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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-07-31

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  • [01] Battling with Flames
  • [02] Karadzic Appears at U.N Court
  • [03] Dispute over CultMin-Siemens Contract

  • [01] Battling with Flames

    31 2008 21:00:0

    By Anna Kourti

    A big fire, thatbroke out in Simiza, Traganou and Pigadi settlements, in the northern part of Elia prefecture, is raging out of control. The fire started at Agii Theodori, Lehaina and spread to Simiza causing damage to farm-houses but is not threat to inhabited area. Strong winds make firefighting efforts even more difficult. Three aircrafts, 2 helicopters, 20 fire angines and 55 firefighters are battling with flames. Still raging is the fire in Ariana Zarakou, Lakonia . Under control are the fire in Kato Souli, Marathonas that broke out at noon, the fire in Kammena Bourla near Greek Tourism Organization land, the fire in Pallini that broke out this morning, the fire in Aigina and the fire in Samothraki. Residents of the island of Samothraki had a nightmarish night when flames approached Alonia village and threatened the military camp in the region. Also fires in Partheni, Eraklio and Markopoulo, Attika have been contained. Since Thursday morning 44 fires broke out.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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    [02] Facing 11 Charges

    Karadzic Appears at U.N Court

    31 2008 17:55:0

    Karadzic Appears at U.N Court to be confronted with 11 charges of genocide and crimes against humanity

    Sources: -NA/PA

    Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared before a U.N Court for the first time after his arrest in Belgrade to be confronted with 11 charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The 63-year-old former Bosnian Serb leader, thinner, clean-shaven calmly told the presiding judge "I have an invisible adviser but I have decided to represent myself". Karadzic, arrested last week after 13 years on the run, said he would enter a plea after studying the charges, and a revised indictment prosecutors are preparing.He will be asked to enter pleas of guilty or not guilty to the charges of atrocities committed during Bosnias 1992-95 war which killed 100,000 people. The accused is entitled to seek a 30 day delay before entering a plea and may emulate Slobodan Milosevics, the former Serbian president, forceful political challenge to the UN courts jurisdiction and authority.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Dispute over CultMin-Siemens Contract

    31 2008 17:48:0

    Sources: - 105.8-NA/PA

    In todays session of the Parliament Cultural Affairs Committee, Culture Minister, Mihalis Liapis responded to questions raising from Culture Ministry-Siemens contract regarding electronic guide program for museums and archaeological sites. Mr. Liapis rejected accusations by the main opposition party and stressed that the state interests in the contract between the Organization for the Promotion of Greek Culture Siemens are fully guaranteed. The Culture Minister launched an attack against the main opposition party blaming it for audacity while he referred that during its ruling PASOK used to sign contracts tying the budget for a decade.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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