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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-09-26
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastMost parts of the country will be sunny, with scattered clouds in the west, centre and north. Winds variable, light to strong. Temperatures in Athens between 18C and 28C; and in Thessaloniki from 15C to 26C.
(26/9/2003 8:19:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis inaugurates Agios Kosmas sports complexDuring the inauguration of the Agios Kosmas Athletic Center today, Prime Minister Simitis characterized the athletic compound as Europe's largest sports center and noted all projects taking place in Greece are proof that the "new Greece" can meet its goals and challenges. Mr. Simitis reiterated the Olympic Games of 2004 are a national issue.
(26/9/2003 8:21:00 μμ)
 FM Papandreou to address 58th UN General AssemblyThe new, post war role of the United Nations, in the efforts to consolidate the world system of security and peace, through multilateral, not unilateral decisions, will be the main point of the speech to be addressed by Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, at the 58th UN General Assembly. Mr. Papandreou will also speak about the Cyprus issue where he will state Athens' approval of the Annan plan as a basis of negotiations with a 2004 outlook.
On the Assembly's sidelines, the Greek foreign Minister will also meet with EU foreign Ministers and US secretary of state Colin Powell.
(26/9/2003 8:22:00 μμ)
 State budget in final stages of preparationThe preparation of the 2004 state budget is in its final stages and will submitted in Parliament by October 6th. The new budget foresees significant increases in social spending. Meanwhile today, state budget was the topic of discussion today during a meeting between PM Simitis and the Minster of the Economy, Nikos Christodoulakis.
(26/9/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 No end to professors strike...The situation in the education sector remains at a standstill as today's meeting between the economy ministry's leadership and university and technological school instructors once again ended in a dead end.
(26/9/2003 8:25:00 μμ)
 Global anti war and occupation rally on SaturdayOn Saturday Sept 27th antiwar movements and labor syndicates throughout the world call on the world's citizens to join their voices during a simultaneous global rally that will take place in 42 countries. In Athens on Saturday at 12 noon, the GSEE, ADEDY, Greek Social Forum and the Stop the War Alliance together with the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra call on everyone to unite their voices at the rally at Syntagma Square.
(26/9/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 Hundreds hurt as strong quakes joltse JapanA series of strong quakes shook the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido today, collapsing the roof of an airport control tower, setting fire to an oil refinery tank and driving 40,000 people from their homes. More than 400 people were injured. Officials issued tidal wave warnings as Japan's Meteorological Agency measured the initial quake at 8 on the Richter scale -- stronger than previous killer earthquakes -- and warned aftershocks might last 10 days.
(26/9/2003 8:35:00 μμ)
 Israel to consider US views before removing ArafatPrime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview today Israel would take U.S. objections into account before deciding whether to carry out its threat to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Sharon made his comments to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper before high-level representatives of the United States, Russia, the European Union and United Nations met in New York to discuss issues including three years of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
(26/9/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 Blow for US as UN staff quit, Iraqi leader mournedThe United Nations evacuated staff from Baghdad as Iraqis paid last respects today to a leading politician whose murder plunged U.S. efforts to rebuild the country into further turmoil. The assassination of Akila al-Hashemi, who died on Thursday five days after gunmen opened fire on her car, and the U.N. pullout, following two suicide bomb attacks, were fresh setbacks to a U.S. bid to get more international help to police and rebuild Iraq.
In an effort to forge an international consensus, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell advocated a deadline of six months for Iraqi leaders working under the American occupation to produce a new constitution -- paving the way for elections.
(26/9/2003 8:42:00 μμ)