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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.

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.
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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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