US sailors help feed the needy

US sailors help feed the needy

Twenty-five US Navy sailors under the direction of Chaplain Brandon Hood and Althea McCalla of the USS Vella Gulf helped prepare food for 1,400 people at the Soup Kitchen run by the Bishopric of Limassol on Wednesday, April 23. The sailors also served meals to 400 people in the dining room of the Bishopric. The USS Vella Gulf, with its crew of 350, is paying a port call in Limassol this week. Photo: US Embassy

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Local News April 24, 2014

‘Dangerous’ armed ex convict sought by police

‘Dangerous’ armed ex convict sought by police

A 63-year old former convict is being sought by the police after escaping from them during a search of his house.

Police say that Andreas Onoufriou, from Limassol, is considered dangerous.
Police were called to his house at 6.30 on Thursday morning and told he had a gun, but while they were there the former convict ran off, firing his gun into the air. Shortly afterwards he was seen with his gun in the Naafi area of Limassol.

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Local News April 24, 2014

Mourning parents tell of ‘lies and cover-ups’ in son’s death

Mourning parents tell of ‘lies and cover-ups’ in son’s death

By Alexia Evripidou

AFTER nine years of waiting for truthful answers, two mourning parents protested outside the Presidential Palace on Wednesday anticipating yet another inconclusive report on the death of their 26 year old son, whilst demanding an end to lies and cover ups.

Dressed in black, Andriana and Charalambos Nicolaou waited in the sun all day for the Cabinet to give a viable explanation into the death of their son, Athanasios, who was serving in the National Guard in…

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Local News Comment April 24, 2014

Annan plan: ‘missed’ or ‘last’ opportunity for solution?

Annan plan: ‘missed’ or ‘last’ opportunity for solution?

TEN YEARS ago today, 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots, heeded the call of their president and voted against the Annan plan that would have re-united the country, ensured the return of many villages and towns to the Greek Cypriot community and paved the way for the withdrawal of Turkish troops. This was the only plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem ever drafted, but it did not meet the expectations of the overwhelming majority of Greek Cypriots…

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Local News April 24, 2014

Eroglu rapped for misleading UN

Eroglu rapped for misleading UN

By Jean Christou 

TURKISH Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu came under fire from the Greek Cypriot side on Wednesday for what the government called his attempts to misrepresent the state of the talks to the UN.

After meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Monday night, Eroglu said the Turkish Cypriot side expected the conclusion of the current negotiations with a settlement by the end of this year.

Eroglu claimed that the resumption of the negotiations on February 11…

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Local News Business April 24, 2014

CY privatisation is one-way street, says chairman

CY privatisation is one-way street, says chairman

By Constantinos Psillides

THE privatisation of Cyprus Airways is inevitable, board chairman Tony Antoniou said on Wednesday while revealing a favourable public opinion poll, explaining that the national carrier cannot compete without investors coming in.

“Long-term growth without investors is simply not feasible. We are a company, not a government organisation and thus our goal is to maximise profit,” Antoniou said, adding that the airline cannot meet all of Cyprus’s travelling needs. “Our fleet has shrunk to six aeroplanes due…

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Local News Business April 24, 2014

Better rules to avoid waste of public funds

Better rules to avoid waste of public funds

By George Psyllides

THE cabinet approved on Wednesday stricter rules for expropriations in a bid to avoid being dragged to court over delays in paying its dues and embarrassments such as bailiffs seizing state officials’ vehicles.

The interior ministry said any expropriation worth over €200,000 would need the cabinet’s approval before the procedure could start.

The aim is to prevent phenomena where the state is dragged to court and ordered to pay hefty compensation for expropriated land that was not…

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Local News April 24, 2014

No response yet on IPC land-swap deal

No response yet on IPC land-swap deal

By Jean Christou

THERE was little response on Wednesday to the move by the administration in the north that would allow Turkish Cypriots to register with the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) for land swaps with Greek Cypriots.

The proposal was approved on Tuesday by the ‘cabinet’ in the north and is expected to go to ‘parliament’; shortly, Turkish Cypriot press reported.

It envisages that Turkish Cypriots will be able to exchange their property in the government-controlled areas with a Greek…

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Local News Business April 24, 2014

Deutsche Bank team to explore LNG terminal funding

Deutsche Bank team to explore LNG terminal funding

By Staff Reporter

A HIGH-LEVEL delegation from the German giant Deutsche Bank is due in Cyprus on Thursday to discuss financing prospects for a natural gas (LNG) liquefaction terminal.
The delegation will meet Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.

Sources told the Cyprus News Agency that both the Deutsche Bank delegation as well as the visit by European Investment Bank (EIB) officials next month are related to the government`s efforts to involve European investors in the development of the island’s natural…

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Local News April 24, 2014

Lower prices for Cypriot tourists

Lower prices for Cypriot tourists

By Evie Andreou

TRAVEL agents are offering reduced holiday packages to travelling Cypriots this summer, the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents (ACTA) said on Wednesday.

At a press conference to announce the opening of the 17th annual travel exhibition, Taxidi 2014 on Friday, ACTA’s president Victor Mantovani said there had been a 10% increase on outgoing travels in the first three months of this year and that more Cypriots travelled abroad during Easter than they had in 2013.

