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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-07-28

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Oil up Slightly
  • [02] Row aboard Flight to Manchester

  • [01] Near $124

    Oil up Slightly

    28 2008 19:14:0

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NA-PA-REUTERS

    World crude oil prices were slightly higher about $124 per barrel on Monday after militants attacked Nigerian oil pipelines. The gains were limited by continued evidence high prices were shrinking demand in the United States -- a trend that has contributed to a record sell-off in oil prices since the mid-July peak. Oils gains were trimmed somewhat after fresh evidence that surging oil prices and an economic slowdown in the United States was cutting into demand from the worlds biggest consumer nation.The U.S. Transportation Department said in a report the number of miles driven on U.S. highways in May fell a record 3.7 percent from last year. In NY stock market, U.S. crude gained 48 cents to $123.74 a barrel off a high of $125.22. London Brent rose 48 cents to $125 barrel for September delivery contracts. Oil has fallen from a record high of $147.27 on July 11, pressured by signs of slowing demand. The main militant group in Nigerias Delta region said it had attacked two Royal Dutch Shell pipelines. Shell said it halted some production due to the incident but declined to say how much.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Forced Emergency Landing

    Row aboard Flight to Manchester

    28 2008 14:04:0

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources:

    Passengers of charter flight from Kos to Manchester last Wednesday were terrified when an air rage row erupted after two drunk Brits, aged 26 and 27 were refused more alcohol. The two girls, who appeared sober when they boarded the plane, had drunk a bottle of vodka which they had apparently bought at the Duty Free shops and could not control their behavior. One passenger said: "It was a hell of a scene. One was lashing out with a vodka bottle after they were refused more booze". "One went to the emergency exit and screamed: "I want some fresh air. It was a nightmare." They also breached airline safety rules by smoking in the toilets. Terrified passengers applauded the cabin crew when they wrestled the two women to the ground and used plastic cuffs to tie their hands behind their backs. The pilot then apologized for the inconvenience and announced the plane was diverting to Frankfurt where both women were arrested by German police. The airline is considering legal action against the women.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis


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