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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 ...

Cyprus reshuffles cabinet after walkout over peace talks

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday announced a mini-reshuffle of his cabinet after a walkout by his coalition partner over resumed reunification talks with the Turkish Cypriots.He brought three new faces into cabinet but retained the serv...

Revised data shows Cyprus economy shrinking less than thought

Nicosia - Cyprus's recession-hit economy contracted by 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, a slight improvement on the 0.9 percent drop in the previous three months, revised official data showed Tuesday.A flash estimate issued last month had the economy d...

Cyprus appoints new central banker

Nicosia - Cyprus on Tuesday appointed a tough campaigner against government waste and corruption as new central bank governor after current chief Panicos Demetriades unexpectedly quit.Auditor general Chrystalla Georghadji has been appointed as new head of the B...

Cyprus unable to mourn its missing 40 years after war

Nicosia - In the 40 years since Marios Kouloumas saw his father led away by Turkish soldiers he has been unable to mourn him, even though he knows he's dead.His father is one of hundreds of Greek and Turkish Cypriots who disappeared during a decade of unrest and...

Cyprus parliament passes controversial privatisation bill

Nicosia - Cyprus's parliament passed a controversial privatisation bill Tuesday hours before a deadline to receive the next tranche of a 10-billion-euro ($13.8 billion) international bailout.Following the vote, praised by the government but still a source of con...

Cyprus to vote on new sell-off bill as deadline looms

Nicosia - Cyprus is to hold a new vote on a privatisation bill hours before a deadline for the release of the next tranche of a 10-billion-euro bailout, after parliament rejected an initial draft.MPs failed to adopt a first version of the controversial bill in a...

Cyprus parliament rejects state sell-offs required for aid

International aid to cash-starved Cyprus was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after its parliament rejected a privatization plan, throwing into disarray the disbursement of a new tranche of financial as...

Cyprus MPs fail to pass privatisation bill in threat to bailout

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament failed Thursday to adopt a controversial bill to sell off state utilities mandated by a bailout from international lenders, potentially endangering the next tranche of a 10-billion-euro loan.

Japan's Rakuten paying $900 mn for Cypriot app-maker

Tokyo - Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall operator, said Friday it would buy Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media for $900 million, as its expands an overseas empire that includes Canadian e-reader company Kobo.The Japanese firm has been tryi...
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