Los Recortadores of Spain perform with bulls in Cali

Los Recortadores of Spain perform with bulls in Cali

A member of the 'Los Recortadores' from Spain makes a somersault during a performance with a bull at the Bullring of Canaveralejo in the city of Cali, Colombia, 21 December 2014. EPA/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA

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International News December 22, 2014

Police officers’ slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

Police officers’ slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States.

New York police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest during a news conference and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday’s shooting. Police investigators have said…

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International News December 22, 2014

Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the murder of hostage-taker Man Haron Monis’ wife, was ordered by a Sydney court returned to jail to await trial.

Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free…

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International News December 22, 2014

China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof N.Korea hacked Sony

China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof N.Korea hacked Sony

By Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland

China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.

North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any US retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean…

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Football Sport December 22, 2014

Ermis throw title race wide open with APOEL victory

Ermis throw title race wide open with APOEL victory

By Iacovos Constantinou

Ermis Aradippou threw the championship race wide open as they inflicted APOEL’s first league defeat of the season over the weekend, allowing Apollon, who defeated Agia Napa, to go top on ‘most goals scored’ and the chasing pack to move within five points of the leaders.

APOEL got off to a great start taking the lead in the eighth minute through Soteriou and controlling the game with relative ease. They missed a number of chances to increase…

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International News December 22, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina to be tried on tax fraud charges

Spain’s Princess Cristina to be tried on tax fraud charges

By Sarah White

Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain’s King Felipe VI, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of tax fraud, the High Court of the Balearic Islands said on Monday, prolonging the embarrassment of the royal family which has sought to distance itself from a corruption probe.

The charges were brought as part of an investigation into the business dealings of Cristina’s husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, accused of embezzling millions in public funds through…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Ruling expected in Dromolaxia land scandal

Ruling expected in Dromolaxia land scandal

Larnaca criminal court is expected to rule later Monday on the Dromolaxia land deal scandal, the first of many scandals that emerged over the last two years.
The deal in question involved the purchase by CyTA’s pension fund of office space in Dromolaxia, near Larnaca airport, at a price reportedly several times the going market value.
The land was initially sold to Wadnic Trading, which upgraded the coefficients, built on it and sold it on to the CyTA…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Consumers Association urges buyers not to stockpile petrol

Consumers Association urges buyers not to stockpile petrol

Consumers should not panic and rush to petrol stations, the consumers association said in an announcement on Monday.
Following last week’s announcement by petrol station owners that they did not rule out the possibility of turning off fuel supply, the consumers association urges the public to buy only as much fuel they need, spending the least possible amount.
“It looks like prices are constantly been reduced,” an announcement said.
The petrol station owners have grievances with the…

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Local News December 22, 2014

President to make announcements on Tuesday

President to make announcements on Tuesday

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades announced that he will make announcements on various issues tomorrow Tuesday.

The President was speaking after returning home on Sunday night from New York, following open heart surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital earlier this month.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in Limassol, the President said that he will chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

“I believe that now that I have more strength, there are more prospects and we can all make…

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Business December 22, 2014

It’s naïve to expect our politicians to get us out of this mess

It’s naïve to expect our politicians to get us out of this mess

By Stelios Oprhanides

Cypriot politicians have apparently lost their moral compass – a large number of them at least. With their vote on Thursday, they proved they are not serving the national interest, even as they pay lip service to it.

Their decision to pass a law “in order to protect citizens from foreclosures” suspending another one they passed in September that was a precondition for Cyprus getting another tranche of bailout money, which it desperately needs – let’s not…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Lets work together to protect halloumi cheese from foreign imitators, says Spokesman

Lets work together to protect halloumi cheese from foreign imitators, says Spokesman

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday that the aim is for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to work together in order to protect the national cheese “halloumi” or “hellim” from foreign imitators.

Christodoulides, who was commenting on publications which appeared in the Cypriot press on the matter, assured that “the government is monitoring the matter very closely, in cooperation with Brussels and the relevant departments here in Cyprus”.

