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Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot voters in breakaway northern Cyprus went to the polls Sunday to elect a leader who will head peace talks with the Greek Cypriots on the divided island.

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.

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.

Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus after rescue

- Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing Friday to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.

Cyprus parliament adopts crucial foreclosure bill

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament adopted Saturday a controversial bill to streamline bank foreclosures of bad debts, clearing the way for international lenders to release the next tranche of a 10 billion euro loan.

Erdogan insists on two-state solution on Cyprus visit

Nicosia - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday visited breakaway northern Cyprus and pressed for a two-state solution on the divided island, on his first trip abroad since his inauguration.

Russian sanctions would destroy Cyprus economy: FM

Nicosia - Economic sanctions by Europe against Russia "would destroy Cyprus's economy," Nicosia's foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides said in a German newspaper interview published Wednesday."There are very strong economic ties between Cyprus and Russia.

Turkish Cypriots angry over EU vote in Cyprus

Nicosia - Scores of Turkish Cypriots complained they were denied the right to vote in European Parliament elections in divided Cyprus on Sunday because they had no registered address, officials said.

Turkish Cypriots angry over EU vote in Cyprus

Nicosia - Scores of Turkish Cypriots complained they were denied the right to vote in European Parliament elections in divided Cyprus on Sunday because they had no registered address, officials said.

Biden hails Cyprus as 'key partner' after reunification talks

Nicosia - US Vice President Joe Biden Thursday hailed Cyprus as a "key partner" and said its rival leaders had agreed to "speed up" efforts to end the island's 40-year division.Biden ended his visit, the highest level by a US official to Cyprus since Lyndon B.

EU court orders Turkey to pay millions for 1974 Cyprus invasion

Strasbourg - Turkey was ordered Monday to pay $123 million to Cyprus for its 1974 invasion, occupation and continuing failure to leave the island nation.

Greek Cypriots in Turkey-held north 'visitors in own village'

Ziyamet - Theodoros was one of only hundreds of Greek Cypriots who stayed put as the "enclaved" in their villages when Turkey seized northern Cyprus in 1974 and have faced isolation ever since.

Norwegian is first woman to head UN peacekeeping force

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon named the first ever woman to serve as the head of a UN peacekeeping operation Monday, appointing a Norwegian commander to the UN mission in Cyprus.

Rights court orders Turkey to pay Greek Cypriots 90mn euros

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights Monday ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($124 million) to compensate Greek Cypriots who suffered discrimination as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

- With a nighttime procession lit by the glimmer of devotional candles and the flash of smartphone cameras, a church in Turkish-held northern Cyprus hosted its first Easter mass in nearly 60 years.

Russian sanctions would destroy Cyprus economy: FM

Nicosia - Economic sanctions by Europe against Russia "would destroy Cyprus's economy," Nicosia's foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides said in a German newspaper interview published Wednesday."There are very strong economic ties between Cyprus and Russia.

Eurozone's only female central banker takes office in Cyprus

Nicosia - Cypriot Chrystalla Georghadji became the eurozone's only woman central bank chief Thursday, facing the daunting task of guiding her country's banks out of a crisis that nearly sank the economy last year.

Bitcoin boss flees Cyprus 'after threat'

Nicosia - The boss of a Bitcoin company in Cyprus has fled abroad days after it suddenly stopped operations, in a blow to the virtual currency's once vaunted prospects on the island.

Cyprus scraps post-bailout limits on cash withdrawals

Nicosia - Cyprus on Friday abolished restrictions on cash withdrawals imposed a year ago to avoid a run on the banks during bailout negotiations in 2013.

Cyprus scraps post-bailout limits on cash withdrawals

Nicosia - Cyprus on Friday abolished restrictions on cash withdrawals imposed a year ago to avoid a run on the banks during bailout negotiations in 2013.

Cyprus defence minister dies after brain haemorrhage

Nicosia - Cyprus's recently appointed Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos died Saturday, aged 48, after suffering a brain haemorrhage a day earlier, a hospital official said.Mitsopoulos's health "deteriorated further today and, despite the efforts made by doctors...

Moody's raises Cyprus outlook, confirms rating

Paris - The Moody's ratings agency has raised its outlook for Cyprus to positive, while confirming the island's Caa3 credit rating.The agency said on Friday it was raising the outlook to positive from negative because of a stronger than expected fiscal and eco...

Amnesty condemns 'shameful' Cyprus treatment of migrants

Nicosia - Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned what it termed the "shameful" treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers in Cyprus, saying they were being detained in prison-like conditions for extended periods awaiting deportation.Refugees from the conflict ...
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