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Dilapidated buildings cause jitters in quake-prone Cyprus

Nicosia - On the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where abandoned and dilapidated buildings are reminders of crisis and conflict, recent seismic activity has residents worried.

Al-Jazeera journalists targeted by spyware: watchdog

Nicosia - Dozens of journalists at Qatar's Al-Jazeera broadcaster had their mobile communications intercepted by sophisticated electronic surveillance, a cybersecurity watchdog said, following a months-long investigation.

What next for Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal?

Nicosia - US President Donald Trump's surprise backing of Morocco's claim to sovereignty over disputed Western Sahara upended years of international consensus, but will this break a deadlock or inflame a conflict?

Cyprus hopes to roll out Covid vaccine by year-end

Nicosia - Cyprus expects its first deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines before the end of the year as part of the rollout across Europe once the drugs are approved, officials said Friday.

UN envoy searching for way forward on Cyprus talks

Nicosia - A UN special envoy will meet rival Cypriot leaders on Tuesday to assess whether conditions are ripe to involve Britain, Greece and Turkey in getting reunification back on the rails.

Arab Spring: the first smartphone revolution

Nicosia - Social media and smartphones briefly gave youthful Arab Spring protesters a technological edge that helped topple ageing dictatorships a decade ago as their revolutionary spirit went viral.

Cyprus olive farmer vows change to face climate challenge

- Standing in her olive grove in Cyprus, Elena Sampson sighs at the sight of hundreds of barren trees and vows to tackle climate change after another scorching year.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

Nicosia - International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Erdogan says Cyprus to stay divided, visits 'ghost town' in Turkish-held north

Nicosia - Turkey's president said he favours a permanent "two-state" division of Cyprus during a visit Sunday to the breakaway Turkish-held north decried as a provocation by the internationally recognised Greek-speaking south.

Anger as Erdogan visits breakaway north of Cyprus for 'picnic'

Nicosia - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday visited the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus at a time of heightened tensions on the divided island and in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Rival Cypriot leaders to meet on November 3

Nicosia - The leaders of divided Cyprus will hold a rare meeting next week in the wake of Ankara-backed hardliner Ersin Tatar becoming leader of the breakaway north, the UN said Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriot leader sworn in with 'two states' call

Nicosia - Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar, the newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader, took the oath of office Friday and immediately called for a two-state solution on the divided island.

Greece accuses Turkey of 'imperialist fantasies'

Nicosia - Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of "imperialist fantasies" in the eastern Mediterranean during a meeting on Wednesday with the leaders of Cyprus and Egypt.

Turkish Cypriots elect Erdogan's candidate amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots in breakaway northern Cyprus on Sunday narrowly elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, in a run-off poll, at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot poll

Nicosia - Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential election Sunday in breakaway northern Cyprus, ousting pro-reunification incumbent Mustafa Akinci.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Mediterranean tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, was voting Sunday for a new leader in a run-off election held amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus speaker resigns over passports scandal

Nicosia - The speaker of the Cypriot parliament resigned on Thursday after he was secretly filmed allegedly trying to facilitate a passport for a fugitive investor.

Cyprus scraps 'golden passport' scheme over alleged abuse

Nicosia - Cyprus said on Tuesday it will scrap its citizenship scheme for foreign investors next month over alleged abuses uncovered in a television programme.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, voted Sunday for a new leader amid charges of interference by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus started a vote Sunday for a new leader amid heightened tensions on the divided island and in the wider eastern Mediterranean region.
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