He said the government is aware that UN Special Adviser on…

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Business December 22, 2014

NPLs to limit Cyprus’s economic growth to 0.3% next year, E&Y says

NPLs to limit Cyprus’s economic growth to 0.3% next year, E&Y says

By Stelios Orphanides

Cyprus’s economy will grow a marginal 0.3 per cent next year driven by a 1.8 per cent increase in fixed investment even as recovery continues to suffer from credit constraints caused by a non-performing loans ratio exceeding 50 per cent, Ernst and Young said.

It will be the first time the Cypriot economy grows since 2011, after it contracted 5.4 per cent last year and contract a further 2.9 per cent this year, the company said in…

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Entertainment What's On December 22, 2014

The bundles we carry

The bundles we carry

By Maria Gregoriou

This Sunday the art scene takes a poignant turn as Lenia Georgiou presents a collection of art work produced by asylum seekers from the Kofinou Reception and Accommodation Centre in Larnaca, as part of her post graduate thesis in art therapy.

Georgiou, who was born in South Africa to Cypriot parents, has studied Fine Art at Kingston University in London and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

Poxias is the result…

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English Premier League Sport December 21, 2014

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

By Martyn Herman

A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Inferior for most of the match, Arsenal had led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud after Philippe Coutinho had put the hosts deservedly ahead.

However, Skrtel, who required six minutes of treatment on a head wound, thundered in a late header from Steven Gerrard’s corner…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Government Spokesman Nicos Christoulides has not ruled out the possibility that the President of the Republic will proceed with changes as regards his aides at the Presidential Palace.

Replying to questions, Christodoulides said that in the framework of a possible re-organization, there may be new people while possibly some will have to leave.

“This decision depends on the President”, he pointed out.

The Spokesman said that the President, who returns to Cyprus from New York today Sunday, will return to…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Paphos police on Saturday arrested a former AKEL municipal councillor, 60, and questioned two contractors on suspicion of corruption in connection with the construction of the coastal town’s sewerage system.

Police arrested Vasos Vasiliou and questioned Iacovos Iacovou, 46, of Iacovou Bros. construction company, and Tony Toumazis, 62, of Atlas Pantou.

The two contractors were released after being questioned by the CID.

They were named by sewerage board director Eftihios Malekkides, currently in custody with former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas…

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International News December 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor…

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Local News December 21, 2014

A climate of mistrust

A climate of mistrust

By Bejay Browne

PAPHOS LOCALS have expressed a mixture of shock, betrayal and world weary cynicism over the alleged level of official corruption that has been exposed in recent weeks.
The atmosphere is one of uncertainty and dismay as revelations implicate officials from all major parties, with the squandering of public funds reportedly running into millions of euros.
Whatever their response, residents are united that all those found guilty should serve prison time and public money repaid.

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

EVERY time the political parties decide to supposedly protect the people we do not know whether to laugh or cry. Neither reaction would be out of place because foolishness is often entertainingly funny, but it could also have long-lasting, harmful consequences.

Last Thursday in the House was one of those days, the majority of our deputies deciding that they should pretend to protect primary residences from “mass” repossessions by approving a bill that would suspend the implementation of the…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

By Patroclos

COMMERCE minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis lost his swagger on Friday when it was officially announced that the drilling by ENI-KOGAS in bloc 9 found no hydrocarbons and all his plans for the future had to be changed.

But to his credit he kept a brave face, speaking to the cameras on Friday afternoon and later sitting at the glass coffee table in the CyBC’s cocktail-bar-style news studio sharing his thoughts with the delectable news presenter Vivienne Kanari. You half…

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Cyprus News Digest Podcast

Long time Cyprus Mail contributor and former CyBC reporter Rosie Charalambous kicks off a series of weekly podcasts covering politics, current affairs and culture every Friday. NEW For the latest Cyprus News Digest episode click here

Archives

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