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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-01-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Denktash
  • [02] Church
  • [03] Overseas
  • [04] Stock
  • [05] Tree
  • [06] Moon
  • [07] Mideast
  • [08] Quake
  • [09] World
  • [10] Baptist
  • [11] Weather THURSDAY 4 JANUARY 2001

  • [01] Denktash

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said today that UNFICYP personnel could not exercise their duties in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, without prior permission from the pseudostate.

    Turkish Cypriot media today quoted Mr. Denktash as saying that it would be unthinkable for UNFICYP to enter the Turkish occupied areas without the consent of the Turkish Cypriots.

    [02] Church

    Turkish Cypriot newspaper "Avrupa" reported today that the illegal "authorities" in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic have turned the Ayia Anastasia church in Lapithos into a hotel.

    The daily quoted the architect of the project as saying that the church was not considered to be an archaeological site.

    [03] Overseas

    The World Conference of Overseas Cypriot Youths opened today in Nicosia.

    Addressing the Conference, President Glafcos Clerides stressed that the support of overseas Cypriots must be intensified, in order to facilitate efforts to reach a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The Conference will conclude its works tomorrow.

    [04] Stock

    The Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index closed today at 242,12 units, recording an increase of 0,39 percent, compared to yesterday's meeting.

    Traded value was low and reached 8,5 million pounds, compared to 12 million yesterday.

    [05] Tree

    A fire totally consumed the Paralimni Christmas tree, which was erected in the town's main square.

    Police found flammable material at the scene.

    The tree was worth seven thousand pounds.

    [06] Moon

    A total eclipse of the moon will occur on Tuesday, January 9.

    The Meteorological Service announced that the phenomenon will be visible from Cyprus, weather permitting.

    This eclipse will be the only one visible from Cyprus this year.

    [07] Mideast

    Palestinian President Yasser Arafat began consulting Arab leaders in Cairo today about US President Bill Clinton's Middle East peace proposals before announcing whether he accepts them.

    Arafat began his discussions by meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after arriving from talks in Washington with Clinton, who is trying to clinch a last-minute peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians before he leaves office on January 20.

    A White House spokesman said in Washington that progress had been made at the talks with Arafat on Tuesday because the Palestinian leader had accepted Clinton's proposals with some reservations.

    Israel remained doubtful a peace agreement was imminent. But it decided to send a senior envoy to Washington for talks and a Western diplomat said a Palestinian negotiator would probably go to Washington for talks next week.

    Meanwhile, there were no major outbreaks of violence last night or this morning, although the Israeli army said its troops were fired upon in incidents near the West Bank town of Nablus and in several areas in the Gaza Strip.

    The army said Palestinian gunmen also fired at a settlement near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. It said there were no casualties but a religious centre in the settlement was damaged.

    [08] Quake

    An earthquake strong enough to shake homes jolted northeastern Japan today for the second time in three days, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

    The quake, measuring 5.1 on the open-ended Richter scale, was centred about 200 km north of Tokyo in Niigata Prefecture.

    There was no danger of tsunami, or tidal waves.

    An official at the Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc said a key nuclear power plant in the area on the Sea of Japan coast was working normally after the quake.

    A tremor of a similar magnitude hit Niigata on Tuesday, with no reports of damages.

    Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions, sitting atop the juncture of three tectonic plates, or pieces of the earth's crust.

    [09] World

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

    - - - -

    US President-elect George W. Bush got a surprise house-warming present from the US Federal Reserve -- an interest-rate cut that could breathe life into the economy he inherits but complicate his plans for a 1,3 trillion dollars tax cut.

    - - - -

    Thailand's general election this weekend will not put an end to the political uncertainty gripping the country but merely prolong it, analysts warned today, as the tycoon tipped to win the election rejected calls to quit.

    - - - -

    An outburst by a Philippine senator upset by the crowd and a fellow senator's comments disrupted President Joseph Estrada's impeachment trial today, forcing the court to suspend proceedings temporarily.

    - - - -

    A Turkish radical leftist group blamed by police for yesterday's suicide bombing that killed a policeman has claimed responsibility for the attack as a response to prison raids.

    - - - -

    A dramatic escalation in Sri Lanka's ethnic war last year left almost 4.000 dead, according to the military, taking the estimated death toll from the 18-year conflict to 64.000.

    - - - -

    Yugoslavia will mark the end of an era of conflict with NATO today by sending a minister to the United States for the first time since the alliance's 78-day bombing onslaught on the Balkan country in 1999.

    - - - -

    Two armed men burst into the headquarters of Portugal's RTP state television station today and threatened to explode a bomb they said they were carrying.

    The men, whose motives were not immediately known, then locked themselves in a ground-floor room of the building in central Lisbon together with a woman and two children.

    - - - -

    UNITA rebels are edging closer to Angola's key Catoca kimberlite diamond mine, but the management is determined to boost production in the face of the offensive.

    - - - -

    A wave of mindless crime by Japanese teenagers, many of them 17-year-olds, has shocked the country and drawn intense media scrutiny because of the cruelty of the acts and their bizarre motives.

    - - - -

    US First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton became a US senator at the same moment that her husband became the first American president with a spouse in the Senate.

    - - - -

    British tabloids splashed pictures today of Queen Elizabeth's second son Prince Andrew enjoying a sunshine holiday on a yacht off Thailand with topless women.

    [10] Baptist

    Archaeologists claim to have found the skull of John the Baptist.

    According to Australian media, the skull was found in a cave on the banks of Jordan river, which is believed to be the winter residence of the prophet.

    Israeli and Palestinian archaeologists said the cave was very close to the point in the river where John baptised Christ.

    [11] Weather

    This afternoon will be partially cloudy with a few local showers.

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

    Tonight will be cloudy with local showers.

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

    Temperatures will drop to 7 degrees inland, to 10 along the coast, and to 3 over the mountains.


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