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Cyprus delays hijacker's extradition after ECHR intervenes

Nicosia - Cyprus has delayed the extradition of an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to the Mediterranean island, after Europe's top rights court took up his case.

British bases in Cyprus get drone to fight bird trappers

Larnaca - Police on a British military base in Cyprus on Thursday launched their latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers –- a high-tech drone.

Cyprus rescues 305 Syrian refugees in two boats

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities brought ashore more than 300 Syrian refugees early on Sunday after spotting two boats in open water off the northwest coast of the Mediterranean island, police said.

Bank of Cyprus set to go digital

Nicosia - Banking, like other sectors, is embracing digital transformation. What does this mean from the financial perspective and how should a bank go about the process? The Bank of Cyprus provides the answers as it embarks down the digital path.

Outgoing UN envoy says now up to Cypriots to strike deal

Nicosia - The United Nations will not resurrect the collapsed Cyprus reunification talks as the onus is now on the divided island's rival communities to prove they really want a long-elusive settlement, the outgoing UN envoy said Thursday.

Turkish Cypriots release anti-migrant Europe boat crew

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot authorities on Thursday released the captain and crew of a boat hired by far-right activists to prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe, local media reported.

Greek, Turkish FMs head for Cyprus after failed UN talks

Nicosia - The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey are due in Cyprus on Tuesday on separate missions to review the way forward after UN-backed reunification talks collapsed in Switzerland earlier this month.

Cyprus: four decades of division and abortive talks

Nicosia - The Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the subject of marathon talks which collapsed early on Friday, has been divided on ethnic lines since Turkish troops invaded its northern third in 1974.

Cyprus president hopes to clinch peace deal in Switzerland

Nicosia - Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week.

Cyprus leaders under pressure to strike peace deal in Swiss resort

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences.

Cyprus struggles to tackle 'industrial' songbird poaching

Nicosia - Volunteers and police in Cyprus are struggling to tackle illegal songbird trapping operations that kill millions of birds a year and net huge profits for poaching gangs.

Switzerland conference offers 'historic opportunity' for Cyprus

Nicosia - A conference in Switzerland starting later this month offers an "historic opportunity" for rival Cypriot leaders to clinch an elusive deal to end their island's decades-old division, a UN envoy said Friday."This is really an historic opportunity.

Blast at British base in Cyprus injures police officer

Nicosia - A small explosion outside a police station at a British base in Cyprus injured a policeman on Tuesday, authorities said, adding that it was being treated as a criminal incident.

Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations

Nicosia - Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the Mediterranean island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

Art seeks to heal wounds in divided Cyprus

Paphos - Inside an art gallery on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Selma Bolayir draws a large yellow sun on a black-and-white picture of a South Vietnamese soldier who appears to be crying.

IMF urges Cyprus to reduce bad loans, push reforms

Nicosia - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday praised Cyprus for making progress since it exited a bailout regime but called on it to reduce bad loans and to press ahead with reforms.

Cyprus rival leaders agree to meet UN chief in New York

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders are to meet UN chief Antonio Guterres in New York at the weekend in a bid to resolve a deadlock in Cyprus reunification talks, officials said Wednesday.

Cyprus peace talks in limbo as UN shuttle diplomacy fails

Nicosia - A UN drive for a crunch Cyprus peace conference in Geneva has failed, leaving the future of talks on reunifying the island in limbo, a UN envoy acknowledged on Friday.

UN seeks date for Geneva summit on Cyprus

Nicosia - A new Cyprus peace conference in Geneva to push forward stalled reunification talks could be agreed by the end of this week, a UN official said Wednesday.

Cyprus talks at crisis point over next step

Nicosia - UN-backed Cyprus reunification talks have hit a snag with rival Cypriot leaders at loggerheads over a possible summit in Geneva.
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