China launches an experimental return-trip moon orbiter

China launches an experimental return-trip moon orbiter

The Long March 3C rocket carrying an experimental moon orbiter launches from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan province, 24 October 2014. The spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth as China's first return-trip of lunar orbiter.

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International News October 24, 2014

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

By Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr

Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a…

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Football Sport October 24, 2014

Real and Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

Real and Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

By Iain Rogers

Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ (7pm) may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team-mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly…

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Local News October 24, 2014

President feeling ‘much better’

President feeling ‘much better’

President Nicos Anastasiades is feeling much better today and will possibly be discharged from the hospital specialising in ear, nose and throat treatment in Brussels later today, sources told CNA on Friday.

The president, who travelled to Brussels to take part in the European Council meeting, was forced to pull out of the EU summit after suffering prolonged nosebleeds. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning where tests established he was suffering from hypertension.

In a written statement issued…

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International News October 24, 2014

Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

By Ellen Wulfhorst

A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America’s largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17.

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Local News October 24, 2014

Anastasiades laid up in Brussels

Anastasiades laid up in Brussels

By Stefanos Evripidou

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades was forced to pull out of a key EU summit yesterday after suffering continuous nose bleeds, a result of high blood pressure, requiring him to spend the night in a Brussels hospital.

The Cypriot delegation, headed by 68-year-old Anastasiades, went to the Belgian capital with the specific aim of convincing EU partners to strongly condemn Turkey’s violations of Cypriot sovereignty in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Turkey’s seismic research vessel Barbaros…

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Local News Comment October 24, 2014

Our View: Opposition to fan card is illogical and childishly irresponsible

Our View: Opposition to fan card is illogical and childishly irresponsible

WHENEVER football hooligans go on the rampage, pelting police with rocks, damaging property and injuring each other, politicians and officials waste no time in publicly condemning these actions. They all parade through the morning radio shows expressing abhorrence for the violence, condemning the ‘brainless’ supporters and demanding a clampdown on hooliganism. Everyone takes the moral high ground, criticising the government and the police for not taking action that would deal with the problem.

And now that a government has decided…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Stylianides appointed EU’s Ebola ‘czar’

Stylianides appointed EU’s Ebola ‘czar’

EUROPEAN Union leaders last night named Christos Stylianides, the incoming commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, to coordinate the bloc’s efforts to fight Ebola.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter that leaders meeting in Brussels had chosen the Cypriot as coordinator on Ebola, following a similar move by the United States which recently named Ron Klain as Ebola “czar”.

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Local News Business October 24, 2014

Economists say no room for populism after IMF Report

Economists say no room for populism after IMF Report

By Stelios Orphanides

CYPRUS must go ahead with economic reforms, help banks clear their balance sheets and cut further government spending or else it may have to pay yet again a heavy price for being complacent, two economists interviewed by the Cyprus Mail said.

The economists were commenting on the latest International Monetary Fund report on Cyprus which suggested the Cypriot government should further slash public payroll in an attempt to limit government spending, speed up its efforts to put…

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Local News October 24, 2014

‘Mobsters financing political parties in Cyprus’

‘Mobsters financing political parties in Cyprus’

Mobsters are financing political parties in Cyprus, funnelling to them part of their ill-gotten gains, furloughed politician Christos Pourgourides has claimed.

The former DISY MP made the remarks during a live radio show on Thursday while discussing transparency – or the lack thereof – in party financing.

“It is not just businessmen and big capital that fund parties, but also the criminal underworld makes its contributions,” Pourgourides said.

This included both foreign and Cypriot business people operating out of Cyprus…

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Local News Business October 24, 2014

Tempers flare at House over Halliburton and ‘green’ law

Tempers flare at House over Halliburton and ‘green’ law

By Elias Hazou

FOLLOWING a fiery session of the plenum, the House last night passed a law placing new environmental requirements relating, among others, to the operations of Halliburton in Cyprus.

The legislative proposal – authored by Greens MP George Perdikis – passed with 28 votes for (AKEL, DIKO, EDEK and the Greens), while DISY and DIKO MP Athena Kyriakidou abstained.

