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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-17
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy day is forecast, with showers and local storms.
Temperatures in Athens will range from 15 to 22 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 11 to 15 degrees.
(17/10/2003 9:04:00 μμ)
 EU to have constitution by end of 2003 says PMFollowing the conclusion of a European Union summit meeting today in Brussels, Prime Minister Costas Simitis said he was optimistic that the EU would have a constitution by the end of this year. On the issue of the union's own defence force, he reiterated that it was a mistake to consider that it would replace NATO.
(17/10/2003 9:06:00 μμ)
 PM explains comments to Blair on Parthenon MarblesOpposition parties and the press today continued chewing over a comment by the Prime Minister to his British counterpart Tony Blair ' on the sidelines of the EU summit ' that a return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece could be "useful" because of upcoming elections next year. Later, Simitis clarified that he wanted to point out that there was not much time left to reach a deal and ensure that the artefacts are back in Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games.
(17/10/2003 9:10:00 μμ)
 Orthodox patriarch warns of possible schism with Greek churchThe clash between the Church of Greece and the Orthodox Patriarchate seems in danger of taking on unforeseen dimensions, after yesterday's televised interview with Patriarch Vatholomeos, who commented that things may eventually lead to a schism with the Greek church, although he deplored such a development. So far, Archbishop Christodoulos has not personally responded to the remark.
(17/10/2003 9:12:00 μμ)
 New social security bill to effect major changes in pensionsA new bill on social security ' to be released next week by the Labour minisitry ' is expected to effect major changes in the pension sector. Social Security Undersecretary Rovertos Spyropoulos said the aim of the bill was to simplify procedures and to ensure a fairer calculation of pensions for those who made payments to more than one fund.
(17/10/2003 9:14:00 μμ)
 5.7-Richter earthquake near KythiraAn earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, shook the sea region southwest of Kythira island this afternoon, some 270 kms southwest of Athens. So far, no casualties or damages have been reported.
(17/10/2003 9:15:00 μμ)
 Strikes continue in the public sectorState hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus have decided to continue their industrial action with a series of 48-hour strikes and work stoppages over the next two weeks. Municipal employees also plan to step up their protest, refusing to work over the weekend and staging another 2-day strike on Monday and Tuesday. They will be joined by civil aviation workers.
(17/10/2003 9:17:00 μμ)
 Action day for immigrant legalisation declared by Social ForumTomorrow, October 18, has been declared by the Greek Social Forum as an action day nationwide for the legalisation of immigrants. A musical event will be held in Omonia Square at 4pm, followed by a rally at 6pm, with a subsequent march to Parliament House, where a resolution will be handed over.
(17/10/2003 9:20:00 μμ)
 4 US military police killed in Iraq attacksThree US military police died in an ambush in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala and another American military policeman was killed by a bomb in Baghdad, the US military said today. Their deaths raised to 101 the American toll from hostile action in Iraq since the war was declared over on May 1
(17/10/2003 9:26:00 μμ)