Tributes for Oscar de la Renta

Tributes for Oscar de la Renta

Tributes to Oscar de la Renta
A fan of Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta leaves messages of condolence in the window of a store carrying his brand in Santo Domingo, October 22, 2014. The government declared Wednesday a national day of mourning with flags to be flown at half mast as many mourned the death of the fashion designer who raised the profile of the Caribbean nation where he was born and which he supported throughout his life (Reuters)

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Local News October 23, 2014

UBP blocks declaration on Turkey and return to talks

UBP blocks declaration on Turkey and return to talks

By Evie Andreou

A joint declaration calling Turkey to withdraw its ships from the Cyprus EEZ and President Anastasiades to return to the negotiation table was opposed by Turkish Cypriot Leader’s National Unity party (UBP) at the bi-communal meeting of the political parties yesterday.

Despite the UBP objection, representatives of the Greek Cypriot parties that participated at the meeting (DISY and AKEL) expressed their satisfaction since for the first time parties from both sides agreed on common action on a…

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Local News Business October 23, 2014

Five new hotels to open in Larnaca next year

Five new hotels to open in Larnaca next year

By Marie Kambas

FIVE new hotels are expected to operate in Larnaca in 2015, according to the town’s Tourism Development and Promotion Company.

The new hotels and renovations at existing hotel units will boost accommodation options, both in quality and quantity, the development company said in a statement.

It said that the “Cia Stelio” hotel in the Makenzie area would operate in April 2015, with 102 rooms.

The “Mikes Kanarium” hotel will operate with 52 rooms, as well as a…

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Local News October 23, 2014

Greek language and missing persons on Demetrios’ schedule

Greek language and missing persons on Demetrios’ schedule

By Evie Andreou

ARCHBISHOP Demetrios of America had a full schedule of meetings yesterday, on the second day of his visit to the island, with the preservation of the Greek language and the humanitarian issue of missing persons high on his agenda.

In the morning he met with Education minister Costas Kadis where they discussed the strengthening of relations between the ministry and the Archbishopric in the U.S. as well as promoting the Greek language in schools.

Demetrios also…

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Local News October 23, 2014

Arrested for cigar smuggling

Arrested for cigar smuggling

By Constantinos Psillides

POLICE arrested four persons in connection with a suspected cigar smuggling case.

Police sources told the Cyprus Mail that officers arrested two cigar importers, 48 and 41, followed by the arrest of two Customs officers, 58 and 35.

According to the sources, the four appear to have conspired to deceive the Customs Department, by reporting a much lower volume of cigars than what was actually imported.

All four are expected to appear before the Nicosia District Court…

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Search teams deployed to find missing plane

Search teams deployed to find missing plane

By Evie Andreou

DEBRIS, thought to belong to the twin-prop Diamond DA42 training plane that went missing on Wednesday night en route to Beirut from Cyprus, were found floating at sea, according to unconfirmed news reports.

On board the aircraft, that disappeared from the Nicosia flight information region (FIR) some 80 kilometres south east of Larnaca were two men, a Cypriot and a Lebanese.

It took off from Paphos Airport at 6.20pmand reports suggested that the aircraft, that belongs to…

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Local News October 23, 2014

Anastasiades and Cameron to discuss EEZ

Anastasiades and Cameron to discuss EEZ

By Jean Christou

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, during his visit to Brussels where the Cypriot president will raise the issue of Turkey’s violation of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Anastasiades departed on Wednesday morning for Brussels in order to participate in the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday where he is due to denounce Turkey’s actions.

During his stay in Brussels, Anastasiades will begin the implementation of the measures decided on Tuesday by the National…

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Local News October 23, 2014

Davutoglu: let’s talk two-state scenario for Cyprus

Davutoglu: let’s talk two-state scenario for Cyprus

By Jean Christou

IF Turkey wants the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table so badly it should cease its violation of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.

This would pave the way for the resumption of talks, Anastasiades said. The violations, he added, demonstrated Turkey’s actual intentions as regards the Cyprus issue.

The President was responding to statements by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who was quoted on Wednesday as saying…

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Local News October 23, 2014

ENI-KOGAS continues exploration, despite Turkish taunts

ENI-KOGAS continues exploration, despite Turkish taunts

By Jean Christou

ENERGY Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday there has been no problem so far in terms of Turkey’s  EEZ violation interfering with the ENI-KOGAS drilling in Block 9.

At the same time, he said, no one could predict how far the Turkish provocation would go.

The Turkish seismic exploration vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa entered the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Monday. The move came after Ankara issued a maritime notice, or NAVTEX, reserving certain areas of the…

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Local News Sport October 23, 2014

Fan card violates rights of majority, says data commissioner

Fan card violates rights of majority, says data commissioner

By George Psyllides

AN identity card that aims to tackle sports-related violence contravened the principle of proportionality because it was imposed on all fans when the trouble was in fact caused by a small group, personal data commissioner Yiannos Danielides said on Wednesday.

The fan card, an identity card aimed at lifting anonymity of sports fans, was voted in August as a part of a bill proposed by the government to clamp down on hooliganism.

