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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-07-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] council
  • [03] accident
  • [04] bug
  • [05] teachers
  • [06] refah
  • [07] priests
  • [08] drug
  • [09] court
  • [10] pireaus
  • [11] typhoon
  • [12] weather TUESDAY 31 JULY 2001

  • [01] HEADLINES

    The National Council is meeting at this hour to review developments ahead of the expected restart of proximity talks,

    Turkish Cypriot teachers are taking Rauf Denktash to court,

    A fast-spreading computer bug is threatening Internet users world-wide,

    And a traffic accident on the Mosfilioti road injures ten.

    [02] council

    The National Council is meeting at this hour to review the latest developments in the Cyprus issue ahead of the expected re-start of proximity talks.

    President Clerides will brief Council members on foreign assessments of Turkish intentions regarding the talks.

    Council members will also exchange views on the various scenarios that may take shape in the run-up to the talks.

    [03] accident

    Ten people including three small children were injured in traffic accident on the Mosfilioti road around 11 this morning.

    One of the injured is in serious condition, while the others were only slightly hurt.

    A rental mini-bus carrying seven tourists collided head-on with a car driven by a Cypriot woman. The woman's two children were also in the car.

    In the crash, one of the tourists aboard the bus was seriously injured as fire crews were called to free him from the wreckage.

    All the injured were taken to Nicosia General Hospital for treatment.

    [04] bug

    The fast-spreading "Code Red" Internet worm, which disrupted U.S. government Web sites last week, is likely to reemerge today and wreak fresh havoc across the Internet.

    The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center and other online security watchers expect the worm to start multiplying again, possibly slowing Internet traffic as it attempts to knock out government Web sites.

    The worm was expected to strike again at the hour corresponding to the first instant of Wednesday, August 1, based on Universal Time, which is the same as Greenwich Mean Time.

    Computers running the Windows NT or Windows 2000 operating systems and Microsoft Corp's Internet Information Server software version 4.0 or 5.0 are vulnerable to infection, and users should install a software patch.

    For infected computers, turning the machine off and then on gets rid of the worm but does not provide immunity from future infection.

    [05] teachers

    Turkish Cypriot teachers will take Rauf Denktash to the International Court of Human Rights.

    According to the Turkish Cypriot press, the teachers will seek legal recourse following Denktash's refusal to allow them to take part in the International Youth Olympiad in Greece.

    Turkish Cypriot teachers' union leader Varol Ozjuk dismissed claims that preparations for the trip to Greece were held in secret and without permission.

    [06] refah

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey's decision to ban an Islamist party because it violated the country's secular principles did not contravene human rights laws.

    The Refah or Welfare party, which became Turkey's single largest party in a 1995 general election, had argued that Ankara's decision to ban it in 1998 contravened the European Human Rights convention.

    But judges voted four to three in favour of rejecting the case, saying the ban was acceptable under Article 11 of the convention, which enshrines the right to assembly and expression so long as this does not endanger the fundamental interests of a democratic society.

    Refah has the right to appeal against the decision.

    Refah was outlawed by Turkey's Constitutional Council, which said party leaders sought to institute Islamic law and the wearing of headscarves by women in public places and schools, practices it said were contrary to the country's secular principles.

    [07] priests

    A debate on whether to lift the suspension on Archimandrites Andreas Constantinides and Chrysostomos Argyrides will overshadow today's Holy Synod meeting.

    Constantinides said that although the suspension is not on the agenda, it will most likly be raised by one of the Bishops.

    The archimandrite, who has been on suspension since November 7 of last year, said he would call a tell-all press conference if the suspension is not lifted today.

    Constantinides warned that he would make revelations about certain Bishops and priests so that the public may know the truth.

    [08] drug

    Details on Armenikum, dubbed by some scientists as the miracle AIDS drug, were revealed at a Nicosia press conference.

    The company Democritos, the sole agent for the Armenikum laboratory in Cyprus and abroad, said it intends to conduct clinical trials on the island.

    The company is also planning to put patients on the drug on a mass scale.

    [09] court

    Criminal court handed down sentences of up to seven years in three separate cases involving the importation and possession of illicit drugs.

    The Court sentenced 30-year-old Bulgarian Kera Marinova Menikou to seven years in prison after she was found guilty of importing and possessing 28 kilos of cannabis with intent to supply.

    Two British tourists, 22-year-old Lee Mortimer and 25-year-old Paul Hartley, both from Lancashire, were sentenced to three years for importing and possessing 184 ecstasy pills.

    The court also sentenced 25-year-old Georgia Stephanie from Greece and 27-year-old Michalis Pashis, from Nicosia to three years for importation and possession.

    [10] pireaus

    Greek customs officials at Pireaus port arrested a Cypriot man trying to smuggle a pair of Kurdish men in his car.

    The Cypriot man, a member of the Kurdistan Solidarity Committee, was travelling from Cyprus to Athens by ferry.

    He bought out his 15-day prison sentence and returned to Cyprus.

    The two Kurds, still in Greek police custody, requested political asylum.

    [11] typhoon

    Taiwan rescue workers searched collapsed homes, temples, river banks and mountainsides for survivors of a typhoon which killed at least 61 people and possibly more than 200.

    Toraji, already Taiwan's deadliest storm since Typhoon Xangsane killed 89 people in October, has left 152 people missing.

    If the toll rises to 200, it would be the deadliest typhoon in nearly four decades.

    The eastern coastal county of Hualien took the brunt as the storm roared ashore and intense rains triggered rock and mudslides and flash floods.

    Taiwan's government inspected Hualien and ordered officials to set up a task force to deal with the disaster.

    [12] weather

    This afternoon will be fine with southerly moderate winds, 4 beaufort, and with slight to moderate seas.

    More fine conditions tonight with fog and low cloud developing in some areas.

    Winds will be variable light, 2 to 3 beaufort with calm to slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 20 degrees inland and the highest mountains, and to 21 on the coasts.

    A reminder that the fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.


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