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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-03-19
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 Actress Natasha Richardson DiesNews
Natasha Richardson, the actress known for her nuanced performances on stage, television, and film, has died. She had suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident in Canada on Monday, March 16, and was later transported to New York, where she passed away at age 45. Richardson had been hospitalized in New York since Tuesday, surrounded by her husband, actor Liam Neeson, her two sons Michael, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12, and members of her immediate family including her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave.
There are no details on the cause of death for Richardson, who suffered a head injury when she fell on a beginner's trail during a private ski lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. She was hospitalized Tuesday in Montreal and later flown to a hospital in New York.
She was born in London in 1963, the performing gene inherited not just from her parents (Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson), but from her maternal grandparents (Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson), an aunt (Lynn Redgrave) and an uncle (Corin Redgrave). Her younger sister, Joely Richardson, also joined the family business. On Broadway, she won a Tony for her performance as Sally Bowles in a 1998 revival of "Cabaret."
Reuters: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall
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 Prime Minister at BrusselsPolitics
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is arriving at Brussels today to participate in the workings of the two days Summit Meeting of the European Union. Discussions between state leaders will focus on the support of real economy and on the reform of the financial system. In the evening, the Prime Minister will participate to working lunch hosted for state leaders and governments. The Premier will also attend the meeting held by the European People's Party and will also meet with the President of the European Parliament. Main opposition PASOK party leader Socialist International (SI) George Papandreou will arrive on Wednesday in Brussels to participate at the European Socialist Party (PES) meeting.
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 France: Massive StrikesHundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets and staged strikes across France to protest the government's handling of the country's economic crisis. Public and private sector workers are demanding greater protection for their jobs and salaries, and better efforts by the government to stimulate the economy. At least one million people had taken to the streets, with protests held in about 200 towns and cities.
Tens of thousands of protesters in the capital walked from the Place de la Bastille towards the city centre. Protesters believe the government should have taken them into account in its rescue package. The one-day strike, dubbed "Black Thursday", shut down rail and Metro lines in Paris, choked public services and left millions of schoolchildren without teachers. Earlier in the day, commuters affected by the strike appeared resigned to the action with some expressing support for it.
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