|Sunday, 13 October 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-12-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesAn explosion killed at least five people within sight of the Kremlin, in what Moscow's mayor said was an attack carried out by at least one woman suicide bomber,
In Iraq, a suicide bomber wounded 41 U.S. soldiers when he detonated his vehicle as it raced towards the entrance of an American military base in a northern town,
The President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos today briefed political leaders on his contacts in Italy and Nigeria, where he took part in the Commonwealth summit
French police arrested a suspected military chief of armed Basque separatist group ETA and three other suspected members.
 Russia explosionAn explosion killed at least five people within sight of the Kremlin, in what Moscow's mayor said was an attack carried out by at least one woman suicide bomber.
A police spokeswoman said at least five people had died in the blast outside the National Hotel, which came two days after parliamentary elections won by allies of President Vladimir Putin. Ten people were injured, three in serious condition.
It is presumed that two women suicide bombers, Interfax news agency quoted mayor Yuri Luzhkov as saying.
Reuters reporter Oliver Bullough said bodies lay unattended on the pavement outside the hotel on Tverskaya Street, just a few hundred metres from the Kremlin.
Itar-Tass news agency said an unexploded device had been found on one body at the site and was disarmed. According to authorities it contained five kilos of dynamite and would have caused devastation if detonated.
The explosion occurred two days after parliamentary elections in which Putin's allies scored a resounding victory.
It also followed an apparent suicide attack on a commuter train near Russia's rebel Chechnya region last Friday, which killed at 44 people.
 Iraq wrapIn Iraq, a suicide bomber wounded 41 U.S. soldiers when he detonated his vehicle as it raced towards the entrance of an American military base in a northern town.
Most of the U.S. soldiers injured suffered cuts, bruises and broken bones, the military said, but four were more seriously wounded and were evacuated to a military hospital.
It said an Iraqi translator was also wounded.
A blast also hit a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. Residents living near the mosque said the explosion, shortly after morning prayers, may have killed several people, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
The attack on U.S. troops in the town of Tal Afar coincided with an announcement from Japan that it had approved a plan to dispatch non-combat troops to Iraq, despite strong voter opposition.
Soldiers manning the gate at the camp 45 kilometers west of Mosul had opened fire after the driver charged towards them, ignoring orders to stop.
U.S. troops in northern Iraq have come under sustained attack in recent weeks, particularly in and around Mosul, Iraq's third largest city.
The attacks have been a setback for U.S. commanders, who were praised for bringing a degree of calm and stability to the region in the immediate postwar period.
 Tassos contactsThe President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos today briefed political leaders on his contacts in Italy and Nigeria, where he took part in the Commonwealth summit. President Papadopoulos met with AKEL General Secretary Dimitris Christofias, DIKO deputy president Nikos Kleanthous and DISY leader Nikos Anastasiades. He is scheduled to meet leaders of smaller parties later today. The purpose of the meetings was also to discuss developments in light of the upcoming European Council Summit in Brussels on the 12th and 13th of December, where the proposed Constitution of Europe will be finalized. President Papadopoulos will take part in the Summit.
 Christofias AfterIn statements following the meeting with the President, Dimitris Christofias said that the upcoming visit to Cyprus by American coordinator at the State Department Thomas Weston was expected and it is in line with the wishes of the Greek cypriot side. This fact, he added, has also been highlighted by the President of the Republic, who has sent an official letter to the UN Secretary General. Commenting on reports that if Rauf Denktash is the victor in Sunday's illegal elections, then a popular revolt will break out, as in Georgia, Mr Christofias expressed the hope that those who want a solution to the Cyprus issue, will prevail.
 Sener OccupiedTurkish deputy prime minister Abdullatif Sener, currently in the occupied territories on an illegal visit, today held talks with Dervis Eroglou and Rauf Denktash' son, Serdar, president of the Democratic party. According to reports, they discussed financial issues. The Turkish cypriot daily "Africa", reported yesterday that this illegal visit revitalized the so called customs union agreement between Turkey and the pseudostate. The Turkish deputy prime minister yesterday cast the building stone for a new hotel in the occupied village of Voukolida. The Turkish Cypriot chamber of commerce, expressed protest over the construction, because the hotel, has not secured any building permission. It is expected to cost 45 million dollars and will be completed by 2005. In the framework of the customs union, Ankara will give huge amounts of credit to the illegal state, to the tune of almost half a billion dollars.
 ETA ArrestsFrench police arrested a suspected military chief of armed Basque separatist group ETA and three other suspected members.
The arrests were made in a dawn raid on premises in Lons, a small village just to the west of the southwestern French town of Pau. Documents, weapons and a car were confiscated during later searches.
French police named one of the men arrested as Gorka Palacios Alday, 29, identified by Spanish news agencies as an ETA military commander wanted by police for a series of bombings.
Local Spanish media said he was on ETA's "executive committee".
Palacios was identified by Spanish police in 2000 as the alleged gunman who shot dead a 50-year-old city councillor in front of his wife and daughter.
 TailerA transvestite potter beat the creators of a pair of bronze sex dolls to land the Turner, Britain's most controversial art prize.
Brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman were hot favorites to win the 20 thousand pound prize with their graphic depiction of oral sex. But the judges opted instead for Grayson Perry, a British ceramic artist who likes to dress up as a woman and call himself Claire.
Perry, sporting a blue Shirley Temple bouffant dress, said on accepting his award: "It's about time a transvestite potter won the Turner prize." ."
Perry is the latest in a long line of controversial artists to land the prize.
The Chapman brothers grabbed all the media attention in the run-up to the prize-giving with their bronze sculpture.
 WeatherIt will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of isolated showers or thunderstorms. Winds will be light to moderate westerly to southwersterly, force three to four, turning strong force five in some areas, over slight seas to moderate seas in windward areas. Temperatures will reach 23 degrees inland and on the coasts and 10 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine with patchy clouds, expected to bring light showers in coastal areas. Winds will be light northwesterly, force two to three over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to nine degrees inland, 12 on the coasts and six on the mountains.