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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-25

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] EU- US summit
  • [03] Greece reported suspected SARS case
  • [04] Baltic Sky freighter cargo- mystery destination

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A fine and hot day is forecast with some cloudy patches developing in the central parts of the country later and possibility of showers and storms in the north. Winds northerly light to moderate. Temperatures in Athens will range between 22 C to 37 C and in Thessaloniki between 21 C to 36 C.

    (25/6/2003 1:17:00 μμ)

    [02] EU- US summit

    Greek Prime-minister, present holder of the EU rotating presidency, Kostas Simitis today meets in Washington with American President, George Bush within the framework of the EU- US summit.

    The European delegation, headed by Kostas Simitis and Romano Prodi, President of the EU Commission will try to move beyond the acrimony of the Iraq crisis and seek solutions on both sides of the Atlantic. EU and US officials will try to reach a series of agreements on political and trade issues of common interest.

    Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou said that both sides will have the opportunity to highlight numerous sectors in which they can cooperate for the benefit of all.

    (25/6/2003 1:20:00 μμ)

    [03] Greece reported suspected SARS case

    Greece reported a suspected case of SARS yesterday saying the possible victim was a Chinese citizen on a business trip to Europe. The man flew to Kavala in northern Greece on the day he arrived in the country and was admitted to hospital on Monday with light breathing problems.He was being treated as a suspected case of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Greece s Health Minister, Kostas Stefanis said, adding that an initial rapid polymerase chain reaction PCR test- used to detect the virus that causes SARS was positive. The results of another PCR test carried out in Hamburg, Germany will be available today. If it also confirms positive then we will be talking about the first suspected case. However, researchers say only antibody tests taking 10 to 21 days can fully confirm or rule out SARS cases.

    Yesterday, the World Health Organisation lifted its warning against travel to Beijing, leaving only Taiwan and Toronto on the WHO s blacklist.

    (25/6/2003 1:21:00 μμ)

    [04] Baltic Sky freighter cargo- mystery destination

    The final destination of the Baltic Sky freighter with the 680 tonnes of ammonium nitrate dynamite cargo still remains unresolved. Experts started unloading explosives from the seized ship yesterday as a row erupted between Greece, Tunisia and Sudan over what the cargo was for and why Greek authorities were impounding it.

    Officials in Tunisia , where the ammonium nitrate dynamite was loaded last month and Sudan , its stated destination, said it was a regular delivery of industrial explosives for civil purposes like mining and construction. Greek Merchant Marine Minister, Giorgos Anomeritis said it was extraordinary that the ship had sailed around the Mediterrenean for several days and entered in to Greek waters violating international navigation rules.

    Tunisia Interior Minister said the shipment had not reached its final destination because ship owners demanded payment of an extra $10.000 threatening to confiscate and resell the cargo.

    Greek special forces manned a three km radius security cordon around the vessel, whose crew-5 Ukranians and 2 Azeris are in jail due to appear in court today on charges of illegally transporting explosives.

    (25/6/2003 1:23:00 μμ)

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