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Cyprus opposition cheesed off over halloumi trademark fiasco

Nicosia - Cyprus on Monday dismissed opposition calls to sack its commerce minister after a government blunder saw it lose the trademark rights to its famous white cheese halloumi in Britain.

Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum

Nicosia - A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark has gone on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island's Turkish-held north.

Dozens of Syrian migrants reach Cyprus: police

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities said Wednesday that 47 Syrian migrants had been found on the island's northwestern tip after being dropped off by suspected people smugglers.

Looted St Mark mosaic returns home to Cyprus

Nicosia - Cyprus has welcomed home a rare sixth-century Christian mosaic from the Byzantine period four decades after it was looted from a church in the island's Turkish-held north, Cypriot authorities said Tuesday.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods

Avdimou - Olive farmer Andreas Fotiou steered carefully along a dusty lane in southwest Cyprus, en route from his village to nearby groves -- locations that could have clashing trade regimes, post-Brexit.

Rival leaders agree to open new crossings over Cyprus divide

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to open the first new crossing points in eight years across the island's divide in a move to improve the climate of the deadlocked talks process, the UN said.

Cypriot leaders to meet in UN peace push

Nicosia - The United Nations will a host a meeting between rival Cypriot leaders next Friday to try to move closer to a relaunch of reunification talks that collapsed 15 months ago.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

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.
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