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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-03-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Soccer-Europe-Under-21-Greece-Win
  • [02] Britain - Cyprus - Cook
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday
  • [04] Weather Forecast-Wednesday
  • [05] ASE-close

  • [01] Soccer-Europe-Under-21-Greece-Win

    27/03/2001 22:33:20

    The Greek national under-21 soccer team beat Germany 2-0 in a European under-21 championship group nine qualifier played at Kaisariani stadium in Athens on Tuesday and moved into first place.Greece's goals were scored by Kyriazis with a penalty in the 30th minute and Amanatidis in the 88th.

    Standings after four games played: Greece 9 points, England 8, Germany 7, Finland 4 and Albania 0.

    [02] Britain - Cyprus - Cook

    27/03/2001 18:58:52

    LONDON (ANA) -- The long-standing Cyprus issue was the centre-piece of an event in north London recently, with both the Greek and British foreign ministers speaking at a large gathering of expatriates in the British capital.

    On his part, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook referred to what he called his disappointment over the continuing division on the island republic. He also stressed that the British governments goal is a unified Cyprus, a unified country with one territorial sovereignty and citizenship, and with a system of security that offers guarantees for the human rights of all Cypriots along with unimpeded movement of citizens.

    Britain is one of three guarantor powers for Cyprus -- Greece and Turkey are the other two -- while it retains two sovereign bases on the island republic.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday

    27/03/2001 18:12:47

    Wednesday's buying rates

    U.S. dollar 377.604

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 541.707

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 45.289

    Swedish kroner 37.059

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 306.843

    Swiss franc 220.250

    Norwegian kroner 41.808

    Cyprus pound 584.136

    Canadian dollar 242.095

    Australian dollar 187.844

    [04] Weather Forecast-Wednesday

    27/03/2001 18:04:58

    Scattered cloud is forecast in most of the country on Wednesday, turning to showers in Thrace and islands of the northern and eastern Aegean. The west will be sunny. Winds variable, moderate to strong, turning very strong at sea. On the northern mainland, temperatures will range from 8C to 18C; on the rest of the mainland and in the Ionian from 12C to 24C; and in the Aegean islands from 16C to 26C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 14C and 23C. Light cloud in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 11C to 18C.

    [05] ASE-close

    27/03/2001 16:08:25

    Equity prices ended lower on the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday hit by investors' worries over developments in the market following a decision by ASE's board to put six stocks under surveillance and talk of more businessmen arrests on charges of alleged creation of "bubble stocks".

    Traders said the Greek bourse ignored a continued recovery in European markets.

    Shares in the textile sector attracted heavy demand to end sharply up in heavy trade.

    The general index ended 0.80 percent lower at 3,057.89 points, off the day's lows of 3,052.13 points. Turnover was a low 147.03 million euros, or 50.1 billion drachmas.

    Analysts said the fact that the index holded above the 3,050 technical support level was a good sign for the market.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended 0.69 percent off at 1,763.09 points, and the FTSE/ASE 40 index eased 0.59 percent to 368.98 points.

    The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 330.00 points, off 0.81 percent.


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