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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-31
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy and warm day is forecast.
Temperatures in Athens will range from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 11 to 22 degrees.
(31/10/2003 9:04:00 μμ)
 PM urges speeding up of welfare measuresPrime Minister Costas Simitis today urged his ministers to speed up implementation of a package of welfare measures by the end of the year. The meeting was attended by 14 ministers and undersecretaries, together with the ruling Pasok party's general secretary, Michalis Chrysohoidis.
(31/10/2003 9:07:00 μμ)
 Church talks suspendedEndeavours to defuse the crisis in relations between the Church of Greece and the Orthodox Patriarchate ran into a snag today, when negotiations between the two parties were suspended. This afternoon, the Ecumenical Patriarchate ' based in Constantinople ' confirmed that its representative in Athens, Bishop Pergamou, had withdrawn from the talks.
(31/10/2003 9:09:00 μμ)
 University professors to end strike?Striking university professors are expected to decide later tonight whether to call off their lengthy walkout, which has jeopardized an entire semester for students. Meanwhile, state hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus decided today to continue their industrial action, with a 24-hour strike next Tuesday.
(31/10/2003 9:11:00 μμ)
 Turkey should solve Cyprus dispute says EU officialTurkey must push harder to help reunite the divided island of Cyprus, in order to have a serious chance of starting talks on joining the European Union, an EU Commission official said today. Cyprus is due to join the EU on May 1, 2004.
(31/10/2003 9:13:00 μμ)
 Rumours of Angelopoulou's presidency interest deniedSources close to the president of the Athens 2004 organising committee, Yanna Angelopoulou, today categorically denied press speculation that she was interested in the post of President of the Greek Republic, saying that her focus was entirely on organizing next year's Olympic Games. The rumours started after statements she made in an interview with an Israeli newspaper.
(31/10/2003 9:17:00 μμ)
 Australian runner to be first intl torch bearer for 2004 OlympicsOlympic Games organisers said today that Australian runner Cathy Freeman will be the first international torch bearer for the 2004 Athens Games, when the flame begins it world tour in Australia next year. The Athens torch relay is already the largest in the history of the event, with 10,000 runners visiting 28 cities.
(31/10/2003 9:19:00 μμ)
 Legalisation for foreigners who have met application deadlineIn accordance with a legislative amendment, to be tabled in parliament within the next few days, all foreign nationals, who have submitted applications within the requisite deadline for residence and work permits, will be regarded as legal residents in Greece. A relative circular to this effect was issued today by the Interior Ministry.
(31/10/2003 9:22:00 μμ)
 Iraqi guerrillas kill US soldierIraqi insurgents attacked US troops with grenades on the outskirts of Baghdad today, wounding two and sparking clashes that lasted for hours, while a bomb blast killed another American soldier west of the capital.
(31/10/2003 9:28:00 μμ)