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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.

HRW accuses Sudan govt militia of Darfur rape, killing 'sprees'

Nicosia - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused a controversial Sudanese counter-insurgency unit of having carried out "two sprees of killings and mass rape" of civilians in conflict-riven Darfur since February 2014.

Cyprus rescues 115 fleeing Syria in fishing boat

Nicosia - Cyprus said rescuers on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island.

'Brothel' cabarets thrive in breakaway Cyprus statelet

Nicosia - A white stretch limousine pulls up outside a northern Nicosia hospital to drop off cabaret girls for their monthly HIV test, in a breakaway statelet where officially prostitution is illegal.

Cyprus digs up the past with hunt for remains of Greek commandos

Nicosia - In the pre-dawn hours of July 22, 1974, a transport plane full of Greek commandos on a secret mission to Cyprus was shot down by friendly fire.

Cyprus rivals grapple hot-button issues in UN peace talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders Monday turned their sights on the hot-button issues of property and territorial adjustment that for decades have blocked any peace deal on their divided island, the United Nations said.

Turkey's Erdogan condemns border town bombing as 'act of terror'

Nicosia - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Monday's deadly bomb attack in a town near the border with Syria as an "act of terror.

Britain offers Cyprus land in event of peace deal

Nicosia - Britain is ready to offer a reunified Cyprus large swathes of British bases territory on the island in the event of a peace deal, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

Juncker tells Cyprus to make peace now

Nicosia - Long-divided Cyprus has no better chance than now to strike a UN-brokered peace deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the Cypriot parliament on Friday.
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