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'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.

Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark

Famagusta - Cyprus's Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organisers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities.

Cyprus sentences Lebanese to six years on bomb charges

Nicosia - Cyprus on Monday sentenced to six years in jail a Lebanese man who pleaded guilty to terror charges linked to 8.2 tonnes of potential bomb-making material found in his home.

Cyprus leaders ready to tackle thorny core issues: UN

Nicosia - Rival leaders of divided Cyprus are ready to embrace the core issues of putting the island back together again, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said after hosting talks on Wednesday.

Strong momentum for Cyprus peace: UN envoy

Nicosia - There is strong international and domestic momentum behind UN-brokered peace talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus after 41 years, an "encouraged" UN envoy said Tuesday."We are on a good track right now.

Second Lebanese suspect held in Cyprus bomb probe

Larnaca - A second Lebanese man was detained in Cyprus for five days in connection with the seizure of five tonnes of possible bomb-making material, authorities said Sunday.

Second arrest in Cyprus ammonium bomb case

Larnaca - A second Lebanese man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of five tonnes of possible bomb-making material ammonium nitrate, police said Saturday.

New leader sets sights on Cyprus deal within months

New York - Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci insists he is no "magician", but with some backing from key players, he plans to end 41 years of division in Cyprus in just a matter of months.

Cyprus leaders agree on new crossings on divided island

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed Thursday to open more crossing points and link the mobile phone and electricity networks to help restore trust between their estranged communities on divided Cyprus.

Rival Cyprus leaders in coffee shop 'message of hope'

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus drank coffee together Saturday on both sides of the armistice line dividing Nicosia, pledging their full commitment to UN-backed reunification talks.

Cyprus peace deal possible within months: Negotiator

Nicosia - A solution to the Cyprus problem is possible within months, the Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator in UN-brokered talks that resumed this week on reunifying the island said on Saturday.

Fate of Cyprus ghost town rests with peace talks

Famagusta - Forty years since the jet-set graced Varosha's beaches, former residents of the one-time "Riviera of Cyprus" hope Friday's renewed talks between the divided island's leaders could see them finally return home.

Peace talks in divided Cyprus resume with 'high hopes'

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders on Friday resumed UN-brokered peace talks stalled since October, in what is seen as the best chance in years to reunify the island four decades after its division.

Greek FM says Cyprus talks are 'opportunity' for settlement

Ankara - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday said the resumption of UN-brokered peace talks present a "window of opportunity" to reunify the divided island of Cyprus.

Cyprus rivals to resume peace talks on Friday: UN

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Monday to resume UN-brokered peace talks on May 15 in a fresh bid to reunify Cyprus after four decades of division, the United Nations announced.

Cyprus sees reunification hope after Turkish Cypriot vote

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he saw new hope of ending the island's decades-long division after the election of reconciliation champion Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot leader.

Mustafa Akinci: New Turkish Cypriot leader seen as dove

Nicosia - Mustafa Akinci, who won a run-off for the Turkish Cypriot leadership on Sunday, is a veteran politician seen as best placed to revive peace talks with the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided island.

2015 may be the year Cyprus is reunified, say Turkey, U.S.

Washington - Turkey and the United States voiced hopes Tuesday that 2015 could be the year when a long-elusive diplomatic solution is finally found to the decades-old division of Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriot leader ahead after first round of vote

Nicosia - Incumbent Dervis Eroglu will face off against independent Mustafa Akinci in a second round of voting for the Turkish Cypriot leadership after a close first round, official figures showed Sunday.

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.
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Chanel store in Limassol, Cyprus.
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Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus
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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake hits in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece and Cyprus.
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Cyprus is a member state of the European Union.
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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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