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Cyprus court hands 7 life terms to 'first serial killer'

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army captain who murdered five women and two girls was handed seven life sentences Monday in an unprecedented serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus serial killer pleads guilty to 7 murders

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army officer pleaded guilty on Monday to seven counts of premeditated murder in a serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future

Nicosia - Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles' eco-friendly potential, even on a budget.

Former Cypriot president dies aged 72

Nicosia - Former Cyprus president Demetris Christofias died Friday at the age of 72 after being admitted to hospital a month ago with a serious respiratory problem, his doctor said.

EU threatens sanctions over Turkey's Cyprus drilling

Apo - The EU on Thursday stepped up its rhetoric over Turkey's "illegal" drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, raising the threat of sanctions if Ankara refuses to back down.

Turkey to send new ship to search for gas off Cyprus as tensions mount

Gebze - Turkey is set to send a new ship on Thursday to search for oil and gas off Cyprus, in a move expected to escalate tensions after the EU called on Ankara to stop its "illegal drilling activities".

Greece calls on EU to condemn 'illegal' drilling off Cyprus

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied calls for it to cease drilling in the region.

Erdogan says drilling off Cyprus to continue despite warning

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop.

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities on Tuesday recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial killer.

Cyprus mulls draining lake in hunt for serial killings victim

Nicosia - Authorities in Cyprus said Thursday they may drain a lake in efforts to find the body of a six-year-old Filipina girl, believed to be the youngest victim of a serial killer.

Cyprus elects first Turkish Cypriot as MEP

Nicosia - The European vote in Cyprus produced a landmark result on Sunday when a Turkish Cypriot was elected as an MEP for the first time on the ethnically divided island.

Cyprus to ramp up exploratory gas drilling: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus will ramp up its search for gas, a minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey announced plans to carry out its own drilling in waters off the Mediterranean island."Activities in the Cyprus EEZ (exclusive economic zone) continue.

EU urges Turkey restraint in Cyprus energy dispute

Nicosia - The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.

Turkish-Cypriot poised to make history in Cyprus EU vote

Nicosia - European elections are often drab, overlooked affairs, but in Cyprus a Turkish Cypriot professor is breaking taboos and is poised to be elected as an MEP in a first for the ethnically divided island.

Two Cyprus journalists acquitted over Erdogan 'insult'

Nicosia - A court in northern Cyprus on Thursday acquitted two journalists who had faced up to five years in prison on charges of insulting and defaming Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Cyprus protests British comments on offshore gas rights

Nicosia - Cyprus officially protested to Britain on Wednesday over "unacceptable" comments made by a Foreign Office minister that questioned its right to exploit offshore energy reserves while the island remains divided.

Cyprus 'serial killings' spark horror, anger at police

Nicosia - Seven foreign women and girls murdered, some dumped in a toxic lake -- the "first serial killings" in Cyprus have provoked horror and sparked accusations of police racism.

Cyprus police in first apology over serial killings

Nicosia - Cyprus's new police chief issued the force's first apology on Tuesday for its handling of the killings of seven foreign women and girls, acknowledging officers had failed to protect them.

US urges Turkey against drilling off Cyprus

Washington - US officials pressed Turkey on Sunday against going forward with plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, labeled as illegal by the European Union.

Cyprus 'serial killer' appears in court, police retrieve fifth body

Nicosia - A Cypriot army officer who has allegedly confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls over nearly three years appeared in court Sunday, while police said they had recovered a fifth body.

EU warns Turkey against drilling off Cyprus

Apo - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday urged Turkey to reconsider plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, already condemned as illegal by the European Union.

Cyprus police chief sacked as anger grows over killings

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday sacked the country's police chief, as shock over the murders of seven foreign women and girls gave way to outrage at the authorities for a botched response.

Cyprus police chief sacked over serial killings 'negligence'

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday sacked the country's police chief as pressure mounted over the authorities' botched and delayed response to the killings of seven foreign women and girls.

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killings

Nicosia - Cyprus Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said he resigned on Thursday after a public outcry over the botched response to the serial killing of seven foreign women and girls.

Cyprus probes electronic data in suspected serial killing

Nicosia - Cypriot investigators on Wednesday examined electronic data linked to a suspected serial killer as police intensified a search for the bodies of three of seven foreign women and girls he confessed to murdering.

British police join Cyprus serial killings probe

Nicosia - British police experts on Tuesday joined Cypriot counterparts in investigating a number of gruesome murders carried out by a suspected serial killer on the Mediterranean island.

Fourth victim found in Cyprus serial killer case

Nicosia - Police recovered the remains of a fourth victim of a suspected serial killer in Cyprus where the search for bodies continued Monday after a string of grisly murders that have shocked the Mediterranean island.

Police hunt for Cyprus serial murder victims

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities on Friday combed lakes for the remains of more victims dumped by a suspected serial killer, as they hunted for bodies in a case that has shocked the island.

Body count rises to 7 in Cyprus 'serial killings' probe

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities on Thursday uncovered another body in a widening probe into the murders of foreign women and girls after a suspected serial killer confessed to seven killings, police sources said.

ExxonMobil finds largest Cyprus gas reserve yet

Nicosia - US energy giant ExxonMobil has discovered a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said Thursday, a find that could raise tensions with nearby Turkey.
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