Biden in Istanbul

Biden in Istanbul

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) chats with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during an Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul on Saturday. The United States welcomes an agreement between Iraq's central government in Baghdad and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, Biden said. Biden told an Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul that Washington also supported the development of an oil pipeline from Iraq's Basra to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Cyprus was also discussed (Reuters)

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English Premier League Sport November 23, 2014

Sombre Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s lack of efficiency

Sombre Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s lack of efficiency

A subdued and sombre Arsene Wenger was left to rue Arsenal’s lack of efficiency after his team lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United on Saturday in a game they dominated.

The hosts took advantage of a makeshift United defence to pour forward in the first half and only the excellence of visiting goalkeeper David de Gea prevented the London side from being well ahead at halftime.

But the lack of ruthlessness and the naivety which has plagued Arsenal in…

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Local News November 23, 2014

Davutoglu: you can’t do what you want with the gas

Davutoglu: you can’t do what you want with the gas

By Angelos Anastasiou

TURKISH Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday that hydrocarbons could not be used as a weapon by anyone, adding that if Greek Cypriots unilaterally continued to claim Cyprus’ natural resources for themselves, Turkey would reciprocate on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots.

Addressing the Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul, the Turkish Premier said there must be a settlement immediately, arguing that if negotiations stall the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots should form a joint committee to manage Cyprus’…

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Comment November 23, 2014

Our View: Why is Vgenopoulos being treated with kid gloves?

Our View: Why is Vgenopoulos being treated with kid gloves?

THE STUDY into the events that led to collapse of the banking sector, commissioned by the government and reported extensively by the New York Times, led to the inexorable conclusion that the main cause for the economy’s troubles was Laiki Bank. The bank, according to the study, was “insolvent before the haircut of the Greek government bonds” in October 2011, after which “it had little chance to survive.”

The authorities, nevertheless, tried everything they could to keep it afloat, drawing…

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Local News November 23, 2014

‘Police doctored traffic report to cover mistakes’

‘Police doctored traffic report to cover mistakes’

By Angelos Anastasiou

POLICE investigators doctored their report of a car accident in May 2013 in order to cover their own mistakes, documents obtained by the Sunday Mail suggest.

On May 11, 2013, Pakistani student Hafir Muhammad Musawar – or ‘Savvas’ as he has been going by, in that habit Cypriots have of turning hard-to-pronounce foreign names into vaguely similar Greek ones – was on his way back to Nicosia from Paphos.

He had just picked up a friend of…

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Local News November 23, 2014

‘I knew what I was getting into’ says refusenik lawyer

‘I knew what I was getting into’ says refusenik lawyer

By Constantinos Psillides

LAWYER and civil activist Michalis Paraskeva, 38, is willing to see his civil disobedience act through to the end, no matter the cost, he told the Sunday Mail. Paraskeva, who made headlines for going to court because he refused to pay his social insurance contributions for the past nine months said he is not deterred by the possibility that he will probably end up in jail.

“Look. I believe in straight talk and this is probably how…

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Local News November 23, 2014

Title deed event ‘sold out’ as buyers’ concerns mount amidst crisis

Title deed event ‘sold out’ as buyers’ concerns mount amidst crisis

By Bejay Browne

A PROPOSED lecture on the thorny subject of title deeds which is due to take place in Paphos early in December has ‘sold out’ with all available seats booked within a week of its announcement.

According to Nigel Howarth, a Limassol based property advisor, who offers independent information and advice for Cyprus homebuyers and property investors, the lecture will focus on the efforts being made by the authorities to accelerate the issuance of title deeds and complications…

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Local News November 23, 2014

From no-man’s land to trendy hot spot

From no-man’s land to trendy hot spot

By Alexia Evripidou

AFTER DECADES of neglect and almost six years of work more recently, Nicosia’s historic Ermou Street is on its way to being placed firmly back on the map, attracting museums, musical venues and arts and crafts professionals from all fields.

Courtesy of the predominantly EU funded bi-communal “Nicosia Master Plan” (NMP), Ermou is sprucing up nicely. Once the heart of Nicosia, the once-well-known street has been neglected since the intercommunal troubles in 1963.

In 1974 half of…

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Local News Comment November 23, 2014

Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

By Loucas Charalambous

I THINK I may need to seek the help of a psychiatrist. Some of our president’s incurable obsessions have been pushing me to the brink of madness. One of these is appointments, which he engages in with carefree abandon; his all-time favourite verb is ‘appoint’.

It does not matter whether the committees, sub-committees and councils that he thinks up are needed, nor how much they cost.  This does not interest him, as long as can keep appointing…

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Local News Comment November 23, 2014

Has anybody really thought this through?

Has anybody really thought this through?

By Hermes Solomon

MANY in the south of the island believe that a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation will be catastrophic for Greek Cypriots, and they might be right.

The Barbaros provocations gave our politicians yet another chance to hide behind mother Greece’s skirt – the Cyprob talks ceasing abruptly with politicians and ‘entourage’ taking ‘breather’ trips to Cairo, Athens and Brussels.

