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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-30

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather Forecast
  • [02] Mirella Maniani takes the Gold in Paris
  • [03] Governments measures for low-income recipients
  • [04] Gas station owners threaten with new strike
  • [05] Three held in hunt for Iraq mosque bombers
  • [06] Russian nuclear submarine sinks killing nine
  • [07] Israeli missile strike kills militants in Gaza
  • [08] Twenty feared dead after flash flood in north India

  • [01] Weather Forecast

    The weather will be sunny throughout most of Greece on Sunday, with some clouds in the west and north and a possibility of sporadic storm in Epirus and Macedonia. Mild winds, later in the day turning to northerly and moderate in the west and north. Sunny weather is expected in Athens, with temperatures from 24-39 C. Sunny in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 23-37 C.

    (30/8/2003 8:42:00 μμ)

    [02] Mirella Maniani takes the Gold in Paris

    Greece's Mirella Maniani won the gold medal in the javelin throw at the World Track and Filed Competition in Paris giving Greece its first gold medal and 4th in total. With Maniani's throw at 66.52 meters it is the athlete's second gold medal in a world championship after the 1999 competition in Seville.

    (30/8/2003 8:51:00 μμ)

    [03] Governments measures for low-income recipients

    Measures to strengthen the incomes of low salary and pension recipients without endangering the country's fiscal course were promised yesterday by Prime Minister Simitis to representatives of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), one week prior to the Prime Minister's announcements at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. The president of the GSEE, Christos Polyzogopoulos, stated more could be done to strengthen the incomes of the employed.

    (30/8/2003 8:52:00 μμ)

    [04] Gas station owners threaten with new strike

    Gas station owners are threatening to strike if the Tax Crimes Unit proceeds with inspections regarding the cash register issue. The unit's general secretary stated to Net radio that inspections will begin on Tuesday.

    (30/8/2003 8:53:00 μμ)

    [05] Three held in hunt for Iraq mosque bombers

    U.S. forces and Iraqi police have detained three people in connection with the car bomb attack that killed a top Shi'ite cleric and scores of his followers according to a senior U.S. military officer today. Tens of thousands thronged the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf to mourn those killed by the bombing.

    Hospital officials said the death toll from the blast was at least 95. Prominent among the dead was Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim, a moderate Shi'ite religious and political leader who had advocated cautious cooperation with the occupiers. In Baghdad, thousands of Shi'ites marched through the city centre to lament the death of Hakim. They called on the occupying forces to end widespread lawlessness.

    (30/8/2003 8:56:00 μμ)

    [06] Russian nuclear submarine sinks killing nine

    -A Russian nuclear-powered submarine sank in stormy Arctic seas today, killing nine servicemen, as it was being towed into port for scrapping. The K-159 sank onto the seabed 170 metres down in the Barents Sea, but officials said the 40-year-old vessel's nuclear reactors had been shut down in 1989 when it was decommissioned and they discounted an ecological threat. An environmental pressure group, however, said water was likely to seep into the reactors and that radiation levels in the area would have to be watched closely.

    In Italy, President Vladimir Putin, who suffered badly in the political fallout from the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine in the Barents three years ago when 118 servicemen were killed, vowed a thorough investigation.

    (30/8/2003 8:57:00 μμ)

    [07] Israeli missile strike kills militants in Gaza

    An Israeli army helicopter fired several missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip today, killing two Hamas militants in the latest violence battering a U.S.-backed peace initiative. Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Amr said the attack in the Bureij refugee camp destroyed any chance for talks with Israel to resume and called on the United States to interfere and halt the cycle of violence.

    In a separate Gaza incident, an eight-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by an Israeli tank shell while riding her bike near her home in Khan Younis, a town adjacent to a Jewish settlement. The army was checking the report. Palestinian security officials said Abdullah Aqel, the leader of the Islamic group's military Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades in central Gaza, was killed in today's missile strike in Gaza along with Brigades member Farid Mayet.

    (30/8/2003 9:01:00 μμ)

    [08] Twenty feared dead after flash flood in north India

    Twenty people are feared dead after a flash flood submerged a bus crossing a causeway in northern India, officials said today. District authorities have rescued 20 people who were perched on the roof of the bus according to an official at the Nalagarh police station in the Himachal Pradesh state.

    (30/8/2003 9:04:00 μμ)


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