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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-02-17

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  • [01] Kosovo Celebrates for its Independence
  • [02] Concert Postponed
  • [03] ND-PASOK Percentage Points Recede
  • [04] Deadly Attack in Kandahar
  • [05] Ieronymos' First Mass
  • [06] "Mild" Quake

  • [01] Kosovo Celebrates for its Independence

    17 Feb 2008 11:23:00

    Sources: NA-PA, Reuters, BBC

    Dozens of thousands of Kosovars have taken to the streets in Pristina, waving Albanian flags, dancing and firing fire works to celebrate its independence due to be declared later Sunday. "The influence of Belgrade has ended," Prime Minister Hashim Thaci told Kosovos public broadcaster. "The success of Kosovos independence as a new beginning will be clearly measured by respect for the rights of minorities, especially Serbs." The Parliament will meet at 16:00 Greek time to declare Kosovos independence. Then, the prime minister will give a Press Conference and deliver a message to the people. The USA and the EU are supporting Kosovos move, wile Serbia and Russia are opposed. The EU gave the green light for policemen and judicial officials to settle in Kosovo, a mission known as Eulex, headed by a French ex-General and former NATO commander in Kosovo, in order to protect the institutions and human rights. 2,000 persons will be deployed next week to replace the UN in the region until June.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Concert Postponed

    17 Feb 2008 14:27:00

    ERTs (Greek Radio Television) National Concert Orchestra concert scheduled fro 19 February has been postponed and will take place on Saturday 23 February

    The concert features works by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Mussorgy will be held at the Athens Concert Hall as scheduled.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Alexis Tsipras Most Popular Political Leader

    ND-PASOK Percentage Points Recede

    17 Feb 2008 13:40:00

    Sources: 105.8

    An MRB poll commissioned by Eleftheros Typos tis Kyriakis points to a new political reality in Greece, following Alexis Tsipras election as SYN (Coalition of the Left) president.

    In reply to a question on intention vote, ND (Conservatives) garners 29.1%, PASOK (Socialists) 25.8%, SYN (Coalition of the Left) 10.6%, KKE (Communist Party of Greece) 7.4% and LAOS (Popular Orthodox Party) 4.8%.

    Alexis Tsipras enjoys the preference of 52.8% of the interviewees, Kostas Karamanlis 44.9%, George Papandreou 33.7%, Aleka Papariga 23.5%, George Karatzaferis 25.5% and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) Parliamentary head Alekos Alavanos 40.8%

    Furthermore, 46.1% prefer a coalition government and 42.4% are for a self-contained government.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Deadly Attack in Kandahar

    17 Feb 2008 13:27:00

    The deadliest suicide attack since 2001 took place in Afghanistan in Kandahar today killing 80 people and wounding dozens more as they were watching dog fighting. Provincial governor Assadullah Khalid told a press conference shortly afterwards that 60 bodies were taken to the citys main hospital, Mirwais, and 20 to other hospitals. "This suicide attack was the work of Taliban, the enemies of Afghanistan," Khalid said. "Lots of people have been wounded -- since they have been taken to different hospitals, we dont have a precise figure at this time," he said. More than 300 people had gathered for the dog-fighting competition, which is considered a popular winter pastime and which had been banned under the Taliban government.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [05] Ieronymos' First Mass

    17 Feb 2008 12:39:00


    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece officiated at the Athens Cathedral for the first time after being enthroned. After the end of the Mass the Archbishop thanked the hierarchs with whom he officiated, as well as his congregation. He asked from all those who come from his past province to remember him and pray for him so as he proves worthy of his duties. He also called the Athenians, as well as the young children to help him in his work.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [06] "Mild" Quake

    17 Feb 2008 09:58:00

    Sources: - 105.8-NA/PA

    A "mild" earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale was registered at 03:33 Sunday. As per the National Observatory of Athens, the tremor came 16 kilometres from Athens and its epicentre was located in Fyli area on the roots of Mt Parnitha.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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