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Cyprus’ religious leaders urge church’s restoration  Washington Post

The Christian and Muslim religious leaders of ethnically split Cyprus are urging for the speedy rebuilding of a 15th century church inside a United ...

Washington Post
1.4 per cent of Cypriot children have unmet medical needs  Cyprus Mail

In Cyprus in 2017, 1.4 per cent of children aged below the age of 16 had medical needs that were not treated, slightly lower than the EU average of 1.8 per cent.

Cyprus Mail
Disy presents candidates for European parliamentary elections  Cyprus Mail

Ruling party Disy presented on Friday the six candidates who will be on its ballot for the May 2019 European parliamentary elections. The six candidates are: ...

Cyprus Mail
Over 30 Syrian men found in container truck at Famagusta port  Cyprus Mail

Authorities in the north of the island on Friday found 33 Syrian men hiding in a truck that arrived at the Famagusta port from Turkey on a cargo ship. According to ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus: No 'golden passport' to people rejected before  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cyprus' finance minister says his government is tightening rules for the country's lucrative scheme granting passports to wealthy investors, making it ineligible to ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Women remanded for fake IDs (updated)  Cyprus Mail

Two women were remanded on Friday in Paphos. They were arrested for the possession of fake identities on Thursday. The women, aged 51 and 23, had gone ...

Cyprus Mail
Our View: Government on the defensive over golden visas  Cyprus Mail

THE GOVERNMENT is quite clearly on the defensive regarding its citizenship by investment scheme. This was why the council of ministers on Tuesday decided ...

Cyprus Mail
Ministry given a month to demolish disputed venue  Cyprus Mail

The Larnaca district court has given the interior ministry until March 22 to demolish a building near Mackenzie beach, which had been at the centre of a property ...

Cyprus Mail
Alternative cinema club for every kid  Cyprus Mail

In an era of special effects, green screens and action-packed films, an initiative seeks to reinforce the magic of classic old movies, reminiscing about much ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Approves Changes to Golden Visa Scheme, After EU Criticism  SchengenVisaInfo.com

The cabinet of the Cypriot Government has approved several changes to its golden visa scheme. After a report of the European Council criticizing investor ...

SchengenVisaInfo.com
AHI President Visits Greece and Cyprus for Series of Meetings, Events  The National Herald

WASHINGTON, DC – American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis completed a successful overseas trip to Greece and Cyprus, January 24-29.

The National Herald
Morning hail destroys Cyprus crops  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

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Fred Olsen launches Limassol cruises  Cyprus Mail

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines have instructed Century Travel as their representative in Cyprus for sales of their Worldwide cruises. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines prides ...

Cyprus Mail
Will my Valentine be my spouse? In Cyprus the answer is yes  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus is among the EU countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population, a Eurostat report published to coincide with Valentine's Day ...

Cyprus Mail
Sacrificing greatness for personal ambition  Cyprus Mail

By Alon Ben Meir. AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT ERDOGAN. Over the past year, I had the opportunity to speak to many Turkish scholars and former ...

Cyprus Mail
Debt misery hits students as dream turns sour in northern Cyprus  BBC News

Foreign students fall prey to loan sharks, lured by offers of a university education in northern Cyprus.

BBC News
Almost 500 new cases of prostate cancer a year  Cyprus Mail

Every year Cyprus sees 480 new cases of prostate cancer, the Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference of the ...

Cyprus Mail
A Hymn to Nature  Cyprus Mail

Nature is a favourite theme for artist Sotiris Ioannou, and his latest exhibition 'A hymn to Nature' is dedicated to exactly that. His new artistic venture is split in two ...

Cyprus Mail
The Cyprus International Trusts - Wealth Management - Cyprus  Mondaq News Alerts

The concept of the trust as we know it in our days dates back to the Crusaders in the 12th Century and is based on the Anglo-Saxon legal system. Cyprus Wealth ...

Mondaq News Alerts
Israel: 'Much safer' Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Israel's president on Tuesday hailed his country's flourishing ties with Cyprus, saying that cooperation between the two neighbors on intelligence, security and ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Trump declares US-Mexico border emergency; Democrats protest  Cyprus Mail

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, ...

Cyprus Mail
UK investigators 'identify third man in Russian spy poisoning'  Cyprus Mail

British investigators have identified a Russian military intelligence officer as a third suspect in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, two ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won't be stopped  Minneapolis Star Tribune

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The speaker of Egypt's parliament appeared to push back Monday at Turkey's opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn't part ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Party leaders on both sides express support for federal solution  Cyprus Mail

The heads of four political parties, Disy's Averof Neophytou, Akel general -secretary Andros Kyprianou, and the leaders of the Republican Turkish Party and the ...

