|Thursday, 24 October 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-24
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines lunchThe president of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos today starts his round of talks with various leaders and diplomats in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting,
U.S. President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac failed to bridge differences over U.S. plans for postwar Iraq and the French leader warned of a further deterioration in security,
A bomb, apparently aimed at the U.S. military, exploded near a commuter bus in Baghdad, killing one Iraqi and injuring 22.
 Tassos NYThe president of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos today starts his round of talks with various leaders and diplomats in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting. President Papadopoulos is scheduled to meet the special coordinator for the Cyprus issue at the State Department Thomas Weston and the former UN chiefs' special advisor on the Cyprus issue Alvaro De Soto. Tomorrow at five in the afternoon Cyprus time, President Papadopoulos will address the General Assembly and two hours later he will hold talks with the UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. Last night, President Papadopoulos attended a reception by President Bush for the heads of state taking part in the General Assembly meeting. The president spoke briefly with George.W.Bush. He also met the Archbishop of America Dimitrios, who assured him he will do everything possible to end the drama of the missing persons relatives. The president of the republic is also scheduled to meet a number of leaders from Islamic countries in light of the meeting of the organisation of the Islamic Conference next month.
 EU CyprusThe European Union will continue to support efforts by the UN Secretary General for achieving a just, viable, workable and comprehensive solution of the Cyprus issue. The assurances were given yesterday afternoon by the president of the European Council Silvio Berlusconi, during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He reiterated the readiness of the European Union to accept the terms of a settlement in line with the principles and resolutions of the United Nations.
 Denktash FamagustaThe Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will hold talks in Ankara regarding the Famagusta issue. According to reliable diplomatic sources from New York the Denktash talks seem to be connected with reports about surprises by Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul during his visit to Athens next month.
 Bush chiracU.S. President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac failed to bridge differences over U.S. plans for postwar Iraq and the French leader warned of a further deterioration in security.
But both sides played down differences over the pace of a transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi authority, with a U.S. official telling reporters that Chirac had pledged not to "stand in the way" of U.S. postwar efforts.
France is one of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council. .
He spoke after a private meeting with Bush, after the two set out their divergent positions in speeches before the U.N. General Assembly.
Chirac, repeated his call for a rapid transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis, followed by a gradual transfer of power over a period of six to nine months, but Bush made clear he would not be rushed into any timetable.
Bush told Chirac "the premature transfer of sovereignty which is within the French proposal is just not in the cards.
The French leader denied any personal animosity with Bush.
 Iraq blastA bomb, apparently aimed at the U.S. military, exploded near a commuter bus in Baghdad, killing one Iraqi and injuring 22.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division said a roadside bomb went off as a military convoy drove by and a nearby commuter bus was hit. There were no U.S. casualties.
The U.S. military has faced almost daily attacks since May 1, when U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat in the war to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Washington has blamed Saddam loyalists and al Qaeda militants.
 Bali fearsAustralians planning to travel to Bali on October 12 to mark the first anniversary of bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, were warned that further attacks are being planned.
The Department of Foreign Affairs re-issued a travel warning recommending the deferment of non-essential travel to Indonesia, as well as the holiday island of Bali, because the threat to Australians and Australian interests remained high.
A service for the victims of the bombings will be held on October 12 in Bali, with the Australian government funding any victims and relatives who want to attend. Prime Minister John Howard and opposition Labor leader Simon Crean will also attend.
 Pope problemsPope John Paul has cancelled his weekly general audience today because of an intestinal problem.
The pope's top aide, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, would read the pope's prepared address to pilgrims who had come to Rome to see the pontiff.
A statement from the Vatican confirmed what sources had told Reuters during the night.
The two sources said the problem was not serious but the pope's doctor had advised him to rest.
The 83 year old pope has cancelled his general audiences on short notice only a handful of times during his papacy of nearly 25 years.
The pope will need all the strength he can muster for activities next month marking the 25th anniversary of his election on October 16, when the world will be watching.
On October 19, he is due to beatify Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
 Guinness recordsIf you can pluck a chicken in under 4.4 seconds or swallow 95 worms in half a minute, your chance of glory awaits in the ultimate achievers' book.
Keep bell-ringing till you are 101 years old or unhook 17 bras with one hand in under a minute and your place is assured in Guinness World Records.
Or why not try something completely different -- invite round your 982 closest friends and set the record for the most people to sit on whoopee cushions at the same time.
"The fascination is just endless," says Guinness editor Claire Folkard, on the eve of the 2004 edition being published in Britain.
Guinness, whose sales look set to top 100 million by the end of this year, even has its own entry as the world's most successful copyright book. It is only outsold by the Bible and the Koran.
The breathtaking and the bizarre abound in the latest edition from an American woman who boasts the largest breasts in the world to the dog with the longest ears.
 Weather lunchIt will be mainly fine this afternoon, with some patchy clouds. Winds will be moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force three to four, turning strong force to five in some areas over slight seas, to moderate seas on the south and west coasts. Temperatures will rise to 33 degrees inland, 32 on the south coast, 30 on the west coast and 23 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine. Winds will be light northwesterly force two to three, over slight seas on the west coast and calm to slight seas on the rest of the island. Temperatures will drop to 19 degrees inland, 20 on the south and east coast, 17 on the west and north coasts and 13 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.