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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-25
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastCloudy skies with a strong chance of rain and showers mainly during the afternoon hours particularly in the Ionian region. Winds will be very strong in the south and western regions. Temperatures in Athens will range from 25-36 C and in Thessaloniki from 22-34 C.
(25/8/2003 7:58:00 μμ)
 Prime Minister Simitis contactsAmong the government's priorities to be announced by Prime Minister Simitis during the 68th International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki next month include the maintenance of prices and confronting the phenomenon of profiteering.
This morning, the Minister of Public Works, Vaso Papandreou briefed the Prime Minister about the course of the country's large projects presently underway. In addition, the PM also met today with the political leadership of the Ministry of Education in view of next week's ministrial council that will examine issues of education.
(25/8/2003 7:59:00 μμ)
 Greece and Cyrpus committed to Anan PlanWhile addressing the 13th Council of Cypriots Abroad, the president of Cyprus, Tasoso Papadopoulos and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Giannis Magriotis stressed that their governments remain steadily committed to the Anan plan for a solution to the Cyprus dispute. During the opening of the conference, Mr. Papadopoulos stated he would seek improvements in the Anan plan that would eventually permit a stronger participation of Cyprus in Europe. Mr. Magriotis, from his end, underlined that Turkish Cypriot leader, Raouf Denktash would not achieve anything by refraining from the negotiations and distancing the negotiations from the United Nations framework.
(25/8/2003 8:01:00 μμ)
 ATHOC president condemns negative publicity about securityIn an interview to Monday's Ta Nea newspaper, ATHOC president, Gianna Angelopoulou condemned the negative publicity by the foreign press concerning the security of the Athens 2004 Olympics stating it is due to geopolitical and other interests.
(25/8/2003 8:02:00 μμ)
 Government spokesperson on new election lawGovernment spokesperson, Christos Protopappas underlined today the new election law will be approved by the present Parliament noting the government is ready to withdraw some of the proposals it has presented on the amendment of the election law. He also pointed out the government is ready to accept other proposals on the condition that they promote the modernization of the political system.
(25/8/2003 8:04:00 μμ)
 Greece orders Russian tycoon Gusinsky heldA prosecutor today ordered former Russian media baron Vladimir Gusinsky detained until a ruling by Greece's top court on whether he should be extradited
to Russia on suspicion of fraud. Gusinsky, who fled Russia after prosecutors opened a criminal case against him, was arrested at Athens Eleftheriios Venizelos airport last week on an international warrant on suspicion of a $250 million fraud and held in custody pending today's hearing.
(25/8/2003 8:06:00 μμ)
 Shi'ites march in Iraq holy city after deadly bombThousands of angry Shi'ite Muslims, many vowing revenge, thronged the streets of the Iraqi holy city of Najaf today for the funerals of three men killed in a bomb attack that wounded a top cleric.
(25/8/2003 8:10:00 μμ)
 Two car bombs kill at least 46 in Bombay, IndiaTwo car bombs killed at least 46 people in the heart of India's financial capital today, one ripping through a congested bullion market and a second exploding near a popular tourist attraction. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the coordinated bomb attacks which also wounded 137 people.
Indian authorities found nine detonators on a rail track near Bombay just hours after the two bombs exploded in the city.
(25/8/2003 8:15:00 μμ)
 Arafat appoints new national security adviserPalestinian President Yasser Arafat appointed a new national security adviser in what appeared to be a deepening of a power struggle with reformist Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of trying to "assassinate" a U.S.-backed peace plan by killing Islamic militants in helicopter attacks that have drawn vows of revenge.
(25/8/2003 8:20:00 μμ)