|Sunday, 15 December 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-12-18
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesA Kurdish couple with their six month old baby jailed since November for illegal entry, await a possible decision for their release, following a public outcry,
The coordinator at the American State Department Thomas Weston today met the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in the occupied territories, following a long period of time,
Iraqi guerrillas killed a U.S. soldier in an ambush in Baghdad, as two assassinations underlined fears that internal political divisions could erupt into widespread bloodletting.
Wall Street is known for its hearty and sometime insatiable appetite for risk and money. But burgers are also on the menu.
 Baby prisonThe fate of a Kurdish couple and their six month old baby, serving a sentence for illegal entry to the republic from the occupied territories, now rest in the hands of the Attorney General. In statements to our station, the Assistant Attorney General Petros Clerides said that if the Attorney General decides the couple should be released, then the president can grant them a pardon. Mr Clerides said that it was wrong to lock the couple and their baby behind bars and stressed that illegal entry should not be an offence punishable with imprisonment. He added that financial immigrants are not afraid of prison, but deportation and this is the tactic that should be followed. The Kurdish family has been in prison since last November and the mother refuses to be parted from the child, because she is still breast feeding. The president of the National Committee for the Protection of Human Rights Leda Koursoumpa visited the mother and the baby this morning and said that their living conditions were good. However, she said, it is still tragic, that a baby is in prison.
 Weston OccupiedThe coordinator at the American State Department Thomas Weston today met the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in the occupied territories, following a long period of time. Mr Weston also held talks today with several Turkish cypriot politicians, including Dervis Eroglou, Ali Erel, Moustafa Akkintzi and Serdar Denktash. The round of talks was launched last night as the American diplomat met the President of the Turkish republican party Mehmet Ali Talat, considered the winner of the illegal elections last Sunday. Mr Talat stated after the meeting that as soon there is a so called government in the occupied territories and certain issues are discussed with Ankara, the Turkish cypriots and Turkey will announce their readiness for negotiations, with the goal of achieving a solution. Before crossing over to the occupied territories, Thomas Weston held talks with House President Dimitris Christofias.
 Iraq deathIraqi guerrillas killed a U.S. soldier in an ambush in Baghdad, as two assassinations underlined fears that internal political divisions could erupt into widespread bloodletting.
The soldier's death, late last night was the first combat fatality suffered by U.S. troops since the announcement on Sunday of the capture of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
In a further example of the violence that has gripped Iraq since Saddam's capture, an official of the largest Shi'ite Muslim group was killed by Saddam loyalists.
Muhannad al-Hakim was shot dead near his home in Baghdad's Amil district, after receiving death threats from Saddam backers.
In a separate incident an angry crowd in the southern city of Najaf had attacked and killed Ali al-Zalimi, an official of Saddam's Ba'ath party who had played a role in crushing an uprising by Iraqi Shi'ites after the 1991 Gulf War.
Political violence has flared among Iraq's Shi'ites, who make up 60 percent of the population, since the fall of Saddam, whose government killed numerous religious leaders of the community he regarded as a fifth column with ties to Shi'ite Iran.
 Mideast WrapIsraeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was expected today to outline a plan for uprooting some Jewish settlements in a go-it-alone step Palestinians fear would leave them a fraction of the land they seek for a state.
Ratcheting up tensions before what has been billed as a major policy speech by the right-wing leader, troops killed four Palestinian militants in gun battles in the West Bank city of Nablus, some of the fiercest fighting in weeks.
Sharon's address at around eight tonight to an annual security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya will be closely watched by Washington, the main sponsor of a peace "road map" that has been stalled by violence and recriminations.
According to one of his confidantes, Sharon will reiterate his commitment to seeing the road map through and his willingness to take unilateral steps should the Palestinians not make implementation possible.
The Palestinians accuse Sharon of foot-dragging on the plan, which calls for them to get an independent state by 2005 alongside a secure Israel.
 Russia PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin said he would run for a second and, according to the constitution, final four-year term in March.
Putin's widely expected announcement on an annual and nationally televised phone-in programme follows the crushing victory by his allies in parliamentary elections earlier this month.
Nearly four years after emerging from relative obscurity to take over from Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, Putin remains highly popular with ratings consistently over 70 percent.
 Girl missingA sixteen year old English girl, who was in Paphos on holiday has been missing since last night from the hotel where she was staying with her 23 year old boyfriend. He reported to police that as they were together at the hotel bar, she said she was going to her room, for a while, but she never returned. He looked for her everywhere, but could not find her. Police immediately launched a search operation. The girl os one meter seventy, with long blonde hair, and she was last seen wearing a brown hat, blue jeans, a brown blouse and black shoes.
 TailerAnd finally, on a lighter note, Wall Street is known for its hearty and sometime insatiable appetite for risk and money. But burgers are also on the menu.
A group of Goldman Sachs & Co. traders, many of them gamblers by nature, decided to put each other to the test during this slow holiday week.
And after placing an order of a thousand White Castle burgers to an astonished store manager, the traders were off to the races devouring as many of the chain's mini-burgers as they could stomach in hopes of capturing the title: "King of the Castle."
The winner: a trader on Goldman's junk bond desk who wolfed down 35 burgers, according to a Goldman source.
Jamie Richardson director of marketing for the Columbus, Ohio-based White Castle, the oldest hamburger chain in existence, said while the company does not endorse any official eating contests it does take pleasure in satisfying its customers' appetites.
 WeatherIt will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of local showers, with thunder in some areas. Snow fall is expected in some areas. Winds will be moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force four and turning force five to six in windward areas, over rough seas on the west and north coasts and very rough seas in some areas. Temperatures will rise to 14 degrees inland, 15 on the coasts and four on the mountains. Tonight, more rain is expected, mainly in coastal areas, while snow falls are expected on the mountain and some of the plains. Frost is expected to form in some areas. Winds will be moderate westerly to northwesterly, force four, turning force five in windward areas, over moderate seas to rough seas in windward areas. Temperatures will drop to four degrees inland, seven on the south and east coasts, nine on the west coasts and four below zero on the mountains.