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Turkish Cypriots elect Erdogan's candidate amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots in breakaway northern Cyprus on Sunday narrowly elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, in a run-off poll, at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot poll

Nicosia - Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential election Sunday in breakaway northern Cyprus, ousting pro-reunification incumbent Mustafa Akinci.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Mediterranean tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, was voting Sunday for a new leader in a run-off election held amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus speaker resigns over passports scandal

Nicosia - The speaker of the Cypriot parliament resigned on Thursday after he was secretly filmed allegedly trying to facilitate a passport for a fugitive investor.

Cyprus scraps 'golden passport' scheme over alleged abuse

Nicosia - Cyprus said on Tuesday it will scrap its citizenship scheme for foreign investors next month over alleged abuses uncovered in a television programme.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, voted Sunday for a new leader amid charges of interference by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus started a vote Sunday for a new leader amid heightened tensions on the divided island and in the wider eastern Mediterranean region.

Ghost town reopening upends Turkish Cypriot election

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots vote Sunday in a presidential election upended by a controversial move by Ankara restoring access to a beach resort sealed off since its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled in 1974.

Anger as Turkish army reopens Cyprus resort turned ghost town

Famagusta - Turkish troops Thursday reopened parts of a Cyprus seaside resort that became a ghost town amid war in 1974, sparking controversy days ahead of an election in the breakaway Turkish north.

Turkish Cypriot FM quits in protest at move to reopen ghost resort

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot foreign minister Kudret Ozersay has announced his resignation in protest at the nationalist prime minister's decision to reopen the Greek Cypriot resort of Varosha, a sealed-off ghost town since 1974, just days before a presidential ele...

EU chief vows to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff

Nicosia - European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights.

Pompeo in Cyprus says US 'deeply concerned' over Turkey energy search

Nicosia - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Turkey to cease tension-raising activities in the eastern Mediterranean during a visit to Cyprus Saturday, urging all sides to back diplomacy.

Mediterranean tensions 'extremely volatile': Cyprus president

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday denounced Turkey's "aggressiveness" and urged talks to resolve a row over maritime borders and gas drilling rights, warning spiralling Mediterranean tensions risked destabilising the region.

Cyprus to strip seven of citizenship in passports probe

Nicosia - Cyprus is to start moves to strip seven people of Cypriot citizenship for violating the terms of a passport-for-investment scheme, the island's president told AFP on Friday.In the past "there were some deficiencies or loopholes in the programme.

Cyprus welcomes lifting of US arms embargo

Nicosia - Cyprus has welcomed the lifting of a US arms embargo as proof it is a "reliable partner" in the Eastern Mediterranean, as Washington's ambassador stressed the move was not aimed at Turkey.

Why do 'non-lethal' weapons maim and kill protesters?

Nicosia - Riot police from Beirut and Baghdad to Hong Kong and Minsk often use so-called "non-lethal" weapons for crowd control -- so why do protesters keep dying and being maimed?

Greece, Cyprus seek tougher EU stand on East Med dispute

Nicosia - Cyprus and Greece on Tuesday urged the European Union to take a tougher stance against Turkey’s tension-ratcheting activity in the eastern Mediterranean.

'Reluctant republic': Cyprus turns 60 without much ado

Nicosia - Cyprus marks 60 years since independence from Britain without fanfare on Sunday, as the small island remains divided and home to foreign bases and a UN peacekeeping force.

Trickle of British tourists dashes Cyprus tourism hopes

Larnaca - The holiday island of Cyprus had hoped British tourists would give a badly-needed boost to its pandemic-hit tourism sector, but only a trickle of sun-seekers have arrived.

Cyprus reports 3-month high in virus cases

Nicosia - Cyprus health authorities on Wednesday reported a three-month high of new COVID-19 infections, 13 cases, including seven from a cluster in the southern port city of Limassol.
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