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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES LUNCH
  • [02] HOTELS CHAOS
  • [03] Iranian twins
  • [04] CRASH SUDAN
  • [05] MAVRONIKOLAS
  • [06] Mideast Wrap
  • [07] IRAQ BLASTS
  • [08] BLAIR IRAQ
  • [09] Elvis
  • [10] WEATHER LUNCH TUESDAY 8/7/2003

  • [01] HEADLINES LUNCH

    Its crunch time in the hotels industry, with the workers unions giving more time to the Hoteliers Association to review its decision not to sign the agreeement for the renewal of the collective agreement, at the last minute,

    Iranian twins Landan and Laleh, died within hours of each other today, after two days of unprecedented, high-risk surgery to separate their skull and brain,

    A two-year-old child was the only survivor after a Sudan Airways plane crashed on a domestic flight early today, killing 115 people,

    Israeli police said an explosion in a central town that killed a woman last night was caused by a Palestinian suicide bomber, the first such attack since militant groups declared a ceasefire 10 days ago,

    and

    It may be too late for Elvis Presley devotees to get their hands on one of his sequined jumpsuits, but die-hard fans can still claim a small piece of the King, a tooth.

    [02] HOTELS CHAOS

    Its crunch time in the hotels industry, with the workers unions giving more time to the Hoteliers Association to review its decision not to sign the agreeement for the renewal of the collective agreement, at the last minute. If the Association continues to refuse to sign the agreement, crippling strike action is very likely. The hotel employees unions have told their members at Hoteliers Association member hotels to be on standby for strike action. Labour minister Makis Keravnos lambasted the Association for its action, saying that it was unprecedented in the history and the values of the labour movement. The minister is now holding crucial talks with the Hoteliers Association Executive Board, that will determine whether the Association will sign the deal.

    [03] Iranian twins

    An Iranian twin died early this morning after two days of unprecedented, high-risk surgery to separate her skull and brain from those of her conjoined sister.

    The second twin. Laleh, died soon after her conjoined sister passed away.

    The operation on 29-year-old Laleh and Ladan Bijani entered a "critical stage" after a team of 28 specialists and 100 assistants pryed apart their tightly packed brain tissue and blood vessels at Singapore's Raffles hospital.

    Ladan, the more outspoken twin, had wanted to lead a separate life as a lawyer in her home town of Shiraz, while Laleh said before the operation she wanted to be a journalist in Tehran. They both held law degrees.

    Dozens of supporters of the twins broke down and cried in the the hospital, some escorted away by friends.

    After cutting open the pair's joint skull in the hours after the surgery began on Sunday, five neurosurgeons then pried apart the brains millimetre by millimetre in a procedure that had taken much longer than the expected 10 hours.

    German doctors turned the Bijanis away in 1996, saying splitting the two could prove fatal. But the women were determined to lead separate lives, and came to Singapore in November to undergo months of tests.

    [04] CRASH SUDAN

    A two-year-old child was the only survivor after a Sudan Airways plane crashed on a domestic flight early today, killing 115 people.

    The pilot of the Boeing 737 reported a technical failure a few minutes after taking off at about 4:00 a.m. local time for Khartoum from the Red Sea town of Port Sudan in the northeast.

    The plane crashed on land as it returned to Port Sudan airport.

    A Sudan Airways employee told Reuters 104 passengers and the crew of 11 had been killed. He said a child was the only survivor, but gave no details.

    Sudanese satellite television said the child was two years old. Another channel said the toddler was in hospital and in good condition.

    A year ago, a Sudan Airways cargo plane crashed into a residential area of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, killing 23 people, mostly passengers and crew.

    [05] MAVRONIKOLAS

    Defence minister Kyriakos Mavronikolas is in Athens today for talks with the Greek leadership over the unified defence dogma and the maintenance of the the National Guards' fighting ability. It is the first visit to Athens by Mr Mavronikolas, after taking office. In statements at Larnaca airport, the defence minister that during talks with his Greek counterpart Yiannos Papantoniou, they will discuss all the weapons programmes in detail. He also expressed the hope that his visit will have positive results on the course of the Cyprus issue.

    [06] Mideast Wrap

    Israeli police today said an explosion in a central town that killed a woman last night was caused by a Palestinian suicide bomber, the first such attack since militant groups declared a ceasefire 10 days ago.

    A local wing of Islamic Jihad said on Tuesday it carried out a suicide bombing in Israel on Monday night but the leadership of the Palestinian militant group said it remained committed to a 10-day-old ceasefire.

    A statement by an Islamic Jihad branch in the West Bank city of Jenin demanded the release of all Palestinian prisoners or attacks such as the one that killed an Israeli woman in her home on Monday night would resume. Islamic Jihad's command in the Gaza Strip said it knew nothing about the Jenin wing's claim.

    Police spokesman Gil Kleiman said the bomber's explosive pack apparently went off prematurely in the home of a 65-year-old woman in an Israeli farm community north of Tel Aviv.

    [07] IRAQ BLASTS

    Three U.S. soldiers were wounded in two separate blasts in central Iraq, with no sign of let-up in a guerrilla campaign against U.S. occupation forces in the Sunni Muslim heartland.

    Reuters reporter Daniel Trotta, embedded with U.S. forces, said an anti-tank mine exploded under a Bradley fighting vehicle travelling in a convoy in the town of Khan Dhari, 30 km west of Baghdad, wounding the driver.

    In an earlier incident, two U.S. soldiers were slightly wounded when an explosion damaged their Humvee vehicle on the outskirts of Baghdad.

    Twenty-nine U.S. soldiers have been killed by hostile fire since President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq on May 1.

    [08] BLAIR IRAQ

    Prime Minister Tony Blair, fighting for his political reputation, today rejected claims he misled Britain over the case for war in Iraq despite the non-appearance of weapons of mass destruction.

    "I refute any suggestion we misled parliament or the country totally," Blair told a parliamentary committee.

    Prime minister Blair said his government did the right thing about Iraq and he stands 100 percent by it.

    Britain and America waged war on Iraq on the basis that former leader Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction posed a serious threat, but the failure so far to unearth those weapons has caused a furore over the case made for war.

    The credibility of Blair's government has come under attack and the weapons row has dented his standing in opinion polls.

    [09] Elvis

    It may be too late for Elvis Presley devotees to get their hands on one of his sequined jumpsuits, but die-hard fans can still claim a small piece of the King, a tooth.

    A pearly white billed as an authentic dental relic from the rock 'n' roll legend, along with a lock of his hair and a gold-plated copy of the hit single "Love Me Tender," are up for sale on the auction site eBay with a minimum bid of 100 thousand dollars.

    The bits of Elvis had been on display in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hair salon called the Yellow Strawberry since 1992, a spokesman for the collection said.

    Anthony DeFontes said the owner of the Elvis memorabilia was motivated to sell in part because of the cost of insurance and security.

    [10] WEATHER LUNCH

    It will be mainly fine this afternoon. However, local clouds are expected to bring light showers or isolated thunderstorms, particularly on the mountains. Winds will be moderate seabreezes, force four to five, over moderate seas. Temperatures will reach 36 degrees inland, 32 on the south coast, 30 on the west coast and 27 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine, with fog and low clouds expected to form in some areas. Winds will be light westerly to northwesterly, force two to three over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 21 degrees inland and on the coasts and 18 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.
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