Cyprus Mail
Thousands of UK students strike over climate change (Update)  Cyprus Mail

Schoolchildren are taking a stand against climate change, with thousands of pupils walking out of class to demand immediate action. Youth Strike 4 Climate ...

Cyprus Mail
Greek PM hands over foreign ministry in mini-reshuffle of cabine  Cyprus Mail

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appointed George Katrougalos on Friday as foreign minister, relinquishing a post he had temporarily filled himself after the ...

Cyprus Mail
Rights of UK expats in Cyprus assured in case of no-deal Brexit  Cyprus Mail

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens currently residing in Cyprus will be able to continue residing and enjoying the same rights as provided for in ...

Cyprus Mail
Man gets six months for attempted people trafficking  Cyprus Mail

A Palestinian national was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday after he was found guilty of two counts of attempting to the facilitate the illegal entry of ...

Cyprus Mail
India PM warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack  Cyprus Mail

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a bomb attack in the disputed region of Kashmir that killed 44 ...

Cyprus Mail
Spain's PM calls snap election for April 28 (Update)  Cyprus Mail

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday called a snap national election for April 28, potentially spelling months of uncertainty in the eurozone's ...

Cyprus Mail
More Brexit humiliation for May as parliament defeats her again  Cyprus Mail

British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May in a symbolic vote over her Brexit strategy on Thursday, undermining her pledge to European Union ...

Cyprus Mail
Restoration work to start on collapsed church  Cyprus Mail

Works will start soon to restore the wall of the medieval church of Ayios Iakovos in the Nicosia buffer zone that collapsed last week after calls to reinforce the ...

Cyprus Mail
Tech giants face calls to pull Saudi women monitoring app  Cyprus Mail

By Sonia Elks. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Saudi Arabian government app that allows men in the country to monitor and control their female relatives' ...

Cyprus Mail
Egypt-Cyprus deal on Aphrodite field 'is attracting great investor interest'  Cyprus Mail

The intergovernmental agreement signed between Egypt and Cyprus for Aphrodite gas field resulted to great interest from International oil companies, ...

Cyprus Mail
‘Stop the Clock’ on Brexit, Cyprus Finance Minister Urges  Bloomberg

The U.K. and the European Union should postpone Brexit to avoid Britain crashing out of the bloc without an agreement, Cyprus Finance Minister Harris ...

Bloomberg
Cyprus deficient in applying Greco standards  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus has been deficient in implementing the recommendations of the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (Greco) regarding transparency ...

Cyprus Mail
Bronze girl gets new birds after theft  Cyprus Mail

Four birds that were stolen from a recently-installed bronze statue in Paphos old town in January have been replaced by the artist. Yiota Ioannidou's 'the girl with ...

Cyprus Mail
EU Anti-Corruption Panel Backs Off Cyprus Court Probe  The National Herald

After saying it would review whether Cyprus' Supreme Court justices had conflicts of interest in ruling on cases where relatives, some of the lawyers, were ...

The National Herald
Hazard plays down incident with Malmo fan  Cyprus Mail

Eden Hazard downplayed the disturbing scene which saw him hugged by a pitch-invading fan at the final whistle of Chelsea's 2-1 win at Malmo. The culprit's ...

Cyprus Mail
UN to host informal meeting of Cyprus’ rival leaders  Washington Post

The United Nations says it will host a new informal meeting later this month between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus.

Washington Post
Myanmar sentences two to death for murder of Muslim lawyer  Cyprus Mail

A Myanmar court on Friday sentenced two men to death for the murder of a prominent Muslim lawyer, Ko Ni, who was an adviser to government leader Aung ...

Cyprus Mail
Our View: East Med pipeline talk nothing more than wishful thinking  Cyprus Mail

The strengthening of relations with Israel was the main theme of the speeches made during the state visit on Tuesday of President of Israel Reuven Rivlin by him ...

Cyprus Mail
Russian's golden visa linked to president's family ties (updated)  Cyprus Mail

The cabinet recently granted Cypriot citizenship to a Russian businessman who used to be a shareholder in a Russian bank whose branch in Limassol was ...

Cyprus Mail
Official: More transparency needed for Cyprus judiciary  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cyprus' judges need to draw up a detailed code of conduct that spells out rules on key issues, including when they should recuse themselves in order to avoid ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
NPEs increase by €87 million in October  Cyprus Mail

Non-performing exposures (NPEs) in Cyprus banks recorded an increase of €87 million in October 2018 compared with September 2018, despite the fact that ...

Cyprus Mail
Hundreds showed up for One Billion Rising march  Cyprus Mail

Hundreds gathered on Sunday at Faneromeni square to join their voices as part of the One Billion Rising movement to protest violence against women by ...