Any excuse will do to create a hullaballoo. And for good reason – we are scared stiff of the Turks…

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Comment November 23, 2014

An awesome bit of sophistry

An awesome bit of sophistry

By Johan van den Kerkhof

THE debate on mainstream American media on Islam, ISIS et cetera has totally gone off the rails. When Bill Maher, the supposed progressive likens Islam to the Mafia, you know something ain’t right. A certain mental recalibration is called for lest we all slip into certifiable insanity.

First things first: I’m no apologist for Islam, nor for any religion for that matter, and readers may trace previous ramblings for my atheist/agnostic/whatever credentials.

But when folks…

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Comment November 23, 2014

If you can’t beat them, join them

If you can’t beat them, join them

By Demetrios Nicolaides

WITH future hydrocarbons wealth an almost certainty, the prospect of economic prosperity and a high quality of life is slowly becoming a tangible reality, and indeed deciding how to allocate and spend this incredible wealth will be crucial to the future development and economic sustainability of the island.

However, the lack of long term fiscal planning and proven financial mismanagement by the island’s political leadership is a cause for concern. Our current political leaders continue to prove…

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Comment November 23, 2014

A smokescreen cloaking the reality

A smokescreen cloaking the reality

By Gavin Jones

POLITICAL parties within Europe which have employed immigration as one of their primary platforms have tapped into the rich seam of prejudice and angst, real or imagined, that has flared up and reached a crescendo. These tendencies are not a new phenomenon as some may think but are part of a centuries old tradition of picking on minorities or the most vulnerable in society and blaming them for the ills that exist in their respective countries. On many an occasion, violence was the end result.

Towards the end of the 11th Century,…

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Comment November 23, 2014

The ‘Brexit’ scenario

The ‘Brexit’ scenario

By Stelios Papadopoulos

IN NOVEMBER 2012 the Institute for Public Policy Research, published a survey where it argued that an emerging English political identity may over time come to challenge the institutions and practices of the UK. The report concluded that those who identify more strongly as English also hold stronger feelings of discontentment with England’s Unions.

That is, they are dissatisfied with the constitutional status quo within the UK which is seen to favour Scotland and under-represent England’s interests…

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Comment November 23, 2014

The spirits of Mandela and Lincoln

The spirits of Mandela and Lincoln

By Timothy Spyrou

IN THE dying month of this year and the fourth month of the new, mankind will pass two anniversaries with barely a nod. On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the father of South Africa and a guardian of human freedom, breathed his last. We mourned the giant, who, in President Obama’s funeral oration, personified the quality of understanding “the ties that bind the human spirit”.  Beyond his own torment, pain and tears, he understood that those who were oppressing…

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Comment November 23, 2014

Speaking ‘truth to stupid’

Speaking ‘truth to stupid’

By Maria-Christina Doulami

WITH The Newsroom Season 3 having just begun and Kill the Messenger hitting the big screens recently, journalism returns to centre stage. Not that it ever left. But right now it seems this vocation is all the more important, especially as journalists are sacrificing their own lives in order to reveal information that is critical for public safety.

The aforementioned film, is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb and takes place in the mid-1990s,…

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English Premier League Sport November 22, 2014

Chelsea coast to West Brom win, City beat Swansea

Chelsea coast to West Brom win, City beat Swansea

Chelsea, playing some dazzling football at times, beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to stay top of the Premier League on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 18 matches in all competitions.

Goals from Diego Costa, who thumped the ball home after controlling it on his chest after 11 minutes for his 11th in ten league appearances, and Eden Hazard after 25 minutes put Chelsea in control at Stamford Bridge.

Champions Manchester City stayed in touch with Chelsea when they came…

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Entertainment What's On November 22, 2014

The sound of Cyprus

The sound of Cyprus

By Maria Gregoriou

MUSICIAN and composer Faidros Kavallaris will attempt to keep the spirit of traditional Cypriot music alive and introduce it to coming generations on Wednesday with a recital of his musical composition entitled Parathesis for brass quintet and four pieces for the piano based on traditional Cypriot songs.

The recital will be performed by pianists Annini Tsiouti and Manolis Neofitou. The first of the four compositions for the piano is a satirical lullaby entitled Eftrapelon. The piece uses…

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International News November 22, 2014

Gas explosion in London Hyatt hotel, five people hospitalised

Gas explosion in London Hyatt hotel, five people hospitalised

Five people were hospitalised late on Friday with injuries from a gas explosion in the basement of a Hyatt Regency hotel in London, emergency services said.

The London Fire Brigade said around 400 people were evacuated from the hotel in Berkeley Mews after an explosion caused extensive damage to the basement and ground floor.

A spokeswoman for Hyatt said a total of 12 members of staff were being treated for injuries and that no guests were injured. Guests were evacuated…

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International News November 22, 2014

Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

By Raheem Salman

Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.

They said the bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd tribe were discovered after the army launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the Islamic State in a village on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.

“While…

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International News November 22, 2014

Germany reports second case of bird flu

Germany reports second case of bird flu

German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.

“For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement.

“With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as…

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