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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 04-03-06
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 6 Palestinians killed in attack at border crossing6/3/2004 9:15:00 μμ
At least six Palestinians were killed today, during a suicide bombing and shooting attack on Israeli soldiers at the main Israel-Gaza border crossing.
 Bush vows to crack down on militants in Iraq6/3/2004 9:08:00 μμ
US President George W. Bush vowed today to crush militants behind this week's wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad and Kerbala, and signalled a major push against chief suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whom Bush singled out by name.
 Road and air traffic increases, as voters travel to electoral districts6/3/2004 9:04:00 μμ
Traffic police this morning implemented emergency measures to facilitate increased outbound traffic from Athens, in order for thousands of voters to go to their respective electoral districts to vote. In the meantime, air traffic nationwide picked up considerably today, as ethnic Greeks living abroad took advantage of party-subsidised tickets to visit their homeland and vote.
 Opposition party leader meet with the media6/3/2004 8:59:00 μμ
This afternoon, Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga met with journalists and artists at a restaurant in the Athens suburb of Metaxourgio, while Coalition of the Left leader Nikos Constantopoulos hosted a lunch for reporters in the district of Psyrri.
The leader of the DIKKI party, Dimitris Tsovolas strolled along the streets of Peristeri, chatting to café patrons and passers-by. Meanwhile, DIKKI has strongly protested against the failure of two privately-owned television stations to invite a representative of his party to televised political debates.
 Both major parties optimistic about electoral victory6/3/2004 8:52:00 μμ
Pasok leader George Papandreou and his rival, New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis both appeared confident of victory tomorrow, in their respective meetings today with media representatives, whom they thanked for their work in updating citizens during the pre-election period. Prime Minister Costas Simitis today visited the district of Kaminia in Piraeus and described tomorrows outcome as important for the countrys progress and for an improvement in everyday life
 Over 9 million voters go to the polls tomorrow6/3/2004 8:47:00 μμ
Tomorrow, approximately 9,800,000 people will go to the polls to elect a new government. According to the Interior Ministry, everything is ready for the electoral procedures. The polls will open at 7 tomorrow morning and close at 7 in the evening. Voters can be informed on the exact location of the polling booths in their electoral district by calling 1564, asking at the Citizens Advisory Centres, or going to the ministrys Internet site: www.ypes.gr.
 Weather forecast6/3/2004 8:43:00 μμ
A mainly fine day is forecast, with some local showers later in the western part of the country. Temperatures in Athens will range from 1 to 13 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 1 to 9 degrees.