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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-11-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE FUNERAL OF NIKOS BAKOLAS A DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WAS HELD TODAY
Web Posted: 17:08 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 13/11/1999 (MPA) Distinguished journalist, author and poet Nikos Bakolas died in Thessaloniki yesterday at the age of 72 and his funeral was held today.
In the funeral were present among others minister of development Evangelos Venizelos, minister of culture Elisavet Papazoi, the mayors of Thessaloniki and Sikies and the presiding boards of the Association of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Macedonia-Thrace, the State Theater of Northern Greece, parliament deputies film directors, authors and journalists.
He was general director of the state television channel ET-3 and informal secretary of Thessaloniki's Film Festival, while he was artistic associate and director of the State Theater of Northern Greece. He studied math in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was married and had two children and was a member of the Association of Journalists of Daily Newspaper in Macedonia-Thrace since 1978. In the period 1959-1967 he was in charge of Thessaloniki's International Trade Fair press office.
He received the first state literary prize in 1988, while he was also honored with the Plotin literary prize. He also received the city medal from the municipality of Thessaloniki in recognition of his literary work.
 CATHERINE DENEUVE ARRIVES IN THESSALONIKI TODAY FOR THE 40TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Web Posted: 17:08 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 13/11/1999 (MPA) Catherine Deneuve, one of the biggest stars of the European and world cinema, arrives in Thessaloniki today and her presence will give glamour to the city's 40th International Film Festival.
The famous French actress will present the Phillip Garell film "The wind of the night" and tomorrow, she will give a press conference. Thessaloniki's 40th International Film Festival opened last night by minister of culture Elisavet Papazoi.
 PAPANDREOU STATEMENTS ON THE CLINTON VISIT TO GREECE
Web Posted: 17:08 GMT+2Athens, 13/11/1999 (MPA) Greek minister of foreign affairs Giorgos Papandreou stated that the dates are not the problem and what matters is the results of the talks with the US president after his contacts with the Turkish side.
Mr. Papandreou commenting on the reactions of the political parties pointed out that they can exercise opposition to the government but they can not be opposed to the national interests.
 CLINTON WILL DISCUSS THE GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS ISSUE IN GREECE
Web Posted: 17:08 GMT+2Athens, 13/11/1999 (MPA) The normalization of the Greek-Turkish relations and the solution of the Cyprus problem will be included in the agenda of the talks US president Bill Clinton will have in Athens and Ankara with the governments of the two countries, stated last night the US president's national security adviser.
Mr. Berger announced that the US president will have talks with the Greek president, the prime minister and the leader of the main opposition party next Saturday and they will discuss the US-Greek relations. Referring to the Cyprus issue he underlined the US wish for substantial negotiations.
On the street protests, he said that the US president expects thousands of demonstrators but this does not scare him. He characterized Greece as a close ally of the United States and reminded that even though 96% of the Greek people were against the war on Yugoslavia the Greek government backed NATO and reiterated that Greece is a model for the new Balkan democracies.
According to information, three agreements of Greek-US cooperation on tourism, copyrights and natural disasters will be signed during Mr. Clinton's visit to Greece. In addition, announcements will be made on business cooperation in the Balkans and on cultural cooperation.
 269 DEAD AND 1.650 INJURED FROM THE EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY
Web Posted: 17:08 GMT+2Athens, 13/11/1999 (MPA) The number of the victims of the powerful earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale that hit north-western Turkey last night increases rapidly.
At least 269 people were killed and over 1.650 were injured, according to the Turkish undersecretary of health, while the number of those who remain trapped under the rubble is unknown.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the town of Dutze, 170 kilometers east of Istanbul and until now 100 aftershocks have been recorded many of which measured over 5 on the Richter scale.
Three men and a woman were pulled alive from under the rubble in the early morning hours today. The conditions under which the rescue crews work are very adverse as the temperatures in the region are low and in many areas there is no electricity.
The Greek ministers of foreign affairs and press have expressed Greece's solidarity to the suffering Turkish people. Foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou stressed that Greece is ready to help the Turkish government in every way in order to deal with this difficult situation.
Three C-130 Greek transport planes carrying part of the Greek aid mission to Turkey took off this morning for Istanbul. The mission is made up of 25 members of the rescue team EMAK, medical personnel and supplies.
Meanwhile, Greek seismology professor Vasilis Papazachos stated yesterday that the earthquake that hit Turkey and measured 7.2 on the Richter scale was the main tremor and added that usually after a big earthquake, like the one last August, the seismic activity moves eastward but in this case it moved westward. Mr. Papazachos stated that this can last for months and possibly for years.
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