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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines lunch
  • [02] Police president
  • [03] Christou documents
  • [04] House documents
  • [05] Appeals
  • [06] Settler officer
  • [07] NY Shooting
  • [08] Iraq
  • [09] Science Protein
  • [10] Tailer
  • [11] Weather lunch Thursday 24/07/03

  • [01] Headlines lunch

    The findings of a police investigation on how top secret documents were found in garbage bags at the ground floor of the health department is expected to be delivered this evening to the President of the Republic,

    Interior minister Andreas Christou stated that at the meeting of the Cabinet yesterday it was established that there are no proper procedures of destroying classified documents,

    The European Court of Human Rights has decided to investigate a claim by Turkey about the possibility of referring appeals by Greek cypriots to illegal courts in the occupied territories, before they come before the European Court,

    and

    A New York lawmaker dedicated to stamping out gun violence was shot dead during a City Hall Council meeting yesterday by a political rival who was then killed by police.

    [02] Police president

    The findings of a police investigation on how top secret documents were found in garbage bags at the ground floor of the health department is expected to be delivered this evening to the President of the Republic by the Chief of Police. Around eleven this morning, Chief Tassos Panayiotou met briefly with President Papadopoulos. Quizzed by reporters if he had delivered the findings, Mr Panayiotou refrained from making any comment, saying that an announcement will be issued by the office of the government spokesman.

    [03] Christou documents

    Interior minister Andreas Christou stated that at the meeting of the Cabinet yesterday it was established that there are no proper procedures of destroying classified documents. In statements to our station, Mr Christou said that since there were no procedures, any similar situation could have occured at any ministry. He added that the problem existed in the past and it has now been brought to the surface, stressing that since the governments' first day in office strict instructions were given for keeping classified documents, and they are duly observed.

    [04] House documents

    The House of Representatives watchdog committee will discuss the issue of the top secret document most probably next Wednesday. In statements to our station, the president of the Committee Christos Pourgourides said the next moves of the house will depend on the findings of the police investigation. Mr Pourgourides spoke of reproachful actions and accused the government of attempting to blame the previous administration in order to get an allibi.

    [05] Appeals

    The European Court of Human Rights has decided to investigate a claim by Turkey about the possibility of referring appeals by Greek cypriots to illegal courts in the occupied territories, before they come before the European Court. If the claim is accepted this means that the illegal courts will have first jurisdiction and will examine Greek cypriot cases before the European Court. The Turkish government was called to submit further evidence on its claim by the 30th of September. In its decision, the European Court took into account, the adoption and implementation on the thirtieth of June by the Denktash regime of the illegal law for compensation of property of Greek cypriots in the occupied territories. Lawyer of Titina Loizidou, Achilleas Demetriades said that this was a very serious development, however he expressed the view that the Court will not accept that courts in the occupied territories have the necessary jurisdiction.

    [06] Settler officer

    It was disclosed that Turkish settler Ismail Keles, who had crossed over with his wife to the free areas, as a guest of a Greek cypriot, is a military officer in the occupation army. The settler was arrested when crossing through the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint and deported when his identity was discovered. According to a report in the Turkish daily Hurriyet, the Turkish officer does not appeared to have returned to Turkey, following his deportation but has been detained in Greece, that was his first destination. Deputy chief of police rejected the claim that the Turkish couple had not returned to their country, stressing that three officers of the republic, accompanied them to Constantinople, where they were turned over to authorities. Mr Charalambous that the police has launched an investigation to determine whether the settler was a military officer.

    [07] NY Shooting

    A New York lawmaker dedicated to stamping out gun violence was shot dead during a City Hall Council meeting yesterday by a political rival who was then killed by police.

    Bloomberg said Othniel Askew pulled out a gun on the balcony of the second floor City Hall chamber, one of the most tightly guarded buildings in America's most populous city, shortly after 2 p.m, nine last night Cyprus time and killed councilman James Davis, 41, who was also on the balcony.

    New York police then fatally shot Askew.

    Askew, 31, had arrived at City Hall as Davis' guest and so did not have to pass through metal detectors, Bloomberg told a news briefing.

    At the time of the shooting, Davis, a former police officer, was carrying a gun himself but did not have time to use it in his defense.

    Askew was challenging Davis for the Democratic Party nomination in the upcoming city council elections. It was unclear what his motive might have been.

    Bloomberg called the incident, "An attack on democracy."

    Davis, a black politician and church minister from Brooklyn, was a retired New York police officer and a former Rikers Island jail guard.

    Almost a decade ago he founded "Love Yourself, Stop the Violence" -- a group dedicated to stopping violence in urban neighborhoods.

    At the time of the shootings, the public gallery at City Hall was packed with children, in the chamber to hear a proclamation about an upcoming parade in the Bronx.

    [08] Iraq

    Three U.S. soldiers died in northern Iraq today in the second fatal attack on troops from the 101st Airborne Division since they killed Saddam Hussein's feared sons Uday and Qusay in a fierce bombardment.

    Washington had hoped the deaths of the brothers, killed on Tuesday when 200 soldiers pounded their hideout in Mosul, would end a guerrilla war that has claimed 44 U.S. lives since President George W. Bush declared major combat over on May 1st.

    A U.S. military spokesman said three soldiers from the 101st Airborne were killed on Thursday near Mosul by guerrillas firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

    Five U.S. soldiers have now been killed since the deaths of Uday, 39, and Qusay, 37, Saddam's heir apparent.

    U.S. officials had warned of the risk of revenge attacks.

    But Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of ground forces in Iraq, said the killing of the brothers would demoralise guerrillas and help tighten the noose around Saddam, who has a 25 million dollar price on his head.

    [09] Science Protein

    Japan's Science Agency plans to request more than 84 million dollars for a research project into human proteins that aims at unravelling the secrets of life.

    A Science Agency official said that the project will build on research, in which Japan took part, that led to the mapping of the human genome in April.

    The goals are to produce medicines that do not have side effects and to better understand the mechanics of life, through studying the interactions of some 20 to 30 thousand proteins.

    Scientists are only now beginning to understand the complexity of the body's estimated 100 thousand kinds of proteins, which help to build tissue and regulate bodily functions.

    The Health Ministry is also set to take part in the project.

    [10] Tailer

    As life goes, it doesn't get much better than for male Zeus bugs.

    The tiny water bugs that are common along Australia's east coast have an easy life. Their female partners provide free food, transport and unlimited sex whenever they want it.

    Dr Mark Elgar, of the University of Melbourne in Australia and his colleagues, who studied the unusual creatures, admit to being baffled by their behaviour, which defies the norm in animals and insects.

    The male Zeus bug is half the size of the female and hitches a piggy back ride on the female which also feeds him.

    The male Zeus bug simply can't lose. He not only gets a free ride but is assured that his sperm, and not his rival's, is used to create the next generation.

    [11] Weather lunch

    It will be mainly fine this afternoon. Winds will be moderate to strong seabreezes, force four to five over moderate seas. Temperatures will reach 37 degrees inland, 35 on the south coast, 30 on the west coast and 28 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine. Winds will be light westerly to northwesterly force three to four over slight seas to moderate seas on the west coast. Temperatures will fall to 25 degrees inland and on the south coast, 23 on the west coast and 20 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.
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