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EU's Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus 'must stop'

- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.

Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

Larnaca - Cyprus welcomed its first tourists after nearly three months of coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday with flights scheduled from Israel, Greece and Bulgaria.

Cyprus sets stage for tourism recovery as airports reopen

Nicosia - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on Tuesday, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors.

Tents and razor wire: Cyprus struggles with migrant influx

Kokkinotrimithia - In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.

Cyprus beaches reopen as new virus cases hit zero

Larnaca - A new form of beach life, spaced apart, emerged Saturday on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus after more than two months of coronavirus-imposed curbs were lifted on freedom of movement.

Cyprus ends passenger flights ban from June 9 with conditions

Nicosia - Cyprus will reopen its airports to commercial flights from June 9 after nearly three months of lockdown, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said Friday.

Rival Cypriot leaders agree to open crossings after containing COVID-19

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Thursday to gradually reopen crossing points along the island's UN-patrolled ceasefire line from June 8 after successfully containing coronavirus outbreaks on both sides, officials said.

Cyprus ends virus lockdown but airports stay shut

Nicosia - The Cypriot government ended a strict coronavirus lockdown Thursday, reopening outdoor restaurants and barber shops, but keeping the Mediterranean resort island's vital airports and hotels closed for now.

Cyprus says Turkey denied COVID-19 supply flight airspace entry

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday a flight it had chartered from China carrying 36 tonnes of COVID-19 medical supplies was diverted towards Moscow after Turkey denied it entry into its airspace.

Splendid isolation: islands prove safe ports in virus storm

Ayia Napa - Enjoying the loosening of a six-week coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, Michalis Eveledis charged across pristine white sand and plunged headlong into the cool Mediterranean under a glaring sun.

Cyprus to prosecute 15 police in serial killing blunder

Nicosia - Fifteen Cyprus police officers face criminal prosecution for botching any search for seven missing foreign women and children who were victims of a serial killer, officials said Tuesday.

Cyprus announces phased easing of virus lockdown

Nicosia - Cyprus revealed a plan Wednesday to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures and reboot the Mediterranean holiday island's economy.

Cyprus COVID-19 outcry as dogs, not children allowed out

Nicosia - Pet dogs have more freedom than children under strict social distancing restrictions Cyprus has enforced to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a public sector trade union said on Monday.

Cyprus adopts mass testing for virus hotspots

Aradippou - A town in Cyprus that has become a coronavirus hotspot carried out mass testing Saturday as a climate of suspicion descended on the community amid fears the disease had spread unchecked for weeks.

Cyprus says beaches, parks off limits to fight virus

Nicosia - Cyprus declared on Monday that beaches and parks were out of bounds as part of increased restrictions on movements aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus on the Mediterranean island.

Turkish Cypriots postpone election over coronavirus

Nicosia - Lawmakers in breakaway northern Cyprus voted Thursday to postpone a Turkish Cypriot leadership election scheduled for April 26 by six months because of the novel coronavirus.

Beach resort a 'ghost town' as Cyprus tourism hit by virus crisis

Larnaca - On a Cyprus hotel reception desk, health questionnaires on the coronavirus sit mostly untouched near a bottle of hand sanitizer. There is hardly a guest left as tourism has all but collapsed on the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus shutters schools, locks down hospitals over coronavirus

Nicosia - Cyprus said Tuesday it was closing schools in the capital, banning mass gatherings and locking down two major hospitals to combat novel coronavirus, after three people on the Mediterranean island tested positive for the illness.

Cyprus main hospital shuts after surgeon diagnosed with coronavirus

Nicosia - Cyprus on Tuesday temporarily closed the country's largest hospital after its chief heart surgeon was among three cases of novel coronavirus confirmed on the divided eastern Mediterranean island.

Cyprus police use tear gas at protest against crossing closure

Nicosia - Cyprus police sprayed tear gas on Saturday as several hundred people protested against the closure of crossings on the divided island's ceasefire line over coronavirus fears.

UN says Cyprus crossing closures over coronavirus 'disruptive'

Nicosia - The United Nations voiced concern on Thursday over the disruption caused by the Cyprus government's temporary closure of several crossings on the divided island's ceasefire line over the coronavirus crisis.

Olive oil 'for peace' in divided Cyprus

Nicosia - In a field bathed in winter light, Hasan Siber patiently harvests his olives. It's a common sight in Cyprus, but his "oil for peace" represents a rare glimmer of hope on the divided Mediterranean island.

Turkey targets 'weakest link' Cyprus in regional dominance bid

Nicosia - Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.

Cyprus brands Turkey 'pirate state' in gas drilling row

Apo - Cyprus accused on Sunday Turkey of turning into a "pirate state", attacking Ankara's exploratory oil and gas drilling off its coastal waters a day after the EU issued its own warning.

British teenager appeals false rape claim conviction

Nicosia - A British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus by Israeli tourists has lodged an appeal against her "unfair" conviction with the island's supreme court, her defence team said.

Turkey-Libya deals 'void': Egypt, France, Greece, Cyprus

Apo - France, Greece, Egypt and Cyprus on Wednesday declared "null and void" agreements between Ankara and Libya assigning Turkey rights over a vast area of the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus says to host US rapid response unit for any Mideast evacuations

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday it had accepted a US request to station a rapid response team on the island in case American diplomatic personnel or civilians need to be evacuated amid rising US-Iranian tensions.

British teen gets 4 months suspended for 'false' Cyprus rape claim

Paralimni - A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a British teenager a four-month suspended prison sentence after convicting her of falsely accusing a dozen Israeli tourists of gang rape.

UK teen gets suspended jail term for 'false' Cyprus rape claim

Paralimni - A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a British teenager a four-month suspended prison sentence after convicting her of falsely accusing a dozen Israeli tourists of gang rape.

Greece, Cyprus, Israel sign EastMed pipeline deal

Athens - Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Thursday signed an agreement for a huge pipeline project to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe despite Turkey's hostility to the deal.
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Men play backgammon at a Greek Cypriot cafe in the mixed village of Pyla, which lies in a UN-patrolled buffer zone that slices across Cyprus
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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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