He urged…

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Local News April 24, 2014

Italians eye 12 municipalities, not less

Italians eye 12 municipalities, not less

By Constantinos Psillides

THE number of municipalities should be reduced to 12 from the current 39, according to a new report by Italian consultants commissioned by the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM), adding that the present model of operation is no longer viable.

The new report counters a similar study by the British National School of Government International (NSGI) on behalf of the state that concluded the number of municipalities should be cut down to five.

At present, local administration…

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Local News April 24, 2014

Announcements for EP election candidates on Friday

Announcements for EP election candidates on Friday

THE government is speeding up preparations for the European Parliament elections set to take place on May 25, with the Chief Returning Officer publishing on Friday  all the information and announcements relating to the election’s candidacies, which must be submitted on May 2.

Chief Returning Officer Demetris Demetriou said that the announcements will be published in five Greek Cypriot daily newspapers, in the Cyprus Mail and in four Turkish Cypriot newspapers. All the documents for the elections will be available…

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Sport April 24, 2014

Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

By Iain Rogers

REAL Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-time winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Bayern dominated possession in the semi-final, first leg at the Bernabeu without posing much of a threat to the home goal and Benzema’s 19th-minute effort means Real will have the advantage going into next week’s return in Munich.

Despite…

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International News April 23, 2014

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald

NATO says Russia has built up a force of about 40,000 troop in its border with Ukraine. Moscow says some are stationed there permanently, while others have been deployed as a precaution to protect Russia from the instability in Ukraine.

In Moscow, Lavrov said Moscow would respond if its interests, or the interests of Russian citizens, were attacked.

“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” he said according to excerpts of an interview with the Russia Today news channel.

“There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show,” RT quoted him as…

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International News April 23, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

Turkey’s Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

By Jonny Hogg

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers.

In a statement issued on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths, Erdogan unexpectedly described the events of 1915 as “inhumane”, using more conciliatory language than has often been the case for Turkish leaders.

Turkish government officials said it was the first time a Turkish prime minister had offered…

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Local News Business April 23, 2014

Kuwaiti investors to probe property deals

Kuwaiti investors to probe property deals

By Evie Andreou

THE chairmen of three Kuwaiti investment funds arrived on Wednesday for a series of meetings with government officials and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), to discuss investment prospects mainly in the property sector.

The investors, who arrived on a private jet and represent the Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO), will first meet with CIPA officials on Thursday and then with president Nicos Anastasiades, finance minister Harris Georgiades and energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.

Charis Papacharalambous, Director General of CIPA,…

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Local News April 23, 2014

Bulgarian held for alleged rape in Limassol

Bulgarian held for alleged rape in Limassol

By Constantinos Psillides

A 38-YEAR old Bulgarian man was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the alleged rape of a 37-year old Ukrainian woman in Kapsalos area in Limassol, police said.

According to the police report, the woman said that she was attacked and raped by the 38-year old at his apartment, which she visited for an advertisement that said dogs were available for sale.

The victim said she was attacked the moment she entered the apartment. She said that…

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International News April 23, 2014

Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation (Updated)

Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation (Updated)

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.

The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal bickering, envisions a unity government within five weeks and national elections six months later.

“This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over,” Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press…

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‘Proud’ Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

‘Proud’ Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

By Alan Baldwin

SACKED Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club.
In a statement issued through the League Manager’s Association (LMA), the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then.

He spoke warmly of the United staff but, perhaps pointedly, not the players.
“I remain…

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Local News April 23, 2014

Demining operation well underway

Demining operation well underway

Members of a Cambodian demining unit working with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were in Mammari on Wednesday as part of an operation to locate landmines that may have inadvertently been displaced into the buffer zone through flooding. 

Since the operation began ten days ago, members of the 21-strong Cambodian demining unit have swept 1,994 square metres and found an anti-tank mine that was washed into the buffer zone from the north during heavy rainfall in October…

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Local News Business April 23, 2014

Cyprus’ deficit drops, public debt rises

Cyprus’ deficit drops, public debt rises

Cyprus’ deficit shrank in 2013 while the public debt increased compared with 2012, the EU’s statistical service, Eurostat, said on Wednesday.

According to Eurostat data, the island’s public deficit in 2013 was around €897 million or -5.4 per cent of GDP, compared with €1.2 billion or -6.4 per cent of GDP the previous year.

Public debt in 2013 reached €18.4 billion or 111.7 per cent of GDP compared with €15.4 billion or 86.6 per cent of GDP in 2012.

The…

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New Zealand
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Solar Impulse in Switzerland
Visakhi festival in Amritsar
Rabbit Steeple Chase Race
Burning bread in Brooklyn
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marks Kim Il-sung birth anniversary
Hillsborough Memorial service
President Anastasiades in Abu Dhabi
Total Lunar Eclipse
Catholic procession past unction stone in Chuirch of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during Holy Week
Decorated Easter egg in Prague
Easter chocolates
Processions on Holy Wednesday in Granada
US Coast Guard drug seizure
Duck reflection
Singapore underwater 'Easter Bunny'
Holy Week World Record attempt
Re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

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