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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-15

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  • [01] Greek Hackers Attack CERN Computers
  • [02] Fourth Biggest US Bank Goes Bankrupt
  • [03] Twenty-one Killed in Stampede in Indonesia
  • [04] Oil Installation Attacked
  • [05] Alitalia Strikes Framework-Deal
  • [06] One Killed and 26 Missing in Shipwreck in Turkey

  • [01] Greek Hackers Attack CERN Computers

    15 2008 09:06:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    Sources: ANA-MPA

    A group going by the name Greek Security Team, or GST, claimed responsibility for the defacement of one of the LHC sites.

    The hackers, who stated that they had not intended to cause any further damage to the historic experiment, posted a message in Greece warning on security flaws, reported the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

    Hackers ended the long message that temporarily replaced the CERN site with the line: "We are 2600 - dont [sic] mess with us," the newspaper said. It was a defacement, and thats all it was, said Gillies today. "It was benign, but it reminds us that we need to be vigilant," he said. "And no harm was done to the experiment or its computer network." No additional files, malicious or otherwise, had been injected into the projects computers, he said. CERN brought the site back up but has blocked public access. Instead, only CERN users can reach the revived site.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Fourth Biggest US Bank Goes Bankrupt

    15 2008 09:31:00

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said early Monday that it will file for bankruptcy, while the Bank of America announced that it will buy out Merrill Lynch. The failure of one of Wall Streets oldest firms came as the fallout from the U.S. housing collapse and global credit crunch intensified more than a year after problems first surfaced. The company said its board approved the bankruptcy filing "in order to protect its assets and maximize value." Lehman said it would file motions Monday to allow it to continue operating and pay its employees during the bankruptcy reorganization. The Bank sufferred 3.9 billion dollar losses in the third trimester of 2008. Its bankruptcy resulted from its inability to find a buyer or strategic investor, after Barclays Bank reported it was not interested Sunday. Meanwhile, the Bank of America has announced today it will buy out Merrill Lynch for 50 billion dollars. The buy-out is expected to be approved by the boards of the two groups and then by its shareholders, so that it concludes in the first trimester of 2009.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Twenty-one Killed in Stampede in Indonesia

    15 2008 11:10:00

    At least 21 people have been killed in a stampede in eastern Java, Indonesia today during the distribution of tithe, an Islamic practice of giving away gifts during Ramadan, Antara newsagency reported. According to the police, the stampede started as thousands of people jostled at the venue of the distribution ceremony in Pasuruan regency.

    Twenty-one people have been killed and 10 hospitalized after they were trampled upon, a police officer said.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] "Oil War"

    Oil Installation Attacked

    15 2008 09:50:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    on Monday in a third day of heavy fighting with security forces in the Niger Delta region

    Sources: NA-PA, Reuters

    Nigerian militants attacked a Royal Dutch Shell-operated oil installation on Monday in a third day of heavy fighting with security forces in the Niger Delta region. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta declared an "oil war" on Sunday and warned all oil workers to evacuate the delta immediately, threatening to further disrupt production in the worlds eighth largest oil exporter. "MEND reiterates its previous warnings to all oil workers in the entire Niger Delta region to evacuate from oil facilities and halt production with immediate effect or they will have themselves to blame," MEND said in an e-mailed statement. Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for the military task force in Rivers state, said militants in about 10 speedboats attacked the flow station at Alakiri in Rivers state. He also reported that the attack lasted for over an hour, stressing that the attackers sustained heavy losses, while the army suffered no losses.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [05] Alitalia Strikes Framework-Deal

    15 2008 09:30:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    Sources: NA-PA,AFP

    Alitalias biggest unions clinched a framework agreement on Monday meant to save Italys largest airline from liquidation. Four out of the nine unions accepted the agreement. From now on Alitalias manpower will be 12,500, 1,550 of which will be pilots, 3,300 air hostesses, 7,650 technicians, employees and administrative staff, reported ANSA. "Its a first, important step," said Raffaele Bonanni of the CISL union. But it was not clear if Alitalias other five unions would agree to the deal being negotiated by their peers. Talks on tricky issues like salary cuts were set to resume at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT), with no guarantee of success.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [06] One Killed and 26 Missing in Shipwreck in Turkey

    15 2008 09:06:00

    At least one man was killed and 28 injured when a vessel carrying 96 people and 75 vehicles sank in the Sea of Marmara in north-western Turkey Sunday. 26 people have been reported missing. The vessel probably sank due to faulty loading or after some of its cargo moved to one side, reports said. In parallel, many drivers said that the ferry was overloaded. The ferry leaned to one side and then went down some 15 minutes after leaving the port at 11:30 p.m. local time, authorities said.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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