|Tuesday, 25 February 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-06-18
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for Thessaloniki tomorrow to take part in the deliberations of the European Council summit and the EU summit for Western Balkan countries.
-- US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Thomas Weston has placed his hopes on Turkey to help resume the stalled peace talks. He left for Ankara where he begins meetings tonight and concludes them tomorrow.
-- Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli girl on a road near the West Bank, feeding a cycle of violence that has battered a peace plan U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will try to rescue in a new Middle East visit.
-- U.S. troops fired into a crowd of Iraqi protesters outside the U.S. headquarters in Baghdad today and demonstrators said they killed two people and wounded two others.
 PAPADOPOULOS THESALONIKICyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for Thessaloniki tomorrow to take part in the deliberations of the European Council summit and the EU summit for Western Balkan countries.
He returns to Cyprus on Sunday.
In statements last night, President Papadopoulos expressed complete satisfaction over the reference to Cyprus expected to be included in the conclusions of the Thessaloniki summit which, he said, will be a historic milestone for the people of Cyprus since it is the first summit in which Cyprus is taking part as an equal EU member.
 ERDOGAN SALONICATurkey will be represented at the Thessaloniki European Council by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A statement from the Prime Minister's office said Mr. Erdogan will go to Thessaloniki on Friday.
 WESTON DEPARTUREUS State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Thomas Weston has placed his hopes on Turkey to help resume the stalled peace talks. He left for Ankara where he begins meetings tonight and concludes them tomorrow.
Mr. Weston said he considers his meetings in Ankara very important in terms of trying to find a way forward, acknowledging the difficulty right now in finding a way forward is the Turkish side.
Replying to questions, he said Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has told him that he does not accept the ''Annan plan'' nor does he accept that there is no other option but this specific UN peace proposal on a
 comprehensive settlement
 VERHEUGEN DENKTASHEnlargement Commissioner, Gunter Verheugen met this morning with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. The meeting, which lasted nearly one and a half hours, examined issues concerning the island's accession to the EU and financial assistance to Turkish Cypriots.
The only statement made was by Mr. Denktash who said he had a good meeting with Mr. Verheugen.
Outside the so called "presidential palace" ten supporters of the Denktash policy demonstrated against the measures announced by the European Union in support of Turkish Cypriots.
 MIDEAST VIOLENCEPalestinian gunmen killed an Israeli girl on a road near the West Bank, feeding a cycle of violence that has battered a peace plan U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will try to rescue in a new Middle East visit.
The attack on a car near Kibbutz Eyal in central Israel late last night occurred just after Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas failed to persuade militants to call a ceasefire with Israel.
Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said the attack was "further proof that the terrorist organisations have not ceased and apparently do not intend to cease their terror activity".
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting which the army said was carried out by Palestinians.
Medics said the dead girl was seven and identified two people wounded in the attack as her five-year-old sister and her father.
Talks between Mr. Abbas and 13 militant factions on ending attacks on Israelis broke up without agreement yesterday.
More than 50 people have died in tit-for-tat Israeli-Palestinian attacks since Mr. Abbas, U.S. President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon affirmed a peace "road map" two weeks ago.
 IRAQ PROTESTS DEATHSU.S. troops fired into a crowd of Iraqi protesters outside the U.S. headquarters in Baghdad today and demonstrators said they killed two people and wounded two others.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Douglas told reporters that both men who were evacuated died of their wounds.
The protest was led by hundreds of sacked Iraqi soldiers, disgruntled over losing their jobs when U.S. administrator Paul Bremer dissolved Saddam Hussein's armed forces last month.
Mr. Bremer's drive to destroy the legacy of Saddam's Baathist rule has laid off up to 400,000 Iraqis who worked in the now-disbanded armed forces, security services and information and defence ministries, with no prospect of reintegration.
 IRAN WOMAN PROTESTSA woman set herself on fire in Paris today during a protest against a mass round-up of left-wing Iranian exiles the previous day including opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.
The woman was badly burned and rushed to hospital after dashing out from a crowd of over 100 protesters and setting light to herself, according to an official of the National Council of Resistance of Iran which opposes the Islamic government in Tehran.
The exiles were protesting outside an office of the French Interior Ministry.
A man set himself alight outside the French consulate in London yesterday to protest against a massive sweep earlier that day in the Paris region against the People's Mujahideen, the main armed Iranian opposition force.
 IRAN PROTESTSHundreds of Iranians demanding more freedom demonstrated for the eighth consecutive night early today and scores of protesters were arrested and some injured in rallies in seven cities.
The Unites States backs the protests as a cry for freedom from a people whose government U.S. officials accuse of being part of an "axis of evil" for allegedly developing nuclear arms, backing terrorism and trying to destabilise post-war Iraq.
Protesters in Tehran, wary of possible beatings from hardline Islamic vigilantes which marked previous nights, kept to their cars and sounded their horns in traffic jams around the city's university -- the focus of the unrest.
The official IRNA news agency reported protests in six other cities in which scores were arrested and several injured.
 GREECE QUAKEAn earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook the Greek island of Evia, 70 kilometres north of Athens, early today, causing some damage but no injuries, officials said.
Local police said some old houses were damaged and there was a power cut, but no reports of injuries.
On Monday lighter tremors measuring 4.4 and 4.5 on the open-ended Richter scale also shook the area.
The institute official said it was not clear whether today's quake, which could also be felt in some areas of Athens, was the main one in the area.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be mainly clear with local cloud over the mountains. Winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly moderate, three to four beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will be 35 C inland, 31 on the south coast, 29 C on the west and 27 over the mountains.
Tonight, the weather will be clear but thin mist and low cloud will form in some areas. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly light, two to three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 21 C inland, 19 C on the west coast and 17 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains very high in all forest areas.