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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.

Cyprus criminalises 'Armenian genocide' denial

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament unanimously approved Thursday a law that makes it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 amounted to genocide.

Cyprus pulls back from abyss after traumatic bailout

Nicosia - Two years after its failing banks nearly pushed cash-strapped Cyprus over the edge, sending shockwaves through the eurozone, the country has pulled back from the abyss, saved by painful austerity and a multi-billion euro rescue package.

More than two million migratory birds killed in Cyprus

Nicosia - More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said Monday.

Greek PM begins first foreign tour saying debt hurts all EU

Nicosia - Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday that eurozone debt was a crisis for the whole continent as he launched a European tour to rally support for his campaign for debt forgiveness."Europe is in crisis, not just Greece and Cyprus...

Rescued Syria refugees living in Cyprus limbo

Nicosia - Amr spent three days and nights adrift in the Mediterranean, battered by a storm in a fishing boat crammed with hundreds more Syrian refugees who thought they were going to die."We spent days at sea with no food and no water.

Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised in Brussels with high blood pressure Thursday and asked Greece's premier to stand in for him at an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president...

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.
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