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Cyprus leaders to resume peace talks, keep up momentum

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks in what was hailed Friday as a "significant development" after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Cyprus 'determined' for more peace talks: president

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday he was determined to continue peace talks aimed at uniting the island, after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned against missing a "historic opportunity" for peace.

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nicosia - Crunch negotiations on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus broke down Tuesday with its rival leaders still far apart and no date set for a new round of UN-brokered talks.

Cyprus rivals vow to press talks despite dim prospects

Nicosia - Five days of UN-sponsored talks on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus have adjourned without a breakthrough but negotiators vowed Saturday to press on even as prospects fade for a deal this year.

Cyprus town's future hangs in Swiss talks balance

Morphou - When Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet for land-for-peace talks on Monday aimed at ending the island's decades-old division, the future of a famed orange-growing centre will be a core dispute.

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world's longest-running political crises.

Cyprus president says Swiss talks key to peace

Nicosia - Progress must be achieved in crucial UN-brokered Cyprus talks in Switzerland next week if the peace process is to succeed, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday.

Turkish Cypriot leader urges realism for peace talks

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci called Wednesday for "realism and reasonable" approaches from the Greek Cypriots ahead of UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.

Ban to open Cyprus land-for-peace summit in Switzerland

Nicosia - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will launch crunch Cyprus talks in Switzerland next month that could determine whether a peace deal is achievable to end decades of division on the island.

Gay rights progress faces Europe backlash: activists

Nicosia - Europe has made enormous progress on gay rights since the 1990s, but those gains are now being threatened by rising intolerance, according to activists from across the continent.

Populism in Europe stoking violence, say gay activists

Nicosia - Activists at Europe's biggest annual gay rights conference warned Friday that populist political movements across the continent are stoking violence against minorities.

Cyprus orders plane hijacking suspect extradited to Egypt

Nicosia - A Cypriot court ruled on Friday that an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus can be extradited to Cairo for his alleged crimes.

Meteorite explodes over Cyprus early Friday morning

Residents in Cyprus experienced a near-Earth encounter early Friday when a suspected meteorite exploded overhead with a flash of light and a thunderous roar that caused the ground to shake.

UN has 'high expectations' as Cyprus talks enter decisive phase

Nicosia - The United Nations said Wednesday it holds "high expectations" of Cyprus peace talks which have entered a new intensified phase of negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.

UN worried Turkey coup bid could hit Cyprus talks

Nicosia - The UN said on Thursday it was concerned that the failed coup attempt in Turkey could dampen prospects for Cyprus' peace process aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island.

Cyprus sets another tourism record

Nicosia - Bailed-out Cyprus, seen as a safe destination in a region dogged by terror attacks, set a record for the number of tourist arrivals during the month of June, officials said Monday.

Turks cross Cyprus divide for Eid prayers

Larnaca - Hundreds of Turks crossed the "Green Line" dividing Cyprus on Thursday to pray at a mosque in the Greek-majority south, a rare pilgrimage made possible by a 2014 accord.

Shootout in Cyprus resort kills four

Nicosia - Four people were killed in a shootout outside a packed restaurant in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa that had the hallmarks of a gangland vendetta, police said on Friday.

Cyprus brings deadly wildfire under control

Nicosia - Cyprus finally brought a massive wildfire under control on Thursday after a five-day battle that saw two firefighters killed and five foreign governments send aircraft to help, a minister said.

Aircraft from Britain and Greece join Cyprus firefight

Nicosia - Aircraft from Britain and Greece have joined Cypriot firefighters in a battle to control some of the worst forest fires to have hit the island in years, officials said Monday.
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