|Wednesday, 17 July 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-15
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for Athens this afternoon to discuss with Prime Minister Costas Simitis issues relating to developments on the Cyprus problem and the island's accession to the European Union.
-- The government has condemned the machinations of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to hand out property belonging to Greek Cypriots to Turkish settlers in an effort to secure their support in the so called "elections".
-- Sweden paid an early price for snubbing the euro today with its currency falling, while the European Commission warned the country could be frozen out of EU decision-making.
And. -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell responded to international pressure for a speedy transfer of power in Iraq with a warning that rushing the handover would result in failure
 PAPS ATHENSCyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for Athens this afternoon to discuss with Prime Minister Costas Simitis issues relating to developments on the Cyprus problem and the island's accession to the European Union.
President Papadopoylos will also be received by President Costis Stephanopoulos and will meet Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis and the leader of the opposition Costas Karamanlis.
 PAPS SATEarlier, around one thirty President Papadopoulos will talk with Greek Prime Minister Mr. Simitis through the Hellas Sat Satellite which begins operating today.
The inaugural ceremony began after one ad is being transmitted live from Greek Television's and CyBC;s First Radio Programme.
The transmission will last 45 minutes.
 IACOVOU SETTLERSThe government has condemned the machinations of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to hand out property belonging to Greek Cypriots to Turkish settlers in an effort to secure their support in the so called "elections".
Foreign Minister George Iacovou said the government will make representations to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council as well as all other countries that can influence the occupation leader.ekloges sta katexomena.
 DEFENCE NIKIFOROSDefence Minister Kyriacos Mavronicolas said the National Guard's preparations for the exercise Nikiforos continue as normal.
He also said that there are no political developments at the moment which make the postponement of the exercise necessary.
Mr. Mavronicolas said that the issue if and when the exercise will be held is a political decision which will be taken at the right time.
 SWEDEN- Sweden paid an early price for snubbing the euro today with its currency falling, while the European Commission warned the country could be frozen out of EU decision-making.
Sweden's European Commissioner Margot Wallstrom told local radio that there will be both an economic and political price to pay for remaining outside.
Sweden's resounding 56-42 percent "No" to the euro in yesterday's referendum follows a rejection of the European Union single currency by the Danes in 2000 and a "not yet" from Britain in June.
Defying expectations of a late surge of sympathy votes for the pro-euro government after the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Swedes staged what the media termed a grassroots revolt against the political and business establishment.
 PAPS LINDHCyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos signed this morning the book of condolences which opened at the Swedish consulate for the late foreign Minister Anna Lindh who was murdered last week.
The President wrote "warm and sincere condolences for the tragic death of Anna Lindh", adding that her "vision and values will live in our hearts and thoughts".
He also expressed the government, the people of Cyprus and his personally deep regret over Lindh's death.
 IRAQU.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell responded to international pressure for a speedy transfer of power in Iraq with a warning that rushing the handover would result in failure.
"The worst thing that can happen is to push this process too quickly before the capacity for government is there and the basis for legitimacy is there, and see it fail," he told a news conference during a visit to Baghdad.
Mr. Powell, the highest-ranking American to visit Iraq since the war that ousted Saddam Hussein in April, said Washington was as eager as anyone to pull out as fast as possible.
In Geneva over the weekend, the big international powers remained divided over Iraq's political future. France has been the most vocal critic of Washington's approach, arguing sovereignty could be handed over within a month.
 MOSCOW BLASTA powerful explosion went off today near the local headquarters of Russia's FSB security service in Ingushetia, a turbulent region on the border with rebellious Chechnya.
Interfax quoted a local Interior Ministry spokesman as saying that there are reports of numerous casualties.
Interfax said the blast in the tiny North Caucasus region occurred after a big truck loaded with explosives entered the premises in the city of Magas.
 ESTONIAEstonians voted overwhelmingly to join the European Union in a referendum on Sunday, crowning this small Baltic nation's break with its Soviet past.
With all votes counted, the "Yes" camp had 66.9 percent of the vote, with the "No" camp trailing at 33.1 percent, the election commission said. Total turnout was 63 percent.
Prime Minister Juhan Parts told a news conference that the country was finally back in Europe.
The vote was seen by many as crowning more than a decade of painful reforms to return to mainstream Europe.
 WILLIAMS ARRESTAuthorities arrested a 24-year-old man in the shooting death of the eldest sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in a poor Los Angeles suburb.
Aaron Michael Hammer was arrested as a suspect in the death yesterday of Yetunde Price, 31, in Compton, an area known for gang violence about 32 km south of Los Angeles.
Details of the arrest, the specific charges against Hammer or his relationship to Price were not released.
The shooting occurred yesterday outside a house that witnesses described as abandoned. It came after a confrontation between neighborhood residents and Price, who was riding in a white sports utility vehicle with another man.
Price died of gunshot wounds to her upper body shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
The mother of three owned a Los Angeles-area beauty salon and worked as a personal assistant to her two sisters.
A spokesman for William's sisters said all in the family were very devastated and shocked by this news.
 MACDONALDS THEFTAn armed robberty took place MacDonalds restaurant in Engomi this morning in Nicosia.
The culprits, who spoke perfect Greek, managed to get away with twenty thousand pounds.
According to Police Spokesman Demetris Demetriou, around four in the morning two hooded men entered the restaurant with guns and knives and locked the six women employees in a storage room. They left after taking with them the 20 thousand pounds.
CyBC reports said that the culprits had earlier cut off the telephone lines and the safe's combination was not working at the time.
Twenty minutes after the incident, three of the women managed to get out of the storage room and call the police.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be mainly clear with some local cloud. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly moderate, three to four beaufort, becoming strong in windward areas, five beaufort. The sea will be slight to moderate in windward areas. Temperatures will reach 33 C inland, 30 C on the south and east coast, 28 over the west and 22 over the mountains.
Tonight weather conditions will be clear with westerly to north-westerly light winds, two to three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 18 C inland and on the west coast, 21 over the south and 16 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.