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Cyprus peace deal possible within months: Negotiator

Nicosia - A solution to the Cyprus problem is possible within months, the Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator in UN-brokered talks that resumed this week on reunifying the island said on Saturday.

Fate of Cyprus ghost town rests with peace talks

Famagusta - Forty years since the jet-set graced Varosha's beaches, former residents of the one-time "Riviera of Cyprus" hope Friday's renewed talks between the divided island's leaders could see them finally return home.

Peace talks in divided Cyprus resume with 'high hopes'

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders on Friday resumed UN-brokered peace talks stalled since October, in what is seen as the best chance in years to reunify the island four decades after its division.

Cyprus rivals to resume peace talks on Friday: UN

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Monday to resume UN-brokered peace talks on May 15 in a fresh bid to reunify Cyprus after four decades of division, the United Nations announced.

Cyprus sees reunification hope after Turkish Cypriot vote

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he saw new hope of ending the island's decades-long division after the election of reconciliation champion Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot leader.

Mustafa Akinci: New Turkish Cypriot leader seen as dove

Nicosia - Mustafa Akinci, who won a run-off for the Turkish Cypriot leadership on Sunday, is a veteran politician seen as best placed to revive peace talks with the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided island.

Turkish Cypriot leader ahead after first round of vote

Nicosia - Incumbent Dervis Eroglu will face off against independent Mustafa Akinci in a second round of voting for the Turkish Cypriot leadership after a close first round, official figures showed Sunday.

Isolated north Cyprus counts on Turkey for economic survival

Nicosia - Recognised only by Ankara, the tiny Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus heads to the polls on Sunday with its economy suffering from international isolation and surviving mainly thanks to Turkey's largesse.

Cypriots to resume peace talks 'within weeks': UN

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish Cypriots are ready to resume peace talks after a six-month hiatus, the UN envoy announced Tuesday, aiming for a "strategic compromise" this year on the divided island.

Cyprus criminalises 'Armenian genocide' denial

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament unanimously approved Thursday a law that makes it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 amounted to genocide.

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.
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