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Cyprus rivals no nearer to reviving stalled UN talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci meet but fail to revive talks on ending the island's decades-long division

(L/R): Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci pose for a photograph during Cyprus peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017. More than 40 years after Turkish troops invaded northern Cyprus, the presence of tens of thousands of soldiers on the Mediterranean island still looms large over make-or-break peace negotiations this week. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The wreck is located off the Mediterranean island's southeast coast, near the popular beach resort of Protaras

Cyprus police find remains of Filipino child victim of 'serial killer'

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) A police spokesman says that the 'small human body in a state of decay recovered in the lake is believed to be of six-year-old Filipina Sierra-Graze, whose mother, Mary Rose Tiburcio, was the first victim to be found on April 14

VICTIM #7. Forensic police transport what they believe are the remains of a six-year-old Filipina from a lake at Xyliatos, southwest of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on June 12, 2019.   Photo by Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:52 AM

The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing Filipina Maricar Valdez

Cyprus investigators searching for victims of a suspected serial killer recovered on June 4, 2019 a third suitcase thought to contain the remains of a Filipina woman at the bottom of the man-made Red Lake out of the village of Mitsero, southwest of the Cypriot capital Nicosia . A Greek Cypriot army officer is in custody since April 2019 after reportedly confessing to murdering five foreign women and two of their daughters in a string of killings that have left the Mediterranean holiday island in shock. The police have so far recovered five bodies, including remains dumped inside two other suitcases found in the same lake.  Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP

Cyprus police in first apology over serial killings

May 07, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The killings came to light in mid-April when unusually heavy rains brought the body of 38-year-old Filipina Mary Rose Tiburcio to the surface of the disused mine shaft where it had been hidden

NEW POLICE CHIEF. A handout picture provided by the Cypriot government's Press and Information Office (PIO) on May 7, 2019 shows the newly appointed Police Chief Kypros Michaelides (L) and President Nicos Anastasiades speaking during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in the capital Nicosia. Michaelides apologized to the families of the 7 foreign women and girls that a suspect serial killer has confessed to murdering. Photo by Stavros Ioannides/PIO/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

Fancy living in Europe? Try citizenship by investment

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:49 PM

You can acquire a Cyprus passport, and have access to the wider EU, in as little as 6 to 12 months with a 2-million euro investment

Cyprus rescues 305 Syrian refugees in two boats

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

It is one of the largest waves of migrants to be received by Cypriot authorities in a single day since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011

'Highly constructive' talks on Cyprus, says UN

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:28 AM

The negotiations have been billed as the best chance for resolving one of the world s longest running political crises

PEACE TALKS. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci pose for a photograph during Cyprus peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cyprus talks to resume in Geneva on June 28 – UN

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

A UN envoy says the two year diplomatic effort to reach a settlement between Cyprus and Northern Cyprus was in its final mile

PEACE. Protesters and peace activists take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). File photo by Birol Bebek/AFP

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

It will mark the first time since the eastern Mediterranean island was divided that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will have presented maps describing the borders of a reunified country

A man holds a sign calling on rival Cypriot leaders to find a solution during a peace rally by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia on January 10, 2017 as peace talks continue between rival Cypriot leaders in Geneva to find a settlement ending decades of division on the island. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:07 PM

UPDATED Despite the failure UN chief Ban Ki moon remains hopeful that a deal can be reached this year and will personally support those efforts

PEACE TALKS. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (L) faces Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (R) next to Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Elizabeth Spehar (2ndL) and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth (3rdL) during Cyprus Peace Talks on November 20, 2016 in Mont-Pelerin, Western Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cyprus peace deal hangs in the balance

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Seen by experts as the last best chance to reunify Cyprus the make or break discussions in Switzerland could lead to a multi billion euro deal or scupper prospects of solving one of the world s longest running political problems

Protesters and peace activists take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Birol Bebek/AFP

Prospect of Cyprus solution 'within reach' – UN chief

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:21 PM

Ban Ki moon is hosting make or break negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci with the two sides aiming to resolve one of the world s longest running political crises

CYPRUS TALKS. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades seat at the start of Cyprus Peace Talks on November 7, 2016 in Mont Pelerin, Western Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cyprus leaders set for make-or-break talks

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:58 PM

The talks are billed as the last best chance to end one of the world s longest running political crises

A man bicycles past the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Mamas in the town of Morphou in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on November 2, 2016. Florian Choblet/AFP

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nov 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Negotiations are due to discuss the previously intractable issue of territorial adjustments on the Mediterranean resort island

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades talks during a televised press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on November 4, 2016, ahead of a five-day summit in Geneva aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. Yiannis Kourtoglou/Pool/AFP

