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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-08-26
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA fine and warm day is forecast, with a possibility of rain clouds over the mainland in the afternoon. Winds northerly, moderate to strong in the Aegean. In Athens temperatures will range between 21C to 32C and in Thessaloniki between 19C to 30C.
(26/8/2002 1:45:00 μμ)
 Earth summit on Sustainable DevelopmentThe Earth Summit opens today in Johannesburg giving world governments 10 days to agree on ways to haul millions out of poverty without poisoning the planet. Over 100 state leaders and thousands of government officials will attend the summit.
Protesters accuse the U.S and the E.U of pushing the interersts of globalised big businesses at the expense of the very poor. Some activists have already confronted police , who clamped down hard and have warned they will not tolerate the kind of mayhem seen at summits in Seatle , Genoa and elsewhere.
From today it is up to ministers to push negotiations forward before heads of state arrive for the finale of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. They hope to sign off on a wide range package of measures ranging from providing clean water supplies and saving fish stocks to figting aids.
However there is wide spread concern that no agreement would be reached in this summit as it happened in all previous summits.
Indicative of the outcome is the American President s George Bush absence .
In the meantime , at a colorful opening ceremony yesteray, South African President Mbeki, spoke of a global apartheid in which a rich minority enjoys unprecedented levels of consumption , comfort and prosperity while a poor minority enjoys daily hardship, suffering and dehumanisation.
Two delegations headed by Foreign Minister , George Papandreou and Environment Minsiter, Vaso Papandreou will represent Greece at the summit.
(26/8/2002 1:46:00 μμ)
 More arrests of suspected terrorists soonThe chief of the counter- terrorism Stelios Syros announced that there would soon be more arrests of suspected terrorists particularly from an early group ELA, no longer operative- but believed to have links with the November 17 urban guerilla organisation. The police s aim said Syros was to completely dismantle all terrorist group action from 1974 up to now.
In the meantime , an alleged November 17 member, Thodoros Pisimisis, supposedly known by the code name Lakis denied any involvement in the organisation in an interview with the Eleftherotipia newspaper.
(26/8/2002 1:47:00 μμ)
 Black lists of businesses to be releasedIn a bid to curb inflation , the Development Ministry plans to start a public awareness campaign , with the slogan , your euro has a value. In an interview with the Sunday newspaper , To Vima, yesterday Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos revealed that following the release of a black list featuring names of businesses found to be profiteering – a white list will be published with goods and services offered at the lowest prices. The white list will be enclosed in the electricity bills.
(26/8/2002 1:48:00 μμ)
 Polls bring Pasok party candidate for the Athens prefecture ahead in voters preferenceThe opposition N.D party has strongly reacted to the release of a poll conducted by Kappa Research on behalf of the state television ERT which brings , Fofi Gennimata- Pasok party candidate for the hyper prefecture of Athens first in the voters preference with 38,2% against 24% of the N.D party candidate, Yiannis Tzannetakos .
The N.D party spokesman, Thodoros Poussopoulos has accused the government of cultivating wrong impressions and the state televison Ert for a rash to release the results of a telephone poll whose accuracy he doubted.
Commenting , Constitutional Law professor, Dimitris Tsatsos said that reliability and accuracy of information by the state television –specially during a pre- election campaign has been proved by the high respect and confidence shown by the people .
(26/8/2002 1:49:00 μμ)
 Cyprus special envoy meets Gleridis and DektashThe U.N s special envoy for Cyprus , Alvaro de Soto, is scheduled to have separate meetings today in Nicosia with Cypriot President Glafkos Kleridis and Turkish Cypriot leader , Raulf Dektash, in view of the upcoming resumption of face –to-face talks on the Cyprus issue tomorrow.
At the meetings , details will be discussed concerning the September 6th meeting in Paris with U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan.
(26/8/2002 1:50:00 μμ)