Cyprus Mail
Warnings of further rent rises in Limassol  Cyprus Mail

Workers needed for Limassol projects will push rents even higher. By Lizzy Ioannidou. The Limassol chamber of commerce and industry (Keve) warned this ...

Cyprus Mail
UN warns of locust surge on both sides of Red Sea  Cyprus Mail

A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus 'golden passports' bring Russians into the EU  Aljazeera.com

The government has earned more than five billion dollars from selling Cypriot passports so far.

Aljazeera.com
Greco suggestions 'not optional'  Cyprus Mail

HEAD of the Council of Europe's anti-corruption watchdog Greco warned Cyprus on Friday that it's recommendations were not 'optional' and urged the ...

Cyprus Mail
Auditor-general on the spot over army duty  Cyprus Mail

Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides took more flak on Monday following an admission that he had not served in the army reserves since his appointment to ...

Cyprus Mail
How Cyprus Is Becoming the Next Blockchain Hotspot  Entrepreneur

Another Mediterranean island is conquering the world of blockchain.

Entrepreneur
Virgin's Branson plans humanitarian aid concert on Venezuela border  Cyprus Mail

Richard Branson is organizing a concert to raise funds for a humanitarian aid effort for crisis-stricken Venezuela to be held in the Colombian border city of ...

Cyprus Mail
Sephar to host leaders informal meeting on Feb 26 (Updated)  Cyprus Mail

President Nicos Anastasiades, when he meets Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci later this month, will go with an attitude of openness, the government said ...

Cyprus Mail
GC Crans-Montana proposals no longer valid, Anastasiades says  Cyprus Mail

President Nicos Anastasiades, said on Tuesday evening that the proposals he put forward during the Conference on Cyprus in the Swiss resort of ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus legalises medical cannabis  Digital Journal

Cypriot legislators on Friday voted to approve the cultivation and use of medical cannabis, joining a growing trend among other European Union nations.

Digital Journal
Increased security, closed roads, during Israeli president's visit  Cyprus Mail

Due to an official visit to Cyprus by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday there will be increased security measures, police announced. During the day ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus because Washington acknowledges the Mediterranean island nation's contribution to ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Admiral Makarov frigate wraps up Cyprus port of call visit  TASS

SEVASTOPOL, February 13. /TASS/. The Admiral Makarov frigate of the Black Sea Fleet wrapped up its port of call visit to the Cyprus port of Limassol, as its crew ...

TASS
Master's in simulation and data science at Cyprus Institute  Cyprus Mail

The Cyprus Institute's master's programme in simulation and data science is accepting applications for the fall 2019 from graduates or professionals with a ...

Cyprus Mail
Police bag drunk cyclist in Limassol  Cyprus Mail

Police said on Sunday they arrested as cyclist who was almost three times over the limit in Limassol just before dawn. Traffic police came across the 31-year-old ...

Cyprus Mail
EU Solidarity Corps launches in Cyprus  Cyprus Mail

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides urged young people to embrace the new initiative of the EU called ...

Cyprus Mail
Recognition of Guaido is illegal and insidious  Cyprus Mail

Venezuelans should change their president not outsiders. By Alper Ali Riza. Recognising a rival president in another state with menaces of the type used by US ...

Cyprus Mail
Vatican envoy to France investigated over sex assault claims  Cyprus Mail

French authorities are investigating allegations that the Vatican's ambassador to France molested a junior official in Paris' City Hall, a City Hall official said on ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus award for world's best teacher  Cyprus Mail

Award-winning 'best teacher of the world', Andria Zafirakou, will be in Cyprus for a unique presentation. The Youth Organisation of Cyprus is honouring Andria ...

Cyprus Mail
EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets Britain  Cyprus Mail

By Francesco Guarascio. STRASBOURG, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a ...

Cyprus Mail
'Cyprus on course to full employment'  Cyprus Mail

The unemployment figures released by the statistical *service* showing a 14 per cent drop year-on-year, confirmed that Cyprus was on course to full employment, ...

Cyprus Mail
Turkey Sending New Spy Ship in Waters Near Greece, Cyprus  The National Herald

Showing no signs of backing off provocations despite a visit from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a new ...

The National Herald
Turkey to begin drilling for resources around Cyprus, likely angering Greece  Haaretz

Turkey will begin drilling for resources around Cyprus, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, a move that could create tensions with neighboring ...

Haaretz
Bale could face ban after gesture  Cyprus Mail

Gareth Bale has been reported by LaLiga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration in Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Cyprus Mail
Malta and Cyprus face growing pressure over money-laundering  The Economist

MARSHALL BILLINGSLEA, the American Treasury official in charge of tackling money-laundering, visited Cyprus in May 2018 with a stern message. His office ...