New airline ready for takeoff as Cyprus tourism soars

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Cyprus is famous for its beaches but officials hope to make the European country s other offerings just as popular

A Cobalt aeroplane is given a water cannon salute as it taxies after touchdown at Larnaca airport on May 30, 2016, during a blessing ceremony ahead of the launch of the new Cyprus-based airline which was postponed until July due to delays getting its commercial license. As Cyprus emerges from a deep financial crisis, a new low-cost airline, Cobalt, will launch in July 2016 to tap into the Mediterranean island's resurgent tourism market.   / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLET / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CLEMENT MELKI

Cypriot ex-wife recounts 'black years' with Egypt hijacking suspect

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Marina Paraschou tells the Phileleftheros newspaper that she met Seif al Din Mohamed Mostafa when she was just 18 and he was 26 and that their 5 years of marriage are a black period of her life

COURT DAY. Seif Eldin Mustafa (C) who was arrested after he hijacked an EgyptAir flight, which was forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday, is transferred by Cypriot police as they leave a court in Larnaca, Cyprus March 30, 2016. Photo by Katia Christodoulou/EPA

EgyptAir hijacking suspect in court amid online buzz

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED Egyptians take to social media to poke fun at the incident involving Seif al Din Mohamed Mostafa who is ordered detained for 8 days prior to a later hearing

COURT DAY. Seif Eldin Mustafa (C) who was arrested after he hijacked an EgyptAir flight, which was forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday, is transferred by Cypriot police as they leave a court in Larnaca, Cyprus March 30, 2016. Katia Christodoulou/EPA

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Hijacker of EgyptAir flight arrested as Cyprus airport drama ends

Mar 29, 2016 - 2:52 PM

8th UPDATE Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades says the hijacking is not terrorism related

ON THE GROUND. The hijacked EgyptAir A320 plane stand parked at a sealed off area of the Larnaca Airport, in Larnaca, Cyprus, March 29, 2016. Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Flydubai downplays possibility terrorism caused crash

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The Dubai based airline s chief executive describes such a suggestion as speculation

FLYDUBAI. In this file photo, an aircraft (front) owned by 'Fly Dubai', the low-budget commercial airliner, is seen after landing at the runway of Dubai International airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2011. Ali Haider/EPA

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

EU leaders push migrant plan ahead of Turkey summit

Mar 16, 2016 - 2:40 PM

EU president Donald Tusk warns that hard work lies ahead to finalize the deal after Cyprus threatened to derail it over long standing disagreements with Turkey

A young migrant runs through the refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) near Idomeni, Northern Greece, March 15, 2016. Nake Batev/EPA

EU summons leaders for refugee crisis summit next Wednesday

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

President Tusk would like to focus on other immediate issues that need tackling urgently if we want to get the situation under control including in our neighborhood

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this file photo European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for an EU Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2015. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

2 Russian aid planes land in Syria – state media

Sep 12, 2015 - 10:37 PM

The reported aid delivery comes as the US expressed concern about an alleged Russian military build up in Syria

Cyprus rescues 114 fleeing Syria in fishing boat

Sep 06, 2015 - 3:46 PM

The passengers including 54 women and children flee Syria in a small fishing boat when it ran into trouble on Saturday evening September 5

Rival Cyprus leaders in coffee shop 'message of hope'

May 23, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are involved in a new round of reunification talks launched on Friday under the auspices of the United Nations

COFFEE SHOP MEETING. A handout picture released by the Cypriot government shows Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L) and newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci sitting in a cafe as they visit the old city of the divided Cypriot capital, Nicosia, on May 23, 2015. Stavros Ioannides/AFP

Cyprus peace deal possible within months – negotiator

May 16, 2015 - 10:48 PM

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci agree to meet twice a month to push for a solution to reunite the eastern Mediterranean island

PROTEST. Greek Cypriot students wave Greek and Cypriot flags as they demonstrate against the proclamation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 29 years ago, in Nicosia, Cyprus, 15 November 2012. Photo by Katia Christodoulou / EPA

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader

Apr 19, 2015 - 2:44 PM

Voters of the self declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will elect a new leader from 7 candidates

Cypriots ready to resume peace talks

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:16 PM

The UN says Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are ready to resume peace talks after a seven month hiatus but no date has been agreed upon

PROTEST. Greek Cypriot students wave Greek and Cypriot flags as they demonstrate against the proclamation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 29 years ago, in Nicosia, Cyprus, 15 November 2012. Photo by Katia Christodoulou / EPA

More than 2M migratory birds killed in Cyprus

Mar 09, 2015 - 9:49 AM

More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island says a conservation group

In this file photo, geese fly in the sky over Larnaca, Cyprus, Tuesday 10 January 2006. Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Greece, QE program to top ECB meeting in Nicosia

