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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-14
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastAll parts of the country will be partly cloudy, with showers in the west, centre and north and storms later in the day in the Ionian, Epirus, Macedonia and the western central mainland. Winds variable, moderate to strong. Temperatures in Athens will range between 14-and 25 C; and in Thessaloniki from 12-21 C.
(14/10/2003 8:19:00 μμ)
 PM addresses Pasok Parliamentary GroupThe consolidation of all PASOK MPS was requested by PM Costas Simitis today in view of the upcoming spring elections. Mr. Simitis harshly criticized New Democracy and warned social groups demanding satisfaction of their requests that they are overstepping the capabilities of the economy.
During his speech at the PASOK Parliamentary Group meeting, the Prime Minister clarified there will be no early elections or government reshuffle and underlined the Movement's statute will be abided, and as it foresees all MPs will be candidates once again.
Mr. Simitis recommended self-control, limitated introversion and caution in order to avoid breaches and confrontations among PASOK candidates during the pre-election period.
(14/10/2003 8:21:00 μμ)
 ND leader in BrusselsThe leader of the ND party, Konstantinos Karamanlis is in Brussels in order to attend the conference of the European People's Party. This morning, Mr. Karamanlis met with former PM, Konstantinos Mitsotakis with whom he discussed the developments in Greek-Turkish relations following his earlier trip to Ankara. The two men also discussed the economy in view of the discussion in Palriament for the state budget.
(14/10/2003 8:22:00 μμ)
 US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Athens next weekU.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit Athens next week, following an invitation by Greece. Powell will conduct wide ranging discussions with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou including bilateral relations, the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the issue of security, international terrorism and the Cyprus dispute according to government spokesman Christos Protopapas. Mr. Protopappas denied the visit would include a three-way meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, who will also be visiting Athens next week.
(14/10/2003 8:23:00 μμ)
 Tensions remain between Church of Greece and FanariTensions remain high between the Church of Greece and the Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople, as both sides remain firm in their positions concerning control over certain territories in northern Greece. The government from its end has recommended that both sides need to cooperate and exercise discretion. Meanwhile, in an interview to Net radio, the representative of the Ecumenichal Patriarch, Bishop Meliton classified schism as a very heavy word for the Greek Orthodox Church.
(14/10/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 Turkish Cypriots protest imported votes claimThousands of Turkish Cypriots protested in Nicosia today at what they say are efforts by leader Rauf Denktash to win a key December election by granting
citizenship to mainland Turks. His opponents accuse veteran Turk Cypriot leader Denktash of bringing mainland Turks to the island who share his distaste for
a U.N. peace plan aiming to end the decades-old division of Cyprus and allow it to enter the European Union reunited in May. Denktash refuted the claims on Saturday, saying he was complaining to election officials. He said he expected them to refute the charge so there was no doubt the polls were fair.
After a half-day warning strike, some 3,000 people marched from the Nicosia city walls to a court house where a protest letter was presented to the head of the election board after being read to the crowd. Anti-Denktash parties have vowed to resume negotiations on the U.N. plan if they win the December 14 general election. Under Turkish Cypriot law, a person must live for at least five years in the enclave before he can receive citizenship.
(14/10/2003 8:26:00 μμ)
 Suicide bomb at Turkey embassy in Baghdad injures 10A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded 10 people when his car exploded outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad today. Colonel Pete Mansoor said a car was driven towards the entrance of the heavily-fortified mission. It blew up, killing the driver and wounding several bystanders. Local hospitals said they treated 10 wounded, one with critical head injuries.
(14/10/2003 8:32:00 μμ)
 Israel expels 15 W.Bank Palestinians to GazaThe Israeli military today ordered 15 West Bank Palestinian detainees expelled to Gaza, a practice that has spurred criticism from human rights groups in the past, as troops backed by attack helicopters and tanks searched for smuggling tunnels in a Gaza refugee camp for the second time in a week. Also today, Yasser Arafat and Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres lent their qualified support to a symbolic peace treaty drawn up by former Israeli and Palestinian government officials and veteran negotiators. Israeli government officials and Palestinian refugee leaders blasted the 50-page document as irresponsible.
(14/10/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Indian shelling kills four in Pakistan-held KashmirIndian mortar fire killed four people and wounded two members of a family in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir today. An Indian police spokesman said at least 26 residential houses and three government buildings were damaged today in Indian-controlled Kashmir when Pakistani troops fired artillery shells across the military control line.
(14/10/2003 8:38:00 μμ)