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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-07-15
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA fine day is forecast in most parts of the country with some cloudy patches developing mainly in the north. Winds northerly, moderate in the seas. In Athens temperatures will range between 22C to 33C , in Thessaloniki between 20C to 30 C and on the islands between 21C to 31C.
(15/7/2003 2:00:00 μμ)
 Finance Minister, announced rises in civil servant salaries-final decisions next weekDuring his meeting yesterday with the Presidium of the Civil Servants Union, ADEDY, Finance Minister, Nikos Hristodoulakis announced an improved package of measures providing for € 590.00 starting salary for newly hired civil servants of basic obligatory education, a 3,5% ‘6% rise in salaries and back payment of family bonus in 5 installments , starting from January 2004.
A final agreement on civil servant salaries is expected to be reached next week in a new meeting of Hristodoulakiss with the board of the Civil servants Union as it seeks the inclusion of all bonuses included the productivity bonus in the basic salary.
(15/7/2003 2:01:00 μμ)
 Prime-minister chairs meeting focused on combat of soaring pricesPrime -minister Simitis will today chair a meeting attended by the Development Ministry leadership and the new General Secretary of the ruling Pasok party focusing on the combat of soaring prices. Afterwards Simitis will meet with the governor of the Bank of Greece, Nikos Garganas.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Interior Minister. Kostas Scandalidis announced that 200 new Citizen Service centers will open till the end of the year.
(15/7/2003 2:02:00 μμ)
 N.D President repeats call for early electionsIn the meantime, the President of the main opposition N.D party, Kostas Karamanlis once again called for early elections, rejecting the government s proposal for dialogue related to changes in the electoral law. He also repeated his party s proposal for the setting up of an inquiry parliament committee to examine the 1999 crisis in the stock market .
In response, government spokesman, Hristos Protopappas said that Karamanlis was consciously trying to undermine the positive climate of the economy, repeating that the government was willing to discuss ways that changes in the electoral law be implemented in the 2008 elections.
However, Kostas Karamanlis took distance from the N.D party honorary President, Kostantinos Mitsotakis reference to a possible resignation by the President of the Republic to speed up elections, saying that he was the last person to indicate the President what to do.
(15/7/2003 2:03:00 μμ)
 Athens needs proof of Ankara s good intentions to ease Greek-Turkish relationsForeign Minister, George Papandreou, following his meeting in Konstantinopolis with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Giul said that Athens is awaiting for substantial proof of Ancara s good intentions for the easing of Greek- Turkish relations, the resolution of the Cyprus issue and implementation of reforms required by the E.U.
Papandreou described as half measures, Dektash proposal for the return of Varosia to Greek-Cypriots in exchange for the re-operation of Nicosia international airport.
In the meantime, Cyprus National Assembly unanimously authorised, Cyprus President, Tasos Papadopoulos to handle the issue of Dektash proposals while the Cyprus parliament unanimously ratified Cyprus-E.U admission treaty
(15/7/2003 2:04:00 μμ)
 War on Iraq based on a lieA second group, never heard before, has claimed responsibility for attacks on U.S, British troops in Iraq.
In the meantime, facing mounting security threats in Iraq, the U.S military said yesterday that thousands of soldiers from a key army division would not return home but instead stay in Iraq indefinitely.
Former, U.N senior arms inspector, Scott Ritter maintained that the American President, George Bush went to war based on a lie.
Fending off critics charges, to justify the war on Iraq, Bush said he misled the American people by relying on faulty intelligence.
(15/7/2003 2:06:00 μμ)
 Palestinian PM declares end of dispute with ArafatPalestinian Prime-minister, Mahmoud Abbas said that differences with Arafat had been settled , declaring an end to a rift which threatened to U.S-led peace efforts.
In the meantime, British Foreign Minister, Jack Straw rejected the Israeli Prime-minister, Ariel Sharon request to cut ties with Yasser Arafat , making clear that the British position as well as that of the E.U is to continue to have dealings with Arafat.
(15/7/2003 2:07:00 μμ)