|Sunday, 17 February 2019|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-07-17
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 weather forecastSunny weather is forecast in all parts of the country, with the likelihood of isolated storms in the center and north from early evening. Winds north-northwesterly, light to moderate. Temperatures in Athens will range between 25C and 39C; and in Thessaloniki from 23C to 37C.
(17/7/2003 8:28:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis announces changes in electoral law systemFollowing marathon discussions this afternoon, Prime Minister Simitis announced the directives with respect to the changes in the electoral law system, which he announced would be effective during the 2008 parliamentary elections, in the event the law is not voted on with a 2/3 majority.
Among the basic changes involved are the restructuring of electoral districts in order for citizens to vote separately for a political party and MP, the ability for pre-election cooperations among political parties, something prohibited until present and an increase in the analogue vote to 80% from today's 70%.
(17/7/2003 8:31:00 μμ)
 Foreign minister G. Papandreou meets with Cypriot counterpartForeign minister Giorgos Papandreou called on Turkish Cypriot leader Raouf Denktash to return to the negotiating table once again, following his meeting today with his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kasoulides.
Mr. Papandreou requested the implementation of the Anan in order for a solution to be found while he withheld commenting on the latest statements made by Mr. Denktash on the opening of Famagusta both to Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
(17/7/2003 8:33:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis to preside over meeting about stock market investigationsPrime Minister Simitis will preside over a meeting tomorrow concerning the investigation of stock market transactions by Pasok MP's. Government spokesperson Christos Protoppas called on the president of the New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis to do the same with respect to his party's MP's.
(17/7/2003 8:34:00 μμ)
 Market checks by deputy minister of developmentFor the past few days, strict market inspections against profiteering are being made by crews from the financial crimes unit and related authorities of the ministry of development. During the next few days, inspections will take place throughout the entire country, mainly in tourist areas.
This morning, the new deputy minister of development, Kimonas Koulouris visited the Rendi Central Market and called on all wholesalers and vendors for close cooperation in maintaining prices at affordable levels.
(17/7/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 National Action Plan against poverty reportBy September 10th the National Action Plan against poverty and social isolation will be prepared according to the minister of labor, Dimitris Reppas, who spoke today during the opening session of the Committee for Social Protection.
(17/7/2003 8:37:00 μμ)
 New Saddam Hussein audio messageOn the 35th anniversary of the Baath Party coup, a new audiotape purportedly made by ousted dictator Saddam Hussein within the past five days was played on Arab satellite television. The tape called President Bush a liar and directed the Iraqi people to continue their uprising on an otherwise remarkably quiet day for American forces in what a top U.S. general now calls a guerrilla war against occupying American forces.
(17/7/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 Bush to meet with Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud AbbasPresident George W. Bush will seek to move the Mideast peace process forward with back-to-back White House meetings later this month with Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. White House spokesman Scott McClellan confirmed today that Bush will host Abbas July 25 and Sharon four days later.
(17/7/2003 8:48:00 μμ)
 US marine to face extradition on abduction chargesGerman prosecutors today cleared the way to extradite an ex-U.S. Marine to Britain to face abduction charges after finding no sign he engaged in sex in Germany with a British schoolgirl he ran away with. A court in Frankfurt ordered Toby Studabaker, 31, to be remanded in custody, pending extradition.
(17/7/2003 8:50:00 μμ)