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Cyprus petitions ICC over Turkey's offshore drilling

Nicosia - Cyprus has petitioned the International Court of Justice at The Hague to protect its offshore gas reserves from meddling by Turkey, President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday.

Cypriots from both sides rally for reunification

Nicosia - Several hundred Cypriots from both sides of the divided island marched on Friday to demand reunification as the Mediterranean country's two leaders prepared to meet for talks.

Pope Francis to visit Cyprus in 2020

Nicosia - Pope Francis will visit Cyprus next year and his arrival will coincide with the republic celebrating 60 years since independence, Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday.

Lebanon turns to neighbours for help fighting forest fires

Beirut - Lebanon has turned to its neighbours for help battling forest fires that have ravaged homes and killed a volunteer firefighter in the Mediterranean country, its premier said on Tuesday.

Dream of reviving north Cyprus ghost town may turn sour

Famagusta - A wire fence on a Cypriot beach is all that separates Pavlos Iacovou from the hotel he owns but has not visited in decades -- now a sudden decision from Ankara could change all that.

Turkey says Cyprus 'ghost town' to be opened

Istanbul - Ankara is planning to open the abandoned town of Varosha on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday."Yes there are preparations.

Hunger for concrete eats away at mountains

Soon, Jamal's voice will no longer ring out over the mountain slopes he's roamed for years with his herd in northern Cyprus.

Cyprus rivals no nearer to reviving stalled UN talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders failed Friday to make progress in reviving UN-backed peace talks that collapsed more than two years ago but agreed to meet UN chief Antonio Guterres later this year."The two leaders...

Cyprus probes bishop for possible gay hate speech

Nicosia - Cyprus's top law officer instructed police on Thursday to investigate a Greek Orthodox bishop for possible hate speech after he claimed homosexuality is passed on if a pregnant mother enjoys anal sex.

British teen remanded in Cyprus custody over rape claim

A British teenager was remanded in custody in Cyprus on Tuesday after she was arrested last week on suspicion of falsely accusing 12 Israeli tourists of gang rape.

Cyprus new route for migrants prepared to 'die at sea'

Nicosia - For 26 hours, Mustafa hid on a ferry from Turkey to Cyprus, joining thousands of other refugees now looking to the divided Mediterranean island as their gateway to the European Union.

EU agrees measures against Turkey for Cyprus drilling

Apo - The European Union on Monday agreed measures to punish Turkey for pursuing drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings.The EU will halt high-level dialogue with Turkey, suspend talks over an aviation agreement and cut 145.

Turkish Cypriot leader proposes joint energy committee

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Saturday proposed creating a joint committee across the divided Mediterranean island, to address tensions over offshore energy reserves.

Turkey drills off Cyprus in bid for regional influence

Ankara - When Turkey dispatched a second ship to drill for oil and gas in disputed waters off Cyprus last month, it drew fire not just from rival Nicosia but also the rebuke of Western allies and threats of EU sanctions.

Turkey vows to keep drilling off Cyprus despite EU warnings

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday vowed to continue drilling activities off Cyprus despite tensions with the European Union, which has called on Ankara to cease its "illegal" activities.

US, Egypt warn Turkey over drilling off Cyprus

Apo - The United States and Egypt on Tuesday warned Turkey against escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over its attempt to drill for oil and gas in the waters off Cyprus.

Stray 'Russian-made missile' suspected of hitting northern Cyprus

Nicosia - Officials in northern Cyprus said Monday that a suspected stray Russian missile had exploded overnight just outside the divided island's capital during an Israeli air raid in Syria.

Cyprus court hands 7 life terms to 'first serial killer'

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army captain who murdered five women and two girls was handed seven life sentences Monday in an unprecedented serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus serial killer pleads guilty to 7 murders

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot army officer pleaded guilty on Monday to seven counts of premeditated murder in a serial killing case that has shocked the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future

Nicosia - Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles' eco-friendly potential, even on a budget.

Former Cypriot president dies aged 72

Nicosia - Former Cyprus president Demetris Christofias died Friday at the age of 72 after being admitted to hospital a month ago with a serious respiratory problem, his doctor said.

EU threatens sanctions over Turkey's Cyprus drilling

Apo - The EU on Thursday stepped up its rhetoric over Turkey's "illegal" drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, raising the threat of sanctions if Ankara refuses to back down.

Turkey to send new ship to search for gas off Cyprus as tensions mount

Gebze - Turkey is set to send a new ship on Thursday to search for oil and gas off Cyprus, in a move expected to escalate tensions after the EU called on Ankara to stop its "illegal drilling activities".

Greece calls on EU to condemn 'illegal' drilling off Cyprus

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied calls for it to cease drilling in the region.

Erdogan says drilling off Cyprus to continue despite warning

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop.

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities on Tuesday recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial killer.

Cyprus mulls draining lake in hunt for serial killings victim

Nicosia - Authorities in Cyprus said Thursday they may drain a lake in efforts to find the body of a six-year-old Filipina girl, believed to be the youngest victim of a serial killer.

Cyprus elects first Turkish Cypriot as MEP

Nicosia - The European vote in Cyprus produced a landmark result on Sunday when a Turkish Cypriot was elected as an MEP for the first time on the ethnically divided island.

Cyprus to ramp up exploratory gas drilling: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus will ramp up its search for gas, a minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey announced plans to carry out its own drilling in waters off the Mediterranean island."Activities in the Cyprus EEZ (exclusive economic zone) continue.

EU urges Turkey restraint in Cyprus energy dispute

Nicosia - The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.
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