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Divided Cypriots unite over heritage

Famagusta - Residents from both sides of Cyprus are coming together to restore their ancient heritage and mend ties away from politics even as peace talks remain stalled.

North Cyprus journalist takes on Turkey's mighty Erdogan

Nicosia - Jail time, angry mobs and assassination attempts -- editor Sener Levent has paid a price for challenging Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus through his tiny newspaper.

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.

Egyptian to face trial over hijacking plane diverted to Cyprus

Apo - A man accused of hijacking a plane more than two years ago and diverting it to Cyprus will face trial on a string of charges, Egypt's public prosecutor said Wednesday.

UK agrees to let in refugees from Cyprus after 20 years

London - London will allow refugees living on a UK military base in Cyprus since 1998 to settle in Britain following a long legal dispute, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

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.

Missing St Mark mosaic finally returns to Cyprus

Den Haag - One of the last missing pieces of Byzantine art stolen from Cyprus in the 1970s was handed back this week by a renowned, and proud Dutch art investigator.

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.

UN chief says prospects for Cyprus deal remain 'alive'

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says prospects for a Cyprus settlement remain alive, a year after a failed peace effort, and has instructed an envoy to press on with efforts to kick-start talks.

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.

Five Egyptian fishermen freed in north Cyprus

Apo - Five Egyptian fishermen detained in breakaway northern Cyprus have been freed, Egypt's foreign ministry said Friday, after diplomatic protests against their arrest by Turkish forces.

Turkey will increase troop numbers in Cyprus: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that Ankara will increase rather than reduce its troops numbers in Cyprus, a move that could further set back attempts to reunify the divided Mediterranean island.

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.

Egyptian accused of hijacking plane extradited from Cyprus

Apo - An Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus has been sent back from the Mediterranean island to his homeland after a two-year extradition battle, officials said Sunday.

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.

UN moves to revive Cyprus talks

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged all sides in Cyprus to consider resuming talks on a settlement, a year after negotiations on reuniting the Mediterranean island broke down in acrimony.

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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