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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-27
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastPartly cloudy skies with rain and showers in the Ionian region, central Greece and possibly in the Cyclades and Crete. Temperatures in Athens will range from 24-34 C and in Thessaloniki from 23-32 C.
(27/8/2003 8:32:00 μμ)
 Australia to issue travel advisory for GreeceThe Cyprus issue, Greek-Turkish relations and the European Constitution were examined today among other topics during this morning's meeting between Prime Minister Simitis and the leadership of the Foreign Ministry.
In the meantime, the Australian government is expected to issue a travel advisory for Greece for the period of the Olympic Games later this evening. The advisory is expected to urge athletes not to participate in the games due to security reasons.
The Foreign Ministry played down the advisory since similar advisories have been issued for Spain, Italy and France.
(27/8/2003 8:33:00 μμ)
 PM's contacts in view of Thessaloniki trade fairSocio-economic measures for strengthening weaker classes that will be announced by Prime Minister Simitis during the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki were examined today during a meeting between the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Economy, Nikos Christodoulakis. Later in the day, the Prime Minister met with representatives from the Union of Greek Industrialists.
(27/8/2003 8:35:00 μμ)
 Pasok deputies react to new electoral lawPasok deputies strongly reacted in Parliament over the new electoral law during a briefing by the Minister of the Interior, Kostas Skandalidis. The disagreements focused on three areas: the lists, the double ballots and the sectioning of electoral districts. The strongest reaction came from Pasok deputy, Theodoros Pangalos who underlined that other issues are pertinent to Greek society and not the electoral law.
(27/8/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Defense reformsThe Minister of Defense Yiannos Papantoniou in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister proposes reforms in the armed forces. The main reform suggested for the armed forces is a proposal for employment of an additional 13.700 professional infantrymen. The goal of this proposal is to cut military service to less than 12 months.
Mr. Papantoniou mentions that the defense spending cuts release a total of 2.7 billion euros, a sum that can be used to strengthen development and social policy in 2004. He also expressed the view that 15 thousand new employment positions would be created if the assignment of arms programs to Greek businesses exceed 20% of the total.
(27/8/2003 8:38:00 μμ)
 Nov. 17th suspects Telios and Serifis testified todayNovember 17th suspects, Thomas Serifis and Kostas Telios testified in court today after the trial resumed following a two day break after a walk out by defense attorneys and the release of November 17th suspect, Anestis Papanastasiou.
Serifis admitted his actions as he had done in his pre-trial testimony but did not admit to all the charges against him, while Telios underlined he did not consider himself a member of the organization admitting he was only a peripheral participant.
(27/8/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 Kashmir violence spirals as Indian PM begins visitSuspected militants launched grenade attacks and exploded a crude bomb in Kashmir today as Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee flew into the region at the heart of tensions with Pakistan. Soldiers were hunting for the guerrillas thought to be hiding in a hotel next to a government telegraph office in the heart of Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, after a grenade attack wounded two policemen. Two other soldiers were wounded in grenade attacks in the city and in the northern Kashmiri town of Baramulla. A little-known militant group, Al-Mansoorian, called a local news agency in Srinagar and claimed that it had attempted a suicide attack on the telegraph office.
(27/8/2003 8:43:00 μμ)
 Arafat seeks new militant trucePalestinian President Yasser Arafat, under pressure to help save a Middle East peace plan, urged militants today to reinstate a truce cancelled after Israel assassinated a Hamas leader. Arafat prefaced his appeal by voicing readiness to take action against militants but only if Israel halted attacks on those spearheading a 35-month-old uprising for statehood.
Israel discounted Arafat's call as "propaganda" and said it would continue targeting militants until the Palestinian Authority dismantles their organisations.
(27/8/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 Two U.S. soldiers killed in IraqTwo U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq today, as President George W. Bush vowed America would not retreat from the country in the face of a guerrilla insurgency and terror attacks. Central Command said one soldier was killed and three were wounded in a blast in the town of Falluja, west of Baghdad.
In Baghdad, one soldier was killed and two were wounded in an attack on a convoy, the U.S. military said. The deaths brought to 64 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action, according to the latest Pentagon figures, since Bush declared major combat over on May 1. Bush reiterated efforts to secure Iraq will continue.
(27/8/2003 8:48:00 μμ)