The bill stipulates that additional environmental studies must be carried out for certain projects, such as the one Halliburton…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Sports body pledges to stamp out abuse of privilege among conscripts

Sports body pledges to stamp out abuse of privilege among conscripts

THE Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) pledged on Thursday to stamp out abuse of the ‘professional athlete’ status given to army conscripts, with MPs saying they would have the Attorney-general look into whether sports officials broke the law.

The issue came to the fore a month ago amid allegations that the son of an athletics association member was given ‘professional athlete’ privileges in the army without once having played in a professional team. Special privileges for athlete-soldiers include being allowed out…

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Obituary October 24, 2014

Glyn Hughes: a life filled with colour

Glyn Hughes: a life filled with colour

RENOWNED Cyprus-based artist Glyn Hughes has died aged 83. Hughes died of a heart attack in Limassol hospital yesterday morning.

Hughes came to Cyprus in 1956 and first worked at the Junior School from then until to the early ’90s, and taught countless children the wonders of light and colour in art. The children returned the favour – according to Hughes, it was not until he started teaching them that he learned a valuable lesson himself.
He said in…

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Local News Business October 24, 2014

Vgenopoulos blasts CySEC boss

Vgenopoulos blasts CySEC boss

FORMER head honcho at Laiki Bank (then known as Marfin Laiki) Andreas Vgenopoulos has blasted the chairperson of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) Demetra Kalogirou, accusing her of dereliction of duty for not investigating possible stock market manipulation.

In a letter sent addressed to Kalogirou on Thursday, and which he immediately made public, the Greek financier suggested that Kalogirou was deliberately stalling and trying to cover her lack of action with legalistic shenanigans.

In prior correspondence with Kalogirou,…

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Football Sport October 24, 2014

Apollon thumped by five-star Gladbach

Apollon thumped by five-star Gladbach

By Andreas Vou

Newly appointed Apollon manager Ioan Andone got off to a nightmare start as his side were dealt a 5-0 thumping by Borussia Monchengladbach on Thursday night, their second straight Europa League defeat.

Apollon started the game confidently but their good early work was cancelled out by a moment of madness from midfielder Hugo Lopez, who rather than clear the ball out of defence, opted for a horizontal pass across his own penalty box which was dispossessed. Branimir…

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International News October 23, 2014

Second White House fence jumper faces mental evaluation

Second White House fence jumper faces mental evaluation

By Susan Heavey

The man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night was charged in court with two federal offenses on Thursday, including harming a dog the Secret Service used to stop him from entering the presidential mansion.

Federal Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ordered a mental screening for the man, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland.

Adesanya was also charged with unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House. Both charges are misdemeanors that carry…

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International News October 23, 2014

WHO voices confidence no wider spread of Ebola in Africa

WHO voices confidence no wider spread of Ebola in Africa

By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland

The World Health Organization said on Thursday it was still trying to slow the rate of new infections but had “reasonable confidence” that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighbouring states.

Asked whether countries such as Guinea Bissau, Mali and Ivory Coast might have cases of the disease crossing their borders without knowing about or reporting them, WHO assistant director general Keiji Fukuda said he considered that unlikely.

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International News October 23, 2014

Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

By Saif Sameer and Ned Parker

Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.

The attacks showed Islamic State’s continued operating resilience despite air strikes by US-led coalition forces aimed at defeating the ultra-radical Sunni jihadist group, which has captured large expanses of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, beheaded prisoners and…

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Local News October 23, 2014

‘Alcohol too easily accessible to minors in nightclubs’  

‘Alcohol too easily accessible to minors in nightclubs’  

By Stefanos Evripidou

CYPRUS HAS the second highest level of accessibility of alcoholic drinks for minors in nightclubs across Europe, parliament heard on Thursday.

Deputies heard the “alarming” statistic at a joint session of the House Education and Health Committees yesterday where the Education Ministry and Anti-Drugs Council presented the results of a Europe-wide study into alcohol consumption among underage persons.

According to the results, Cyprus comes eight out of 35 European countries when it comes to the accessibility of…

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International News October 23, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria

By Imma Ande and Isaac Abrak

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.

John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older…

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International News October 23, 2014

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

By Richard Balmforth

Ukraine’s prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas.

Sunday’s poll is the first parliamentary election since street protests last winter drove Moscow-backed leader Victor Yanukovich from office and ushered in a pro-Western leadership.

The results are expected to turn a political bloc supporting President Petro Poroshenko…

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