|Sunday, 15 December 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-02
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Palestinians prepared to assume control of the West Bank city of Bethlehem from Israeli forces today, a key step in a U.S.-backed peace "road map", after the two sides' leaders met in Jerusalem.
-- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said today that as president of the European Union he would press for a wider Middle East peace conference and again offered Sicily as the venue.
-- Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will go to London where he will meet British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw where they will discuss the Cyprus problem.
And, -- A peace rally will be organised in the occupied village of Lefka on Wednesday.
 MIDEASTPalestinians prepared to assume control of the West Bank city of Bethlehem from Israeli forces today, a key step in a U.S.-backed peace "road map", after the two sides' leaders met in Jerusalem.
Under the deal expected to be in place by late afternoon, Israeli troops would halt curfews and patrols as armed Palestinian police began curbing militants behind suicide bombings and other attacks. But Bethlehem residents remained sceptical, mindful of an Israeli garrison that would stay on, encircling the city.
Bethlehem Mayor Hanna Nasser said of the deal sealed at a meeting on Tuesday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem was a ceremonial withdrawal, not a real one.
Committing to end almost three years of conflict, the two leaders agreed to set up four committees to work on implementing the 'road map', which sees a Palestinian state by 2005 in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside a secure Israel.
 MIDEAST EU ITALYItalian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said today that as president of the European Union he would press for a wider Middle East peace conference and again offered Sicily as the venue.
He said the Italian presidency, along with the United States, the Russian Federation and the United Nations will work to support the road map for Israeli-Palestinian peace so that can work out a timetable and the means for the launching of an international peace conference.
He also said Italy is offering Sicily as the location for this international peace conference.
Mr. Berlusconi also told the European Parliament in a speech to lay out the priorities of Italy's six-month presidency of the EU that the EU needed to build a relationship of greater trust with Israel but must also implement plans to reconstruct the Palestinian economy.
 GUL CYPRUSTurkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will go to London where he will meet British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw where they will discuss the Cyprus problem.
According to the Cyprus News Agency Mr. Gul will explain the principles of his country's foreign policy on importnat issues dring a meeting organised by the Royal Institute of International Studies.
 LEFKA DEMOA peace rally will be organised in the occupied village of Lefka on Wednesday. The organising committee will send a message for the need to find a solution and reunite the island.
Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites and Latins were invited to attend the rally.
 GERMANY SHOOTINGA 16-year-old student shot his teacher in the leg before killing himself in a school in the southern German town of Coburg.
Police said the teenager shot the woman teacher in the leg before turning the gun on himself. The teacher was being treated in hospital, but no other injuries were reported. There were no details about the boy's possible motive.
Germany was shaken last year when a student shot and killed 16 pupils and teachers before killing himself at a school in the eastern city of Erfurt in the country's worst post-war shooting spree.
 TRAIN INDIAA passenger train jumped the tracks and plunged off a bridge on to a road in southern India on Wednesday killing at least 15 people and seriously injuring 21.
Rescuers were still cutting open the mangled wreckage to free several passengers trapped hours after the crash, about 145 km northeast of the Andhra Pradesh state capital, Hyderabad.
The train was nearing Warangal station when the engine and two coaches jumped the tracks at about and fell on to a road below, crushing some vehicles.
Nine passengers and six people on the road were killed.
The cause was not immediately known, but some witnesses said the brakes had appeared to fail.
Wednesday's crash came less than two weeks after 51 people died in western India when a train crashed outside a tunnel entrance after hitting boulders that had fallen in a landslide.
India has one of the world's largest railway networks, with almost 14,000 trains carrying more than 13 million passengers a day. But its safety record is poor, with about 300 accidents a year.
 GREECE HEATWAVETemperatures are gradually reaching 39 C in Greece as a heatwave is setting in the country.
The Metereological department said it does not exclude the possibility that temperatures will reach 42 C in the western areas.
Temperatures for the next two days are expected to reach 42 C in central and southern ares of the country with LarIsa, LamIa, AgrInio and Athens being the hottest areas.
In Cyprus, temperatures today have reached 38 C.
 MIST LCA AIRPORTFlights at Larnaca airport were interrupted for four hours today due to the thick cloud which formed in the area.
Six plans which were scheduled to land at Larnaca eventually landed at Paphos airport.
 WEATHERThis afternoon the weather will be clear. Winds will turn from light to moderate sea breezes, three to four beaufort. The sea will be slight to moderate on the south coast. Temperatures will reach 38 C inland, 34 C on the south coast, 31 C on the west and 29 over the mountains.
tonight the weather will be clear but thin mist and low cloud will form in some ares. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly light, two to three beaufort and the sea calm.
Temperatures will fall to 22 C inland and on the south coast and 20 C on the west and mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.