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Cyprus court hands 7 life terms to 'first serial killer'

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army captain who murdered five women and two girls was handed seven life sentences Monday in an unprecedented serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus serial killer pleads guilty to 7 murders

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army officer pleaded guilty on Monday to seven counts of premeditated murder in a serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future

Nicosia - Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles' eco-friendly potential, even on a budget.

Former Cypriot president dies aged 72

Nicosia - Former Cyprus president Demetris Christofias died Friday at the age of 72 after being admitted to hospital a month ago with a serious respiratory problem, his doctor said.

What we know about the Gulf tanker attacks

Nicosia - Suspected attacks left two tankers in flames in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, bumping up oil prices and further raising regional tensions triggered by a bitter US-Iran standoff.

Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout

Nicosia - Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its "despicable brutality" to Khartoum.

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities on Tuesday recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial killer.

Cyprus mulls draining lake in hunt for serial killings victim

Nicosia - Authorities in Cyprus said Thursday they may drain a lake in efforts to find the body of a six-year-old Filipina girl, believed to be the youngest victim of a serial killer.

Cyprus elects first Turkish Cypriot as MEP

Nicosia - The European vote in Cyprus produced a landmark result on Sunday when a Turkish Cypriot was elected as an MEP for the first time on the ethnically divided island.

Cyprus to ramp up exploratory gas drilling: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus will ramp up its search for gas, a minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey announced plans to carry out its own drilling in waters off the Mediterranean island."Activities in the Cyprus EEZ (exclusive economic zone) continue.

EU urges Turkey restraint in Cyprus energy dispute

Nicosia - The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.

Turkish-Cypriot poised to make history in Cyprus EU vote

Nicosia - European elections are often drab, overlooked affairs, but in Cyprus a Turkish Cypriot professor is breaking taboos and is poised to be elected as an MEP in a first for the ethnically divided island.

Two Cyprus journalists acquitted over Erdogan 'insult'

Nicosia - A court in northern Cyprus on Thursday acquitted two journalists who had faced up to five years in prison on charges of insulting and defaming Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Cyprus protests British comments on offshore gas rights

Nicosia - Cyprus officially protested to Britain on Wednesday over "unacceptable" comments made by a Foreign Office minister that questioned its right to exploit offshore energy reserves while the island remains divided.

Cyprus 'serial killings' spark horror, anger at police

Nicosia - Seven foreign women and girls murdered, some dumped in a toxic lake -- the "first serial killings" in Cyprus have provoked horror and sparked accusations of police racism.

Cyprus police in first apology over serial killings

Nicosia - Cyprus's new police chief issued the force's first apology on Tuesday for its handling of the killings of seven foreign women and girls, acknowledging officers had failed to protect them.

Cyprus 'serial killer' appears in court, police retrieve fifth body

Nicosia - A Cypriot army officer who has allegedly confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls over nearly three years appeared in court Sunday, while police said they had recovered a fifth body.

Cyprus police chief sacked as anger grows over killings

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday sacked the country's police chief, as shock over the murders of seven foreign women and girls gave way to outrage at the authorities for a botched response.

Cyprus police chief sacked over serial killings 'negligence'

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday sacked the country's police chief as pressure mounted over the authorities' botched and delayed response to the killings of seven foreign women and girls.

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killings

Nicosia - Cyprus Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said he resigned on Thursday after a public outcry over the botched response to the serial killing of seven foreign women and girls.
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