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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-24
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastAll parts of the country will be cloudy, with showers and storms in the northeast and eastern Aegean that will soon ease off. Winds variable, light to strong. Temperatures in Athens will range between 18-24 C; and in Thessaloniki from 15C to 20C.
(24/10/2003 8:13:00 μμ)
 IOC delegation expresses satisfaction over preparationsThe coordinating President of the International Olympics Organizing Committee, Denis Oswald expressed his satisfaction over the course of the Olympics projects following the examination of the venues that took place by the committee's delegation. Mr. Oswald, however, pointed out that time is running short.
During today's press conference, the Swiss official stated he had received the government's reassurances that the Calatrava ceiling at the Olympic Stadium, the suburban rail and the tram would be completed within the timeframes specified. He also underlined the spring Parliamentary elections would not effect the Olympics preparations.
This morning, Mr. Oswald met with Prime Minister Costas Simitis who pointed out the government supports each and every effort being made for the Athens Olympics.
(24/10/2003 8:17:00 μμ)
 Greek and French defence ministers discuss EU defenceGreek and French defence ministers today said European nations are now in greater agreement over a European rapid reaction force to operate alongside NATO's military structure. After his meeting with Michele Alliot-Marie of France, Greek Defence Minister, Giannos Papantoniou stated France and
 Greece are true allies in creating an independent European defence that will complement NATO and also have the ability to undertake their own EU operations. Papantoniou said a recent convergence of views across Europe had brought countries like Britain and France closer on the issue. From his end, Mr. Alliot-Marie spoke about Greece's participation in matters of EU defence particularly during the Greek EU presidency.(24/10/2003 8:18:00 μμ)
 Cyprus State Dept. Coordinator has contacts in TurkeyWith the issue of the upcoming December elections in the occupied territories of Cyprus dominating discussions, special State Department Coordinator for the Cyprus issue, Thomas Weston conducted a series of contacts today with leaders of the Turkish-Cypriot opposition parties.
Occupational leader, Rauf Denktash denied to meet with Mr. Weston claiming the American diplomat has been out-of-line with his comments and is attempting to turn Turkish-Cypriots against him in the upcoming elections.
(24/10/2003 8:20:00 μμ)
 Sanitation strike continuesA new 24-hour-strike is being carried out by sanitation workers, whose strike was found to be illegal and excessive by the Athens Court of First Instance. According to the decision, employees who do not comply will be punished with a fine of 2000 euro for every day they violate the court ruling, while employee representatives are in danger of being incarcerated for a month. Despite the decision, the strikers decided to continue their mobilizations until Sunday. Following an intervention by the DA, the landfill in Thessaloniki was opened and trash collection is back to normal.
(24/10/2003 8:22:00 μμ)
 Traffic interventions for holiday weekendTraffic on the national road network will be subject to restrictions until Tuesday evening in view of the exodus from the capital as city-wellers take advantage of the 'OHI Day' national holiday celebrated on Tuesday, October 28. Trucks weighing in excess of 1.5 tons will be banned from the national highways. Extra traffic lanes have been added on the Athens-Corinth National road and special interventions are being made on the Athens-Lamia National Road at the Vari-Koropi interchange and other traffic hubs.
(24/10/2003 8:23:00 μμ)
 Winter ?? time in effect on SundayClocks go back one hour on Sunday at 4 a.m. — to 3 a.m. — as European Summer Time ends and Greece officially enters winter. Clocks resume to the summer mode at the end of March!
(24/10/2003 8:24:00 μμ)
 Joint Palestinian attack kills three Israeli troopsGunmen killed three Israeli soldiers, two of them women, at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip today in a joint shooting and grenade attack by the two main Palestinian Islamic militant groups.
In another part of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses said Israeli troops shot dead an 11-year-old Palestinian boy near a Jewish settlement today. Israeli military sources denied any Israeli army fire during that time. Israel blamed today's attack on Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who says a crackdown on militants would risk civil war.
(24/10/2003 8:29:00 μμ)
 Two U.S. soldiers killed in mortar attack in IraqTwo U.S. soldiers were killed in a mortar attack near the Iraqi town of Samarra today according to a U.S. military spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said four soldiers were wounded in the attack, which took place just before noon around 100 km north of the capital Baghdad.
(24/10/2003 8:31:00 μμ)