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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-01-21

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Theodorou drugs
  • [03] Gul Tolon
  • [04] Davos Cyprus
  • [05] Bishop Trimithi
  • [06] Bush Union
  • [07] Israel Sharon
  • [08] Tailer
  • [09] Weather WEDNESDAY 21 JANUARY 2004

  • [01] Headlines

    Parents of users bought drugs off dealers for their children. The startling revelation was made by the Justice and Public Order minister himself Doros Theodorou,

    The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland got underway today, with thirty state and government leaders taking part, alongside representatives of various financial and social platforms of international life,

    U.S. President George W. Bush will visit states key to his reelection bid in an effort to build political momentum after a State of the Union speech in which he urged Americans to stick with his leadership and defiantly defended the Iraq war

    and

    Russia has sent in the army to bolster a week-long struggle to rescue 10 tonnes of beer trapped under Siberian ice.

    [02] Theodorou drugs

    Parents of users bought drugs off dealers for their children. The startling revelation was made by the Justice and Public Order minister himself Doros Theodorou, clarifying that parents admitted this fact to him at his office, asking from him to send their kids abroad for treatment. In statements to our station, Mr Theodorou said that the parents in question named the dealers, but due to the workings of the legal system, the police cannot arrest them. The minister did not rule out the possibility of smuggler collaborators within the force, because there are huge amounts of money to be made from drug dealing. He underlined that young people need to be made more aware, at their regular haunts and army camps.

    [03] Gul Tolon

    Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul rejected accusations by a Turkish general about traitors in the country over the Cyprus issue, making clear that Ankara will not accept every suggestion that is made to her. Mr Gul was commenting on recent statements by the commander of the Turkish Aegean force, General Hursit Tolon, who bitterly critisized those with a so called submissive stance in the Cyprus issue. Hursit Tolon had also claimed that some politicians in Turkey are adopting a concessions policy in order to get rid of the Cyprus problem.

    [04] Davos Cyprus

    The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland got underway today, with thirty state and government leaders taking part, alongside representatives of various financial and social platforms of international life. The reconstruction of post-war Iraq is expected to top the agenda at the Foeum, running up to the 25th of the month. Swiss authorities have increased security measures with flights being prohibited over Davos for the duration of the forum's discussions. The Cyprus issue is also expected to be discussed on the sidelines of the Forum. Greek foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou will hold talks with UN Secretary General Kofi Anan and Turkish prime minister Tayip Ergogan, who will also meet Mr Anan.

    [05] Bishop Trimithi

    St Charalambos church in the occupied Keryneia district village of Trimithi, has been turned into a shop, according to charges made to international bodies, by Bishop of Keryneia Pavlos. The bishop sent an official letter of protest to the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council, the Secretary General, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other international bodies. In the letter, it is underlined that the illegal Denktash regime, ruled by Turkey, has stripped Greek Orthodox churches of icons and other objects of religious worship and is continuing to do so, turning churches into shops.

    [06] Bush Union

    U.S. President George W. Bush will visit states key to his reelection bid in an effort to build political momentum after a State of the Union speech in which he urged Americans to stick with his leadership and defiantly defended the Iraq war.

    In a two-day blitz in which he will compete for attention with the intensifying struggle among Democratic presidential candidates ahead of today's New Hampshire primary, Bush will talk about job training and his global war on terror during stops in Ohio, Arizona and New Mexico.

    Bush laid out a stay-the-course theme last night in his State of the Union speech, which was seen as setting the tone for his reelection campaign. He said the U.S. economy was growing and the United States was making progress against terrorism.

    He also issued a point-by-point rebuttal of Democratic criticisms on issues including his handling of the Iraq war to oust Saddam Hussein.

    [07] Israel Sharon

    An Israeli court indicted a prominent property developer today on charges of trying to bribe Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he was foreign minister in the late 1990s.

    The charge sheet against David Appel said he had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to bribe Sharon and Ehud Olmert, then Jerusalem mayor and now Sharon's deputy prime minister, to help him push through real estate deals.

    The indictment arose from long-running judicial inquiries into illegal financing for Sharon's political campaigns before he won election as prime minister three years ago.

    The funding scandals dogging the right-wing former general, who has denied any wrongdoing, have so far scarcely dented his popularity ratings based on his tough security policies against a three-year-old Palestinian uprising.

    But today's charges, among the most specific and detailed to emerge so far, could cause Sharon political damage and were expected to amplify calls by the opposition left for his resignation.

    [08] Tailer

    Russia has sent in the army to bolster a week-long struggle to rescue 10 tonnes of beer trapped under Siberian ice.

    A truck carrying the beer sank when trying to cross the frozen Irtysh river, and a rescue team of six divers, 10 workers and a modified T-72 tank from the Emergencies Ministry have so far failed to save the load.

    A week-long effort to cut a 100-metre corridor to the river bank to pull the truck to dry land failed when the vehicle was swept away from the rescue site.

    The soldiers were confident it would take them just a day to retrieve the beer.

    [09] Weather

    It will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of light showers. Winds will be light to moderate southeasterly, force three to four over slight seas. Temperatures will reach 17 degrees inland, 19 on the coasts and eight on the mountains. Tonight more rain is forecast, with isolated thunderstorms expected at dawn. Winds will be moderate to strong, force four to five, turning strong force six in some areas, over moderate to rough seas. Temperatures will drop to eight degrees inland, 12 on the coasts and four on the mountains. The depth of snow on Mount Olympus is 45 centimetres and 35 in Troodos square.
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