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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.

Cyprus leaders say peace deal possible in 2016

Davos - Rival Cypriot leaders said on Thursday that a deal was possible this year to end decades of conflict over the divided island and called on the international community to fund peace efforts.

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.

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.

Mideast asylum seekers in Cyprus 'moved to transit centre'

Nicosia - Nearly half of the 115 Middle Eastern migrants held at a British military base on Cyprus were transferred Thursday to a government transit centre outside Nicosia, a British official said.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Cyprus rivals agree on intensive November talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to hold at least six meetings in November as they intensify UN-brokered peace talks aimed at reunifying their island, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said.

Migrants at British base in Cyprus claim asylum

Akrotiri - Some of the 114 migrants who arrived recently by boat at a British airbase in Cyprus have asked for asylum, the British military said Saturday, but their fate remains in limbo.

Over 100 migrants land at British base in Cyprus

Nicosia - Some 120 migrants crowded in two boats landed at a British airbase on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus Wednesday, bringing the crisis that has rocked much of Europe to British sovereign soil.

Crunch time nears for Cyprus peace talks: UN

Nicosia - Cyprus peace talks are nearing a critical juncture where rival leaders will have to make tough calls if the island is to be reunited, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday.

Cambodian deminers bring expertise to Cyprus

Mammari - Half a world from home, Cambodian experts toil under a beating sun to demine the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, using skills they honed to help rid their own country of landmines.

Cyprus religious leaders come together to support peace

Nicosia - Cyprus political and religious leaders on Thursday for the first time expressed joint support for the UN-brokered peace process to reunite their divided island. "The willingness of both political leaders to meet with the religious leaders...

Palestinian refugees joining exodus from Syria

Kofinou - Palestinian pensioner Zahra Zahroura always imagined seeing out her days in her adopted Syrian hometown of Homs, sustained by the hope that being made a refugee once was enough for any lifetime.

Cyprus rescues 115 fleeing Syria in fishing boat

Nicosia - Cyprus said rescuers on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island.

'Brothel' cabarets thrive in breakaway Cyprus statelet

Nicosia - A white stretch limousine pulls up outside a northern Nicosia hospital to drop off cabaret girls for their monthly HIV test, in a breakaway statelet where officially prostitution is illegal.

Cyprus digs up the past with hunt for remains of Greek commandos

Nicosia - In the pre-dawn hours of July 22, 1974, a transport plane full of Greek commandos on a secret mission to Cyprus was shot down by friendly fire.

Cyprus rivals grapple hot-button issues in UN peace talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders Monday turned their sights on the hot-button issues of property and territorial adjustment that for decades have blocked any peace deal on their divided island, the United Nations said.

Support for Cyprus reunification 'encouraging': UN adviser

New York - UN Security Council backing for the reunification of Cyprus is "encouraging," though no timetable is in the cards, the United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus said Wednesday.

Britain offers Cyprus land in event of peace deal

Nicosia - Britain is ready to offer a reunified Cyprus large swathes of British bases territory on the island in the event of a peace deal, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

Juncker tells Cyprus to make peace now

Nicosia - Long-divided Cyprus has no better chance than now to strike a UN-brokered peace deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the Cypriot parliament on Friday.

EU's Juncker praises Cyprus recovery after bailout

Nicosia - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised Cyprus Thursday for its budding economic recovery after harsh bailout terms saved the eurozone member from meltdown, and urged re-unification of the divided island.

EU's Juncker to make first visit to Cyprus

Nicosia - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to start his first official visit to Cyprus on Thursday for talks on the bailed-out island’s economy and the UN-brokered peace process.

Cyprus leaders want EU-based peace settlement

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders said after negotiations on Friday that any UN-brokered peace settlement for their divided island would be based on European Union principles.
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