|Friday, 15 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-07
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 PASOK Ahead as per Two PollsAs per a new poll conducted by MARC and commissioned by Ethnos newspaper, PASOK (Socialists) is ahead with the ND (Conservatives) coming second. Regarding voting intention, PASOK is leading with 34.1%, ND follows with 28.9%, third comes SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left), KKE (Communists) is fourth with 8.1%, LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) fifth with 4.4% and the Ecologists last with 2.3%. In parallel, the poll shows that the people have lost their confidence in political parties, the Stock Exchange, Banks and Church. Due to the Vatopedi Monastery case, 65.7% have stated that they have lost their confidence in Church, 61.6% are supporting the separation of the state and Church and 88.5% believe Church property should be taxed. However, Archbhishop Ieronymos comes second in terms of popularity after the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias. Meanwhile, another poll conducted by Focus on behalf of Real News records a change in correlations in the A and B Athens constituencies, with PASOK leading by 30%, the ND coming second with 22.3%, SYRIZA third with 10.3%, KKE fourth with 10.6% and LAOS last with 5.1%.
Source: ÍÅÔ 105.8 - ÁNA-ÌPA
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 Tassos Papadopoulos Struggles for his LifeFormer President of the Cyprus Republic Tassos Papadopoulos remains hospitalized, struggling for his life as he suffers from lung cancer. Papadopoulos is the politician who in 2004 proposed the rejection of the Anan plan, as he feared the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus.
The former President was hospitalized on 19 November when he felt acute pain in the chest. His health has deteriorated since Friday due to acute respiratory problems.
Associates, friends, politicians, as well as many people arrive at the Lefkosia Hospital to express their solidarity to his family.
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 Dozens Killed in Clashes in SomaliaAt least 15 people have been killed and more than twenty others were wounded on Friday after the Ethiopian troops have carried out Shelling in livestock market area, in north Mogadishu, witness said.Residents in the area told Shabelle Radio that more than 15 shells landed in different parts of livestock market area in Mogadishu.A shell landed in the vegetable market near my shop and five people, mostly women and children instantly died, one resident said.Three mortar shells landed in the market and four people and a baby died, said another resident.The enemy soldiers targeted civilian areas today as they always do, to displace the Somali people who are remain in Mogadishu, Islamic Courts Union Spokesman, Abdirahim Isse Addow, Said.
Residents said they believed the shells were fired by Ethiopian troops in Stadium Mogadishu, abase of Ethiopian troops in the Somali capital Mogadishu.It is not known clearly why the Ethiopian troops bombed those areas, although no attack against them have been reported today.
News item: 16421
 Dioxins Back in our PlatesWorld -
The Food Standards Agency will meet later to assess if Northern Ireland pork products are affected by a contamination outbreak in the Republic. All pork products made in the Republic of Ireland since September have been recalled by the Irish authorities. The action was taken after dioxins were found in slaughtered pigs thought to have eaten contaminated feed. Tests showed some pork products contained from 80 to 100 times more dioxins than the recognised safety limit. Joe McDonald from the Ulster Farmers' Union said clear guidance was needed from the FSA in Belfast. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith, said the problem was confined to 47 farms.
Source: ÍÅÔ 105.8 - ANA-ÌPA, BBC
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