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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-10-17

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Landaburu
  • [03] Nikiforos
  • [04] Strike
  • [05] Stock
  • [06] Mideast
  • [07] Clashes
  • [08] Missouri
  • [09] World
  • [10] Weather TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2000

  • [01] Headlines

    --- The Director General of the European Union General Directorate on Enlargement, Eneko Landaburu, began his contacts today in Nicosia.

    --- The National Guard "Nikiforos 2000" military exercise began today.

    --- Members of 21 trade unions in the Turkish occupied areas went on strike today, demonstrating against the austerity measures imposed on the puppet state by Turkey.

    --- US President Bill Clinton began fresh talks with Middle East leaders today in a last-ditch effort to stop the worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed in decades.

    And

    --- Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, his son and an aide were killed in a plane crash yesterday while headed to a campaign event for Carnahan's closely watched race for the US Senate.

    [02] Landaburu

    The Director General of the European Union General Directorate on Enlargement, Eneko Landaburu, met this morning in Nicosia with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides.

    During their meeting, they discussed progress in Cyprus' European Union accession course and prospects to reach a settlement on the Cyprus problem.

    Mr. Landaburu was also received by President Glafcos Clerides and then met with Attorney General Alecos Markides.

    The EU official will also be received by House of Representatives President, Spyros Kyprianou, and will meet with Cyprus' chief negotiator for EU accession, George Vassiliou, and EU ambassadors in Nicosia.

    [03] Nikiforos

    The National Guard "Nikiforos 2000" military exercise began today and is proceeding well.

    Reserves have already signed in at their units.

    Minister of Defence, Socratis Hasikos, inspected the procedure in Nicosia and expressed satisfaction over the large number of reserves that showed up.

    The maneuvres will be carried out in combination with the Greek military exercise "Toxotis-Vergina".

    Greece will participate with its airforce and navy.

    The final part of the exercise will be observed by Greek Minister of Defence, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, and Greek army chief, Manousos Parayioudakis.

    [04] Strike

    Members of 21 trade unions in the Turkish occupied areas went on strike today, demonstrating against the austerity measures imposed on the puppet state by Turkey.

    Meanwhile, a massive gathering has been organised in Turkish occupied Nicosia, with the support of 41 organisations and political parties.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash expressed concern that the demonstrations would turn against Turkey.

    [05] Stock

    The Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index rose today, closing at 319 units, while the traded value dropped to just under 16 million pounds.

    Meanwhile, the Brokers' Union announced measures to support the stock market, after the huge losses of the past few days.

    The chairman of the Union, Christodoulos Ellinas, said that the brokers would give a message of optimism by investing in the stock exchange, in order to stop investors from selling their shares at very low prices.

    [06] Mideast

    US President Bill Clinton began fresh talks with Middle East leaders today in a last-ditch effort to stop the worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed in decades.

    Mr. Clinton, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Jordan's King Abdullah had gathered for a crisis summit in this Red Sea resort yesterday, but broke off talks without any agreement this morning to get some rest.

    After almost 17 hours of near-continuous meetings yesterday, Mr. Clinton slept for two and a half hours before heading back to the summit venue for another round.

    Mr. Clinton met first with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a closing plenary session, which Egyptian officials.

    A European diplomat said Israel and the Palestinians had made progress on some issues, but remained at odds on a Palestinian demand for a multinational inquiry into what caused the latest violence. Israel says it will only accept a US-led fact-finding mission.

    Meanwhile, at least 102 people, all but seven of them Arabs, have been killed in clashes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel since September 28. Two Palestinians were shot dead yesterday.

    The summit faces a formidable task. Some leaders have warned that the fighting could spill over into neighbouring states or trigger crises in countries further afield if left unchecked.

    But many Arabs say the summit is selling out an uprising that is the only hope to end Israeli occupation. Thousands have staged street protests. Many Israelis are also wary, saying they have lost faith in the Palestinians' commitment to peace.

    [07] Clashes

    Israeli troops clashed for a 20th straight day with Palestinian stone-throwers today while their leaders struggled at a US-led summit in Egypt to find ways to end the violence.

    Witnesses at the Erez crossing linking Israel to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip said protesters hurled stones over the Palestinian-Israeli liaison office at the soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets.

    Palestinian officials who witnessed the demonstration said the soldiers fired bullets and teargas at a crowd of some 500 Palestinians

    [08] Missouri

    Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, his son and an aide were killed in a plane crash yesterday while headed to a campaign event for Carnahan's closely watched race for the US Senate.

    Beyond the personal tragedy involved, Carnahan's death three weeks before election day was an apparent blow to the Democratic Party's bid to win back the US Senate, which the Republicans control 54-46.

    Carnahan, 66, had been running neck-and-neck with Republican incumbent Senator John Ashcroft, whose seat is one of a half dozen or so across the country that Democratic strategists had considered vulnerable.

    [09] World

    And now for a look at other developments around the world in brief.

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    Israeli officials said that Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah may be telling the truth when he says an Israeli businessman and reserve officer was lured to Lebanon and captured there.

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    Torture, rape, summary executions, anti-intellectualism and a general suffocating grip on all parts of society mark Myanmar's military government, according to a UN human rights report.

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    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said it would be sending a team to Uganda to see if an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever there was Ebola virus.

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    Supporters of new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica consolidated their hold on power with a deal securing early elections and a place in government in Serbia, the country's dominant republic.

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    Yemen said it had evidence the blast that crippled a US Navy warship killing 17 American sailors in the southern Yemeni port of Aden was a "planned criminal act".

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    US Defense Secretary William Cohen flew to Brazil to meet hemisphere defense ministers, warning that narcotics trafficking in Colombia was a cancer that could spread throughout Latin America.

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    Zimbabwe braced for a second day of demonstrations after rioters in the capital Harare fought running battles with police in protest against soaring food prices.

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    Mass support for collection schemes where the country's poor swap hauls for rice, beans and even condoms could soon make Brazil the world's top aluminum can recycler, a top industry body said.

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    Peru's opposition takes to the streets this week to step up pressure on President Alberto Fujimori to quit office as promised but its main leader acknowledges that, so far, a popular uprising to force him out has not emerged.

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    Former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin demanded a formal apology from US Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush for accusing him of stealing IMF money, and threatened to sue.

    [10] Weather

    This afternoon will be generally fine with a few local clouds.

    Winds will be westerly to southwesterly, moderate, four beaufort, over slight to moderate seas.

    Tonight will be clear.

    Winds will be westerly to northwesterly, light, three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland and along the west coast, to 19 along the south and east coasts, and to 13 over the mountains.

    The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.


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