|Sunday, 19 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-03-07
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines--- US President George Bush has said the superpower remained committed to achieving a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.
--- The European Union has called on Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, to return to talks on the Cyprus problem.
--- In Israel, Ariel Sharon is set to take office today as prime minister.
--- UN Security Council members added their voices to a global chorus of pleas that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban stop destroying their country's statues and other priceless relics.
 Bush CyprusUS President George Bush has said the superpower remained committed to achieving a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.
In his first bimonthly report on Cyprus, which he sent to the Congress, the new US president notes that the United Nations have continued their efforts to maintain the proximity talks, which began in December 1999.
The report covers the period from December 2000 until the end of January 2001.
 LindDenktashThe European Union has called on Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, to return to talks on the Cyprus problem.
Speaking in Washington, the President of the EU Council of Ministers, Anna Lind, stressed the need to solve the Cyprus problem, and reiterated the Helsinki summit decision that Cyprus could accede to the bloc prior to a settlement.
The Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs said Turkey should realise that both sides must do everything possible to bring Cyprus into the European Union.
Mrs. Lind also said she discussed the Cyprus problem with her US counterpart, Collin Powel, but not in depth.
She noted that they both agreed on the need for positive developments in UN-sponsored talks.
 FootTurkish Cypriot daily newspaper "Kibris" reported today that the occupation regime has taken no measures to prevent the foot-and-mouth disease from spreading to Cyprus.
"Kibris" says that while all countries have taken measures to protect themselves, the pseudostate has not moved a finger.
The hazard of the disease spreading to the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic is high, as cases of foot-and-mouth have appeared in Turkey.
The Republic of Cyprus authorities have already taken measures to prevent the disease from reaching the free areas.
 StockThe Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index rose today by 0,79 percent, closing at 194,81 units.
Traded value reached 5,6 million pounds.
 OpiumThe Limassol District Court today issued an eight-day remand order against a 29-year-old Iranian, who was arrested for possession of opium.
The Iranian was arrested yesterday by Limassol Police after a chase, when the suspect was told to stop, but refused to do so.
In his effort to get away, the Iranian was spotted dropping small bags containing opium, which were gathered by the Police.
Investigations indicated that the Iranian is on the island illegally.
 ArsonUnidentified persons torched five cars last night in Limassol.
The fire totally destroyed two cars belonging to Loukas Arestis, while a third car of his was damaged.
Two other vehicles, belonging to a neighbour, were also damaged.
All five cars were parked outside the homes of their owners.
 WorldReports swirled that embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori had decided to quit and would make the announcement next week, but the unpopular leader insisted he would stay on to pass important legislation.
Mori, his popularity in tatters due to a string of gaffes and scandals, has been under intense pressure from within the ruling coalition to resign to improve the coalition's chances in a key election for parliament's Upper House in July.
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An explosion of fireworks may have caused the collapse of a Chinese school which killed at least 41 people.
The toll was expected to rise after the blast, which erupted in the central part of the two-storey building where an estimated 200 schoolchildren and teachers were working in the small town of Tanbu in the eastern province of Jiangxi. More than 30 people were injured -- burned, crushed or both.
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A late-winter storm that blanketed New England with nearly one metre of snow slowly moved out of the region but coastal communities braced for a final round of dangerous storm tides and flooding.
Businesses and government offices looked set to open normally on Wednesday after staying closed for two days because of the much-hyped blizzard, which flooded shore communities and buried the region in heavy, wet snow that downed trees and toppled electrical transmission towers.
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Thousands of people may have to be evacuated if a tropical storm building in the Indian Ocean sweeps over flood-stricken areas of Mozambique this weekend.
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In Israel, Ariel Sharon is set to take office today as prime minister of a unity government formed to confront a Palestinian uprising that has shaken Israel to the core.
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Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has strong doubts about running for re-election amid growing frustration with the hardline opposition to his liberal reforms.
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European veterinary experts extended a ban on UK livestock exports until March 27, suspended livestock markets for at least a week and introduced strict curbs on cross-border animal movements.
The crisis over the highly contagious virus has now entered its third week in Britain, with more than 70 confirmed infection sites across the country.
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Two officers on the USS Greeneville felt the submarine was rushing through its maneuvers in the minutes before it rammed a Japanese trawler but neither man alerted the captain, a US Navy investigator told a court of inquiry.
Rear Admiral Charles Griffiths Jr., testifying for a second day about his findings in the collision that killed nine people on the fishing boat Ehime Maru, also said the presence of three civilians at the Greeneville's controls that day had "zero impact" on the crash.
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UN Security Council members added their voices to a global chorus of pleas that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban stop destroying their country's statues and other priceless relics.
World anger has focused on two giant Buddhas, which tower 53 metres and 36,5 metres and were hewn into sandstone cliffs at least 1.500 years ago. Afghanistan was a center of Buddhist culture before the arrival of Islam more than 1.200 years ago.
 StampsIn Britain, the monarch's profile has dominated English stamps since 1840, when Queen Victoria adorned the Penny Black, but from next month the reigning queen will be relegated to the top right-hand corner.
The Post Office has said that traditional symbols, drawn from the country's heritage and chosen by the public and stamp researchers, will replace Queen Elizabeth's silhouette. And Her Majesty has given the new designs the royal seal of approval.
This will be the first time that Royal Mail has issued images other than the Queen's head on English definitive stamps.
 CallasMaria Callas's favourite coat, a wig from a role as Medea and scores of personal letters snapped up at auction will find a home in a new Greek museum dedicated to the opera diva.
The city of Athens spent 117.000 dollars of its own and state money to buy scores of relics that once belonged to the legendary Greek-American soprano at a Paris auction in December.
Born Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York, Callas first performed in Greece when she was 18. She went on to conquer the opera stage in Italy and France and died in her Paris apartment at age 53 in 1977.
Adored in Greece even by those who are not opera fans, Callas is a symbol of a bygone era of international Greek jetsetting -- when shipowners and show biz stars partied in the Mediterranean and made headlines around the world.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be generally fine with a few passing clouds.
Winds will be southeasterly, light to moderate, three to four beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will reach 19 degrees inland and along the coast.
Tonight will be cloudy with fine mist in some areas.
Winds will be northwesterly to northeasterly, light, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 9 degrees inland, to 11 along the coast, and to 6 over the mountains.