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Cyprus coffee shop provides common ground for peace

Nicosia - Between two checkpoints in Europe's last divided capital, a coffee shop provides a venue for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to overcome their differences and dream of a shared future.

Cypriots unite for 'peace' concert on eve of talks

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish residents of the divided island of Cyprus gathered Sunday for a "Countdown to Peace" concert on the eve of UN-sponsored reunification talks between their rival leaders.

Historic Cyprus peace in balance at Geneva talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders hold UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva from Monday billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of division on the island but the outcome is far from certain.

Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations

Nicosia - Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the Mediterranean island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

Cyprus volunteers struggle to feed soaring cat population

Paphos - Legend has it that a Roman empress first brought cats to Cyprus to do battle with poisonous snakes, but centuries later it's the island's financial crisis that has sparked a population boom.

Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday urged Turkey to live up to its responsibilities and help to reunify the divided island when crucial peace talks resume next month in Switzerland.

Turkish Cypriot leader says referendum possible in 2017

Nicosia - The president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot region of northern Cyprus said Tuesday that a referendum on reunifying the island could be held in the summer if talks next month went to plan.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots march for reunification

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched together Wednesday to urge rival leaders on the divided island to reach agreement at a make-or-break reunification summit in Switzerland next month.

Cyprus leaders to resume peace talks, keep up momentum

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks in what was hailed Friday as a "significant development" after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Cyprus 'determined' for more peace talks: president

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday he was determined to continue peace talks aimed at uniting the island, after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned against missing a "historic opportunity" for peace.

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nicosia - Crunch negotiations on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus broke down Tuesday with its rival leaders still far apart and no date set for a new round of UN-brokered talks.

Cyprus rivals vow to press talks despite dim prospects

Nicosia - Five days of UN-sponsored talks on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus have adjourned without a breakthrough but negotiators vowed Saturday to press on even as prospects fade for a deal this year.

Cyprus town's future hangs in Swiss talks balance

Morphou - When Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet for land-for-peace talks on Monday aimed at ending the island's decades-old division, the future of a famed orange-growing centre will be a core dispute.

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world's longest-running political crises.

Cyprus president says Swiss talks key to peace

Nicosia - Progress must be achieved in crucial UN-brokered Cyprus talks in Switzerland next week if the peace process is to succeed, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday.

Turkish Cypriot leader urges realism for peace talks

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci called Wednesday for "realism and reasonable" approaches from the Greek Cypriots ahead of UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.

Ban to open Cyprus land-for-peace summit in Switzerland

Nicosia - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will launch crunch Cyprus talks in Switzerland next month that could determine whether a peace deal is achievable to end decades of division on the island.

Gay rights progress faces Europe backlash: activists

Nicosia - Europe has made enormous progress on gay rights since the 1990s, but those gains are now being threatened by rising intolerance, according to activists from across the continent.

Populism in Europe stoking violence, say gay activists

Nicosia - Activists at Europe's biggest annual gay rights conference warned Friday that populist political movements across the continent are stoking violence against minorities.

Cyprus orders plane hijacking suspect extradited to Egypt

Nicosia - A Cypriot court ruled on Friday that an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus can be extradited to Cairo for his alleged crimes.
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