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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] RALLY
  • [03] CYPRUS
  • [04] TURKISH CYPRIOT
  • [05] CRASH USA
  • [06] MIDEAST
  • [07] PENTAGON
  • [08] BLAIR
  • [09] EUROPE WEATHER
  • [10] MARINA CHURCH
  • [11] WEATHER FRIDAY 17/07/2003

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --Events condemning the twin crime of the coup and the Turkish invasion of 1974 culminate this evening with a mass rally organised by all political islands on the island, apart from the Democratic Rally.

    -- A Turkish Cypriot woman with Lebanese nationality, will resort to the European Court of human Rights over the treatment she received from officials at Larnaca International Airport on her arrival from Lebanon.

    --Eight people were killed and dozens injured yesterday when a speeding car with an 86-year-old man at the wheel barreled for three blocks through a crowded street market in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.

    And -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering the release of Islamic militant prisoners to advance a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace with the Palestinians.

    [02] RALLY

    Events condemning the twin crime of the coup and the Turkish invasion of 1974 culminate this evening with a mass rally organised by AKEL, DIKO, KS EDEK, New Horizons, ADIK and the Environmentalists Movement.

    The rally will be held at eight fifteen this evening at Eleftheria Square. President Tassos Papadopoulos will be the main speaker while party leaders or representatives will also address the rally.

    The parties called on the people to attend the rally to condemn the twin crime and emphasise the need for a solution to the Cyprus problem and the island's reunification.

    Student organisations will march to Eleftheria Square before the rally which will be broadcast live from CyBC's Second TV channel and CyBC's first RAdio channel.

    [03] CYPRUS

    The subcommittee which has been appointed to prepare the reply to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's recent letter will convene this afternoon chaired by President Tassos Papadopoulos.

    In his letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mr. Denktash proposes the re-opening of the Nicosia International Airport based on the Ghali Set of Ideas of 1993-1994.

    Participating in the committee are Democratic Rally Acting President Averof Neofytou, AKEL's Parliamentary Spokesman Nicos KAtsourides and New Horizons deputy Christos Clerides.

    [04] TURKISH CYPRIOT

    Turkish Cypriot Gulsevin Sah, who has Lebanese nationality, will resort to the European Court of human Rights over the treatment she received from officials at Larnaca International Airport on her arrival from Lebanon.

    Mrs. Sah arrived with her two children to visit her father who lives in Turkish occupied Lapithos. However she was declined entry into the republic by the authorities and deported.

    She described the Greek Cypriots' behaviour "inhuman" claiming that before she had come to Cyprus she had received assurances she would have no problem. However, she did not specify where she received the assurances from.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, met Mrs. Sah.

    Meanwhile, Interior Minister Andreas Christou hoped the incident at Larnaca Airport will be the last. He said that no citizen, whether Cypriot or not, should have to leave the island because some bureaucrats did not do their job properly.

    He said he was not aware of her intention to resort to the ECHR, but said it is every person's right to take any action they believe is necessary, adding the investigation into the incident will be read next week.

    [05] CRASH USA

    - Eight people were killed and dozens injured yesterday when a speeding car with an 86-year-old man at the wheel barreled for three blocks through a crowded street market in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.

    A three-year-old girl was among those killed when the 1992 Buick LeSabre crashed through barricades at one end of the street and careened wildly through the open-air market, sending bodies flying.

    Fifteen people were critically hurt, with between 20 and 30 others suffering moderate to minor injuries.

    The driver walked away from the incident and was interviewed by police before he was released. The man, who walks with a cane, told police that he thought he was stepping on the brake and instead hit the accelerator. He did not appear to have suffered from any medical condition that contributed to the accident. .

    The incident seemed likely to rekindle a national debate over allowing people of advanced age behind the wheel.

    In 1999 a California state senator proposed a law requiring motorists over the age of 75 to take driving tests to renew their licenses. The bill was proposed after a 15-year-old Santa Monica girl, Brandi Mitock, was struck and killed by a 96-year-old driver while crossing a street.

    But after lobbying by the American Association for Retired Persons, which claimed age discrimination, the legislation was rewritten to instead target motorists with impaired vision and references to elderly drivers were removed.

    [06] MIDEAST

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering the release of Islamic militant prisoners to advance a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace with the Palestinians.

    Israeli diplomatic sources said today Mr. Sharon and Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas are due to meet next week before separate Washington visits at month's end.

    U.S. President George W. Bush has voiced some support for Mr. Abbas's demand Israel release 6,000 Palestinians arrested during a 33-month-old uprising that the road map hopes to end with promise of statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by 2005.

    [07] PENTAGON

    The Pentagon could start a call-up of as many as 10,000 U.S. National Guard soldiers by this winter to bolster forces in Iraq and offset a lack of troops from allies, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

    Missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military thin, the report said, and soldiers there still face danger every day.

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to sign off later this week on a plan that would set up rotations to relieve Marine and U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Iraq, the newspaper said, citing a Pentagon official.

    About 146,000 U.S. troops are serving in postwar Iraq amid mounting security threats. The U.S. death toll of 147 combat deaths has now equaled the number killed in the 1991 Gulf War.

    [08] BLAIR

    U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, architects of the Iraq war, will seek to emphasize the positive when they meet today despite postwar chaos and intelligence failures.

    Their White House meeting will be the first since Mr. Blair came under intense attack at home for the U.S.-British failure to find Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction.

    While Mr. Blair continues to face questions about weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Bush has come under fierce fire from Democrats over the almost daily deaths of U.S. soldiers under guerrilla attack in Iraq and his unsubstantiated allegation that Saddam sought uranium from Africa.

    Sean McCormack, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the two leaders would discuss Iraq, the Middle East, U.S.-European relations and the war on terrorism.

    Mr. Blair will address a joint session of Congress before his White House visit. He will then fly to Asia for talks in Japan, South Korea and China.

    [09] EUROPE WEATHER

    - Violent storms ravaged campsites and holiday villages in southwestern France killing four people and leaving nine others seriously injured.

    Another 68 people escaped with lighter injuries after the storms burst into life late Tuesday evening, snapping a stifling heatwave and whipping up winds of more than 150 kph (94 mph) that tore roof tiles and even entire roofs off some buildings.

    Two Dutch tourists, a 40-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl, were killed when falling trees crushed tents, caravans and cars at a campsite in Biscarrosse, an Atlantic coast resort.

    Tearful holidaymakers were picking through the debris packing their bags and leaving for home.

    Winds and hailstorms knocked out power supplies in the area and interrupted train services. Around 160,000 homes were still without electricity by mid-afternoon.

    [10] MARINA CHURCH

    Pilgrims from all over Cyprus gathered this morning at the church of Agia marina in the buffer zone in Dherynia to worship the saint on its feast day.

    The Greek Cypriots were accompanied by UNFICYP officials during their pilgrimage.

    [11] WEATHER

    The weather will be mainly clear this afternoon. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly light to moderate, three to four beaufort and southerly locally five beaufort. The sea will be slight to moderate in windward areas. Temperatures will reach 38 C inland, 33 C on the south coasts, 30 C on the west and 29 over the mountains.

    Tonight the weather will be clear with some thin mist and low cloud. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly light, three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 21 C inland and on the south coast and to 20 C over the west and mountains.

    The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.


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