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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-04

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  • [01] Weather Forecast
  • [02] PM Simitis in Rome for EU constitution conference
  • [03] Vets and agronomists continue strikes...
  • [04] Taxi owners discontinue strike
  • [05] Mobilizations galore on Monday
  • [06] PM Simitis announces business stregthening measures in article
  • [07] Suicide bomber kills 17 at Israeli restaurant
  • [08] Turkey's election board rules out early polls
  • [09] Two killed as unemployed soldiers riot in Iraq

  • [01] Weather Forecast

    Sunny and humid in all parts of the country with winds westerly northwesterly, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens between 19-33 C; and in Thessaloniki from 17-29 C.

    (4/10/2003 8:31:00 μμ)

    [02] PM Simitis in Rome for EU constitution conference

    Leaders of 28 present and future European Union states opened a summit in Rome today to thrash out a constitution that will govern how former foes from across the continent will work together in an enlarged EU. During a press conference in Rome on the conference's sidelines, Prime Minister Simitis requested the acceptance of the planned new constitution without major changes. The Greek PM added however that clarifications and improvements should be made since the EU requires a new form of operation following its enlargement.

    Meanwhile Italian riot police clashed with anti-globalisation protesters during a demonstration against today's summit in Rome today, leaving several demonstrators injured. Earlier today several thousand demonstrators had marched through a southern district of Rome to protest against the summit. More than 7,000 police were on the streets and helicopters hovered overhead, monitoring the crowds.

    (4/10/2003 8:33:00 μμ)

    [03] Vets and agronomists continue strikes...

    Problems are multiplying as a result of the on-going strike by state-employed vets and agronomists despite the fact that an Athens court of first instance yesterday declared the strike illegal and abusive. However, 32 out of the country's 94 slaughterhouses are in full operation while meat imports from the European Union are continuing without any problems.

    (4/10/2003 8:33:00 μμ)

    [04] Taxi owners discontinue strike

    Taxis returned to the streets of Athens today at 3 p.m. During the meeting of the Attica Taxi Owners Association earlier it was decided that 24-hour strike that began at 5a.m. this morning be discontinued.

    (4/10/2003 8:34:00 μμ)

    [05] Mobilizations galore on Monday

    The upcoming week is critical with respect to course of the mobilizations taking place in tertiary education. University professors are insisting to continue their mobilizations demanding a 30% increase in their basic salaries despite the fact that the government decided to give universities 19 million euro.

    In further mobilizations, striking on Monday will be grade school and middle school teachers, hospital doctors and local administration employees. Police officers, coast guard employees and firefighters have also announced mobilizations.

    (4/10/2003 8:36:00 μμ)

    [06] PM Simitis announces business stregthening measures in article

    Significant structural changes to strengthen entrepreneurs and help in the development of small and medium sized businesses were announced by Prime Minister Simitis is his article in the newspaper "Imerisia". The PM characterized the forecasted 4,2% growth rate as a corner stone of the budget and reassured the existence of a pivotal central policy plan for interventions in the economy that would strengthen business ventures.

    (4/10/2003 8:38:00 μμ)

    [07] Suicide bomber kills 17 at Israeli restaurant

    A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up in a crowded beach restaurant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa today, killing at least 17 people including three children and wounding dozens, police said. The attack on the eve of the Yom Kippur fast day was likely to increase public pressure on Israel's government to remove Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, despite an appeal by his prime minister-designate for attacks on civilians to end. Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ahmed Qurie condemned the blast and urged Islamic militants to halt all attacks on civilians.

    (4/10/2003 8:39:00 μμ)

    [08] Turkey's election board rules out early polls

    Turkey's election board today rejected a motion to cancel last year's general election results in a decision that rules out the prospect of early polls in the debt ridden country. Some feared the election board could cancel the results or call for a limited redistribution of parliamentary seats.

    (4/10/2003 8:40:00 μμ)

    [09] Two killed as unemployed soldiers riot in Iraq

    Two Iraqis were killed today in violent confrontations between hundreds of former soldiers in Saddam Hussein's disbanded army and occupying troops in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra. The British army said one of its soldiers shot dead an armed Iraqi during an angry demonstration in Basra by men who had gathered to collect redundancy payments after being laid off from the Iraqi military.

    (4/10/2003 8:43:00 μμ)

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