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EU's Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus 'must stop'

- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.

Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

Larnaca - Cyprus welcomed its first tourists after nearly three months of coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday with flights scheduled from Israel, Greece and Bulgaria.

A World Redrawn: Iranian photographer sees chance for solidarity

Nicosia - Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti has created a body of work that explores the relationship between nature, human migration and the ripple effects of conflict and social upheaval.

Cyprus sets stage for tourism recovery as airports reopen

Nicosia - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on Tuesday, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors.

Tents and razor wire: Cyprus struggles with migrant influx

Kokkinotrimithia - In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.

Cyprus beaches reopen as new virus cases hit zero

Larnaca - A new form of beach life, spaced apart, emerged Saturday on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus after more than two months of coronavirus-imposed curbs were lifted on freedom of movement.

Cyprus ends passenger flights ban from June 9 with conditions

Nicosia - Cyprus will reopen its airports to commercial flights from June 9 after nearly three months of lockdown, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said Friday.

Rival Cypriot leaders agree to open crossings after containing COVID-19

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Thursday to gradually reopen crossing points along the island's UN-patrolled ceasefire line from June 8 after successfully containing coronavirus outbreaks on both sides, officials said.

Cyprus ends virus lockdown but airports stay shut

Nicosia - The Cypriot government ended a strict coronavirus lockdown Thursday, reopening outdoor restaurants and barber shops, but keeping the Mediterranean resort island's vital airports and hotels closed for now.

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

Nicosia - Hiding snacks under their beds or behind piles of clothes, young Tunisians are finding ways to subvert the Ramadan fast -- despite being locked down with their Muslim conservative parents.

Cyprus says Turkey denied COVID-19 supply flight airspace entry

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday a flight it had chartered from China carrying 36 tonnes of COVID-19 medical supplies was diverted towards Moscow after Turkey denied it entry into its airspace.

Neighbours help out as fighting virus trumps old rivalries

Nicosia - Face masks are delivered across dividing lines in Ireland and Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates sends medical supplies to rival Iran, and China and Japan exchange rare warm words.

Splendid isolation: islands prove safe ports in virus storm

Ayia Napa - Enjoying the loosening of a six-week coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, Michalis Eveledis charged across pristine white sand and plunged headlong into the cool Mediterranean under a glaring sun.

Cyprus to prosecute 15 police in serial killing blunder

Nicosia - Fifteen Cyprus police officers face criminal prosecution for botching any search for seven missing foreign women and children who were victims of a serial killer, officials said Tuesday.

Cyprus announces phased easing of virus lockdown

Nicosia - Cyprus revealed a plan Wednesday to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures and reboot the Mediterranean holiday island's economy.

Cyprus COVID-19 outcry as dogs, not children allowed out

Nicosia - Pet dogs have more freedom than children under strict social distancing restrictions Cyprus has enforced to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a public sector trade union said on Monday.

Cyprus adopts mass testing for virus hotspots

Aradippou - A town in Cyprus that has become a coronavirus hotspot carried out mass testing Saturday as a climate of suspicion descended on the community amid fears the disease had spread unchecked for weeks.

Cyprus says beaches, parks off limits to fight virus

Nicosia - Cyprus declared on Monday that beaches and parks were out of bounds as part of increased restrictions on movements aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus on the Mediterranean island.

Turkish Cypriots postpone election over coronavirus

Nicosia - Lawmakers in breakaway northern Cyprus voted Thursday to postpone a Turkish Cypriot leadership election scheduled for April 26 by six months because of the novel coronavirus.

Beach resort a 'ghost town' as Cyprus tourism hit by virus crisis

Larnaca - On a Cyprus hotel reception desk, health questionnaires on the coronavirus sit mostly untouched near a bottle of hand sanitizer. There is hardly a guest left as tourism has all but collapsed on the Mediterranean island.
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