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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] COUP/HOUSE 1974
  • [03] HADZIDEMETRIOU
  • [04] TURKEY USA
  • [05] LIBERIA
  • [06] INDIA
  • [07] PHILIPPINES MARCOS
  • [08] BRITAIN CRIME
  • [09] WEATHER Tuesday 15/06/03

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --Cyprus remembers and pays tribute today to all those who lost their life in defence of the Republic during the 1974 military coup against the democratically-elected President of Cyprus.

    -- A church service for those killed during the coup was held this morning at Saints Constantinos and Eleni Church in Nicosia, while the House of Representatives held a special session this morning where it denounced the coup and the Turkish invasion and honour those who sacrificed their life for democracy.

    Tonight a ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace during which President Papadopoulos will honour the relatives of those who fought and were killed defending the Republic.

    -- Harmonisation Coordinator, Takis Hadzidemetriou, will submit to President Tassos Papadopoulos said the harmonisation work is big and for this reason the staff of the permanent mission in Brussels will be increased, as well as the trips of officials at committee meetings in Brussels.

    -- A joint U.S.-Turkish military statement today expressed regret at a row over the arrest of Turkish commandos by U.S. troops in Iraq after a joint probe into the incident.

    And, -- Liberia's main rebel faction wants U.S. troops to have "an overwhelming presence" on the ground in Liberia and wants the Americans to arrive before a West African peacekeeping force.

    [02] COUP/HOUSE 1974

    Cyprus remembers and pays tribute today to all those who lost their life in defence of the Republic during the 1974 military coup against the democratically-elected President of Cyprus.

    The military coup against the first Presidentn of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, was followed five days later by the Turkish invasion, which resulted in the illegal occupation of 37 percent of the Republic's territory and its de facto division.

    The wailing of sirens was heard at 8.20 local time, the very time when the coup occurred.

    The House of Representatives denounced the coup and the Turkish invasion which followed in 1974 during a special session of the House of Representatives today.

    At the start of the session, the House observed a minute's silence in memory of all the heroes and martyrs who fell for democracy and freedom.

    House President Demetris Christofias and leaders or representatives of island's political parties represented at the House praised the heroes in speeches before the plenary.

    The session was attended by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and members of the Cabinet.

    Earlier, the Church and state honoured the memory of those who fell defending democracy.

    A memorial service was held at the Church of Saints Constantinos and Eleni, in the presence of President Papadopoulos.

    In a speech, Justice and Public Order Minister Doros Theodorou said that the government and the people have a duty to honour those who died during the invasion, defending the democratic institutions.

    Tonight a ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace during which President Papadopoulos will honour the relatives of those who fought and were killed in defence of the Republic.

    CyBC's second TV Channel will link up with the Presidential palace for a live transmission of the ceremony.

    [03] HADZIDEMETRIOU

    Harmonisation Coordinator, Takis Hadzidemetriou, will submit to President Tassos Papadopoulos a report on the abilities of funding programmes for Cyprus harmonisation with the acquis communautaire and Cyprus' non-participation at the PHARE programme where the measures for Turkish Cypriots were discussed.

    Mr. Hadzidemetriou said the harmonisation work is big and for this reason the staff of the permanent mission in Brussels will be increased, as well as the trips of officials at committee meetings in Brussels.

    The aim, he said, is for the Republic of Cyprus to be present at all meetings.

    [04] TURKEY USA

    A joint U.S.-Turkish military statement today expressed regret at a row over the arrest of Turkish commandos by U.S. troops in Iraq after a joint probe into the incident.

    According to state-run Anatolian news agency the statement, avoiding explicit recrimination, appeared to reflect a desire by both sides to put the dispute that had soured already tense relations behind them.

    U.S. troops arrested the 11 commandos in northern Iraq on July 4, triggering what Turkey's powerful General Staff described as a "crisis of trust" between Ankara and Washington. The men were released two days later.

    [05] LIBERIA

    Liberia's main rebel faction wants U.S. troops to have "an overwhelming presence" on the ground in Liberia and wants the Americans to arrive before a West African peacekeeping force.

    A spokesman for Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), speaking by phone from Accra, Ghana where he is taking part in peace talks, said they would like to see an overwhelming presence of American troops on the ground.

    U.S. President George W. Bush said yesterday that he was open to sending U.S. troops but that any deployment would be "limited in size and limited in tenure." Mr. Bush also said Liberian President Charles Taylor must first leave.

    The US President has pledged to help enforce a fragile ceasefire between rebels and President Taylor's troops, but he said he had not yet made a final decision on a possible deployment.

    [06] INDIA

    An outbreak of encephalitis -- an inflammation of the brain caused by a mosquito-borne virus -- has killed at least 146 children in India in the past two weeks, many because they were not treated in time.

    Hundreds of children are in hospitals and more suffering convulsions and high fever are being admitted every day in southern Andhra Pradesh state and neighbouring Maharashtra.

    The outbreak has been severe because of the onset of the annual monsoon, which creates ample breeding ground for mosquitoes.

    Doctors said the children are dying because they are not treated when they show the first signs of the symptoms, adding that early medication would have helped many children survive.

    At least 102 children aged between two and 12 have died in Andhra Pradesh and another 44 in Maharashtra.

    Bhutada said parents, mainly poor farmers and labourers, had travelled from remote villages to the hospital with their ailing children but were largely ignorant about the early stages of the illness.

    Hundreds of children hospitalised since the outbreak began in June suffered acute symptoms such as headache, vomitting and some were admitted partially comatose.

    Encephalitis, or brain fever, is a viral infection of the brain transmitted by culex mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water, mostly in paddy fields, and proliferate in summer and the monsoon.

    [07] PHILIPPINES MARCOS

    - The Philippine Supreme Court ruled today that funds from frozen Swiss bank accounts of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, which have now increased to about 658 million dollars, should be handed over to the government.

    The money is now lying in an escrow account in the Philippine National Bank (PNB) pending a decision on the owners.

    Marcos' heirs, his wife Imelda and their children, had also claimed the money as did about 10,000 victims of human rights violations during the dictatorship, who say they have a right to the funds as compensation for their ordeal.

    The cash-strapped government claims the money is part of the assets illegally amassed by Marcos during the two decades of his rule which ended in 1986.

    [08] BRITAIN CRIME

    Police launched an international hunt on Tuesday for a 12-year-old British girl who they believe has run away to France with a former U.S. Marine she met on the Internet.

    Schoolgirl Shevaun Pennington left home on Saturday to meet up with Toby Studabaker, 31, who had flown to Britain from the United States. Police say the pair met online and had been in contact for some time via e-mail and letter.

    British police said the couple flew to Paris at the weekend.

    In France, television stations flashed up pictures of the pair in an effort to find witnesses who might have spotted them, but French police cast doubt on whether the pair had ever actually arrived in Paris.

    British police said they were also working closely with U.S. authorities and the cross-border police agency, Interpol, as well as their colleagues in France.

    Studabaker was discharged from the U.S. military on June 30 after serving for more than three years. He was a lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    He left Detroit late on Friday and flew to Manchester, northern England, near the girl's home.

    [09] WEATHER

    It will be clear this afternoon with moderate sea breezes, four to five beaufort and the sea moderate in windward coastal areas.

    Temperatures will reach 37 C inland, 32 C on the south coast, 30 over the west and 29 over the mountains.

    Tonight the weather will remain clear but locally thin mist and low cloud will form. Temperatures will fall to 21 C inland and on the coasts and 18 over the mountains.

    The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.


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