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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines lunch
  • [02] Tassos docs
  • [03] Svimer Turkey
  • [04] Iraq wrap
  • [05] Liberia chaos
  • [06] Washington Spy
  • [07] China fireworks
  • [08] Tailer
  • [09] Weather lunch TUESDAY 29/07/2003

  • [01] Headlines lunch

    The findings of an investigation into the discovery of classified documents in bin liners outside the health ministry was expected to be announced soon,

    Federal investigators have dug up thousands of pages of classified documents at more than 10 locations in the Washington area buried by convicted spy Brian Regan.

    U.S. forces hunting Saddam Hussein in Iraq have captured three key figures loyal to the deposed dictator

    and

    A motor mad three-year-old German boy crashed his father's car twice in four days, in the western town of Borken.

    [02] Tassos docs

    President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos was expected shortly to announce the findings of the investigation on the discovery of classified documents outside the health ministry. He will also announce his decisions on the issue. In statements to reporters, President Papadopoulos reiterated his view that it would not be fair for people to resign their posts, without a proper investigation first establishing the facts. Called by reporters to clarify what he meant yesterday when he said that he does not belong to the school of resignations, President Papadopoulos said that as soon as he was informed of the facts, his first thought was to relieve of their posts everyone whose name had been involved in the case. He added however that it would be right, unless a proper investigation was conducted first. Asked what he meant by the expression "I have the solution", the President replied that he simply wanted to say that he knew how to deal with the issue. The announcement of the findings of the investigation was expected up until the time of us going on air.

    [03] Svimer Turkey

    The General Secretary of the Council of Europe Valter Svimmer stated that the European Court of Human Rights will weigh all the new evidence in connection with Turkey's proposal for Greek cypriot property appeals, to be first heard before illegal courts in the occupied territories of Cyprus. Asked in an interview with the Cyprus News Agenct on whether the Council of Europe can accept the arrangement proposed by Turkey, Mr Svimmer stressed that the Council will continue to take into account the position of the United Nations on the Cyprus issue and support the Anan settlement plan. He also reiterated the position of the Committee of Council ministers of considering the republic of Cyprus government as the only legal entity. Mr Svimmer expressed the conviction that Ankara will pay up compensation to Titina Loizidou.

    [04] Iraq wrap

    U.S. forces hunting Saddam Hussein in Iraq have captured three key figures loyal to the deposed dictator, including a top bodyguard, and are closing in on Saddam himself. [VTR=------------------------] U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said U.S. forces nearly captured Saddam in raids yesterday near his home town of Tikrit, north of the capital Baghdad.

    Armitage told CNN that the noose is tightening pretty regularly around the neck of Saddam Hussein, even today there were three raids and US troops are just hours behind Saddam Hussein.

    Officers say that after Saddam's feared sons Uday and Qusay were killed last week, and Washington promised to pay the man who betrayed them a 30 million dollar reward, many more Iraqis were coming forward with information on Saddam himself.

    The United States is offering 25 million dollars for information leading to the arrest or proof of death of Saddam.

    [05] Liberia chaos

    Liberia's forces said they had launched a heavy counter-attack today to drive rebels from the second city of Buchanan after its fall dealt a big blow to embattled President Charles Taylor.

    There was no immediate independent confirmation of where the fighting had reached on the ground.

    Rebels known as Model, Liberia's smaller insurgent faction, said on Monday they had seized Buchanan, a major port, which is less than 100 kilometers from the main international airport.

    The rebel capture of the port came as Liberia's main rebel faction, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, battled Taylor's forces in the capital Monrovia.

    Hundreds of civilians have been killed as the battle rages in the coastal capital. West African peacekeepers are meant to deploy to Liberia but no date has yet been set.

    [06] Washington Spy

    Federal investigators have dug up thousands of pages of classified documents at more than 10 locations in the Washington area buried by convicted spy Brian Regan.

    "It's been descriobed as pretty explicit information" that could be "very damaging.

    According to a report in the Washington Post, The FBI found the items were buried in parks and other secluded areas throughout Virginia and Maryland just outside the nation's capital.

    Among the documents are a CD-ROM with a manual on U.S. spy satellites and their orbits.

    The newspaper said that Regan, currently serving a life sentence, had a series of coded documents in his jail cell that included a map of a park indicating where some of the items were buried.

    The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst was sentenced in March after being convicted of attempting spying for Iraq and China, and illegally gathering defense information.

    [07] China fireworks

    A powerful explosion destroyed a firecracker factory in northern China, killing 29 people and injuring more than 100.

    Photographs broadcast on the midday news showed rescue workers in hard hats, complete with mechanical shovel, combing through the charred rubble of the plant in Xinji, in the northern province of Hebei.

    Monday's blast collapsed half of a two-storey office building 100 metres away and set fire to cars and motorcycles nearby.

    State television said 91 people were still in hospital.

    The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

    Explosives or fireworks manufactured and stored illegally or unsafely kill hundreds each year in China's rural areas.

    [08] Tailer

    And finally,

    A motor mad three-year-old German boy crashed his father's car twice in four days, in the western town of Borken.

    Using a ladder, the boy stole the keys to his father's Honda Accord, started the car and ploughed it into a nearby Toyota, causing some 5,000 euros of damage but escaping unharmed.

    When a television crew came to their home in the town of Bocholt near the Dutch border to reconstruct the incident four days later, the young lad took matters into his own hands.

    Sitting behind the wheel with the car key given to him during filming, his urge to drive overtook him again.

    The boy was not hurt, but chalked up further damages totalling around 1,000 euros. Police are now investigating the father for criminal negligence.

    [09] Weather lunch

    It will be mainly fine this afternoon. Winds will be moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force three to four over slight seas. Temperatures will rise to 38 degrees inland, 34 on the south coast, 31 on the west coast and 28 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine with thin mist forming in some coastal areas. Winds will be light northwesterly, force two to three, over calm to slight seas. Temperatures will fall to 25 degrees inland, 23 on the south coast, 21 on the west coast and 19 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.
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