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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] New Museum of Acropolis Opens Today
  • [02] Contacts on Skopje Issue
  • [03] Mass Evacuations as Typhoon Hits China
  • [04] Fresh Bloody Clashes in Somalia

  • [01] New Museum of Acropolis Opens Today

    24 Σεπ 2008 11:04:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Presidents of the Hellenic and Italian Republics, Karolos Papoulias and Georgio Napolitano opened the exhibition "Nostoi" hosted in the new Museum of Acropolis that opens today for the public. The public will have the chance to view a piece from Parthenon sculptures that was transferred to Athens from Salinas University of Palermo in a symbolic movement for the return of pieces of works in their birthplace.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [02] D. Bakoyianni in NY

    Contacts on Skopje Issue

    24 Σεπ 2008 10:26:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    UN special envoy Mathew Nimitz is to have separate meetings with Foreign Minister D. Bakoyianni and FYROM President Branco Chervenovski in NY on Wednesday to be informed on the two sides positions regarding his last package of ideas on FYROM name issue. The Greek Foreign Minister, who is in NY to attend the 63rd UN General Assembly, will meet with US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice on Thursday.

    Issues concerning the Omogeneia and Hellenism in general was the focus of talks during Mrs. Bakoyianni yesterdays meeting with Archbishop of America Demetrios at the premises of the Head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. The Greek Foreign Minister thanked once again Archbishop Demetrios for his personal contribution as well as members of the Omogeneia for their efforts to keep Hellenism alive and strong.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Mass Evacuations as Typhoon Hits China

    24 Σεπ 2008 10:10:00

    Chinese authorities have evacuated over 30.000 people from the southern province Guangdong as powerful typhoon Hagupit hit the area at 06:45 local time. Hagupit whipped past Hong Kong overnight, uprooting trees, causing flash floods with dozens of people injured and cancelling many flights. Chinese Meteorological Administration has issued an "urgent red alert," its highest-level warning. Over 50.000 VESSELS have been called back ports. Authorities forecast heavy rainfall and floods in some regions. The worst typhoon to hit Guangdong in more than a decade closed all schools and kindergartens in the coastal city of Zhanjiang, where gales and rain left most streets deserted even in the morning rush hour. The storm killed at least eight people in the Philippines earlier in the week.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [04] 7 Killed at Least

    Fresh Bloody Clashes in Somalia

    24 Σεπ 2008 09:20:00

    Sources: ANA, Reuters

    Islamist launched attacks in an African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, killing at least 7 civilians. Fierce attacks were reported yesterday in the AU union from various sides. Fires and tank incursions killed civilians into a market area viewed as a rebel stronghold.

    "A big shell killed five people after it landed on them as they ran to take cover," witness Osman Farah said. "They ran from their house, which was weak, but unfortunately they were all crushed. We have just collected their corpses."

    Taleh residents reported that buildings were destroyed and fires broke out burning shops. Death toll is still unknown. Many residents are abandoning Mogadishu as clashes escalate. For two decades now the city has turned into a battlefield. About one million Somalis live as internal refugees in what aid agencies call one of the worlds worst humanitarian crises.

    Islamists demand the withdrawal of Ethiopia armed forces from Somalia. AU preserves a 3.000 men "peace force" in Mogadishu while 8.000 more are to be sent. 3,2 million of Somali are in need of immediate help as except of the bloody clashes drought has also hit their city.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou


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