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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-25
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastCloud is forecast in all parts of the country with showers in eastern Macedonia, Thrace, the northern and eastern Aegean islands and Dodecanese islands, which will soon ease off. Winds northerly, moderate, turning strong at sea. In the north, temperatures will range from 9C to 20C; in the west from 14C to 23C; and in the rest of the country from 13C to 25C. Temperatures in Athens between 17C and 24C; and in Thessaloniki from 11C to 19C.
(25/10/2002 11:30:00 ðì)
 Negotiations for release of hostages continueUrgent negotiations are going on to try to secure the release of 75 foreign nationals among the hostages held by a Chechen suicide squad in a Moscow theatre.
Diplomatic cars have begun arriving on the scene in anticipation of their release but earlier negotiations broke down and the deadline for them to be freed passed.
Seven people, all Russians, were let out early on Friday morning.
The rebels are threatening to blow themselves and the hostages up unless Russia withdraws its troops from Chechnya - they have killed one woman and wounded another as she escaped.
A Jordanian doctor who entered the theatre stated that there are many children among the hostages that need immediate medical help
Meanwhile, the President of the Russian Duma stated that the intruders are related to the Al Qaeda network
Finally, the international community denounced the Chechens’ act with a unanimous resolution of the United Nations Security Council that demands the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages.
(25/10/2002 11:31:00 ðì)
 Cyprus ready to be acceded to the EU according to Danish planAccording to the decision plan of the Danish Presidency scheduled to be presented to European leaders for approval today, ten countries among which Cyprus are ready to be acceded to the European Union.
No date for the commencing of accession negotiations with Turkey is stated.
The decision plan also states that the European Union will give guarantees for rural financing to the 10 countries that are ready to be acceded as of 2004.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, who went to Brussels yesterday in order to participate in the two-day informal Summit of the European Council, stated that he disagreed with the French-German proposals for the ‘freezing” of European Union rural expenditure as of 2007, adding that Greece’s aim is Cyprus’ accession to the European Union be settled at the Copenhagen summit meeting.
Meanwhile, after the Summit, the Greek Prime Minister will tour European capitals in order to promote Greek positions for the accession of Cyprus to the European Union and the Euroarmy.
Mr. Simitis' first stop will be London, where, on Monday, he will meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
(25/10/2002 11:33:00 ðì)
 PASOK –Synaspismos convergence says ScandalidesOn the basis of the results of the recent Municipal and Prefectural elections, Interior Minister Costas Scandalides has stated that there is convergence between PASOK and the Synaspismos parties.
He also stated that the cooperation between the two parties was successful, while in an interview with NET 105.8 Press Deputy Minister Tilemachos Chytiris underlined that PASOK is facing a problem in Thessaly. Referring to the New Democracy party he stated that he promoted its relations with the extreme right wing.
(25/10/2002 11:34:00 ðì)