But Danielides said it violated…

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Local News Business October 23, 2014

FBME injunction hearings underway this week

FBME injunction hearings underway this week

By Elias Hazou

FBME Limited, the holding company of FBME Bank, has reiterated the illegality of the Central Bank’s policy to expropriate and sell the lender’s Cyprus branch.

FBME shareholders have filed an injunction with the Nicosia district court to halt the Central Bank’s action. The first hearing took place on Tuesday, with the second hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The injunction aims to rescind the resolution measures against FBME’s Cyprus branch, which FBME Limited regards as a “hostile takeover and…

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Champions League Sport October 23, 2014

Holders Real too hot to handle as Liverpool outclassed

Holders Real too hot to handle as Liverpool outclassed

By Ian Chadband

Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.

The roar of one of Europe’s most vociferous crowds was muted when Ronaldo, combining with James Rodriguez, scored the most brilliant of openers in the 23rd minute, his 70th Champions League goal moving him within one of Raul’s all-time record.

Poor Liverpool defending then contributed…

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Champions League Sport October 23, 2014

Arsenal strike late to break Anderlecht hearts

Arsenal strike late to break Anderlecht hearts

By Martyn Herman

Arsenal struck twice in the last two minutes for a smash and grab 2-1 away victory at Anderlecht in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to earn three vital points.

The Londoners produced a lethargic display and were trailing to Andy Najar’s 71st-minute header before Kieran Gibbs equalised after 89 minutes and then Lukas Podolski smashed in a close-range winner.

It was tough luck on Anderlecht who had seemed on course for a first victory in the…

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Champions League Sport October 22, 2014

The 7 biggest wins in the history of the Champions League

The 7 biggest wins in the history of the Champions League

By Sam Sank

Since its inception in 1992, there have been some mammoth victories in the Champions League and even Bayern Munich’s 7-1 destruction of Roma on Tuesday night is not big enough to make the top seven…

7. FC Zilna 0-7 Marseille, November 2010
Marseille’s win in Slovakia was the biggest away victory in the Champions League, but it hardly came as a surprise considering the 2010/11 season was the first time that MSK Zilna had qualified for…

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Local News October 22, 2014

Police continue to dig into Vergas actions

Police continue to dig into Vergas actions

By George Psyllides

POLICE on Wednesday continued their investigation into alleged irregularities in a music concert held in August in Paphos involving mayor Savvas Vergas and his close associate.

On Tuesday, a court refused a police request to remand Vergas in custody for eight days, saying investigators had failed to prove their case.

Vergas, close associate Maria Solomonidou, and her husband Constantinos Sifantos, were arrested on Monday following claims that an events company belonging to Sifantos got a tax break…

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International News October 22, 2014

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 10

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 10

By Mahmoud Mourad

An explosion outside Cairo University wounded 10 people on Wednesday, among them police and civilians, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The blast occurred in a square outside the university at the end of the school day. Six policemen and four civilians were slightly wounded and transferred to hospitals, the statement added.

The ministry said explosives experts were sent to comb the area for additional devices. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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International News October 22, 2014

Fowle back at Ohio home after detention in N.Korea

Fowle back at Ohio home after detention in N.Korea

By Jon Herskovitz

American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday, with his lawyer saying he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in reclusive North Korea.

Fowle, 56, had been one of three Americans held by Pyongyang, which typically has tried to use the release of foreign captives as a way to build domestic political support for its leaders.

“Jeff would like you to know that he was treated well by the government…

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Champions League Sport October 22, 2014

Bayern get Papal seal of approval after Roma demolition

Bayern get Papal seal of approval after Roma demolition

By Karolos Grohmann

A meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday could not have been timed better for Bayern Munich as the German champions capped a two-day stay in Rome in style at the Vatican following Tuesday’s 7-1 demolition of Roma in the Champions League.

The Bavarians have now firmly established themselves as one of the frontrunners for Europe’s top club competition this season, after scoring five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to their European record away…

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International News October 22, 2014

Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament; shooter at large

Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament; shooter at large

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren

A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

CBC TV said that a suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting alone.

Ottawa police said they were actively looking for one or more suspects.

Parliament was locked down and Prime…

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Local News October 22, 2014

IMF: outlook remains difficult for Cyprus

IMF: outlook remains difficult for Cyprus

By Staff Reporter

Overcoming the legacies of the financial crisis is still challenging for Cyprus, and the outlook remains difficult, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

It said that on October 20, 2014, the IMF’s Executive Board had concluded the Article IV consultation with Cyprus, and concluded that the government had made considerable progress in addressing the crisis.

However it said output was expected to decline this year by a further 3.2 per cent before recovering modestly next…

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International News October 22, 2014

Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq

By Saif Hameed

Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.

They said a series of bombings beginning in the early hours hit the town of al-Siniya, west of Baiji, a stategic city adjacent to the country’s largest refinery, part of a multinational effort to check the group’s progress.

Iraqi army tanks and armoured vehicles on Wednesday also fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on…

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