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Cyprus urges Turkey to end gas standoff, resume peace talks

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday urged Turkey to lift its blockade of offshore gas exploration that would benefit both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots once the island is reunited.

Cyprus economy records highest growth in 10 years

Nicosia - Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus recorded its best growth in a decade last year, official data showed Wednesday, on the back of record tourist arrivals and a resurgence in construction.

Cyprus backs EU diplomacy to end energy standoff with Turkey

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday it is counting on behind-the-scenes EU diplomacy to end the standoff with Turkish warships blocking an Italian drillship from exploring for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.

Cyprus gets new foreign minister in cabinet shake-up

Nicosia - Cyprus will have a new foreign envoy but keep the same finance minister, it was announced Tuesday, as the country seeks to restart unity talks and boost its economy.

Cyprus, Turkey spar after warships block gas drilling ship

Nicosia - Cyprus on Sunday insisted Turkey had breached "international law" after Ankara's warships blocked an Italian drilling ship on course to explore for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.

Anastasiades: Cyprus political veteran who fell short of peace deal

Nicosia - Conservative Nicos Anastasiades, elected for a second term as president of Cyprus Sunday, has steered the island out of an economic crisis but failed to clinch a deal to reunify his divided homeland.

Anastasiades: Cyprus political veteran who fell short of peace deal

Nicosia - Conservative Nicos Anastasiades, elected for a second term as president of Cyprus Sunday, has steered the island out of an economic crisis but failed to clinch a deal to reunify his divided homeland.

Cyprus president re-elected with eyes on new peace push

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday won re-election for a second term, seeing off a leftist challenger with vows to restart talks to unify the island and cement an economic recovery.

Main dates in troubled history of modern Cyprus

Nicosia - Voters in Cyprus head to the polls Sunday for a tight presidential run-off with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades facing off against leftist challenger Stavros Malas.

Five things to know about Cyprus

Nicosia - Cyprus holds a tight presidential run-off Sunday, with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades facing leftist challenger Stavros Malas.

Cyprus votes in close presidential run-off

Nicosia - Cyprus votes Sunday in a tight presidential run-off, with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades and his leftist challenger sparring over who is best placed to reunify the island and boost a fragile economic recovery.

As Cyprus votes, apathy and economy trump unification for youth

Nicosia - As Cyprus gears up for a presidential election run-off, apathy appears on the rise among young people more concerned by economic problems than the decades-long quest to reunify the island.

Incumbent faces tight run-off in Cyprus president vote

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades faces a tense run-off against a dovish challenger after he failed to win a majority at a vote Sunday despite finishing first.Final official results put the conservative incumbent on 35.

Cyprus votes for president with eyes on new peace push

Nicosia - Cyprus votes in a presidential election Sunday with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades ahead as he pledges a fresh push to reunify the divided island after talks collapsed last year.

New party gives voice to Russian speakers in Cyprus

Limassol - Muscovite pensioner Svetlana Bogomilova emerges from a Russian grocery store into the Mediterranean sunshine near the Limassol beachfront in Cyprus.

Cyprus presidential debate a television turnoff: report

Nicosia - Cyprus' upcoming presidential elections are a television turnoff, local media said Wednesday, after the only live debate between main contenders had people switching to other programmes.

Turkey detains dozens more in 'terror propaganda' clampdown

Ankara - Turkish security forces on Tuesday detained dozens more people across the country on accusations of disseminating propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.

Mixed village in Cyprus buffer zone looks to offer hope

Pyla - Two village leaders, a mosque, Orthodox churches and the UN: welcome to Pyla, one of the few places on the divided island of Cyprus where Greek and Turkish Cypriots live side by side.

Election will signal direction of Cyprus division

Nicosia - How to end Cyprus' decades-long division and the reignition of a lifeless UN-backed peace process took centre stage Monday in the country's first and only live TV debate featuring the main presidential candidates.

President vowing new peace push leads in Cyprus re-election bid

Nicosia - Cyprus gears up for a presidential election next week with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades favourite to win as he pledges a fresh push to reunify the divided island after talks collapsed last year.

Europe's 'largest casino complex' to open in Cyprus by 2021

Nicosia - A casino complex billed as the largest of its kind in Europe is scheduled to begin operations in Cyprus by 2021, giving a major boost to the economy, officials said Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriots set for coalition after PM's party wins polls

Nicosia - The party of the prime minister of northern Cyprus, a statelet recognised only by Turkey, has won parliamentary elections but will need to form a coalition after falling short of a majority, results showed Monday.

PM's ruling party ahead in Turkish Cypriot poll: partial results

Nicosia - The ruling party of the prime minister of northern Cyprus, a statelet recognised only by Turkey, was leading parliamentary elections Sunday but will probably still need to form a coalition, partial results showed.

Former Cyprus bank chief jailed for market manipulation

Nicosia - A Cypriot court on Friday jailed a former CEO of Bank of Cyprus after he was found guilty of market manipulation by deceiving shareholders in the lead-up to a banking system meltdown in 2013.

Cyprus president among nine candidates for January election

Nicosia - Conservative incumbent Nicos Anastasiades was among nine candidates who registered Friday to stand in a Cyprus presidential election likely to be dominated by stalled peace talks and a reviving economy.

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt vow closer security cooperation in Mediterranean

Larnaca - Cyprus, Greece and Egypt on Thursday pledged closer cooperation on combatting terrorism and people trafficking, as they look to ratchet up maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean, their defence ministers said.

Turkish Cypriots 'joint owners', not minority: Erdogan

Atenas - Turkish Cypriots are "joint owners" of the divided island of Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview Sunday, insisting negotiations will fail if they are treated otherwise.

Med nations sign MoU to build major gas pipeline

Nicosia - Mediterranean countries Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe.

Cyprus delays hijacker's extradition after ECHR intervenes

Nicosia - Cyprus has delayed the extradition of an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to the Mediterranean island, after Europe's top rights court took up his case.

British bases in Cyprus get drone to fight bird trappers

Larnaca - Police on a British military base in Cyprus on Thursday launched their latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers –- a high-tech drone.
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STOP: Barbed wire and abandoned buildings mark the dividing line between Cyprus and Turkish forces that invaded the island nation in 1974 and never left.
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