Miracle of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Miracle of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A downwards view into the rotunda inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem that shows the Tomb of Christ as the miracle of the Holy Fire occurs on 19 Arpil 2014, the day before Easter. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire, which emenates from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries, represents the flame of the Resurrection power, as well as the fire of the Burning Bush of Mount Sinai. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

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Liverpool go five clear in Premier League title race

Liverpool go five clear in Premier League title race

Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City on Sunday, opening up a five-point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for a place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-0 win at Hull City in a dress-rehearsal for next month’s FA Cup final.

Two goals to Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez’s 30th league strike of the season helped…

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International News Sport April 20, 2014

Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two

Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two

By Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in Sunday’s Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

The win was the 25th of Hamilton’s career and drew him level with British legend Jim Clark and his current Mercedes boss, triple world champion Niki Lauda, in the all-time winner’s list.

It is also the first time that Hamilton –…

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International News April 20, 2014

Eight killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

Eight killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

A Hawker 800 jet crashed in northern Mexico late on Saturday, killing all eight people on board, the government of the state of Coahuila said.

The plane came down in an industrial estate in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, just north of state capital Saltillo, the Coahuila attorney general’s office said in a statement.

According to preliminary findings, the jet departed from the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and was bound for…

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Chelsea’s title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

Chelsea’s title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

By Josh Reich

Chelsea’s title ambitions suffered a major blow with a shock 2-1 home defeat by bottom side Sunderland on Saturday, handing the initiative to Premier League leaders Liverpool who visit lowly Norwich City on Sunday.

It was manager Jose Mourinho’s first league defeat at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches, with the winner coming from a cooly converted penalty by former Chelsea player Fabio Borini, who is on loan at Sunderland from the Merseyside club.

The Italian forward tucked…

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International News April 19, 2014

Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), struck 68 km southwest of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later cancelled a tsunami…

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Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

The Premier League survival hopes of Cardiff City and Fulham remain no clearer after a draw with Stoke City and loss to Tottenham Hotspur respectively kept them marooned in the relegation zone with three matches remaining.

Cardiff fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 to move above 19th placed Fulham on goal difference after the west Londoners went down 3-1 at Spurs, who won with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul.

The pair are two points…

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International News April 19, 2014

Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border

Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border

Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health.

Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found in Sanliurfa province blindfolded with their hands bound, Dogan News Agency said.

Hollande said the four were in “good health, in spite of the very gruelling conditions of their captivity.” They will be…

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International News April 19, 2014

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.

The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Thirty-two people are known to have died.

The 69-year-old captain, Lee Joon-seok,…

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Sport April 19, 2014

Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China

Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China

Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole position for Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix after putting in a storming lap in treacherous conditions to maintain Mercedes’ qualifying stranglehold.

The Briton’s best time of one minute 53.860 seconds through rain and spray was a hefty 0.595 of a second quicker than Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who joined him on the front row.

“It is so slippery out there, the conditions – trying to find the grip, not making mistakes…

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Main April 19, 2014

Easter break

Easter break

The Cyprus Mail wishes all of its online readers a Happy Easter. We will be closed over the holiday weekend. The next edition of the newspaper will be on Wednesday April 23.

Main international news however will be posted on the website throughout the Easter break.

 

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Local News April 19, 2014

A solution is just the start: could the South Africa experience help the Cyprus process

A solution is just the start: could the South Africa experience help the Cyprus process

By Stefanos Evripidou

THE TWO negotiators in the peace process will head to South Africa next week to hear how seemingly insurmountable obstacles were overcome through difficult negotiations, which ended apartheid and introduced democracy to the country of 51 million people.

Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay, along with members of their negotiating teams, will begin the roughly three-day visit at the end of next week. Mavroyiannis leaves for South Africa on April 24. Both negotiators will return to the island…

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Local News Comment April 19, 2014

Our View: Are deputies coming to their senses?

Our View: Are deputies coming to their senses?

INDICATIONS are that common sense will eventually prevail and the House ethics committee will not release the full list of names of individuals and companies that had taken money out of Cyprus in the period preceding it haircut of deposits, as it had originally intended to do. The pleas by the banks’ association, the Chamber of Commerce, accounting firms and CIPA appear to have made some of the political parties change their views.

