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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-29
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunny, pleasant and warm weather is forecast in all parts of the country, with limited visibility in the early morning hours in certain areas.Winds will be mild and in the Aegean moderate out of the north. Temperatures in Athens will range from 24-39 C and in Thessaloniki from 23-37 C.
(29/8/2003 8:13:00 μμ)
 "Social Charter" discussed todayThe so-called "social Charter" under preparation to be announced by the government next week was the topic of discussion today between Prime Minister Simitis and representatives of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE). Also participating at the meeting was the Minister of Labor, Dimitris Reppas while earlier today, the Prime Minister met with the Minister of the Economy, Nikos Christodoulakis.
Following the meeting, both the President of the GSEE and the economy minister underlined the need to strengthen the incomes of socially vulnerable groups.
(29/8/2003 8:14:00 μμ)
 ND leader calls for elections from GrevenaThe leader of the New Democracy Party, Konstantinos Karamanlis spoke out against the government today from Grevena where he is conducting a two-day visit. During his speech at the Grevena City Hall, Mr. Karamanlis called for immediate elections and spoke in detail about his party's positions for the agricultural and education sectors as well as confronting the daily problems of citizens.
(29/8/2003 8:15:00 μμ)
 Media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky released todayFormer media mogul Vladimir Gusinsky, wanted in Russia on suspicion of a multi-million fraud, was freed on 100 thousand euro bail today, but must remain in Greece pending a ruling on his extradition to Russia, according to his lawyer. In a sign of the political urgency and international pressure at work in the case, Gusinsky was ordered freed just one day after applying for his release. Less high-profile cases have to wait for weeks or even months for a decision.
(29/8/2003 8:16:00 μμ)
 Vaso Papandreou announces cancellation of Thessaloniki metroIn Thessaloniki today, the Minister of Public Works, Vaso Papandreou announced the cancellation of the Metro's construction as had been determined in the 1992 competition. Mrs. Papandreou clarified the government will announce a new competition and for the projects materialization through public investment programs. The project is estimated to be completed by 2008. Mrs. Papandreou's announcement caused strong reactions by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Vasilis Papageorgopoulos and the Prefect of Thessaloniki, Panayiotis Psomiadis.
(29/8/2003 8:18:00 μμ)
 New Olympic Airlines announcedThe amendment for the creation of the new Olympic Airlines was presented in Parliament today by the Ministers of the economy and transport, Nikos Chrsitodoulakis and Christos Verelis. According to the Ministry of Transportation, this is a decisive step in the effort to reform the national airline based on a dynamic business plan with an ambitious vision and strategy.
According to the amendment, the new company will be named Olympic Airlines and its field will be exclusively air transportation and not ground services that will be undertaken by the old Olympic Airways.
(29/8/2003 8:19:00 μμ)
 Greek-Australians strongly react to travel advisory for GreeceThe Greek-Australian community in Melbourne reacted strongly to the travel advisory issued yesterday by the Australian government directed to the Australian nationals who are about to travel to Greece and Germany.
In a letter to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, the President of the Greek-Australian community in Melbourne, Giorgos Fountas expressed the deep disappointment of Greek-Australians and the strong protest against the unprecedented and misleading for the Australian public--travel advisory.
Mr. Fountas stated that the purpose of this vague travel advice cannot be understood as it refers to problems that are not proven by specific evidence or cases.
(29/8/2003 8:20:00 μμ)
 75 killed in Iraq mosque bombA car bombing killed 75 Iraqis, including a top Shi'ite Muslim leader, today in an apparent assassination that dealt a grave blow to the U.S. occupation and left carnage at the holiest shrine of Shi'ism. The blast tore through worshippers as they streamed away from today's prayers in the Imam Ali mosque in the holy city of Najaf. It was by far the worst such atrocity in Iraq since the U.S.-led war toppled Saddam Hussein in April.
(29/8/2003 8:23:00 μμ)
 Deputy UK premier quits amid Iraq probeAlastair Campbell, a top government aide often called the second most powerful man in Britain and a key figure in a major crisis over the government's Iraq policy, announced today that he is to resign in the next few weeks. Campbell, who has been at the center of media allegations that Tony Blair's office manipulated intelligence about Iraqi weapons in the run-up to war, said he was stepping down for personal reasons as the prime minister's media chief.
Campbell has fiercely denied allegations he "sexed up" a dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence chiefs have backed up his version of events. But his decision to step down is likely to be seen as an admission that somebody in government must accept blame for what has become the biggest crisis of Blair's six years in power. The dispute over Iraq and the death of a key government scientist caught up in the crisis has damaged public trust in Blair and the government.
(29/8/2003 8:29:00 μμ)