|Sunday, 15 December 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-22
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines lunchPresident of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for New York this afternoon, where he will take part in the annual conference of the UN General Assembly,
Rauf Denktash now appears prepared to cooperate with the United Nations to demine the Nicosia buffer zone,
A deal to provide about 8.5 billion dollars in U.S. loans to Turkey, under negotiation since March, will finally be signed today
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat expressed commitment to reaching a total ceasefire with Israel in talks with envoys of the "Quartet" of international peacemakers,
In Iraq, a suicide car bomber blew himself up near U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, also killing a security guard and wounding 17 people a month after a huge truck bomb devastated the building.
 TASSOS USPresident of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for New York this afternoon, where he will take part in the annual conference of the UN General Assembly, starting today. On the sidelines of the conference, President Papadopoulos will hold talks with the UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, with the Cyprus issue at the forefront of discussions, particularly given the intransigent Turkish stance and statements by the Turkish cypriot leader that the Anan plan is dead and buried. The President flies at just after four thirty and his statements from Larnaca airport will be carried live by our firs television channel.
 MINES DENKTASHRauf Denktash now appears prepared to cooperate with the United Nations to demine the Nicosia buffer zone. In statements to our station, defence minister Koullis Mavronikolas expressed the hope that the Turkish cypriot leader will not go back on his word. He added that the government is prepared if need be, to move ahead with the demining process unilaterally and to this effect, it has asked for the aid of a specialist who is due to arrive in Cyprus by the end of the month. The government has also sought the assistance of international organisations, including the United Nations.
 SYNOD FINANCEThe Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus is continuing a marathon meeting with the financial situation of the Church at the forefront of discussions. The members of the Synod are dealing particularly with the Greek mining companies and its affiliated companies. According to our stations' sources, these companies are up to their necks in loans and the money they owe rise year after year. In statements to our station, the Bishop of Paphos Chrysostomos said that the Synod is determined to look into all cases closely and take measures so that the companies become profitable again.
 TURKEY DEALA deal to provide about 8.5 billion dollars in U.S. loans to Turkey, under negotiation since March, will finally be signed today.
The loan signing carries a significance beyond its economic impact, since it marks a step in patching up relations between NATO military allies that were frayed by the U.S.-led war against Iraq.
U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Turkish officials were to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting in Dubai in late afternoon with a signing ceremony to follow at the end of the day.
Turkey's prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, effectively confirmed the deal was done.
It was unclear whether disbursement of the U.S. loans would be tied to Turkey's performing well under an economic reform programme being overseen by the IMF.
 ARAFAT PEACEPalestinian President Yasser Arafat expressed commitment to reaching a total ceasefire with Israel in talks with envoys of the "Quartet" of international peacemakers.
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters that Arafat, in a meeting yesterday, cited conditions, including the sending of international monitors to encourage implementation of the "road map" peace plan.
Israel has rejected such a condition in the past.
The United States has cut off contacts with Arafat, accusing him of fomenting anti-Israel violence during a three-year-old Palestinian uprising for independence. Arafat denies the accusation.
Erekat said Arafat gave the three other Quartet members, the European Union, United Nations and Russia, a letter in which he "reiterated his full commitment to implementing the road map.
Israel's recent threat to "remove" the Palestinian leader has touched off an international outcry and boosted his grass-roots popularity.
 IRAQ WRAPIn Iraq, a suicide car bomber blew himself up near U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, also killing a security guard and wounding 17 people a month after a huge truck bomb devastated the building.
The bomber struck on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which an Iraqi delegation is due to attend. One of those due to represent Iraq there, however, Governing Council member Akila al-Hashemi, was critically wounded on Saturday in an assassination attempt in Baghdad.
The blast, heard all over Baghdad, destroyed 10 other vehicles.
Guerrillas also killed three U.S. soldiers over the weekend.
Rising violence has put U.S. President George W. Bush under pressure at home, and Washington is urging other countries to send troops to Iraq to help keep the peace.
Since Bush declared major combat over on May 1, 79 U.S. soldiers have been killed in hostile incidents in Iraq.
 TAILERNina Rakhmanina is single.
She does have 10 husbands but she rents them out to other Russian women on their own.
What her "husbands" seek to satisfy, she says, is simply that old-fashioned, Soviet-era yearning to have a man around to put right the things that always needed fixing.
And no, there are no romantic extras on offer.
In the austere communist days, a man about the house usually meant the home had electric sockets that worked, properly hung wallpaper, taps that didn't drip and shelves in useful places.
Husband for an Hour" is what her fledgling business offers.
"First, we advertised as 'home repairs' and...got virtually no response," she said. "Then we changed the name and clients came pouring in."
Rakhmanina says the concept touches a nerve with Russia's many single women -- a number fast increasing due to a soaring divorce rate since the collapse of communism 11 years ago.
 WEATHER LUNCHIt will be mainly fine this afternoon. Winds will be moderate northeasterly, force four, turning, strong force five in windward areas, over slight seas on the west and south coasts and moderate seas on the eastern and northern coasts. Temperatures will rise to 32 degrees inland, the south and east coasts, 30 on the west coast and 20 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine. Winds will be light northwesterly to northeasterly, force three to four over slight seas to rough seas in windward areas and moderate seas on the eastern and northern coasts. Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland, 20 on the south and east coasts and 13 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.