DISY, issued a statement on Thursday, saying…

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Local News Comment April 19, 2014

We’re being fed austerity in cunningly measured doses

We’re being fed austerity in cunningly measured doses

By Hermes Solomon

FOR YEARS now political parties have excelled in only one operatic style, notably opera buffa, but last year DISY switched to opera seria, and this year to German Singspiel.

The AKEL opera buffa reign of 2008-2013 ‘sang’ the country into the ground. It was replaced in February 2013 by DISY opera seria, which sought to salvage banks and the economy by introducing austerity measures at a publicly acceptable pace, thus avoiding those violent demonstrations that took place…

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Local News April 19, 2014

Political turmoil set for round two

Political turmoil set for round two

By Angelos Anastasiou

AS THE two major political parties remain under fire and their leaders have scheduled meetings with the Attorney-general (AG) over controversial donations, the House appeared to be headed towards not publishing the names of those who moved money before the March 2013 banking crisis.

Ruling DISY and opposition AKEL both reportedly received a total of €2 million in donations from Focus Maritime Corporation, a company owned by Greek shipowner Michalis Zolotas – an “associate and close friend…

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Local News April 19, 2014

State: no more seizing government property

State: no more seizing government property

By Constantinos Psillides

THE government is putting an end to the confiscation of its cars by angry creditors, by passing a law amendment forbidding the courts to issue seizure orders for any property that is “of vital importance to state operations”.

The law amendment specifically mentions state limos, items of artistic, cultural and historical value as well as state monetary deposits.

The House deemed the law amendment as important following the public humiliation of Attorney-general Costas Clerides, whose state limo…

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Local News April 19, 2014

Archangel Michael hospice to open in July

Archangel Michael hospice to open in July

By Bejay Browne

THE NEW hospice facility in Paphos will finally open its doors to patients in July at a cost of over €2 million.

General Manager of Archangel Michael Hospice, Mona Skordi, told the Cyprus Mail that after more than a decade of fundraising, the facility will be fully operational from July 7.

“We will celebrate the hospice’s opening on July 4, with VIP’s such as ministers and supporters being invited. We will commence operation three days later,” she…

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Local News April 19, 2014

A night of song and dance

A night of song and dance

By Bejay Browne

A TRIPLE BILL of spectacular song and dance is on offer tonight with an evening of professional entertainment.

Organised by Paphos based ‘Talk of the Town’ (TOTT) which stages two such shows a year, the company’s founder, experienced performer, choreographer and vocalist Matthew Edmondson, says all of the shows are original and of a high quality.

“In Paphos the market is being swamped with so many tribute-style acts which are brought in from other countries, in particular…

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Local News April 18, 2014

Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta

Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta

By Constantinos Psillides

THOUSANDS of Greek Cypriots, most refugees, flocked to the Ayios Giorgos Exorinos church in Famagusta where they attended a Good Friday service at their historical place of worship for the first time in decades.

The service, the first since 1957 at the church in the medieval town, should send a message of hope and reunification, said leaders of both major parties AKEL and DISY on their way to the thronged church and its courtyard.

More than 4,000…

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Local News April 18, 2014

Staff gave Neo & Bee CEO deadline to return, post claims

Staff gave Neo & Bee CEO deadline to return, post claims

By Staff Reporter

TWO people claiming to be former executives of Neo & Bee have slammed the company’s head honcho Danny Brewster, accusing him of taking off with company money.

In a damning joint statement posted on reddit, Neo’s former COO George Papageorgiou and former Compliance and Risk Management Officer Øystein Aaby set to put the record straight.

The two explained their reasons for not speaking up earlier: “In the interests of preserving the potential that the company can be turned around,…

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International News April 18, 2014

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham and Michael O’Boyle

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, though there were no early reports of major damage.

The magnitude 7.5 quake was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Mexican government’s emergency services, said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of…

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The Week in Pictures , April 7th – April 11th

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New Zealand
Running Easter bunny
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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