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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-09-30
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 Weather forecastMost parts of the country will see scattered clouds, with showers likely in the centre and north. The west will be sunny. Temperatures in Athens between 18C and 27C; and in Thessaloniki from 15C to 24C.
(30/9/2003 8:37:00 μμ)
 FM Papandreou briefs Foreign Affairs CouncilGreek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus dispute and the upcoming Intergovernmental Conference were examined during the first meeting of the National Foreign Affairs Council, that was presided over by Foreign Minister, Giorgos Papandreou without the participation of the Communist Party.
Mr. Papandreou briefed the council's members about his contacts in New York, which took palce on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
(30/9/2003 8:40:00 μμ)
 European Commission tells Turkey to contribute for Cyprus solutionThe European Commission called on Turkey to directly contribute to the immediate solution of the Cyprus dispute and not expect last minute exchanges for the sake of acquiring a start date for accession negotiations.
The European Union's commissioner responsible for enlargement, Gunther Ferhoigen made the recommendation today to Turkish foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, who requested the re-commencement of negotiations for the Cyprus issue based on the plan by UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.
Mr. Ferhoigen added that efforts must be made in order for the Cyprus issue to be resolved prior to Cyprus' EU accession date on May 1st 2004.
(30/9/2003 8:41:00 μμ)
 Defense Minister, G. Papantoniou in CyprusThe Minister of the National Defense, Giannos Papantoniou is on an official visit to Cyprus on the occasion of the islands independence day celebrations tomorrow. Mr. Papantoniou stated that the joint defense sector of Greece and Cyprus has been strengthened with arms programs acquired by the Greek armed forces, mainly F-16's, which can fly to Cyprus and back without refuelling.
(30/9/2003 8:43:00 μμ)
 President Stefanopoulos in ParisThe president of the Hellenic Republic is on a two-day official visit to Paris where he will be proclaimed an honorary citizen of the French capital. This evening, Mr. Stefanopoulos will meet with the country's Greek community while he will also unveil the statue of Adamantios Korais. The Greek president will also visit the University of Paris' center of Contemporary Greek Studies.
(30/9/2003 8:44:00 μμ)
 Pasok Executive Bureau meetingPolitical developments with emphasis on the latest polls, mobilizations and the party's programs for the upcoming period are being examined presently at a meeting of the Pasok Executive Bureau.
The meeting's agenda was discussed during a meeting this morning between Prime Minister Simitis and Pasok general secretary, Mihalis Chrisohoidis.
(30/9/2003 8:45:00 μμ)
 Bush, Blair feel fresh heat on Iraq warU.S. President George W. Bush and his British ally Tony Blair felt renewed heat today over their war on Iraq, with critics homing in on damaging leaks on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. Justice Department said it had opened an investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity allegedly to try to deflect criticism of the war, a case very similar to one that has shaken British Prime Minister Blair.
The speech was designed to repair the damage done by the British leak of the identity of a government expert in Iraqi weapons of mass destruction who had anonymously questioned the handling of pre-war intelligence to a journalist. A judicial inquiry was launched after the expert committed suicide. Bush's spokesman said the White House had ordered staff to cooperate fully with the U.S. investigation into what Justice Department lawyers termed "possible unauthorised disclosures concerning the identity of an undercover CIA employee".
(30/9/2003 8:55:00 μμ)
 One killed, 30 hurt in grenade attacks in KashmirSuspected Muslim militants hurled grenades at police patrols in two towns in Indian Kashmir today, killing a policeman and injuring 30 people. The attacks came a day after Indian troops foiled what they said was the biggest infiltration attempt by Muslim guerrillas from Pakistani territory in four months. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Himalayan region.
(30/9/2003 8:58:00 μμ)
 Man crashes car into U.S. embassy in TunisA Tunisian crashed his car into the outside wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis today and set fire to it in an apparent suicide attempt. U.S. and Tunisian authorities appeared to rule out terrorism as a motive. Tunisia's official TAP news agency said the man was apparently in despair after failing to obtain a visa for the United States to be with his American wife. The man, identified as Nabil Ben Jaballah, 39, was slightly hurt by the impact and the fire caused by a gas canister.
Security agents detained him at the scene. The U.S. Embassy issued a statement giving the same version of events as TAP and said there was no damage to the embassy perimeter wall after the incident, which occurred early today.
(30/9/2003 9:00:00 μμ)