Hindu activists burn poster of Mother Teresa

Hindu activists burn poster of Mother Teresa

Activists of the right wing Indian organisation Hindu Sena burn a poster in New Delhi depicting Mother Teresa during a protest, demanding to ban Christian missionaries in India on Thursday. According to media reports, the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Rao Bhagwat, remarked that the aim of Mother Teresa's service to the poor was to convert people to Christianity. Albanian-born Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in1979. She died in 1997, a month after Britain's Princess Diana (EPA)

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Local News February 26, 2015

Syrians arrested for smuggling double-cab vans to Turkey

Syrians arrested for smuggling double-cab vans to Turkey

TWO Syrian nationals were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of smuggling double cabin vans, with media reports suggesting the two may have ties to Islamic extremists.

Under questioning, the two men, aged 46 and 39, admitted to smuggling vans into the occupied areas and exporting them from Kyrenia harbour.

Both – permanent residents of Cyprus – have reportedly denied being linked to Islamic groups.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), police believe Syria to have been the vans’ intended…

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Local News February 26, 2015

Mass rally to protest ECB meeting in Nicosia

Mass rally to protest ECB meeting in Nicosia

LABOUR, pensioner and farmer unions are mobilising for a mass rally planned for next week to protest a meeting here of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Society Reacts and Demands, a platform of some 20 groups, is hoping to draw thousands to a demo outside the international conference centre in Nicosia, where the ECB officials will be meeting.

Three pre-gatherings will be held, at the Journalists House, at the headquarters of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and…

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Football Sport February 26, 2015

Liverpool lose on penalties, holders Sevilla win

Liverpool lose on penalties, holders Sevilla win

Liverpool’s Europa League campaign ended at the scene of one of their greatest European triumphs as they lost on penalties to Besiktas in the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey on Thursday.

The Turkish side won the last 32 clash 5-4 in the shootout with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren missing the decisive penalty after the two-legged encounter had ended 1-1 on aggregate, following Besiktas’s 1-0 win on the night.

Croatia centre back Lovren blasted his effort high and wide to spark wild celebrations…

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International News February 26, 2015

With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed

Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.

A video published by Islamic State on Thursday showed men attacking the artefacts, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers and drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry.

“The Prophet ordered us to…

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International News February 26, 2015

Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

By Oliver Holmes and Tom Perry

A US-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes targeted Islamic State fighters near the town of Tel Tamr, where the militants, also known as ISIS, had captured 10 Assyrian villages.

A prominent Syrian…

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Local News February 26, 2015

Traffic cameras will be back by end of the year

Traffic cameras will be back by end of the year

By Constantinos Psillides

A TOTAL of 110 traffic cameras will be installed throughout the island by the end of the year, according to Communication, Transportation and Works permanent secretary Alecos Michaelides.

He told the Cyprus Mail that authorities plan to install 90 stationary traffic cameras and 20 mobile ones, with the latter  transported in police cars.

“Our goal is to make the roads safer,” said the permanent secretary, pointing out that there are still some issues to iron out.

“They…

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Local News February 26, 2015

MPs vote to delay foreclosures to March 19

MPs vote to delay foreclosures to March 19

PARLIAMENT on Thursday passed another law suspending the enforcement of foreclosures until March 19.

The vote was 30 for, 19 against, and one abstention.

The current suspension of foreclosures legislation was set to expire on March 2, with opposition MPs now extending that to March 19.

The reason cited for the extension was to allow time to study and pass the insolvency framework – a set of laws governing personal and corporate bankruptcy – which the opposition says will act…

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Local News Business February 26, 2015

Loans increase in January outstripping deposits

Loans increase in January outstripping deposits

By Stelios Orphanides

Loans in the banking system rose to almost €64.8bn in January from €61.6bn in December, outstripping deposits which rose to €46.5bn from €46.1bn respectively, the central bank said.

While the increase in loans in the previous month resulted partly from the revaluation of the Swiss franc following a decision by the Swiss National Bank to scrap a cap in the exchange of the Swiss franc vis-à-vis the euro on January 15, the main increase resulted from an…

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Entertainment What's On February 26, 2015

Where the (peculiar) streets have a name

Where the (peculiar) streets have a name

By Maria Gregoriou

Lellos Art Point in Limassol will be showcasing a group photography exhibition on Friday, entitled ‘Street with a Twist: Capturing Patterns of the (Peculiar) Everyday Life’.

The six Cyprus-based photographers display their perception of the streets of cities across Europe and beyond in this exhibition, which invites us all to see streets and the lives they lead a little differently.

Each photographer brings to the old town of Limassol their very own personally customised narrative of each…

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Entertainment What's On February 26, 2015

Deep-ly groovy

Deep-ly groovy

By Maria Gregoriou

Club Deep in Larnaca invites anyone who loves to seize the musical moment to enjoy a blend of musical genres on Saturday with DJ Ruda and DJ Andy Von Emmanouel.

