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EgyptAir hijacker claims Cyprus asylum

Nicosia - A man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir plane and diverting it to Cyprus is expected to fight his extradition from the Mediterranean island after claiming asylum, authorities said on Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriot coalition to resign

Nicosia - The ruling coalition in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) collapsed Monday, paving the way for its resignation at a time when talks over the island's reunification have been making progress.

Cypriot ex-wife recounts 'black years' with Egypt hijacking suspect

Nicosia - The Cypriot ex-wife of an Egyptian accused of hijacking a plane in a bid to see her has said their marriage was hell and he had shown no interest in her or their children since they separated.

Cyprus remands suspected hijacker who demanded to see ex-wife

Larnaca - The man accused of hijacking an Egyptian plane and diverting it to Cyprus has said he acted out of desperation to see his ex-wife and children, as he was remanded into custody Wednesday.

Egyptian suspect remanded as hijacking sparks online buzz

Larnaca - The man accused of hijacking an Egyptian plane with a fake suicide belt and diverting it to Cyprus was remanded into custody Wednesday, as social media buzzed with ridicule about the bizarre incident.

Unusual plane hijackings since 2001

Larnaca - Airplane hijackings such as the one that unfolded on Tuesday involving an Egyptian airliner have become relatively rare since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks led to increased security.

No explosives found on EgyptAir hijacker or on plane: police

Larnaca - Searches by Cyprus police found no explosives on the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to the island or inside the aircraft, a police source told AFP.

EgyptAir hijacking 'not terrorism-related': Cyprus president

Nicosia - The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane to Cyprus on Tuesday is not related to terrorism, the island's President Nicos Anastasiades said.

Hijacked Egypt airliner lands in Cyprus, hijacker 'demands asylum'

Larnaca - A hijacker seized an Egyptian airliner on Tuesday and diverted it to Cyprus, before releasing all the passengers except four foreigners and the crew, officials and the airline said.

Migrants share their tales at Cyprus 'human library'

Nicosia - Inside a vintage-style Cypriot cafe, 18-year-old Ibrahima Yonga recounts to a stranger how he escaped the Boko Haram group in Cameroon and spent months at sea to reach Europe.

Greek Cypriot leader says time for 'sobriety' on UN peace process

Nicosia - President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament Thursday to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Cypriot leaders issue joint festive peace message

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have issued a joint festive message across the divided island in each other's language, in a show of unity as they push for peace in 2016.

Cypriot leaders aim for peace deal in 2016

Nicosia - Cypriot leaders on Sunday wrapped up their UN-brokered peace negotiations for 2015 with the hope that next year will bring an elusive reunification deal for the divided island.

Cyprus MP sparks flap over poached bird dish

Nicosia - A Cyprus lawmaker has stirred controversy online after posting a picture of himself at a table serving a dish of songbirds whose poaching is banned on the Mediterranean island.

Hollande in Cyprus after carrier visit

Larnaca - French President Francois Hollande paid a brief visit to Cyprus Friday after addressing forces on the aircraft carrier at the heart of France's campaign of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists.

Kerry says deal to end Cyprus division 'within reach'

Nicosia - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that an end to the four-decade division of Cyprus was "within reach" as he visited both sides of the Mediterranean island to support peace talks.

Kerry visits divided Cyprus to boost peace talks

Nicosia - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that an end to the four-decade division of Cyprus was "within reach" as he visited both sides of the Mediterranean island to support peace talks.

Russia's Lavrov agrees to meet Turkish FM over plane downing

Nicosia - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday he was willing to meet his Turkish counterpart this week for the two countries' first high-level face-to-face talks since Ankara shot down one of Moscow's warplanes.

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.
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