Waiting to kiss Jesus statue in Spain

Waiting to kiss Jesus statue in Spain

Thousands of believers who have been waiting in the surroundings of the Christ of Medinaceli basilica for days, attend a mass before kissing the feet of the Nazarene Jesus image and saying their prayers in Madrid on Friday. The ceremony takes place each first Friday of March (EPA)

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Local News March 6, 2015

Paphos mayor will not be deterred, despite threats

Paphos mayor will not be deterred, despite threats

Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos said on Friday he would not be deterred from cleaning up the municipality, following the explosion of a low-grade device behind the town hall on Thursday night.

The explosive device went off in a park behind the town hall at around 8pm on Thursday, police said.

According to Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsiappis, a fire extinguisher was rigged to blow in 28th October park. There were no injuries or property damage.

It was the second such…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Baby’s post mortem will be carried out on Sunday

Baby’s post mortem will be carried out on Sunday

By George Psyllides

A post mortem on a nine-month-old baby who apparently died from meningitis will be carried out on Sunday, the health ministry said, four days after she died, with state pathologists saying they could not do the procedure citing lack of the necessary equipment.

The post mortem will be carried out by state pathologist Aggeliki Papeta. The two other pathologists said it was too risky to carry out without the proper means.

The procedure had been requested by…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Relatives of Mari victims visit the president

Relatives of Mari victims visit the president

The relatives of people killed in a 2011 naval base blast oppose granting a pardon to former defence minister Costas Papacostas who was jailed in connection with the incident.

The relatives met President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday to discuss their problems.

“I can only say that President Nicos Anastasiades has not disappointed us,” said Popi Christoforou, whose twin sons, both sailors aged 19, died in the July 11 blast at the Mari base.

Papacostas, 76, has requested a pardon citing…

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UK-based Cypriot’s ‘pee-power’ boosts charity’s hopes for use in refugee camps

UK-based Cypriot’s ‘pee-power’ boosts charity’s hopes for use in refugee camps

A UK-based Geek Cypriot professor has launched a prototype toilet that generates electricity from urine near a students’ union bar in Bristol.

The boffins behind the “pee-power” toilet hope it can be used by aid agencies in disaster zones to supply much-needed “urine-tricity” to refugee camps.

The urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at the University of the West of England in Bristol and international charity Oxfam.

It is located near the students’ union at the university’s Frenchay campus and researchers…

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Football Sport March 6, 2015

Playoffs get underway in Cyprus

Playoffs get underway in Cyprus

By Iacovos Constantinou

THE first round of the ten-game playoff stage of the Cyprus Football Championship begins this weekend with a maximum of 30 points for each team to play for.

The clubs have been divided into two groups of six with the top-six teams battling for the title and the coveted second and third places that lead to Europe.
In the bottom group, the six teams will be fighting to avoid the last two positions that lead to…

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International News March 6, 2015

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city (Update 2)

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city (Update 2)

By Dominic Evans and Saif Hameed

Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.

A tribal source from the nearby city of Mosul told Reuters the ultra-radical Sunni Islamists, who dismiss Iraq’s pre-Islamic heritage as idolatrous, had pillaged the 3,000-year-old site on the banks of the Tigris river, once capital of the world’s most powerful empire.

The…

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International News March 6, 2015

Cash-strapped Greece repays first part of IMF loan due in March (Updated)

Cash-strapped Greece repays first part of IMF loan due in March (Updated)

By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas

Greece repaid on Friday the first 310 million euro instalment of a loan from the International Monetary Fund that falls due this month as it scrambles to cover its funding needs amid a cash crunch.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ newly elected government must pay a total of 1.5 billion euros to the IMF this month over two weeks starting on Friday against a backdrop of fast-depleting cash coffers.

“The payment of 310 million euros…

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Local News Business March 6, 2015

Famagusta bus drivers call off strike

Famagusta bus drivers call off strike

Famagusta bus drivers have called off a strike scheduled for Friday after receiving assurances that they will be paid.

The drivers, employed by the Famagusta public transport company OSEA, said they called off the strike as a show of good will after company gave assurances that it will pay the salaries.

The strike was announced on Thursday because drivers had not received their pay for February.

The statement cited a previous decision taken by the unions, according to which OSEA employees…

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Sport March 6, 2015

Mayweather vs Pacquiao megafight won’t halt boxing’s decline

Mayweather vs Pacquiao megafight won’t halt boxing’s decline

By Frank Pingue

The superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the highest grossing bout in history but will do nothing to resuscitate a sport that has been in perpetual decline for years, according to experts.

