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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-10-19

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  • [01] EU's Initiative-US
  • [02] Intense Procedures on Vatopedi Case
  • [03] Fresh Gallops
  • [04] OPEC to Cut Oil Output
  • [05] Policemen's Unacceptable Behaviour
  • [06] Bombing Attacks in Baghdad
  • [07] Card Forgers Arrested
  • [08] 28 Y/O Videotaped Young Girls
  • [09] Americn Troops Can Face Trial By Iraqi Court
  • [10] Obama Slips to 3 Points
  • [11] Bloody Attacks
  • [12] Gordon Brown not Convincing

  • [01] EU's Initiative-US

    19 2008 10:16:00

    Sources: ANA, MNA

    President Bush and European leaders, agreed Saturday night to take steps toward a series of international meetings to address the economic crisis, the White House said.

    After a private dinner at Camp David, Mr. Bush, President Nikolas Sarkozy of France and the president of the European Commission, Jos&#233; Manuel Barroso, issued a joint statement saying they agreed to reach out to other world leaders to propose an international summit meeting to be held soon after the United States presidential election, with the possibility of more gatherings after that. During the first meeting leaders will review progress being made to address the current crisis and to seek agreement on principles of reform needed to avoid a repetition and assure global prosperity in the future.

    Co Operation at Focus

    Just hours before the joint statement, Mr. Bush, in an appearance with Mr. Sarkozy and Mr. Barroso at Camp David, said, Given that the world has never been more interconnected, it is essential that we work together because were in this crisis together. He added, For this meeting to be a success, we must welcome good ideas from around the world.

    After 3 hours of discussion in Mr. Bushs country house European officials sent the message of the EU Summit Meeting-G-8 must meet in order to reform the financial system in an international scale.

    Japan stated that it is ready to co operate in an international meeting with the pre condition that there will be an effective action plan that will target at the solution of the problem and asked for the participation of other countries too like Australia and New Zealand.

    Deputy FM G. Velinakis referred on the above issue and underlined the need "for co operation".

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [02] fEVERISH

    Intense Procedures on Vatopedi Case

    19 2008 14:59:00

    Sources: , 105.8, NA-NA

    Next week is expected crucial as discussions will start regarding the setting up of an enquiry committee on Vatopedi case. The government is expected to wrangle with the opposition party. PASOK and LAOS have already made clear that they will vote in favor of the setting up of two committees while SYRIZA is expected to do the same. At the same time, KKE does not reveal its intentions but holds both ND and PASOK responsible for the big scandal. "The government has nothing to fear or to conceal", Justice Minister Mr. Sotiris Katzidagis said in his interview in "Proto Thema" newspaper and stresses that he wants "the truth to come to light". On reference to the submission of the cases file to Parliament Mr. Hatzidakis said that "the developments taking place within the next days as well as the discussions will resolve the issue. According to prosecution sources the enquiry committee will examine the case and afterwards the brief will be forwarded to Parliament.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [03] Fresh Gallops

    19 2008 10:10:00

    Sources: , 105.8

    Two fresh gallops were released to Sundays press. Alco gallop conducted for "Proto Thema" newspaper shows PASOK on the lead 1,9% ahead of the governmental party.

    More specifically, 27,2% stated that they will vote for New Democracy, 29,1% PASOK, 7,8 KKE, 8,7% SYN, 4,1% LAOS while 15,2% stated dont Know-wont answer.

    As per Vatopedi case, 61,4% believes that the truth will never be revealed while 32,1% think the opposite. The second gallop was conducted by Rass for "To Proto Thema" newspaper and it concerns the Euro elections. 50,8% of people asked stated that they will vote in favor of PASOK and New Democracy, 31,7% another political party,6,9% a non parliamentary party and 10,6% answered dont know-wont answer.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [04] OPEC to Cut Oil Output

    19 2008 15:25:00

    Sources: NA-PA

    During an extraordinary meeting in Vienna, on October, 24, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are to discuss to cut output by one to three million barrels a day said Iran spokesman, Mohamed Ali Khatibi. OPECs present production is about 28.8 million barrels a day. Quatar shares Irans position.

    Algerias Oil Minister, Chakib Khelil current president of the organization- spoke of significant reduction and added: OPEC will take the right decision to keep market stability".

