‘Football Remembers’

‘Football Remembers’

Under the slogan ‘Football Remembers’ the British High Commission in Nicosia organised, on Monday, a friendly football match marking a Christmas Day spontaneous ceasefire and a historic football match in 1914, during World War I. Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots braved the rainy weather and joined forces against the “international” team which consisted mainly of UN personnel, at a football pitch in the buffer zone, close to the Ledra Palace checkpoint. The international team won the match by 5 – 2 (CNA)

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International News December 22, 2014

Singer Joe Cocker has died age 70 (Updated)

Singer Joe Cocker has died age 70 (Updated)

Raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died, his agent said. He was 70.
The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, in England, which gave no other details.
Cocker was born in Sheffield, England, and worked as a gas fitter while pursuing a singing career, covering Motownsongs in pubs in northern England…

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International News Sport December 22, 2014

Muhammad Ali’s condition ‘vastly improved’

Muhammad Ali’s condition ‘vastly improved’

By Steve Ginsburg

The condition of Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday.
Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning.

“The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said. “No further details are…

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International News December 22, 2014

Six dead as rubbish lorry ploughs into Christmas shoppers in Glasgow

Six dead as rubbish lorry ploughs into Christmas shoppers in Glasgow

Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, people, police said.

“Sadly, six people have died as a result of the George Square major road incident,” Police Scotland said on Twitter.

A police spokesman had earlier said that at least seven people were seriously injured and the number might rise.

One witness told Reuters the truck appeared to have run out of…

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Local News December 22, 2014

‘Cyprus Airways isn’t far from closure’

‘Cyprus Airways isn’t far from closure’

By Marie Kambas

Cyprus Airways could face imminent closure after the holidays if it fails to produce a credible restructuring programme and prove its financial viability to the government, Kathimerini newspaper reported.

Alecos Michaelides, permanent secretary at the ministry of communications and works and also chairman of the Air Licensing Authority, warned Cyprus Airways in correspondence dated December 5 that its operating licence was at stake.

The airline must by January 8 present fully audited 2014 results to authorities, and…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Savvidou calls on police to investigate racist chants

Savvidou calls on police to investigate racist chants

By George Psyllides

The authority against racism and discrimination has called on the police to investigate potential racist offences against a French-born Benin footballer by organised fans.

Mickael Pote, 30, has reacted angrily to monkey chants directed at him twice since November and been booked for protesting.

On November 30, fans of champions APOEL directed monkey chants at Pote and the former Dynamo Dresden player applauded before impersonating a monkey by curling his hands towards the side of his body.

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International News December 22, 2014

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisian election, riots break out in south

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisian election, riots break out in south

By Tarek Amara

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia’s first free presidential election, official results showed on Monday, the final step in a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

But rioting broke out in one southern city, with police firing teargas to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tyres and blocked streets to demonstrate against the victory of an official from Ben Ali’s old guard.

Essebsi beat rival and…

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International News December 22, 2014

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

By Philip Pullella

The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.

Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, has refused many of the trappings of office…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Sarikas asks for his immunity to be lifted

Sarikas asks for his immunity to be lifted

By Constantinos Psillides

EDEK MP Fidias Sarikas has officially requested his parliamentary immunity be lifted so he can be a part of the investigation into the Paphos Sewage Board scandal, following claims that he was the one behind it.

Sarikas sent an official request to the Attorney-general on Monday, asking him to submit a request with the Supreme Court to lift his immunity as soon as possible.

“This will give me the chance to give a statement to investigators so…

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Football Sport December 22, 2014

Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

By Brian Homewood

Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated last week.

An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico said before Saturday’s final against Real Madrid, won 2-0 by the European champions, that it would…

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Entertainment What's On December 22, 2014

Stories of the nativity

Stories of the nativity

By Alix Norman

Nativitiy Stories, co-curated by Myrto Hatzaki (curator of the Paris Collection) and Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel (Director of the Gallery), is the first international temporary exhibition at the AG Leventis Gallery, and runs until the beginning of March. But surely there’s no better time to see it than the present – after all, what could be more topical than artworks of the nativity at this time of year?

