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Cyprus pulls back from abyss after traumatic bailout

Nicosia - Two years after its failing banks nearly pushed cash-strapped Cyprus over the edge, sending shockwaves through the eurozone, the country has pulled back from the abyss, saved by painful austerity and a multi-billion euro rescue package.

More than two million migratory birds killed in Cyprus

Nicosia - More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said Monday.

Caribbean air sparks early spring blast of warm air in U.K. Special

The United Kingdom is readying for a fresh breath of warm spring sunshine this weekend, as temperatures head towards the mid-60s Fahrenheit.

Egypt set to free another Jazeera journalist

Nicosia - Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy will soon be freed from an Egyptian jail, Canada's foreign minister said Monday, a day after the release of his Australian colleague Peter Greste.

Greste speaks of 'angst' over colleagues in Egypt jail

Nicosia - Australian journalist Peter Greste on Monday urged Egypt to free his jailed colleagues at Al-Jazeera, describing his "angst" at having to leave them behind after being released.

Greek PM begins first foreign tour saying debt hurts all EU

Nicosia - Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday that eurozone debt was a crisis for the whole continent as he launched a European tour to rally support for his campaign for debt forgiveness."Europe is in crisis, not just Greece and Cyprus...

Rescued Syria refugees living in Cyprus limbo

Nicosia - Amr spent three days and nights adrift in the Mediterranean, battered by a storm in a fishing boat crammed with hundreds more Syrian refugees who thought they were going to die."We spent days at sea with no food and no water.

Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised in Brussels with high blood pressure Thursday and asked Greece's premier to stand in for him at an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president...

Syria refugees leave cruise liner after Cyprus standoff

Limassol - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.

Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus after rescue

- Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing Friday to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.

Cyprus parliament adopts crucial foreclosure bill

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament adopted Saturday a controversial bill to streamline bank foreclosures of bad debts, clearing the way for international lenders to release the next tranche of a 10 billion euro loan.

Erdogan insists on two-state solution on Cyprus visit

Nicosia - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday visited breakaway northern Cyprus and pressed for a two-state solution on the divided island, on his first trip abroad since his inauguration.

The Charter Market of St. Albans: Now into its 12th century Special

Saint Albans - One can go all the way back to the ninth century to document trading on market stalls along St. Peters Street in St. Albans, and now the twice weekly market is still as popular as ever in a city that was once a Roman stronghold.

Russian sanctions would destroy Cyprus economy: FM

Nicosia - Economic sanctions by Europe against Russia "would destroy Cyprus's economy," Nicosia's foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides said in a German newspaper interview published Wednesday."There are very strong economic ties between Cyprus and Russia.

Turkish Cypriots angry over EU vote in Cyprus

Nicosia - Scores of Turkish Cypriots complained they were denied the right to vote in European Parliament elections in divided Cyprus on Sunday because they had no registered address, officials said.

Turkish Cypriots angry over EU vote in Cyprus

Nicosia - Scores of Turkish Cypriots complained they were denied the right to vote in European Parliament elections in divided Cyprus on Sunday because they had no registered address, officials said.

Biden hails Cyprus as 'key partner' after reunification talks

Nicosia - US Vice President Joe Biden Thursday hailed Cyprus as a "key partner" and said its rival leaders had agreed to "speed up" efforts to end the island's 40-year division.Biden ended his visit, the highest level by a US official to Cyprus since Lyndon B.

EU court orders Turkey to pay millions for 1974 Cyprus invasion

Strasbourg - Turkey was ordered Monday to pay $123 million to Cyprus for its 1974 invasion, occupation and continuing failure to leave the island nation.

Greek Cypriots in Turkey-held north 'visitors in own village'

Ziyamet - Theodoros was one of only hundreds of Greek Cypriots who stayed put as the "enclaved" in their villages when Turkey seized northern Cyprus in 1974 and have faced isolation ever since.

Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

- With a nighttime procession lit by the glimmer of devotional candles and the flash of smartphone cameras, a church in Turkish-held northern Cyprus hosted its first Easter mass in nearly 60 years.
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