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Cyprus religious leaders come together to support peace

Nicosia - Cyprus political and religious leaders on Thursday for the first time expressed joint support for the UN-brokered peace process to reunite their divided island. "The willingness of both political leaders to meet with the religious leaders...

Palestinian refugees joining exodus from Syria

Kofinou - Palestinian pensioner Zahra Zahroura always imagined seeing out her days in her adopted Syrian hometown of Homs, sustained by the hope that being made a refugee once was enough for any lifetime.

HRW accuses Sudan govt militia of Darfur rape, killing 'sprees'

Nicosia - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused a controversial Sudanese counter-insurgency unit of having carried out "two sprees of killings and mass rape" of civilians in conflict-riven Darfur since February 2014.

Cyprus rescues 115 fleeing Syria in fishing boat

Nicosia - Cyprus said rescuers on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island.

'Brothel' cabarets thrive in breakaway Cyprus statelet

Nicosia - A white stretch limousine pulls up outside a northern Nicosia hospital to drop off cabaret girls for their monthly HIV test, in a breakaway statelet where officially prostitution is illegal.

Cyprus digs up the past with hunt for remains of Greek commandos

Nicosia - In the pre-dawn hours of July 22, 1974, a transport plane full of Greek commandos on a secret mission to Cyprus was shot down by friendly fire.

Cyprus rivals grapple hot-button issues in UN peace talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders Monday turned their sights on the hot-button issues of property and territorial adjustment that for decades have blocked any peace deal on their divided island, the United Nations said.

Turkey's Erdogan condemns border town bombing as 'act of terror'

Nicosia - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Monday's deadly bomb attack in a town near the border with Syria as an "act of terror.

Britain offers Cyprus land in event of peace deal

Nicosia - Britain is ready to offer a reunified Cyprus large swathes of British bases territory on the island in the event of a peace deal, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

Juncker tells Cyprus to make peace now

Nicosia - Long-divided Cyprus has no better chance than now to strike a UN-brokered peace deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the Cypriot parliament on Friday.

EU's Juncker praises Cyprus recovery after bailout

Nicosia - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised Cyprus Thursday for its budding economic recovery after harsh bailout terms saved the eurozone member from meltdown, and urged re-unification of the divided island.

EU's Juncker to make first visit to Cyprus

Nicosia - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to start his first official visit to Cyprus on Thursday for talks on the bailed-out island’s economy and the UN-brokered peace process.

Cyprus leaders want EU-based peace settlement

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders said after negotiations on Friday that any UN-brokered peace settlement for their divided island would be based on European Union principles.

Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark

Famagusta - Cyprus's Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organisers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities.

Cyprus sentences Lebanese to six years on bomb charges

Nicosia - Cyprus on Monday sentenced to six years in jail a Lebanese man who pleaded guilty to terror charges linked to 8.2 tonnes of potential bomb-making material found in his home.

Cyprus leaders ready to tackle thorny core issues: UN

Nicosia - Rival leaders of divided Cyprus are ready to embrace the core issues of putting the island back together again, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said after hosting talks on Wednesday.

Strong momentum for Cyprus peace: UN envoy

Nicosia - There is strong international and domestic momentum behind UN-brokered peace talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus after 41 years, an "encouraged" UN envoy said Tuesday."We are on a good track right now.

Second Lebanese suspect held in Cyprus bomb probe

Larnaca - A second Lebanese man was detained in Cyprus for five days in connection with the seizure of five tonnes of possible bomb-making material, authorities said Sunday.

Second arrest in Cyprus ammonium bomb case

Larnaca - A second Lebanese man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of five tonnes of possible bomb-making material ammonium nitrate, police said Saturday.

Cyprus leaders agree on new crossings on divided island

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed Thursday to open more crossing points and link the mobile phone and electricity networks to help restore trust between their estranged communities on divided Cyprus.
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