Mar 05, 2015 - 2:58 PM

Greece will also be high on the agenda of the ECB s decision making governing council

A picture taken with a wiping effect shows the 'Euro' sign shines bright in Frankfurt, Germany, 20 January 2015. Boris Roessler/EPA

ECB to unveil details of quantitative easing, discuss Greece

Mar 01, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The ECB s decision making governing council will hold its meeting on Thursday March 5 in Nicosia Cyprus instead of the usual venue of Frankfurt

A man walks past a board displaying the words 'European Central Bank' in 24 languages at the European Central Bank (EZB) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 20 February 2015. Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Greek PM begins first foreign tour saying debt hurts all EU

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Europe is in crisis Europe then should take brave decisions so that the growth agenda returns Tsipras says

TOUR. Greek radical left SYRIZA party leader and newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) smiles as he is on his way to enter the Prime Minister's offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 26 January 2015. Others are not identified. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Cyprus president has successful heart surgery in US

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides says the procedure at Mount Sinai hospital in New York was absolutely successful

SUCCESSFUL SURGERY. President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 26 September 2014. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Cyprus cruise liner helps rescue 300 Syrian refugees

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:08 PM

On board the ship are about 300 people that require recovery and rescue because of bad weather conditions in the area the Cyprus defense ministry says

RUNNING. Syrian refugees, who had been based in Arsal, gather with their belongings at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, at Bekaa Valley, Lebanon in August 2014, after they failed to cross into Syria. File photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Cyprus: A nation divided, 40 years on

Jul 20, 2014 - 8:59 PM

40 years since Turkey s invasion Cyprus is still a divided island despite countless UN brokered peace initiatives

FORTY YEARS DIVIDED. The Greek Cypriot flag hangs during a memorial ceremony at the Tymvos of Makedonitissas in Nicosia for the fallen during the 1974 Turkish invasion, on July 20, 2014. The nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Athens-backed coup which led to the Turkish invasion of the northern third of the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP

Gaza toll tops 100 as truce efforts waver

Jul 12, 2014 - 9:04 AM

Despite international concerns truce efforts have been unsuccessful

TRUCE EFFORTS WAVER. A cloud of smoke rises after an Israeli attack on Gaza City, July 11, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Cyprus Defense Minister dies after brain hemorrhage: hospital

Mar 22, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Cyprus s recently appointed Defense Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos died after suffering a brain hemorrhage

Central bank chief resigns in recession-hit Cyprus

Mar 10, 2014 - 11:48 PM

President Nicos Anastasiades accepted the resignation of Cyprus central bank chief Panicos Demetriades whose performance came under fire over the island s banking crisis last year

A man withdraws money from an ATM in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YIANNIS KOUTOGLOU

EU restarts membership talks with Turkey after 3-year break

Oct 22, 2013 - 9:16 PM

The 28 nation bloc agreed to the resumption in principle in June but then postponed talks in protest over Turkey s spring crackdown

TURKEY TALKS. The European Union will restart talks with Turkey on its possible entry into the Union. Here, the European Flag is seen in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 13 March 2013. EPA/Patrick Seeger

France backs action on Syria as US seeks coalition

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:37 PM

While Germany and Canada ruled out joining any military strikes Hollande said the British vote would not affect his government s stance

UN chief awaits Syria probe as West holds back

Aug 29, 2013 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED UN SecGen Ban Ki moon appeals to international powers to work together to head off military action in Syria

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon in Seoul, South Korea, August 25, 2013. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Filipino worker in Cyprus exhibits artwork

Aug 19, 2013 - 6:11 PM

After kasambahay duties Rosita Sumagaysay turns to painting

KASAMBAHAY, ARTIST. 'Rosita's Flowers' by Rosita Sumagaysay. All photos courtesy of Miles Viernes

Eurozone approves Cyprus bailout terms

Apr 12, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Eurozone finance ministers formally approves the terms of a Cyprus debt bailout

Cyprus bailout cost jumps to 23-B euros - Govt

Apr 11, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Higher bailout places Cypriot economy in danger of collapse

Virtual currency value soars amidst bubble fears

Apr 07, 2013 - 1:37 PM

The price of a Bitcoin a popular virtual currency is soaring sparking fears of a bubble amidst a global economic downturn

Cyprus to do 'whatever it takes' to turn economy around

Apr 04, 2013 - 7:18 AM

The new finance minister of cash strapped Cyprus vowes to do whatever it takes to sort out the EU country s teetering finances and put the economy back on track for growth

Cyprus banks open calmly as meltdown probe starts

Mar 28, 2013 - 9:58 PM

The Cypriot cabinet appointed a panel of 3 ex supreme court judges to investigate whether criminal activity was involved in the island s banking meltdown