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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-09-03
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 SYRIZA Holds Crucial Meeting on FridayAlekos Alavanos, head of SYRIZA's (Coalition of the Radical Left) parliamentary group, is likely to unveil his intentions with regard to the party's leadership on Friday's meeting. According to information, he is to step down. If so, Alexis Tsipras will lead SYN-SYRIZA.
In his statements, Alexis Tsipras stressed that business interests pushed the Prime Minister to call snap elections in order to put forwards harsher anti-labour measures.
Alavanos, on his part, blasted the conservative New Democracy party for asking a fresh political mandate and the Socialists of PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) for trying to tackle the country's nations with empty words.
Source: NET, NET 105.8
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 211 British Soldiers Killed in AfghanistanNews
As many as 211 members of the British armed forces have been killed in Afghanistan, since the US-led invasion in 2001. The losses of the British forces have risen since early July, when Afghan which British troops launched a major operation against the Taleban militants to restore safety in the southern parts of the country before the 20 August presidential vote.
Yet another British soldier was killed Wednesday in a bomb hit in southern Afghanistan.
The solider, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers operating with the Light Dragoons Battlegroup, was in a vehicle travelling through Babaji District in central Helmand Province when the blast occurred.
About 9,000 British soldiers have been deployed in Afghanistan.
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 Michael Jackson Laid to RestLast Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2009 11:50
More than two months after his death, the pop singer will be interred in a private ceremony Thursday evening at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, the Jackson family said. The burial comes less than a week after the Los Angeles County coroner made public his conclusion that Jackson's June 25 death was a homicide. His family and a few close friends, including Diana Ross, Lari King and Brooke Shields, will escort the king of pop to his resting place.
Michael Jackson will be buried among the statues of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Called ‚astronomical,‚ the burial cost will be covered by the singer's personal state.
CNN: Judge orders estate to pay for Jackson burial
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 Clashes in Iran Killed More than 70At least 72 people were killed in the clashes that broke out after the disputed June presidential vote, said Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Iranian authorities, who have blamed the clashes on the opposition and the West, said that the death toll has soared to 26.
The political turmoil that broke out in Iran after the presidential vote, the massive demonstrations and the clashes plunged the country in the worst political crisis following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The opposition claimed that there had been a vote rigging.
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 Anti-Terrorist Squad Investigates Double HitNo group has claimed responsibility for the hit at the Athens Stock Market in the early hours of Wednesday and for the bomb blast outside the building housing the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The anti-terrorism squad is investigating both cases.
A woman was slightly injured in the hit against the Athens Stock Market. An explosive devise had been planted in a small white van parked outside the Stock Market.
Half an hour earlier a bomb had gone off outside the building housing the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry in Thessaloniki.
Authorities believe it was a coordinated double terrorist hit, yet, judging from the material used, they think they are dealing with two different groups.
Source: NET, NET 105.8
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 25YO Died of H1N1 ComplicationLast Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2009 16:44
A young 25yo Albanian national, who suffered from serious health problems and was infected with H1N1 virus, died at the intensive care ward where he had been transferred last week for treatment.
According to Health Ministry announcement, the 25yo, who had defibrillator implanted, was infected with H1N1 virus which turned to heavy respiratory insufficiency.
He is the second H1N1 case in Greece who died. Despite doctors efforts he had several complications and multiple organ failure from which he died.
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