Boxing will enjoy more exposure than it has seen in decades during the build-up to the May 2 fight but will quickly reclaim a back seat to other sports after the last crushing blow is landed at the MGM…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Police seek man in beating of his partner

Police seek man in beating of his partner

Police on Friday were seeking a 38-year-old Larnaca man suspected of beating his partner.

The arrest warrant was issued after the 28-year-old woman from Frenaros showed up injured at a shop near the flat where they lived together in the Livadhia area.

The woman asked for help and the owners called the police who arrived on the scene and took her to hospital.

Doctors determined the woman had sustained rib fractures and bruises to her face and body.

She told…

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Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

By Dan Whitcomb and Piya Sinha-Roy

Film star Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday when the Star Wars actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, his publicist said.

The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it attempted to return to Santa Monica Airport shortly after take-off, and the pilot was “alert and talking” as he was taken to a local hospital, Assistant Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler…

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International News March 6, 2015

Knife attack wounds 9 at Chinese train station, suspect shot dead

Knife attack wounds 9 at Chinese train station, suspect shot dead

Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another.

It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have unnerved the country, and was launched during the morning rush hour, at 8.18 am, the city’s public security authorities said via an official microblog account.

Investigations were ongoing, and the offenders would be severely punished,…

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International News March 6, 2015

Kremlin critic Navalny walks out of Moscow jail

Kremlin critic Navalny walks out of Moscow jail

Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention centre on Friday, a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them.

Wearing a dark jacket and jeans, his face unshaven, Navalny was released after serving 15 days for handing out leaflets in the Moscow metro to promote a protest rally that had been planned on March 1.

The planned rally turned into a…

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International News March 6, 2015

Palestinian vehicle attack injures five in Jerusalem (Updated)

Palestinian vehicle attack injures five in Jerusalem (Updated)

A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a Jerusalem tram stop on Friday, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said.

None of those hit was seriously injured.

The incident, which police said they were treating as a terrorist attack, took place on a main road in East Jerusalem, the predominantly Arab side of the city, close to an Israeli border police station.

After crashing his vehicle, the driver got out…

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Local News Sport March 6, 2015

Fan banned from sports events

Fan banned from sports events

The Larnaca District Court has banned an abusive football fan from attending any games pending his trial on May 13.

The 30-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and is facing charges relating to resisting arrest and swearing at police officers.

He had tried to enter Larnaca’s Antonis Papadopoulos stadium, home of Anorthosis football club, without a ticket, to watch Wednesday’s cup fixture versus APOEL.

When he was denied, he left and returned with a valid ticket.

But after he was…

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International News March 6, 2015

South Korea police investigate US ambassador attacker’s visits to North

South Korea police investigate US ambassador attacker’s visits to North

By Ju-min Park

South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the US ambassador to Seoul and the assailant’s multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder.

US ambassador Mark Lippert needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed at a forum discussing Korean unification in the capital, Seoul, on Thursday. The attack was carried out by a Korean nationalist who said he was protesting…

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Local News Sport March 6, 2015

Futsal game abandoned

Futsal game abandoned

A futsal game between Nicosia sides Omonia and APOEL was abandoned on Thursday night after fans hurled objects onto the playing court.

Police said the game was abandoned a minute before the final whistle when Omonia fans threw objects. It had been interrupted three times before that for the same reason.

The final interruption followed a red card shown to the goalkeeper of Omonia who had another player sent off a minute earlier.

APOEL was ahead at the time 2-1.

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Local News March 6, 2015

Man injured by burglars

Man injured by burglars

A 50-year-old man has been hospitalised after he was beaten by thieves who broke into his flat in Nicosia on Thursday, police said.

The man was treated for head injuries and kept for observation. His condition was stable, police said.

He had been beaten by two burglars he found in his flat at 11.45am on Thursday.

The man had walked in on the pair who hit him in the head with a sharp object before fleeing the scene without taking…

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Entertainment What's On March 6, 2015

Creative bundles

Creative bundles

By Maria Gregoriou

Tonight the Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art in Nicosia will present a solo drawing exhibition entitled Braid Bound by Savella Michael.

The pieces that make up the collection, which will be displayed until March 28, took almost three years to complete.

During this creative period Michael went through two phases. The first saw her working with small and large scale black and white drawings. These creations show braids and buns set in different moods and contexts.

The…

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Business March 6, 2015

Turkey’s New York investor meetings fail to stem lira rout

Turkey’s New York investor meetings fail to stem lira rout

By Nevzat Devranoglu, Ece Toksabay and Daniel Bases

Turkey’s lira hit an all-time low on Thursday as meetings with investors in New York did little to allay concern over President Tayyip Erdogan’s battle with the central bank or Ankara’s economic management team.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in New York he believed the meetings had been successful and said he had spoken with Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci about the lira weakness.

“Here what we need to understand is…

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