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Greek Cypriot leader says time for 'sobriety' on UN peace process

Nicosia - President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament Thursday to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Cypriot leaders issue joint festive peace message

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have issued a joint festive message across the divided island in each other's language, in a show of unity as they push for peace in 2016.

Cypriot leaders aim for peace deal in 2016

Nicosia - Cypriot leaders on Sunday wrapped up their UN-brokered peace negotiations for 2015 with the hope that next year will bring an elusive reunification deal for the divided island.

Cyprus MP sparks flap over poached bird dish

Nicosia - A Cyprus lawmaker has stirred controversy online after posting a picture of himself at a table serving a dish of songbirds whose poaching is banned on the Mediterranean island.

Hollande in Cyprus after carrier visit

Larnaca - French President Francois Hollande paid a brief visit to Cyprus Friday after addressing forces on the aircraft carrier at the heart of France's campaign of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists.

Kerry says deal to end Cyprus division 'within reach'

Nicosia - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that an end to the four-decade division of Cyprus was "within reach" as he visited both sides of the Mediterranean island to support peace talks.

Kerry visits divided Cyprus to boost peace talks

Nicosia - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that an end to the four-decade division of Cyprus was "within reach" as he visited both sides of the Mediterranean island to support peace talks.

Russia's Lavrov agrees to meet Turkish FM over plane downing

Nicosia - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday he was willing to meet his Turkish counterpart this week for the two countries' first high-level face-to-face talks since Ankara shot down one of Moscow's warplanes.

Cyprus deports Frenchmen, but says terror ruled out

Nicosia - Cyprus deported Tuesday six French citizens who had been detained at the island's main airport on suspicion of extremist links but were later said not to be a danger, authorities said.

Cyprus detains, will deport six French citizens, gov't says

Nicosia - Cyprus was expected to deport six French citizens to Switzerland after they were detained at the island's main airport and suspected of links to extremist groups, Cypriot authorities said Monday.

HRW says torture still happening in Bahrain jails

Nicosia - Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation as regulatory bodies set up after the 2011 uprising "lack independence" and officials are not held accountable, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Mideast asylum seekers in Cyprus 'moved to transit centre'

Nicosia - Nearly half of the 115 Middle Eastern migrants held at a British military base on Cyprus were transferred Thursday to a government transit centre outside Nicosia, a British official said.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Cyprus rivals agree on intensive November talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to hold at least six meetings in November as they intensify UN-brokered peace talks aimed at reunifying their island, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said.

Migrants at British base in Cyprus claim asylum

Akrotiri - Some of the 114 migrants who arrived recently by boat at a British airbase in Cyprus have asked for asylum, the British military said Saturday, but their fate remains in limbo.

Over 100 migrants land at British base in Cyprus

Nicosia - Some 120 migrants crowded in two boats landed at a British airbase on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus Wednesday, bringing the crisis that has rocked much of Europe to British sovereign soil.

Crunch time nears for Cyprus peace talks: UN

Nicosia - Cyprus peace talks are nearing a critical juncture where rival leaders will have to make tough calls if the island is to be reunited, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday.

Cambodian deminers bring expertise to Cyprus

Mammari - Half a world from home, Cambodian experts toil under a beating sun to demine the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, using skills they honed to help rid their own country of landmines.

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.
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