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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-18
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastCloudy and rainy in most parts of the country with strong to gale force winds out of the south. Temperatures in Athens will range from 17-22 C and in Thessaloniki from 12-16 C.
(18/10/2003 8:31:00 μμ)
 Bad weather up aheadThe state mechanism is on high alert in order to confront any extreme weather conditions that may arise following a warning by the National Weather Service. The service has forecast showers, thunderstorms and gale force winds on the seas with a possibility of hailstorms in the Ionian region, Ipirus, central Greece, and western Macedonia with extreme weather phenomena expanding to Thessaly and Macedonia during the evening hours. The Civil Protection Agency has cautioned citizens to be particularly careful during the upcoming hours.
(18/10/2003 8:33:00 μμ)
 PM tells Erdogan solution for Cyprus must be found in 2004A few days prior to Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's visit to Athens, there is much activity surrounding the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations. From Brussels after the end of the EU summit, Prime Minister Simitis sent a message to his Turkish counterpart, Tayip Erdogan stating that a solution must be reached on the Cyprus dispute in 2004. From his end, Mr. Erdogan underlined he would focus his attention on Cyprus after the December elections in the occupied territories but expressed concerns since the Cyprus issue is included in the Copenhagen criteria something Ankara is in disagreement with.
(18/10/2003 8:36:00 μμ)
 Head of Turkish Armed Forces says Turkey must remain in CyprusThree days before the Gul visit to Athens, the Head of the Turkish Armed Forces, General I. Ozkok, in an interview to the 'Eleftherotypia' newspaper, expressed the view that the problems in the Aegean would be solved within a week if Turkey's accession to the EU proceeds but underlined however that Turkey must remain in Cyprus.
(18/10/2003 8:38:00 μμ)
 Common EU Defence a matter of timeThe creation of a common EU defence policy remains a matter of time. The European Constitution which includes proposals for common defence policies is expected to be finalized by the end of 2003, while in the upcoming time period, the Italian presidency will present a compromised proposal that will be discussed during a new Intergovernmental Summit in November.
(18/10/2003 8:39:00 μμ)
 Thousands of immigrants rally against racism in AthensMore than 2,000 immigrants joined by Greek labor union activists marched through central Athens today to rally against racism. Demonstrators called on the government to simplify lengthy procedures needed to obtain a residence permit. The marchers dispersed peacefully. The social forum and the Coalition party organized the rally.
(18/10/2003 8:40:00 μμ)
 Doctors, municipal employees to strikeBeginning Monday and for four days, IKA medical offices will operate with a skeletal staff due to a strike announced by doctors. A 48-hour strike will take place on Monday and Tuesday by municipal employees while technological Institutes throughout the country will be closed on Monday.
(18/10/2003 8:42:00 μμ)
 Bin-Laden vows more suicide attacks-Jazeera tvArabic television station Al Jazeera broadcast two audiotapes purportedly from Osama bin Laden today vowing more suicide attacks inside and outside the United States and demanding Washington quit Iraq. The speaker on the tapes urged Iraqis to wage a holy war against American "crusaders" in Iraq until an Islamic government was set up in Baghdad.
(18/10/2003 8:43:00 μμ)
 Israeli forces kill four PalestiniansIsraeli forces shot dead four Palestinians in fighting today in the occupied territories, including a senior member of the Hamas militant group, a woman bystander and a teenager, medics said. 16 other Palestinians were wounded in that clash. Israeli soldiers also destroyed two homes in Rafah today.
(18/10/2003 8:44:00 μμ)