|Sunday, 25 February 2024
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-02-20
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 40 Dead in Vietnam-8 Climbers Killed by AvalancheEurope
At least 40 people have drowned in a river boat accident in Vietnam after a crowded vessel sank while taking people to a market, a senior provincial official said.
The wooden boat sank amid strong currents and cold winds 20 metres from shore on the Gianh River in central Quang Binh province when passengers scrambled to get off before it reached the pier, the official said.
40 bodies have been recovered, at least 5 people remain missing, while 36 were rescued, an official said.
8 Climbers Killed by Avalanche in North Eastern Turkey
Eight mountain climbers were killed and several were believed trapped under snow after they were caught by an avalanche in northeast Turkey, the local governor said.
Some 16 people had been buried by the avalanche on the Zigana mountain, site of a small ski resort in Gumushane province, near the Black Sea Coast, the governor Enver Salihoglu told Turkish broadcaster NTV.
News item: 18140
 Belgium: Slaughter in Day-Care CentreAccording to French News agency, a man stabbed two children and one adult at a day-care centre in Belgium. The incident was reported in Dendermonde, a town about 30 kilometres northwest of Brussels.
Het Laatste Nieuws reported that the man injured at least 10 children. Belgium's VRT radio said a man riding a bicycle was arrested shortly after the incident. A woman working in the day-care centre said one of the victims was member of the centres' employees. The identity of the murder is still unidentified. Up to this moment, police authorities have made no comment.
Belgium ministry of internal affairs announced that the murderer was arrested. According to the mayor of the city, the rest of the children are safe, they are in a state of shock and for that reason they receive physiological support.
News item: 18068
 Russia-Bakoyiannis-Lavrov MeetingGreek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is expected in Moscow on Tuesday, on her first trip abroad since Greece took over the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the following day. In an interview with the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS concerning her visit, she said it would cover all issues pertaining to the OSCE but also bilateral affairs, especially in light of the recent natgas supply crisis.
Ministry of foreign affairs spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos stressed that Greece will play the role of the "honest interlocutor" and will attempt to speed up the concession of all members.
The Russian side aims at the presence of OSCE observers not only in Tbilisi but also in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) wishing the "new realities" created after the war of August to be taken into consideration.
Asked by journalists whether her talks in Moscow would also touch on a proposal by Russian Premier Dimitri Medvedev for a new "security architecture" in Europe, she noted that the OSCE was "the right forum for this kind of discussion" and expressed hope that it would continue.
Under the light of the new US presidency, the Greek presidency will seek the promotion of dialogue for the new European security as there is a general estimation that new horizons have been created for the redefinition of the European security, such as the fall of the Soviet block and globalization.
Greek FM targets at completing her cycle of visits in OSCE countries including the US, until March in order to look into the dynamic formed in the Organization, the only forum that the US and Russia are both accommodated.
News item: 17986