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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-12-01
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastCloudy weather is forecast throughout the country with scattered showers mainly in the east and south. Winds variable, light to strong. Temperatures in Athens will range between 10-15 C and in Thessaloniki from 08-14 C.
(1/12/2003 8:07:00 μμ)
 PM attends "Future of Europe" conference in AthensEuropean Commission President Romano Prodi and Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt attended 'The Future of Europe' conference at the Athens Concert Hall this evening. PM Costas Simitis who spoke at the conference met separately earlier with Prodi and Verhofstadt.
During a joint press conference, Mr. Simitis and Mr. Verhofstadt underlined the need for the UN to play a significant role in Iraq andn returning peace to the region. The two men also discussed the developments concerning the European Constitution. Mr. Simitis stated vital steps were made during the Ministers Council in Naples but noted certain topics were pending such as European Defence and the issue of majority in decision making procedures.
(1/12/2003 8:09:00 μμ)
 World Aids DayWorld
 AIDS Day came amid news of a new $5.5 billion emergency strategy to supply badly needed drugs to fight a disease now infecting 40 million people around the world. At least six million people living with HIV-
 in developing countries need ARV treatment urgently to stay alive and healthy, but only between 300,000 and 400,000 are getting the costly drugs. The U.N. plan aims to get ARV treatment to half the six million people by the end of 2005.Estimates released by UNAIDS last week showed deaths and new cases reached unprecedented levels in 2003 and were set to rise further as the epidemic maintains its deadly grip on sub-Saharan Africa and spreads across Eastern Europe and Asia. AIDS will have killed about three million people this year. Five million more will have been infected.
In Greece, the Ministry of Health reports that the number of AIDS cases is much smaller than the EU average with 37 new cases reported per one million people while the EU average number of cases is 65. In his message for World Aids Day, Health Minister, Kostas Stefanis pointed out prevention and information are the two most vital factors in confronting the disease.
(1/12/2003 8:11:00 μμ)
 PM Simitis to address Foreign Press Association on WednesdayPrime Minister Costas Simitis' press conference on Wednesday to the Foreign Press Association will include significant revelations about the PM's and the Pasok party's upcoming plans. The PM will clear the air about scenarios concerning a change of leadership within the governing party. The PM will also discuss the national elections and the economy in detail.
Meanwhile, Pasok's communication team is meeting at the Harilaou Trikoupi offices today with the participation of the Ministers of Culture and Education, Evangelos Venizelos and Petros Efthiniou respectively, in order to map out the party's upcoming communication strategies. The meeting to be presided by the party's general secretary, Mihalis Chrisohoidis will also be attended by Theodoros Pangalos.
(1/12/2003 8:13:00 μμ)
 Olympic Airways passengers stranded for fourth dayThe four-day Flight Attendant ' Steward Association strike was completed today, after flights were cancelled with great discomfort for passengers, even though the Athens court of first instance had ruled that the mobilization was illegal and excessive. The administration is exploring the possibility of referring the strikers to the Dismissal Council. According to an announcement by Olympic Airways, 25 flights will be cancelled today, while the flights of Macedonian Airlines and Olympic Aviation, will be carried out normally.
The government said today the striking Olympic Airways flight attendants could face legal action and possible dismissal for defying a court order to return to work. The airline's 557 flight attendants have warned that they will turn their strike into an indefinite one if management decides to proceed with firings. The strike, which started Friday, has grounded hundreds of flights and cost the carrier over five million euro in damages. Flight attendants oppose plans to reorganize the carrier and cut jobs.
(1/12/2003 8:14:00 μμ)
 Economy Minister visits Ankara-IstanbulThe Minister of the Economy, Nikos Christodoulakis is conducting a two day visit to Ankara and Istanbul heading a delegation of businessmen and the president of the Confederation of Greek Industrialists, Odysseas Kyriakopoulos and the president of the General Confederation of Greek Workers, Christos Polyzogopoulos. The visit is taking place for the signing of the agreement against double taxation aimed at promoting Greek-Turkish economic cooperations.
During his visit, Mr. Christodoulakis will meet with Turkish PM Tayip Erdogan and other officials.
(1/12/2003 8:15:00 μμ)
 President Stefanopoulos attends Cretan unification celebrationsThe President of the Greek Republic Costis Stefanopoulos and former President of the Cypriot Republic Glafkos Cleridis, attended the events for the celebration for the 90th anniversary since Crete's unification with Greece today which took palce in Chania Crete under the auspices of the Greek Parliament. The Eleftherios Venizelos Research and Studies Foundation organized this years events.
(1/12/2003 8:19:00 μμ)
 US troops kill 54 guerrillas in Iraq firefightAmerican troops killed 54 guerrillas in a fierce battle to fight off coordinated ambushes on armored convoys carrying large quantities of banknotes in the tense Iraqi town of Samarra according to the U.S. Army today. A U.S. soldier was also killed west of Baghdad today after insurgents attacked his patrol, the military said.
(1/12/2003 8:22:00 μμ)
 U.S. quizzes EU on defence planThe United States quizzed European allies today on moves to set up an independent EU military planning cell, but avoided a showdown over an ambition it had previously blasted as "the most serious threat to NATO". Tension over the tentative deal on defense arrangements for an enlarged European Union was only a minor distraction as alliance defence ministers sought to shore up the credibility of a drive to expand NATO's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary-General George Robertson announced that allies had offered six helicopters for the 5,700-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, where there are currently just three. But these actually comprised three German helicopters already there, which Berlin has offered to keep on beyond schedule, and an as-yet unconfirmed three from the Netherlands.
(1/12/2003 8:31:00 μμ)