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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-09-14

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  • [01] Weather Forecast
  • [02] ND leader presents party's positions, criticizes government
  • [03] Swedes vote on euro
  • [04] Week of mobilizations
  • [05] Greek National Basketball team wins 5th place in Eurobasket tourney
  • [06] Israeli vice premier says killing Arafat an option
  • [07] Powell sees "challenging" Iraq security situation
  • [08] Estonia says strong "Yes" to EU - prelim results
  • [09] Typhoon kills 85 in Korea

  • [01] Weather Forecast

    Mostly pleasant weather is forecast in most parts of the country. In western and central Greece partly cloudy skies are expected with a chance of sporadic showers in certain areas. In the Ionian from the evening hours, there is a strong possibility showers. Temperatures in Athens will range from 18-30 C and in Thessaloniki from 13-25 C.

    (14/9/2003 8:37:00 μμ)

    [02] ND leader presents party's positions, criticizes government

    During a press conference at the 68th International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki earlier today, the leader of the ND party, Konstantinos Karamanlis characterized the government's social package as pre-electoral small offerings and underlined that social policies must have substance. Mr. Karamanlis criticized the Prime Minister of attempting to defraud the Greek people.

    The ND leader underlined his program envisions policies which aim at high growth rates with funds that will derive from limited overspending to support his social policies. He also committed to materializing all that was announced by Mr. Simitis in the name of continuity and all that is deserved by the Greek people. He spoke about fundamental privatizations in the greater public sector that will create new job opportunities and called for an in-depth investigation into the stock market issue, criticizing the financial crimes bureau SDOE of operating in a blackmailing manner. Mr. Karamanlis spoke in favor of the existing electoral law that he characterized as representative but did not rule out changes providing they are not discussed during a pre-election period. Finally he criticized the government of using the 2004 Olympic Games as a medium for blackmail and added that the state should not be involved in the crisis between Fanari ad the Church of Greece.

    (14/9/2003 8:38:00 μμ)

    [03] Swedes vote on euro

    Swedes voted today on scrapping the crown to become the 13th member of the euro after opinion polls showed sympathy votes for slain pro-euro Foreign Minister Anna Lindh eroding the "No" side's long-standing lead.

    Nearly all votes should be counted 2-1/2 hours after polls close at 1800 GMT, but victors' celebrations were likely to be muted as more red roses, poems and children's drawings piled up outside the store where Lindh was stabbed on Wednesday.

    (14/9/2003 8:40:00 μμ)

    [04] Week of mobilizations

    A week of mobilizations begins tomorrow starting with a 5 day walk out by university professors who are seeking pay increases, while striking until September 17th, will be doctors in Patras who are seeking secured funds for night duty shifts, in addition, a 3 hour work stoppage will take place on Wednesday throughout the country's hospitals beginning at 11 a.m.

    In the meantime, port officers at Rio Antirrio will conduct 3 hour work stoppages from 8-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Finally, taxi drivers are threatening to conduct a 48-hour strike on Wednesday September 17th and Thursday September 18th.

    (14/9/2003 8:42:00 μμ)

    [05] Greek National Basketball team wins 5th place in Eurobasket tourney

    The Greek National Basketball team clinched 5th place in the Euro-basket championship being held in Sweden beating Serbia-Montenegro 72-64. Tonight at 9 p.m. live on ET 1 Lithuania challenges Spain for the first place position in the final game of the series.

    (14/9/2003 8:44:00 μμ)

    [06] Israeli vice premier says killing Arafat an option

    Israel's vice premier said today killing Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was an option in its threat to "remove" him and the United States rejected the idea, warning it would trigger "rage throughout the Arab world".

    Also alarmed at Israel's threat was the chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, who expressed the fear that if Israel kills Arafat, Palestinian militias could unleash their wrath against moderate leaders such as himself.

    In the meantime, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell today rejected the suggestion of killing Arafat and said it would cause the region to erupt in rage. Powell's comment, made in interviews from Baghdad with U.S. television networks, was the latest move in high-stakes diplomatic maneuvering between the United States and Israel over the course of the tattered Middle East peace "road map."

    The statement signals disapproval with Israel's vow to take it upon itself to break Arafat's hold over the Palestinian Authority, but it falls short of what is needed to block Israeli action and keeps pressure on the Palestinian leader, a

    Middle East analyst said.

    (14/9/2003 8:45:00 μμ)

    [07] Powell sees "challenging" Iraq security situation

    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, confronting the cost of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq head-on, accused infiltrators today of trying to sabotage stabilization efforts.

    The second top U.S. official to visit Baghdad in little over a week, Powell met military commanders and Iraqi officials a day after inconclusive talks in Geneva aimed at building a consensus among major powers on how to rebuild Iraq.

    Iraq's foreign minister said he hoped to see a sovereign, elected Iraqi government in place by mid to late 2004 but that prospect would depend on security. Around an hour before Powell landed at Baghdad airport, a U.S. soldier became the 72nd to be killed in action in Iraq since President George W. Bush declared major combat over on May 1 in the war that ousted Saddam Hussein. Three more soldiers were wounded in the attack..

    (14/9/2003 8:48:00 μμ)

    [08] Estonia says strong "Yes" to EU - prelim results

    Estonians voted in favour of joining the European Union in a referendum on Sunday, partial results showed, crowning this small Baltic nation's break with

    its Soviet past. Preliminary results from advance voting released just after polls closed at 8. p.m. (1700 GMT) showed the "Yes" camp with 73 percent of the vote, with the "No" camp trailing at 27 percent. A full count is expected within three hours.

    About 20 percent of the electorate opted to vote in advance, as polling stations across the country were open between Monday and Wednesday. The early count comprised about half the advance votes, or 10 percent of the electorate. Polls showed seven out of 10 voters back EU entry ahead of the non-binding vote, despite some fears that Estonia's dynamic and liberal economy might get bogged down in EU red tape.

    (14/9/2003 8:52:00 μμ)

    [09] Typhoon kills 85 in Korea

    South Korean soldiers and rescue workers searched for dozens of missing people today after the country's most powerful typhoon on record killed at least 85 and inflicted damage of more than $385 million.

    (14/9/2003 8:54:00 μμ)

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