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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-09-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather Forecast
  • [02] Papandreou discusses Middle East crisis with PM
  • [03] ND leader criticises government from Thessaloniki
  • [04] Final details for new electoral law discussed today
  • [05] PM receives athletes, medal winner from Paris track championships
  • [06] Rally of support for Arafat
  • [07] US kills 8 Iraqi allies, Bush seeks international help
  • [08] UN lifts sanctions on Libya
  • [09] UN sets nuclear deadline, Iran walks out in protest

  • [01] Weather Forecast

    All parts of the country will have scattered clouds, with rain and storms in the central and northern mainland, the Aegean islands and the eastern Aegean. Winds northerly, light to strong. Temperatures in Athens will range from 19C-27 C; and in Thessaloniki from 17-22 C.

    (12/9/2003 8:24:00 )

    [02] Papandreou discusses Middle East crisis with PM

    The developments in the Middle East were discussed today between Prime Minister Simitis and Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou. Mr. Papandreou characterized the Israeli Cabinet's decision to deport Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as a mistake, and underlined such a decision, if materialized, will create new tensions and possibly new adventures in the Middle East and the broader region.

    (12/9/2003 8:25:00 )

    [03] ND leader criticises government from Thessaloniki

    The leader of the New Democracy Party, Konstantinos Karamanlis is in Thessaloniki within the framework of the International Trade Fair. During his speech at the open meeting of the Thessaloniki prefecture council, Mr. Karamanlis pointed out that the list of the Prime Minister's unfulfilled promises regarding Thessaloniki and Northern Greece is the Charter of his failure and the charter of deviation from his goals.

    (12/9/2003 8:26:00 )

    [04] Final details for new electoral law discussed today

    The government's final positions regarding the new electoral law that will be the basis for a dialogue will be sent out early next week. On Tuesday, September 23rd a meeting of the biministrial committee will take place.

    The final details about the new electoral law were discussed today between the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior, Kostas Skandalidis.

    (12/9/2003 8:27:00 )

    [05] PM receives athletes, medal winner from Paris track championships

    The Prime Minister welcomed at the Maximos Mansion today the Greek athletes who participated in the 9th World Track and Field Championship in Paris. Mr. Simitis congratulated the athletes and medal winners who offerred Greece joy and pride.

    (12/9/2003 8:30:00 )

    [06] Rally of support for Arafat

    Israel faced an international outcry today over its decision to "remove" President Yasser Arafat, a threat that drew tens of thousands of Palestinians to rally to his defense. Calling Arafat an obstacle to peace but under U.S. pressure not to exile him after two suicide bombings killed 15 Israelis on Tuesday, Israel's security cabinet vowed on Thursday "to remove" him "in a manner that will be determined separately".

    The wording left open options that could include killing Arafat -- a proposal that Israeli newspapers said Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz raised but Prime Minister Ariel Sharon shot down -- or expelling him from the Palestinian territories. Sources close to the government said it had asked the army to refresh plans to exile Arafat, but not immediately.

    After the Israeli decision, thousands of Palestinians flocked to Arafat's headquarters on Thursday night in Ramallah, where Israeli blockades have kept him confined for the past 21 months, and pledged to defend him with their lives. Thousands also rallied after Muslim Friday prayers in Palestinian areas including Qalqilya, Bethlehem, Nablus and the Gaza Strip.

    Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan also filled the streets of camps by the thousands to show support for Arafat. Meanwhile, The Arab League

    said Israel is declaring war on the Middle East peace

    process by threatening to expel Palestinian leader Yasser

    Arafat.

    (12/9/2003 8:36:00 )

    [07] US kills 8 Iraqi allies, Bush seeks international help

    U.S. troops killed eight U.S-trained Iraqi guards and a Jordanian today after mistaking the Iraqis for rebels in the heartland of resistance to the American-led occupation, witnesses said. Elsewhere in the rebellious "Sunni Triangle", where deposed dictator Saddam Hussein may be hiding, two U.S. soldiers died, seven were wounded, and three Iraqis were reported killed in a botched raid in the town of Ramadi.

    U.S. President George W. Bush kept up pressure on the international community to back up its 130,000-strong contingent in Iraq, saying free nations cannot be neutral in the "fight between civilization and chaos".

    (12/9/2003 8:39:00 )

    [08] UN lifts sanctions on Libya

    Libya hailed the Security Council vote today to lift U.N. sanctions against it as a "victory" which opened a "new page" in its drive to normalize relations with the West according to state radio. France and the United States, which has its own separate sanctions on Tripoli, abstained in the 13-0 council vote to end the U.N. embargoes imposed on Libya after the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    France withdrew its threat to veto the measure after relatives of the victims of a separate 1989 bombing of a French UTA airliner won a promise of additional compensation from the Libyan government.

    (12/9/2003 8:42:00 )

    [09] UN sets nuclear deadline, Iran walks out in protest

    The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog today set Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret atomic weapons program, prompting Tehran to threaten a "deep review" of its cooperation with the agency.

    Following intense U.S. pressure for action against Iran, the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution setting the deadline. Iran's delegation stormed out of the closed-door meeting, accusing Washington of having new invasion plans after Iraq.

    The United States says Tehran has violated the treaty in its effort to develop atomic weapons secretly. Iran, which denies the allegation, could face economic sanctions if reported to the U.N. Security Council for breach of its NPT obligations.

    (12/9/2003 8:45:00 )


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