The Economist
Asensio nets late Real winner  Cyprus Mail

Marco Asensio scored a late winner for Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory at Ajax Amsterdam, who were left to rue a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee ...

Cyprus Mail
Humphrey Kariuki quizzed on undeclared Cypriot citizenship  Daily Nation

Detectives questioning billionaire Humphrey Kariuki over tax evasion were taken by surprise last evening after it emerged that he is a citizen of Cyprus.

Daily Nation
European supervisor to look into bank's out-of-court-settlements  Cyprus Mail

The European Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is looking into the out-of-court settlements made by the Bank of Cyprus with people who acquired ...

Cyprus Mail
Showery, snowy weather to continue, most Troodos roads now open (Updated)  Cyprus Mail

The roads to Troodos are now open to traffic, police announced around noon on Sunday. However they remain slippery, an announcement said. Earlier they ...

Cyprus Mail
The end of Isis  Cyprus Mail

LAST Wednesday Donald Trump said: “It should be announced, probably some time next week, that we will have 100 per cent of the (Isis) caliphate.” Well, it is ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal  Deseret News

Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its ...

Deseret News
Cyprus to set up a General Secretariat on European Affairs  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus will set up a General Secretariat on European Affairs with the aim of improving coordination of authorities on EU matters and the country's participation in ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Joins in Blocking EU Russian Nuke Condemnation  The National Herald

A planned statement on the collapse of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty was blocked by non-NATO member European Union countries including ...

The National Herald
CMP hopes Cyprus File will be of use in finding Missing  Cyprus Mail

The CMP hopes to be able to use information in the Cyprus File to find missing persons, Greek Cypriot representative to the group Nestoras Nestoros said, after ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus police arrest two in Nigerian goalie probe  Vanguard

Cypriot police on Tuesday arrested two people in connection with a health card issued to Nigeria's World Cup goalkeeper Francis Uzoho loaned to a local club ...

Vanguard
'All children should have equal rights'  Cyprus Mail

Parents should be entitled to child benefits irrespective of the duration of their stay in Cyprus, Commissioner for Children's Rights Leda Koursoumba has said.

Cyprus Mail
Report to US Congress on Cyprus talks pessimistic about progress  Cyprus Mail

The US Congressional Research *Service* (CRS), in its latest report, has concluded that the reunification of Cyprus is proving elusive and that if both sides reject ...

Cyprus Mail
Court decision threatens oilfield services operations  Cyprus Mail

The administrative court has upheld an application by residents of Aradippou against the operation of Halliburton's facilities in the area. In a recent judgment, the ...

Cyprus Mail
Stylianides in Cyprus on Monday for “European Solidarity Corps” initiative  Cyprus Mail

European Commissioner Christos Stylianides, responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, is visiting Nicosia on Monday to address a ceremony ...

Cyprus Mail
Big shocks in Cyprus as top three fail to win  Cyprus Mail

For the first time in recent league history, not one of the top three teams leading the table were able to secure a win over the weekend. Leaders Apoel and ...

Cyprus Mail
 

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Cyprus ( (listen); Greek: Κύπρος [ˈcipros]; Turkish: Kıbrıs [ˈkɯbɾɯs]), officially the Republic of Cyprus (Greek: Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία; Turkish: Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti), is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 1571 and 1878 (de jure until 1914).Cyprus was placed under the UK's administration based on the Cyprus Convention in 1878 and was formally annexed by Britain in 1914. While Turkish Cypriots made up 18% of the population, the partition of Cyprus and creation of a Turkish state in the north became a policy of Turkish Cypriot leaders and Turkey in the 1950s. Turkish leaders for a period advocated the annexation of Cyprus to Turkey as Cyprus was considered an "extension of Anatolia" by them; while, since the 19th century, the majority Greek Cypriot population and its Orthodox church had been pursuing union with Greece, which became a Greek national policy in the 1950s. Following nationalist violence in the 1950s, Cyprus was granted independence in 1960. In 1963, the 11-year intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots started, which displaced more than 25,000 Turkish Cypriots and brought the end of Turkish Cypriot representation in the republic. On 15 July 1974, a coup d'état was staged by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta in an attempt at enosis, the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July, which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus in the following month, after a ceasefire collapsed, and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots. A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognizing the new state. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute.The Republic of Cyprus has de jure sovereignty over the entire island, including its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, with the exception of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which remain under the UK's control according to the London and Zürich Agreements. However, the Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west, and comprising about 59% of the island's area; and the north, administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island's area. Another nearly 4% of the island's area is covered by the UN buffer zone. The international community considers the northern part of the island as territory of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkish forces. The occupation is viewed as illegal under international law, amounting to illegal occupation of EU territory since Cyprus became a member of the European Union.Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone.