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Graft, lockdown and police violence stir anger in Cyprus

Nicosia - Thousands of Cypriot protesters have staged large demonstrations in past weeks, angered by months of lockdown, economic woes and a string of corruption scandals, as well as a rare police crackdown.

Cyprus slams Turkey over asylum-seeker 'burden'

Nicosia - Cyprus hit out at Turkey on Friday for acts it said were behind the creation of a new migration route that had "disproportionally burdened" it with the EU's highest percentage of asylum-seekers.

Cyprus to probe police force against protesters

Nicosia - Cyprus green-lighted an independent investigation on Monday after police were accused of using excessive force against protesters, leaving one woman reportedly needing eye surgery.

Clashes at Cyprus protest over official graft, virus measures

Nicosia - Cypriot police used water cannon and tear gas in rare clashes with protesters, as hundreds demonstrated on Saturday against government corruption and coronavirus restrictions.

Anger in Cyprus after church demolishes protected buildings

Nicosia - The powerful Church of Cyprus has sparked anger on the Mediterranean island by demolishing four listed buildings next to a new cathedral it is building in Nicosia's historic old city.

Cyprus to launch anti-graft reforms after passport scandal

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday his government would announce major anti-graft reforms after it scrapped its controversial passport-for-investment scheme last year.

Cyprus rocked by sexual assault claims of Olympic shooter

Nicosia - Cyprus has been shaken by a historical sexual assault scandal after Cypriot Olympic shooter Andri Eleftheriou gave the name of her alleged aggressor to police.Allegations of this nature are rare in Cyprus as victims are afraid to come forward.

Cyprus cats out in the cold as pandemic bites

Tala - At a cat sanctuary set in picturesque hills near Paphos, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, volunteers are grappling with a surge in abandonments they blame on the coronavirus pandemic.

Dilapidated buildings cause jitters in quake-prone Cyprus

Nicosia - On the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where abandoned and dilapidated buildings are reminders of crisis and conflict, recent seismic activity has residents worried.

Cyprus hopes to roll out Covid vaccine by year-end

Nicosia - Cyprus expects its first deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines before the end of the year as part of the rollout across Europe once the drugs are approved, officials said Friday.

UN envoy searching for way forward on Cyprus talks

Nicosia - A UN special envoy will meet rival Cypriot leaders on Tuesday to assess whether conditions are ripe to involve Britain, Greece and Turkey in getting reunification back on the rails.

Cyprus olive farmer vows change to face climate challenge

- Standing in her olive grove in Cyprus, Elena Sampson sighs at the sight of hundreds of barren trees and vows to tackle climate change after another scorching year.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

Nicosia - International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Erdogan says Cyprus to stay divided, visits 'ghost town' in Turkish-held north

Nicosia - Turkey's president said he favours a permanent "two-state" division of Cyprus during a visit Sunday to the breakaway Turkish-held north decried as a provocation by the internationally recognised Greek-speaking south.

Anger as Erdogan visits breakaway north of Cyprus for 'picnic'

Nicosia - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday visited the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus at a time of heightened tensions on the divided island and in the Eastern Mediterranean.

All-seeing French frigate flies flag in tense east Mediterranean

Deep in the bowels of a French frigate cruising the tense eastern Mediterranean waters, a dozen men and women scan radar screens through the dark.

Rival Cypriot leaders to meet on November 3

Nicosia - The leaders of divided Cyprus will hold a rare meeting next week in the wake of Ankara-backed hardliner Ersin Tatar becoming leader of the breakaway north, the UN said Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriot leader sworn in with 'two states' call

Nicosia - Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar, the newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader, took the oath of office Friday and immediately called for a two-state solution on the divided island.

Greece accuses Turkey of 'imperialist fantasies'

Nicosia - Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of "imperialist fantasies" in the eastern Mediterranean during a meeting on Wednesday with the leaders of Cyprus and Egypt.

Turkish Cypriots elect Erdogan's candidate amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots in breakaway northern Cyprus on Sunday narrowly elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, in a run-off poll, at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot poll

Nicosia - Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential election Sunday in breakaway northern Cyprus, ousting pro-reunification incumbent Mustafa Akinci.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Mediterranean tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, was voting Sunday for a new leader in a run-off election held amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus speaker resigns over passports scandal

Nicosia - The speaker of the Cypriot parliament resigned on Thursday after he was secretly filmed allegedly trying to facilitate a passport for a fugitive investor.

Cyprus scraps 'golden passport' scheme over alleged abuse

Nicosia - Cyprus said on Tuesday it will scrap its citizenship scheme for foreign investors next month over alleged abuses uncovered in a television programme.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, voted Sunday for a new leader amid charges of interference by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Nicosia - The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus started a vote Sunday for a new leader amid heightened tensions on the divided island and in the wider eastern Mediterranean region.

Ghost town reopening upends Turkish Cypriot election

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots vote Sunday in a presidential election upended by a controversial move by Ankara restoring access to a beach resort sealed off since its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled in 1974.

Anger as Turkish army reopens Cyprus resort turned ghost town

Famagusta - Turkish troops Thursday reopened parts of a Cyprus seaside resort that became a ghost town amid war in 1974, sparking controversy days ahead of an election in the breakaway Turkish north.

Turkish Cypriot FM quits in protest at move to reopen ghost resort

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot foreign minister Kudret Ozersay has announced his resignation in protest at the nationalist prime minister's decision to reopen the Greek Cypriot resort of Varosha, a sealed-off ghost town since 1974, just days before a presidential ele...

North Cyprus to open disputed 'ghost town' with Turkish backing

Ankara - Authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus are to open the coastal section of the long-fenced-off disputed town of Varosha, a Turkish Cypriot leader announced Tuesday ahead of elections at the weekend.
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