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Cyprus invites bids to explore for offshore gas

Nicosia - Cyprus decided Wednesday to invite energy giants Total, Eni and ExxonMobil to bid for a license to explore for oil and gas in a new offshore block, officials said.

Cyprus seeks EU help after spike in migrant arrivals

Nicosia - Cyprus appealed Wednesday to the EU to offer it more help with illegal migrants, warning it would be unable to cope if the influx of arrivals continues to its shores.

Isolated north Cyprus reels from plunging Turkish lira

Nicosia - Hit by the tanking Turkish lira, breakaway northern Cyprus is struggling to fend off a crisis largely outside the control of the isolated enclave, which relies on Ankara for its economic survival.

UN envoy in Cyprus to test climate for peace

Nicosia - A United Nations envoy on Monday began contacts with Cypriot leaders to gauge whether the time is ripe to revive talks on reunifying the island a year after they collapsed.

19 drown, dozens missing as migrant boat sinks off Cyprus

Nicosia - At least 19 migrants drowned and up to 30 were missing Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said.

19 drown, dozens missing in migrant boat sinking off Cyprus

Nicosia - At least 19 migrants drowned and up to 30 were missing Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said.

Cyprus clifftop villas raise fears for endangered seals

Peyia - In a string of caves along the coast of Cyprus, a colony of monk seals -- the most endangered mammals in the Mediterranean -- has found refuge.

Massive Turkey-funded mosque stirs unease in north Cyprus

Nicosia - In the flat sunbaked fields north of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, a huge Turkey-funded mosque opening this week has caused a stir in the largely secular Muslim society.

Late boarding bid lands Ukrainian in Cyprus custody

Nicosia - Cyprus police arrested a Ukrainian on Wednesday after he scaled an airport security fence in a desperate bid to join his family on a flight despite missing the final boarding call.

Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore: police

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island, they said Thursday.

Cyprus, Israel may seek arbitration over gas field: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus and Israel will seek arbitration if no settlement can be reached between companies claiming rights to a shared gas field, the island's Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said Wednesday.

Rival leaders fail to revive Cyprus reunification talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders failed to revive their divided island's stalled peace process as they met under UN auspices for the first time in nine months on Monday.

Cyprus hails EU support against Turkey on oil, gas search

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades hailed as "unprecedented" Tuesday the European Union's condemnation of Turkey for blocking his government's search for offshore oil and gas.

Turkish Cypriots vow to stand firm in island gas dispute

Nicosia - After a standoff in the Mediterranean that saw Turkish warships force back an Italian rig, Turkish Cypriot authorities insist no resources can be tapped around the divided island unless they are on-board.

Eni rig sails for Morocco after Turkey blocks Cyprus search

Nicosia - An Italian drillship blocked by the Turkish navy from exploring for gas off Cyprus was on Tuesday headed for Morocco, a website monitoring sea traffic showed.

Cyprus urges Turkey to end gas standoff, resume peace talks

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday urged Turkey to lift its blockade of offshore gas exploration that would benefit both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots once the island is reunited.

Cyprus economy records highest growth in 10 years

Nicosia - Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus recorded its best growth in a decade last year, official data showed Wednesday, on the back of record tourist arrivals and a resurgence in construction.

Cyprus backs EU diplomacy to end energy standoff with Turkey

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday it is counting on behind-the-scenes EU diplomacy to end the standoff with Turkish warships blocking an Italian drillship from exploring for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.

Cyprus gets new foreign minister in cabinet shake-up

Nicosia - Cyprus will have a new foreign envoy but keep the same finance minister, it was announced Tuesday, as the country seeks to restart unity talks and boost its economy.

Cyprus, Turkey spar after warships block gas drilling ship

Nicosia - Cyprus on Sunday insisted Turkey had breached "international law" after Ankara's warships blocked an Italian drilling ship on course to explore for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.
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