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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastSunny and warm weather is forecast in most parts of the country with winds out of the north, northeast, mild in the west, moderate to strong in the east and moderate to very strong in the southeast Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range from 25-36 C and in Thessaloniki from 23-34 C.
(21/8/2003 8:16:00 μμ)
 Powell bids for help in Iraq through UN resolutionU.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said today he was exploring a new U.N. resolution that would encourage nations "to do more" in Iraq but said Washington would not surrender military control. But Powell, in answer to questions, said there was no need to share any control, a stumbling point among U.N. Security Council members, such as France, who are reluctant to serve under U.S. command.
One purpose of a new resolution would be to get Muslim troops into Iraq, both from Pakistan and Middle East countries, who have refused to send soldiers without a U.N. mandate. Powell said some 30 nations outside of the United States have contributed 22,000 troops, and more were expected.
U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan, for his part, repeated there would not be a U.N. force of blue helmeted peacekeepers. But he emphasized that despite differences among Security Council members, there was a willingness to see that Iraq was stabilized. Anan stated the issue of Iraq is of great concern to everybody, regardless of the divisions that existed before the war in reference to the Security Council's refusal to authorize the invasion of Iraq.
In the meantime, Israel killed a Hamas political leader in a missile strike today, two days after a suicide bombing in Jerusalem while Islamic militant groups called off a seven-week-old old ceasefire. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell today called on Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to use security forces he controls to help stop attacks on Israel.
(21/8/2003 8:18:00 μμ)
 Papandreou-Protopappas condemn Iraq-Jerusalem attacksForeign Minister Giorgos Papandreou and Government spokesperson Christos Protoppas categorically condemned the latest terrorist attacks both in Iraq and in Palestine characterizing them as unacceptable. Mr. Papandreou characterised the bomb attack in Baghdad as a set-back in the role of the United Nations is restoring calmness in the area.
(21/8/2003 8:20:00 μμ)
 Athens 2004 security advisor Ryan issues statement to Australian News AgencyIn response to the article published by the British newspaper the Guardian and its reproduction by Greek and international media, the ATHENS 2004 Security Advisor Peter Ryan issued a statement to the Australian News Agency noting that there is a determination among everyone with whom he works with in Greece to do everything possible ' to ensure safe Games next year.
Ryan underlined the security effort for Athens 2004 is on track, even as tight schedules are faced and tremendous challenges. The Olympic homecoming to Greece will represent the best in humanity he pointed out and added that the comments with respect to the so-called security problem were completely groundless.
(21/8/2003 8:22:00 μμ)
 Relief measures for Lefkada announced by ScandalidesThe government committed to spend 30 million euros on repairs to damaged roads and other infrastructure on the Ionian island of Lefkada that was devasted by a strong earthquake last week.
Under the relief measures announced by Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis, who visited Lefkada yesterday, people whose homes have been deemed uninhabitable will receive rent support of 235-355 euros a month. Furthermore, the government will offer grants and interest-free loans for the reconstruction of destroyed or condemned buildings, and for repairs to more lightly damaged structures. By yesterday, some 500 families had received 600-euro grants to address their immediate needs.
(21/8/2003 8:23:00 μμ)
 U.S forces capture feared "Chemical Ali" in IraqAli Hassan al-Majid, a feared cousin of Saddam Hussein nicknamed "Chemical Ali" for overseeing poison gas attacks that killed thousands, has been captured inIraq.
No details were released on the arrest of Majid, number five on a U.S. list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis and the King of Spades in a U.S. Army deck of cards depicting fugitives.
His capture, and the detention earlier this week of Saddam's
vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, will fuel U.S. hopes that
its forces are closing in on Saddam himself.
(21/8/2003 8:29:00 μμ)
 Thousands to flee raging Canada wildfiresAn acrid mixture of smoke and anxiety hung over British Columbia's southern interior region today as wildfires continued to burn out of control near several communities. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and thousands more remain on high alert and prepared to flee at only an hour's notice should the flames draw too close, according to emergency officials in Canada's westernmost province.
(21/8/2003 8:31:00 μμ)
 One U.S. soldier killed in Afghan violenceA U.S. soldier died from wounds and another was slightly injured by a bomb in separate incidents in the same Afghanistan province. The statement comes after earlier comments from U.S. military officials who said a U.S. soldier was slightly wounded by a bomb while on patrol in southeastern Afghanistan and at least three Afghan civilians were hurt when a U.S. military helicopter fired on their car.
(21/8/2003 8:34:00 μμ)
 Factions name new leader for LiberiaLiberia's warring factions today named a low-profile businessman seen as a shrewd consensus builder to guide their broken West African state out of 14 years of anarchy and towards elections. Gyude Bryant, 54, was not a household name is viewed as a more neutral figure to chair the interim government when caretaker President Moses Blah steps down in October.
With the naming of his successor out of the way, Blah set off on a tour aimed at sealing peace in a region whose savage conflicts were tightly enmeshed with Liberia's war under now-exiled pariah leader Charles Taylor.
(21/8/2003 8:37:00 μμ)