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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-25

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  • [01] Ukraine: Building Collapses
  • [02] Investigation on Attack against MAT Continues
  • [03] Weather Changing

  • [01] Ukraine: Building Collapses

    The collapse of a block of apartments caused by gas leakage in the Ukraine has killed 19 and injured 24, while 15 persons are reported missing. Rescue teams have managed to recover 21 people from the rubble. Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko has declared 26 December a national day of mourning.

    The president and his political rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, travelled in the same car to the site of the blast.

    The blast has been attributed to natural gas leakage took place Wednesday evening in Yevpatoria, in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

    Two staircases leading to almost 30 apartments collapsed during the explosion.Seven cranes and 550 rescuers are trying to locate and save trapped people in the rubble.

    News item: 17103

    [02] Investigation on Attack against MAT Continues

    The attackers against the Riot Police (MAT) vehicle in Goudi were four. Two of them used Kalashnikov rifles and the others acted as observers. In parallel, 10 shots were fired. The antiterrorist service is examining all finds on the spot where the attack was launched in Goudi on Tuesday dawn. Until now, seven cartridges and five bullets have been found.

    The investigation has entered perhaps its most delicate phase, since it has been discovered that the seven cartridges came from two different automatic 7.62mm caliber Kalashnikov ΑΚ-47 rifles. As a result, what remains is for the police to discover whether the weapons had been used in other criminal offences or by anarchists and people of the underworld.

    Although the police know about the weaponry used by extremists and murders, they also know that many underworld people, mainly foreigners are using such weaponry.

    At the same time, there are indications that others than students enter the University Campus in Goudi. However, no conclusions can be drawn.

    Regarding the group "Popular Action" (Laiki Drasi), the police believe that the organisation is not a new one, believing that an announement by the organisation could help the investigation.

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    News item: 17101

    [03] Weather Changing

    The National Meteorological Service forecasts for today cloud with local rain or sleet in the Cyclades and Crete, while snowfalls are expected on the highlands and parts of Epirus with low altitude. The temperature in Athens will range from 3-9 C and in Thessaloniki from -2-6 C. The weather is expected to deteriorate as of tomorrow with strong rain and snowfalls across Greece.

    The weather on Friday 26-12-08 will be cloudy with rain in the mainland and snow on the highlands and other parts of central and northern Greece with low altitude. Storms will hit the western and southern parts of eastern Greece in the evening. South-eastern 3-5 Beaufort strong winds turning to 6 in the sea will be blowing in western and southern Greece. The temperature will rise slightly in central and southern Greece. Frost is expected in the mainland in the night and morning hours. The same weather conditions are expected for Saturday, while an improvement of the weather is expected in some parts of Greece Sunday.Yesterday evening, the temperature dropped below zero in many parts of Greece. The temperature in Drama, Serres and Grevena dropped to -6 C, in Florina, Kozani and Kastoria to -5, in Karpenisi, Xanthi and Katerini to -4 and in Thessaloniki and Kilkis to -3.

    Despite the low temperatures during the night, the national and country road network remained open.

    A mass exodus was recorded for Athenians, as from Afidnes toll post passed 47,345 vehicles and from Elefsina toll post 52,813 cars.

    News item: 17094

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