|Sunday, 26 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-10-05
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines--- Greece's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Papandreou, said that Cyprus' European Union accession course has changed prospects to solve the Cyprus problem, as it has opened security clauses and has given motives for Turkish Cypriot participation in the European Union, after a solution.
--- Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, has threatened to boycott the fifth round of proximity talks on the Cyprus problem, if European Union governments adopted a report by European Rapporteur on Cyprus, Jacques Poos.
--- Israel and the Palestinians said today they had agreed a ceasefire to end a week of violence that has killed 67 people, mainly Palestinians.
--- The death toll rose to 280 today in prolonged floods in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and state media warned of new hazards -- cholera and crocodiles swimming downriver from Cambodia.
--- Tropical Storm Keith threatened to become a hurricane today as Mexico's Gulf coast braced for the storm to make landfall after its assault on Central America, where it was blamed for 15 deaths.
 PapandreouGreece's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Papandreou, said that Cyprus' European Union accession course has changed prospects to solve the Cyprus problem, as it has opened security clauses and has given motives for Turkish Cypriot participation in the European Union, after a solution.
Mr. Papandreou reaffirmed that Greece would be firm in its actions, so as not to allow room for misunderstandings.
Speaking after meetings with Democratic Rally President Nicos Anastasiades and AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias, Mr. Papandreou said that Greece would not abandon the Cyprus people.
He said his country's policy on the Cyprus problem remained concrete and had not changed at all.
 PoosTurkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, was annoyed by the European Parliament, which adopted a report prepared by European Rapporteur on Cyprus, Jacques Poos.
Mr. Denktash threatened he would not participate in the fifth round of proximity talks on the Cyprus problem, if the report was also adopted by European Union governments.
The Turkish Cypriot leader was speaking in Ankara, where he discussed the Cyprus problem with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and President Ahmet Sezer.
Mr. Denktash claimed that the Poos report reflected the positions of the Greek Cypriot side and aimed at transferring the Cyprus problem to the European Union.
 StockThe Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index closed at 356,37 units today, recording a small increase of just 2 units.
Traded Value reached 14 million 793 thousand pounds, that is about seven million less than yesterday.
 TouristsTourist arrivals recorded an increase of 10,7 percent during the first eight months of this year.
According to the programme for winter tourism, announced by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Nicos Rolandis, the prospects for further increasing the influx are very encouraging.
Holiday bookings from the United Kingdom until the end of August had recorded an increase of 15 percent, compared to the same period last year.
 ConferenceA conference organised by the European Association of Organisations Providing Services and the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation began in Paphos today.
The new European Union programme on fresh opportunities and prospects for non-profit organisations providing social services will be presented during the conference.
In an address read out by Minister of Labour Andreas Moushouttas, President Glafcos Clerides noted that there were certain gaps in supporting handicapped persons and their families, as well as in preventing such situations.
The President added that there was much to be done yet in lifting natural and social barriers for the full incorporation of handicapped persons in society.
He also said that the government is promoting a specific policy on this issue.
 FallA 27-year-old American, Violet Toro, died this morning after falling from the sixth floor of a hotel in Nicosia.
Police said the American had arrived on the island on Monday and was staying with her 40-year-old Albanian friend, Vincent Grav.
Grav told the Police that he and Toro had gone to various night clubs last night.
He said Toro may have been drunk.
Doctors found a head wound on Toro, caused by the fall.
 MideastIsrael and the Palestinians said today they had agreed a ceasefire to end a week of violence that has killed 67 people, mainly Palestinians.
There was no immediate word of any major clashes today, but street battles have usually erupted later in the day and three previous ceasefires have collapsed.
An Israeli army announcement made no mention of the failure of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to sign a formal agreement at talks in Paris.
A Palestinian died today of wounds received on Monday in the West Bank town Jericho. Of the 67 dead, 55 are Palestinians, nine Arab Israelis and the others are an Israeli soldier, a border guard and a Jewish civilian.
The West Bank and Gaza Strip were quiet this morning as Mr. Barak headed home from Paris instead of flying to Egypt as planned for further talks with Mr. Arafat and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who mediated the Paris negotiations.
 VietnamThe death toll rose to 280 today in prolonged floods in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and state media warned of new hazards -- cholera and crocodiles swimming downriver from Cambodia.
Local officials also warned that high sea tides next week would worsen the misery caused by the worst floods in decades, by raising water levels in downstream provinces.
There have been 211 children among the 280 people killed by the floods in the low-lying Delta in the past month.
The International Red Cross estimates four million people have been been affected in eight Delta provinces.
It says up to 35.000 families, or some 175.000 people, have had to be evacuated from homes in the Delta since the worst of the floods early this month and 150.000 more are critically in need of assistance.
 KeithTropical Storm Keith threatened to become a hurricane today as Mexico's Gulf coast braced for the storm to make landfall after its assault on Central America, where it was blamed for 15 deaths.
A hurricane warning has been extended in Mexico to include the 565 km of Mexican coastline stretching from Tuxpan, in eastern Veracruz state, to Matamoros, which is across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
The US Hurricane Centre in Miami said a hurricane watch had been issued south of Tuxpan to Veracruz city and that a tropical storm watch was in effect along the Texas coast from Brownsville to Port Mansfield.
The Hurricane centre said storm surge flooding up to 1,2 metres above normal tide levels accompanied by dangerous battering waves were possible near where Keith makes landfall.
 WorldAnd now for a look at other developments around the world in brief.
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Yugoslavia's Constitutional Court said it had annulled part of the presidential election which the opposition has accused President Slobodan Milosevic of rigging, in what his rival said was a trick to gain time.
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Police took over key facilities at a Serbian coal mining complex after negotiations with strikers backed by a huge crowd of supporters.
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Four people were killed and seven were wounded in an explosion in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.
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In the United States, Republican George Bush and Democrat Al Gore took their presidential debate messages to crucial battleground states, hoping to build on what both saw as strong television performances.
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Senior officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea will meet in Washington on Saturday to coordinate policy ahead of next week's visit to the United States by North Korea's second highest official, Jo Myong-rok.
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Peruvian police said they had captured a leading member of a radical fringe of the Shining Path guerrilla group, which sowed terror with car bombs and killings in its war on the state in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Indonesian police arrested notorious pro-Jakarta militia leader Eurico Guterres for suspected involvement in the sacking of a United Nations office in West Timor last month.
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Bolivia planned to step up its airlift of people and food to counter protesters' nationwide roadblocks amid calls for a declaration of a state of emergency and fears that talks to end the dispute could drag on for days.
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Exasperated at Russia's treatment of an American businessman accused of spying, the United States warned Americans that it could be risky doing business with the Russian arms industry.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be generally fine.
Winds will be southeasterly, light to moderate, three to four beaufort, over moderate seas.
Tonight will be generally clear.
Winds will be northeasterly, light, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 18 degrees inland, to 20 along the coast, and to 15 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.