to 19C.
(2/10/2002 12:16:00 μμ)
 Cyprus among countries to conclude E.U accession talks in DecemberPrime Minister Costas Simitis yesterday chaired a meeting of senior government officials focusing on foreign policy, in light of an upcoming working visit to Athens by Danish Prime Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the current president of the European Union.
Replying to reporters questions after the meeting, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said that several significant decisions- regarding the selection of countries to enter the final stage for accession to E.U- will be made at a EU summit at the end of the month . Mr. Papandreou expressed confidence that Cyprus that Cyprus would be in the group of countries hoping to conclude accession talks in December.
Commenting on the Iraq crisis, the Greek FM expressed hope that Baghdad’s recent decision to allow UN weapons inspectors BACK would open the channels for a diplomatic solution.
(2/10/2002 12:18:00 μμ)
 Conventional weapons system- Defendory 2002 opened in PireusNational Defence Minister, Yiannos Papantoniou yesterday inaugurated the conventional weapons system international trade fair 'Defendory 2002' which opened at the Piraeus exhibition centre yesterday.
There are 500 companies from 35 countries taking part in this year's Defendory, which ends on October 5 and features land, sea and air weapons systems. Russia is particularly strongly represented, with 35 companies and the same number of pavilions.
In statements at the opening, Mr. Papantoniou underlined the need for a unified European strategy in the defence industry, while reiterating that the Greek government planned to further support of the domestic arms industry over the next 3-4 years, by increasing its contribution to arms programmes from 12 to 20 per cent.
(2/10/2002 12:18:00 μμ)
 Open market vendors continue strikeThere is a possibility of shortages of fruit and vegetables due to the continuing strike of open –market vendors and producers. Economics undersecretary, Apostolos Fotiadis is to hold a dialogue with representatives of the sector this morning but government spokesman clarified that the government was prepared to discuss any substantial issue apart from the obligation for use of cash –registers.
(2/10/2002 12:20:00 μμ)
 National Theater performance in RomeThe Greek National Theater group will stage Sophocles' ''Antigone'' on Oct. 19 and 20 at the Argentina Theater of Rome.
It is regarded to be one of the main art events to take place in the Italian capital, following the successful performance of the National Theater in the Coliseum two years ago.
(2/10/2002 12:21:00 μμ)
 Measures to combat unemploymentMeasures to combat unemployment presented by Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas provide for extra points for the hiring of unemployed mothers with three children.
(2/10/2002 12:23:00 μμ)
 Suicide attempts up by 30%According to an annual report of the National Poisoning Center, suicide attempts have increased by 30% in Greece the last 5 years with the majority being young people and women .
(2/10/2002 12:24:00 μμ)
 Iraq agrees to inspectors –U.S makes extraordinary demandsIraq agreed yesterday to let U.N arms inspectors back in , accepting all rights of inspection provided for in all the relevant Security Council resolutions said chief U.N weapons inspector Hans Blix to reporters.
But in Washingthon Secretary of State , Colin Powell quickly poured cold water on the deal , insisting a fresh watertight resolution was needed first.
The Bush administration wants U.N arms inspectors to be able to evacuate Iraqui scientists, technicians and officials along with their families according to a draft U.N Security resolution.
(2/10/2002 12:25:00 μμ)
 Earthquake RodesA mild earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was recorded on the island of Rhodes early this morning, but no damage was reported.
(2/10/2002 12:26:00 μμ)