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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-09-26

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  • [01] Papandreou Lashes out at Government
  • [02] Terror Probe in Full Swing
  • [03] Concern over Iran's Nuclear
  • [04] OA Flights to Be Suspended
  • [05] Suicide Hits Rock Pakistan
  • [06] G20 Leaders Agreed on Balanced Development

  • [01] Papandreou Lashes out at Government

    Last Updated on Saturday, 26 September 2009 13:34

    PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) President George Papandreou unleashed a new attack on the government. Papandreou blasted the conservative administration for weighing down the employees and highlighted the need for a state free of corruption and capable of respecting the money of the people of Greece. ‚Things are not easy, yet we are ready to clash with those who do not wish to see the country moving on,‚ stressed he while addressing an event held in Menidi district.

    George Papandreou highlighted the need for a strong government, underlining that the strong government, which will be a PASOK government, will make the best out of the country's human, cultural and natural resources and wealth aiming at green development.

    Wrapping up his visit in the city of Elefsina, he was briefed on the antiquities the municipality hosts and slammed the government for abandoning the area, which succeeded a great deal as far as recycling is concerned on its own.

    In his interview with Kosmos tou Ependyti paper, George Papandreou stressed that PASOK is after a mandate that will make it a strong and independent government.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8, ANA/MPAOlder news items: News item: 27163

    [02] Terror Probe in Full Swing

    The manhunt to track down more suspected members of the militant anarchist group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire is in full swing. Authorities have identified the fingertips of five of the 10 suspected members. The fingertips belong to four Greeks and one Albanian. The four members seized will be referred to the magistrate on Tuesday, while authorities have issued arrest warrants for another six suspected members.

    The four suspected members of the militant anarchist group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire were brought before Prosecutor Eleni Raikou under tight security.

    The prosecutor identified the four suspected members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire as Harilaos Hatzimichelakis, 21, Emmanouil Yio-spas, 21, Myrto Panteloglou, 21, and Panayiotis Masouras, 20.

    They were charged with participating in bomb attacks, membership in a criminal organization and the illegal possession of explosives and concern two bloodless attacks. All suspects denied the accusations.

    In the meantime, authorities issued arrest warrants for another six suspected members.

    News item: 27161

    [03] Concern over Iran's Nuclear

    Last Updated on Saturday, 26 September 2009 15:17

    The international community is gravely concerned over Iran's nuclear programme. The USA and Russia expressed their concern and did not rule out sanctioning Tehran. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed "grave concern" to Iran's president late Friday over Tehran's activities related to the construction of a new uranium enrichment facility.

    US President Barack Obama did not rule out sanctioning Tehran if diplomacy yielded no results. Obama did not elaborate on the sanctions, he warned, though, Iran that it is under surveillance and stressed that Tehran should clearly explain itself on its nuclear programme at a meeting on 1 October.

    The international community has spoken, it is up to Iran now to respond, stressed Obama at a press conference in Pittsburg, where the G20 summit took place.

    Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said in a statement that disclosure of the site is cause for "serious concern,‚ and urged Iran to cooperate with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) to resolve all concerns related to its nuclear program.

    The British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, on his part, in his interview with BBC radio, said that the world powers are focusing on sorting out the problem in terms of diplomacy. He then went on to add that any reasonable person is concerned the prospect of military action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

    Source: ANA/MPA, NET, NET 105.8Older news items: News item: 27160

    [04] OA Flights to Be Suspended

    Olympic Airlines are to suspend 26 domestic flights and 28 long-distance ones as of 29 September, in view of the opening of Olympic Air on 30 September. Passengers who have booked a ticket for flight beyond 29 September will be facilitated by other air carriers, including Olympic Air. If they do not wish to fly with another company, they are entitled to a full refund. The flying programme of the new company includes 19 domestic flights and 17 long-distance ones.

    News item: 27159

    [05] Suicide Hits Rock Pakistan


    At least 12 people were killed and dozens were injured in two separate bomb hits in NW Pakistan. A car bomb went off outside a bank killing at least six people. Shortly afterwards, another car bomb detonated outside a police station.

    Older news items: News item: 27158

    [06] G20 Leaders Agreed on Balanced Development


    Acting in unison, the G20 leaders, who met in Pittsburg, committed themselves to building a new balanced global economic model and a coordinated effort to overhaul banking practices.

    The world leaders decided to set constraints on executive pay at financial firms, impose tougher standards on banks and launch a process aimed at correcting economic imbalances.

    At the same time, highlighting the shift of economic power to the booming economies, including those of China, India and Brazil, the G20 leaders agreed to have the organization turned into a forum discussing crucial economic affairs.

    The above will result in G20 replacing G8, which was established in 1975 and includes the USA, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, German, Britain and Russia.

    Thus, the role of the International Monetary Fund in the world economic governance was boosted, by increasing its powers to monitoring and coordinating the national policies.

    Satisfied with the final communiqué, US President Barack Obama stressed that the G20 helped the world economy to recover.

    News item: 27157

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