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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-08
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastScattered clouds are forecast in all parts of the country, with isolated storms or showers likely on the mainland from late afternoon. Winds northerly, light to strong, turning gale force in parts of the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range from 25C and 33C; and in Thessaloniki from 23C to 33C.
(8/8/2003 7:56:00 μμ)
 Strong government reactions to NY Times articleThe Greek government strongly reacted to an article in the New York Time's that supported that "Al Qaida and its affiliates are active in Greece".
Acting government spokesperson, Dimitris Gerou commented on the article stating that such comments and supposed information by imaginative journalists who serve specific interests could not touch Greece. Mr. Gerou pointed out Greece is internationally known as being a completely safe country following the government's methodical and hard work and added everyone is fully aware that the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens will be the safest and most well organized games that ever took place.
From his end, in a statement issued yesterday, the Minister of the Press Christos Protopapas commented that everything mentioned in the article is false and baseless.
Meanwhile, as the host of the Olympics Games in 2004, Athens will spent an unprecedented sum of over $650 million on security.
(8/8/2003 8:01:00 μμ)
 Customs agreement between Turkey and Turkish Cypriots postponedThe signing of the so-called customs agreement between Turkey and the occupied northern sector of Cyprus, which was to have been signed today in occupied Keryneia, has been tentatively postponed. Cypriot government spokesperson, Kipros Chrsisostomidis attributed the signing's cancellation to the fact that the Turkish side has considered the repercussions such a signing would have on Turkey's European course.
(8/8/2003 8:04:00 μμ)
 Chrisohoidis calls on Pasok MP's to join forces for electionsPasok Central Committee president, Mihalis Chrisohoidis has called on all Pasok MP's in a letter he sent to join forces in compiling the party's pre-election program by the 25th of August. By then, all Pasok members of parliament must have submitted their reports where they will have itemized the issues and problems of their electoral district.
(8/8/2003 8:06:00 μμ)
 Renewed fire outbreak in Ileia prefectureDue to the gale force winds, a renewed outbreak of fire was reported in the prefecture of Ileia, while all other fires in the region have been contained. Thus far, thousands of acres of forest and farm areas have been completely ravaged by the fires.
The fire commissioner, coordinating the extinction efforts, stated the fires may have been the work of arsonists. In the meantime, Deputy Fire Commissioner, Giannis Lambropoulos was hospitalised in Amaliada after being injured during a fire-fighting mission.
(8/8/2003 8:08:00 μμ)
 Iraqis follow leads on Baghdad embassy bombingIraqi and U.S. investigators have leads that could soon discover who mounted the truck bomb attack on the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad that killed 17 people, a senior Iraqi politician said today.
(8/8/2003 8:13:00 μμ)
 Four killed in West Bank violenceThe militant Islamic group Hamas vowed today to punish Israel over a West Bank raid that killed two of its fighters and an Israeli soldier, but said it remained committed to a fragile month-old ceasefire. Palestinian medics in Nablus said two more Palestinians died in the violence.
In addition to the bloodshed in Nablus's Askar refugee camp, a Palestinian gunman was seriously wounded in a clash with troops on the outskirts of Jenin and violence also erupted along the Lebanon frontier, shattering months of calm in that region.
(8/8/2003 8:16:00 μμ)
 Liberian rebels raise stakesLiberia's rebels added tough new conditions today for opening Monrovia's desperately needed port as aid workers ventured into rebel territory for the first time since fighting erupted in the capital last month. West African peacekeepers were also on patrol in Monrovia, following a jubilant welcome on Thursday from war-weary people who hope the foreign soldiers will help pull the city back from a growing humanitarian catastrophe.
(8/8/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 U.S. forces kill 2 alleged arms dealers in IraqU.S. forces said they killed two Iraqis today who were selling weapons on the streets in Saddam Hussein's home-town, Tikrit. A third was captured at a hospital where he was being treated for wounds and a fourth, also believed to be wounded, was on the run. Doctors at a local hospital stated they had treated six people, all male, whom they believed were hit in the same early morning incident. One of them later died of a head wound .
(8/8/2003 8:28:00 μμ)