Starting off with DJ Ruda and his hip-hop, rap, soul and disco vibes. Ruda is a well-known DJ on the island as he has been spinning his music on many party scenes since 2001. In 2002 his music was making waves and he earned his first residency…

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Local News February 26, 2015

Anastasiades: visit is a landmark in Cyprus-Russia relations (Updated)

Anastasiades: visit is a landmark in Cyprus-Russia relations (Updated)

By Jean Christou

President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday described his visit to Russia as a landmark in the development relations between the two countries, and had a quick dig later in the day at Western powers.

Anastasiades, who left Moscow for St Petersburg on Thursday, said he had held “very productive negotiations” on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

In an address to an audience at the at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on Thursday morning, he said:…

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Local News February 26, 2015

CyTA blocks ‘Microsoft scam’ number but warns of more

CyTA blocks ‘Microsoft scam’ number but warns of more

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) has blocked all calls from a Russian phone number apparently related to a series of phone scams, according to a statement issued on Thursday.

The number, +7847859718, has been blocked but CyTA warns that the scammers will probably use a different number to continue.

According to a warning issued by the police Cyber Crimes Unit last week, scammers are phoning up people posing as Microsoft support personnel in order to get access to credit card data.

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Sport February 26, 2015

Murray’s woes deepen after Dubai humbling by Croat teen

Murray’s woes deepen after Dubai humbling by Croat teen

By Matt Smith

Andy Murray’s February torment deepened on Thursday after he lost 6-1 6-3 to 18-year-old Croatian tyro Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships.

Earlier this month, the world number three lost the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic and then failed to live up to his top seed billing in Rotterdam as he fell by the wayside in the quarter-finals.

Murray arrived in Dubai temporarily shorn of his coach Amelie Mauresmo and then struggled to…

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Local News Business February 26, 2015

Home prices drop a quarterly 1.8% in Q4, the central bank says

Home prices drop a quarterly 1.8% in Q4, the central bank says

By Stelios Orphanides

The home price index fell 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter to 74.3 units, the lowest level since peaking at 105.5 in 2008, the central bank said.

The slowing down of the price drop led the general index to the same level as in the third quarter of 2006, “the year in which the excessive demand for housing loans began,” the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a statement…

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Local News Business February 26, 2015

Co-op announces further lending rate cuts

Co-op announces further lending rate cuts

The Co-operative Central Bank (CCB) announced further lending rate reductions starting on March 1, expected to benefit some 132,000 borrowers.

The CCB said it was cutting its housing loan rates by 1.0 per cent – with a 2.75 per cent minimum.

Business loans will see a 2.0 per cent reduction — 3.0 per cent minimum — and consumer loans will be cut by 1.0 per cent — 4.0 per cent minimum.

Student loans will be reduced to 4.0 per cent…

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International News February 26, 2015

Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to PM Cameron

Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to PM Cameron

By Kylie MacLellan

The number of people moving to Britain surged last year, an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservatives had pledged to cut net annual migration to the tens of thousands, close to a national election.

Official data published on Thursday showed a net 298,000 people moved to Britain in the year to September 2014, a 40 percent rise from the previous 12 months and more than when the Conservative-led coalition government took power in 2010.

With…

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International News February 26, 2015

‘Jihadi John’ killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner (Update 7)

‘Jihadi John’ killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner (Update 7)

By Michael Holden and Stephen Addison

The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

The 26-year-old militant used the videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack…

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Local News February 26, 2015

Acid attack on Syrian man

Acid attack on Syrian man

A 28-year-old Syrian man was in critical but stable condition on Thursday after he was attacked with acid while in Tseri, Nicosia.

The man was rushed to hospital with burns to his face and body. The incident happened at 6pm on Wednesday, police said.

He was attacked by an unknown individual who was travelling with him in the same car, reports said.

The victim got out and sought help in a nearby house, followed by the other man who attacked…

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International News February 26, 2015

Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognising truce is holding

Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognising truce is holding

By Peter Graff

Ukraine announced on Thursday that it would begin withdrawing artillery from the front line with separatist rebels in the east, a move that amounts to recognition that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 is holding at last.

The pro-Russian rebels have already been pulling back heavy weapons for two days, but Kiev had held back, arguing that fighting had not yet ceased.

However, the army reported no combat fatalities at the front for a…

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International News Sport February 26, 2015

Dortmund stadium shut down after discovery of unexploded bomb

Dortmund stadium shut down after discovery of unexploded bomb

By Karolos Grohmann

AN unexploded World War II bomb was found near Borussia Dortmund’s stadium on Thursday, forcing the Bundesliga club to shut down some of their operations.

The British bomb was found at a parking area near the west tribune of the Signal Iduna Park hours before coach Jurgen Klopp’s news conference ahead of the Ruhr valley derby against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

It was discovered after viewing aerial photographs, city officials said.
Efforts to defuse the bomb…

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