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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.

Cyprus shutters schools, locks down hospitals over coronavirus

Nicosia - Cyprus said Tuesday it was closing schools in the capital, banning mass gatherings and locking down two major hospitals to combat novel coronavirus, after three people on the Mediterranean island tested positive for the illness.

Cyprus main hospital shuts after surgeon diagnosed with coronavirus

Nicosia - Cyprus on Tuesday temporarily closed the country's largest hospital after its chief heart surgeon was among three cases of novel coronavirus confirmed on the divided eastern Mediterranean island.

Cyprus police use tear gas at protest against crossing closure

Nicosia - Cyprus police sprayed tear gas on Saturday as several hundred people protested against the closure of crossings on the divided island's ceasefire line over coronavirus fears.

UN says Cyprus crossing closures over coronavirus 'disruptive'

Nicosia - The United Nations voiced concern on Thursday over the disruption caused by the Cyprus government's temporary closure of several crossings on the divided island's ceasefire line over the coronavirus crisis.

Olive oil 'for peace' in divided Cyprus

Nicosia - In a field bathed in winter light, Hasan Siber patiently harvests his olives. It's a common sight in Cyprus, but his "oil for peace" represents a rare glimmer of hope on the divided Mediterranean island.

Turkey targets 'weakest link' Cyprus in regional dominance bid

Nicosia - Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.

British teenager appeals false rape claim conviction

Nicosia - A British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus by Israeli tourists has lodged an appeal against her "unfair" conviction with the island's supreme court, her defence team said.

Iran's sole female Olympic medallist defects

Nicosia - Iran's only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh announced Saturday she has permanently left her country, citing the "hypocrisy" of a system she claims humiliates athletes while using them for political ends.

Cyprus says to host US rapid response unit for any Mideast evacuations

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday it had accepted a US request to station a rapid response team on the island in case American diplomatic personnel or civilians need to be evacuated amid rising US-Iranian tensions.

British teen gets 4 months suspended for 'false' Cyprus rape claim

Paralimni - A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a British teenager a four-month suspended prison sentence after convicting her of falsely accusing a dozen Israeli tourists of gang rape.

UK teen gets suspended jail term for 'false' Cyprus rape claim

Paralimni - A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a British teenager a four-month suspended prison sentence after convicting her of falsely accusing a dozen Israeli tourists of gang rape.

Cyprus defends courts after British teen convicted over rape claim

Nicosia - Cyprus defended its judiciary Tuesday, after Britain expressed concern over a Cypriot court finding a British teenager guilty of falsely claiming she was gang-raped.The Cyprus "government has full confidence in the judiciary and the courts...

Cyprus court finds British teen guilty of false rape claim

Paralimni - A court in Cyprus on Monday found a British teenager guilty of falsely claiming she was gang-raped by a group of Israeli tourists in a case that prompted allegations of police mistreatment.

Cyprus court finds British woman guilty of false rape claim

Paralimni - A court in Cyprus on Monday found a British woman guilty of falsely claiming she was gang-raped by a group of Israeli tourists in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa.Sentencing was adjourned until January 7.

Libya parliament speaker urges rejection of UN-recognised govt

Nicosia - The speaker of Libya's parliament on Saturday urged the international community to reject the legitimacy of the war-torn country's UN-recognised government which is pursuing closer military ties with Turkey.

Turkey sends armed drone to N.Cyprus amid gas dispute

Famagusta - A Turkish military drone was delivered to northern Cyprus on Monday amid growing tensions over Turkey's deal with Libya that extended its claims to the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean.
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