    OPEC is holding an extraordinary meeting after drop in oil prices from $147 last July to $70 last week due to the global financial crisis, particularly by the drop of US demand for crude oil. According to Chakib Khelil OPEC member states want price of oil to range between $70-$90 dollars per barrel.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [05] Urgent Investigation into

    Policemen's Unacceptable Behaviour

    19 2008 16:23:00

    Sources: 105.8

    Hellas Police chief has ordered urgent investigation regarding police officers unacceptable behaviour to a foreign national suspect revealed by a Sunday newspaper. Specifically, the policemen ordered the foreign national to take off his clothes in the middle of the road. The newspaper also publishes photos sent by the organization "Alliance-Stop the War". Attika police will look into the exact conditions under which the police intervened and ones responsible will be punished if accusations are confirmed.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [06] Bombing Attacks in Baghdad

    19 2008 12:53:00

    Sources: Reuters, French-German News Agencies

    Sources of security services reported in French News agency that two Iraqis were killed and 17 were injured today in two bloody attacks in Baghdad.

    Two people were killed and 10 wounded, including two traffic policemen, when a roadside bomb exploded near a queue of cars at a petrol station in the Zaafaraniya district of southeastern Baghdad, police said.

    A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol, wounding seven people including three policemen near a market in the Zaafarainya district of Baghdad, police said.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [07] Card Forgers Arrested

    19 2008 12:42:00

    Sources: NA-PA

    Thessaloniki police arrested two young Rumanian nationals on charges of cash-card forgery. According to police they belong to a scammers gang who manufactured fake cash cards and used them in automated teller machines to withdraw money. The two Rumanians, 22 and 23 year-old were arrested while trying to withdraw money from a bank in Tumba, Thessaloniki. A total of 30 fake cards and the sum of 2.035 were found on them. The two men arrested are permanent residents of Rumania and along with two others had arrived in Greece on Thursday, October, 16.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [08] 28 Y/O Videotaped Young Girls

    19 2008 12:38:00

    Sources: ANA-MNA

    A 28 years old man was arrested by police yesterday because he was videotaping juvenile girls using his digital camera in the dressing rooms of Poseidonio Swimming Pool, Thessaloniki. The parent of a girl saw the man and called the police.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [09] Draft Discussed by the US

    Americn Troops Can Face Trial By Iraqi Court

    19 2008 12:30:00

    Sources: ANA, MNA

    American troops could face trial before Iraqi courts for major crimes committed off base and when not on missions under a draft security pact hammered out in months of tortuous negotiations, Iraqi officials familiar with the accord said.

    During months of negotiations, the most difficult issue proved to be the question of who would try American soldiers and Pentagon contractors for offences such as the killing of Iraqi civilians.

    US can apply this draft security pact in members of their military forces and citizens who have committed crimes on bases and when on mission off bases while the Iraqi judicial jurisdiction will be applied for American troops and citizens who have committed deliberate crimes off bases and when not on mission.

    The negotiations started on February and are expected to be completed in July, but perplex issues and disagreements expressed by both sides delay the submission of the draft in Parliament.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [10] Obama Slips to 3 Points

    19 2008 11:34:00

    Sources: Reuters

    Democrat Barack Obamas lead over Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race has dropped to 3 points, according to a Reuters

    Obama leads McCain by 48 to 45 percent among likely U.S. voters, down 1 percentage point from Saturday. The four-day tracking poll, which has a margin of error of 2.9 points.

    Pollster John Zogby said the numbers were good news for McCain, and probably reflected a bump following his appearance in the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday.

    "For the first time in the polling McCain is up above 45 percent. There is no question something has happened," Zogby said.

    He said the Arizona senator appeared to have solidified his support with the Republican base -- where 9 out of 10 voters now back him -- and was also gaining ground among the independents who may play a decisive role in the Nov. 4 election.

    [11] Bloody Attacks

    19 2008 11:14:00

    Sources: ANA, MNA

    A murder of an Albanian national and a bloody robbery against an Egyptian owner were reported by police yesterday, Athens. The 32 years old Albanian was shot in Patisia area at 8:00. Police believe that his murder was face-off. A few minutes later the shop of an Egyptian was robbed. Unidentified men barged in the shop and asked from the Egyptian to give them money. When he denied they shot and injured him. The man was transferred to Athens General Hospital.

    In Thessaloniki a 50 years old Turkish lorry driver attacked and stubbed a 47 years old colleague of him for unknown reasons.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [12] Gordon Brown not Convincing

    19 2008 11:03:00

    Sources: ANA-MNA

    A gallop released today in Britain showed that Gordon Brown was not benefited by the way he handled the financial crisis. According to ICM gallop conducted for "News of the World" newspaper only 13% of people asked answered that they are willing to vote in favor of the Labor Party. On the contrary, 59% said that the way Mr. Brown tackled the chaos that prevailed in the banking system did not change their voting intention. The gallop was conducted by phone to a sample of 1.041 people and lasted from Wednesday to Friday.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

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