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RSF urges court to acquit Cyprus journalists over Erdogan 'insult'

Nicosia - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged authorities in northern Cyprus to acquit two journalists facing up to five years in prison on charges of insulting and defaming Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ExxonMobil finds largest Cyprus gas reserve yet

Nicosia - US energy giant ExxonMobil has discovered a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said Thursday, a find that could raise tensions with nearby Turkey.

UN hosts Cyprus leaders in push for peace

Nicosia - The United Nations on Tuesday hosted an informal meeting between the leaders of divided Cyprus, aimed at reviving stalled peace talks.

Cyprus legalises medical cannabis

Nicosia - Cypriot legislators on Friday voted to approve the cultivation and use of medical cannabis, joining a growing trend among other European Union nations.

Brexit deal 'best possible' and 'not renegotiable': Macron

Nicosia - French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday the Brexit deal is the "best agreement possible and is not renegotiable", as Britain's premier pushed to reopen talks with Brussels.

Gulf, Egypt jail activists amid social media crackdown

Nicosia - Courts in the Gulf and Egypt have upheld jail terms against leading activists in a crackdown on protesting through social media, marking a somber end to 2018 for rights campaigners.

Divided Cypriots unite over heritage

Famagusta - Residents from both sides of Cyprus are coming together to restore their ancient heritage and mend ties away from politics even as peace talks remain stalled.

North Cyprus journalist takes on Turkey's mighty Erdogan

Nicosia - Jail time, angry mobs and assassination attempts -- editor Sener Levent has paid a price for challenging Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus through his tiny newspaper.

Cyprus opposition cheesed off over halloumi trademark fiasco

Nicosia - Cyprus on Monday dismissed opposition calls to sack its commerce minister after a government blunder saw it lose the trademark rights to its famous white cheese halloumi in Britain.

Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum

Nicosia - A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark has gone on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island's Turkish-held north.

Dozens of Syrian migrants reach Cyprus: police

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities said Wednesday that 47 Syrian migrants had been found on the island's northwestern tip after being dropped off by suspected people smugglers.

Looted St Mark mosaic returns home to Cyprus

Nicosia - Cyprus has welcomed home a rare sixth-century Christian mosaic from the Byzantine period four decades after it was looted from a church in the island's Turkish-held north, Cypriot authorities said Tuesday.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods

Avdimou - Olive farmer Andreas Fotiou steered carefully along a dusty lane in southwest Cyprus, en route from his village to nearby groves -- locations that could have clashing trade regimes, post-Brexit.

Rival leaders agree to open new crossings over Cyprus divide

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to open the first new crossing points in eight years across the island's divide in a move to improve the climate of the deadlocked talks process, the UN said.

Cypriot leaders to meet in UN peace push

Nicosia - The United Nations will a host a meeting between rival Cypriot leaders next Friday to try to move closer to a relaunch of reunification talks that collapsed 15 months ago.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

Cyprus invites bids to explore for offshore gas

Nicosia - Cyprus decided Wednesday to invite energy giants Total, Eni and ExxonMobil to bid for a license to explore for oil and gas in a new offshore block, officials said.

Cyprus seeks EU help after spike in migrant arrivals

Nicosia - Cyprus appealed Wednesday to the EU to offer it more help with illegal migrants, warning it would be unable to cope if the influx of arrivals continues to its shores.
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