“Of course, it’s the perfect theme for Christmas,” says Katerina…

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Life & Style December 22, 2014

Another way of seeing things

Another way of seeing things

In the early 90s Nicosia based band To Marazi Tis Fotoulas built up a cult following. 24 years after they first formed they are back for a few gigs. ALEXIA EVRIPIDOU takes a step back in time

With their quirky sense of humour and their balanced egos in check, the alternative Indie/Rock band To Marazi Tis Fotoulas (Fotoula’s Grief) are suprisingly level headed and approachable. Never missing a beat to crack a subtle joke to two, the four men, now…

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International News December 22, 2014

Greek parliament vote in balance after Samaras election offer

Greek parliament vote in balance after Samaras election offer

By Angeliki Koutantou

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ surprise offer to lawmakers to go to the polls late next year in exchange for a vote for his presidential nominee has injected fresh momentum into his fight against the anti-austerity left.

However, as parliament prepares for a second round of voting on Tuesday to elect a successor to 85 year-old President Karolos Papoulias, the outcome still appears open with only a handful of independents pledging firm support to the government

If…

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International News December 22, 2014

Cambodia charges unlicensed doctor for spreading HIV to over 100 people

Cambodia charges unlicensed doctor for spreading HIV to over 100 people

Cambodian prosecutors said they charged an unlicensed medical practitioner with murder on Monday, alleging he spread HIV among at least 106 villagers in the country’s remote northwest.

Authorities detected the local epidemic of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, on Dec. 9 when they started testing in the community in Battambang province and found children as young as two and people in the 80s had contracted the virus.

They were alerted after a 74-year-old man tested positive in November and started…

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International News December 22, 2014

Greek opposition party Syriza offices cleared after bomb threat

Greek opposition party Syriza offices cleared after bomb threat

The offices of Greece’s leftwing Syriza party were evacuated on Monday after a bomb threat was received, a day before the second round of a closely watched vote in parliament which could trigger snap elections.

A party official confirmed that the offices in central Athens were being cleared but said there was no sign of panic among staff and emergency services.

Hoax bomb threats are frequently made in Greece and small explosions are not uncommon.

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Local News December 22, 2014

Six found guilty in Dromolaxia scandal

Six found guilty in Dromolaxia scandal

Larnaca criminal court on Monday found guilty six of the accused in the high-profile trial concerning the purchase by CyTA’s pension fund of a land plot in Dromolaxia at an inflated price.

The court delivered a guilty verdict for ex-CyTA boss Stathis Kittis; former Electricity Authority boss Charalambos Tsouris, who was a member of the board of directors of CyTA during the material time; AKEL member Venizelos Zanettos; trade union rep Orestis Vasiliou; land registry official Gregoris Souroullas; and the…

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Entertainment December 22, 2014

Film review: Paddington ****

Film review: Paddington ****

By Alexia Evripidou

Paddington is an adorable and funny adventure film for the whole family. With its part animation and very realistic looking bears, it’s just perfect for a Christmas cinema treat. Paddington is a genuinely hilarious and touching film that invites both children and adults to enjoy the journey of a young bear forced to flee from the dark depths of Peru to the hearts and home of busy London family.

This perfectly timed 95 minute film is long…

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International News December 22, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina to be tried on tax fraud charges (Update 1)

Spain’s Princess Cristina to be tried on tax fraud charges (Update 1)

By Sarah White

Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain’s King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, the first Spanish royal to face prosecution in court.

Her father Juan Carlos abdicated in June after a series of scandals including an investigation into the affairs of Princess Cristina’s husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of embezzling public funds.

Princess Cristina, 49, and Urdangarin are among 17 people ordered to stand trial in the case…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Paphos Sewerage Board scandal grows with further arrests

Paphos Sewerage Board scandal grows with further arrests

By Constantinos Psyllides
AKEL municipal councillor Giorgos Siailis was arrested on Monday in connection with the Paphos Sewerage board scandal.
Police arrested him after taking a statement from Greek businessman Christos Drakopoulos, who was arrested on Sunday at Larnaca airport.
This is the second time Sialis has been arrested. Police investigators attempted to have him remanded three weeks ago after a statement by former mayor Savvas Vergas but the Paphos district court threw the case out. Legal…

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