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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-13
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA fine and mild day is forecast, with some cloudy patches in the Ionian and in Epirus.
Temperatures in Athens will range from 13 to 25 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 11 to 22 degrees
(13/10/2003 8:27:00 μμ)
 Another week of strikes in the public sectorThe country is in the grip of a wave of strikes once again this week. University and technical college professors are in their fifth week of industrial action, putting at risk the entire semester. The health sector is also having its share of work stoppages, with outpatients' clinics closed until Wednesday and no operations being performed at state hospitals, due to a doctors' strike. In the meantime, state-employed agronomists are expected to decide tomorrow if they will go ahead with a new strike, while archaeological sites will remain closed for four day, due to a work stoppage by contract staff at the Culture Ministry.
(13/10/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 PM plans radical updating of Pasok candidacy lists for electionsPrime Minister Costas Simitis today had successive meetings with the Secretary of the Pasok Central Committee, Michalis Chrysohoidis, and with Paraskevas Avyerinos, a member of a committee to decide on the ruling party's candidacy lists for the upcoming general elections next spring. Speaking to reporters, Avyerinos said Pasok's candidacy lists would be radically updated and would include more women candidates.
(13/10/2003 8:44:00 μμ)
 ND leader in favour of Turkey's European orientationAddressing a conference in Ankara of the ruling Justice and Development party, main opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis said he was in favour of Turkey's European orientation. He also called on the Turkish government to contribute to a just and viable solution to the Cyprus dispute, and referred to Greek-Turkish bilateral relations.
(13/10/2003 8:51:00 μμ)
 Cooperation between Culture Ministry and City Hall discussedA meeting was held today between Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyanni to discuss cooperation between the ministry and City Hall, in view of the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Athens next year. Bakoyanni expressed the view that the message of the games should be more friendly, encouraging and optimistic, in order to ensure the attendance of Athenians, while Venizelos clarified that the event involved the whole of society and any caustic comments were uncalled for.
(13/10/2003 8:58:00 μμ)
 Tensions escalate between Greek Church and PatriarchateTensions have escalated still further between the Church of Greece and the Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople, as both sides dig in their heels over the thorny issue of control over certain territories in northern Greece. Yesterday, the Patriarch sent a clear message to all those who doubt his jurisdiction, saying the disputed areas belonged to the Patriarchate and would remain under its control. A message from the Church of Greece was equally firm, with Archbishop Christodoulos' spokesman saying all aspects of the problem would be dealt with firmly at a Holy Synod meeting next month
(13/10/2003 9:07:00 μμ)
 Greek Siamese twins separated in operation in RomeSiamese twin girls from Thessaloniki, conjoined at the head, are in intensive care today, after a 12-hour operation in Rome on Saturday to separate them. Medical sources said it would be several days before doctors could get a clearer picture of whether the operation was successful.
(13/10/2003 9:11:00 μμ)
 New US draft at UN sets target for eventual power handoverA new US draft Security Council resolution at the United Nations today calls on Iraq's Governing Council to lay out a plan by December 15, for the eventual transfer of power to Iraqis, without, however, giving a firm deadline for the handover. Nor does the draft substantially beef up the political role of the UN in the transition process.
(13/10/2003 9:24:00 μμ)
 Palestinians vow revenge for refugee camp raid by IsraelisMasked gunmen vowed revenge today at a rally staged amid the rubble of a Gaza Strip refugee camp, devastated in an Israeli raid, as tanks patrolled nearby. As workers struggled to restore power after the 3-day raid, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie convened his emergency cabinet, amid international concern over divisions in the Palestinian leadership.
(13/10/2003 9:27:00 μμ)