Surfing ASP World Tour

Surfing ASP World Tour

A handout picture provided by ASP International on Thursday shows Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia in action during round 3 of the Vans US Open surfing event as part of the ASP World Tour at Huntington Beach, California (EPA)

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Local News July 31, 2014

CY expressions of interest to be revealed Friday

CY expressions of interest to be revealed Friday

AN INTER-ministerial committee convenes on Friday to assess investors’ initial expressions of interest in the stock and/or assets of national carrier Cyprus Airways.

As reported by the Cyprus News Agency, the meeting will take place at the finance ministry, and will be attended by the finance minister, the communications minister, the accountant-general, the chairman of Cyprus Airways and KPMG, the airline’s consultants.

The deadline for submissions of non-binding expressions of interest expired on July 23. Some 20 companies expressed an…

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Local News July 31, 2014

Police chief meets animal welfare groups

Police chief meets animal welfare groups

By Evie Andreou

POLICE handling of animal abuse cases has already improved but more is expected, animal rights activists said after their meeting with police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou on Thursday.

Chrysostomou said that animals are an integral part of our eco-system and that they too have rights to life, health and welfare, just as humans.

“I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights,” he said.

Chrysostomou said that the police, which are responsible for the enforcement…

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Local News July 31, 2014

EU and UK ‘must demand’ that Turkey leaves Cyprus

EU and UK ‘must demand’ that Turkey leaves Cyprus

By Stefanos Evripidou

THE European Union must demand Turkey to leave Cyprus as part of the obligation to protect its members, a British MP said on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion.

In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Labour MP for Mansfield Sir Alan Meale criticised the EU and UK government for not demanding freedom for Cyprus.

“What is the use of having a family if you don’t support its members? What we have…

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Local News Comment July 31, 2014

Our View: Troika pressure needed to rein in public sector payroll

Our View: Troika pressure needed to rein in public sector payroll

IT WAS encouraging to hear the IMF mission chief raise the matter of the public sector payroll during Wednesday’s conference call. Someone had to do it as our politicians would never dare mention it for fear of incurring the wrath of the pampered public sector workers and their union bosses.

The point was illustrated by President Anastasiades who revealed on Wednesday night that when Ms Velculescu brought up the matter at a meeting he reacted forcefully and decisively. “If we…

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Local News July 31, 2014

Airport traffic to peak in mid August

Airport traffic to peak in mid August

By George Psyllides

THE two weeks between August 11 and 24 are expected to see some 470,000 people move through the island’s two airports on a total of 2,900 flights, it emerged on Thursday.

“Cypriot airports are going through their most active period these days,” airport operator Hermes spokesman Adamos Aspris said. “Based on Hermes figures, the period between August 11 and 24 is expected to be the climax of passenger traffic.”

Aspris said most flights, or about 2,230, will…

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International News July 31, 2014

Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola (Updated)

Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola (Updated)

By Umaru Fofana

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.

The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It was in urgent talks with donors and international agencies to send more medical staff and…

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International News July 31, 2014

Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route

Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route

By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets

Ukraine’s parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk’s resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts.

The assembly’s about-turn on laws it refused to back a week earlier offers relief to Kiev’s Western backers, who had feared Ukraine was sliding deeper into political chaos and might renege on an international bailout as…

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International News July 31, 2014

Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction (Update 2)

Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction (Update 2)

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days.

“We are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a…

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International News July 31, 2014

Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya’s Tripoli

Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya’s Tripoli

By Patrick Markey

Clashes with artillery and rockets spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts, where rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya’s worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Nearly 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former rebels has overrun a major army base in the city.

Three years after…

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International News July 31, 2014

China: Islamist militants kill pro-Beijing imam in Xinjiang

China: Islamist militants kill pro-Beijing imam in Xinjiang

By Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard

Three suspected Islamist militants armed with knives and axes killed the imam of China’s biggest mosque in the western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, the authorities said, days after a knife-wielding gang attacked state buildings in the same region.

All three attackers, who were named by the government, had ethnic Uighur names and the imam, Juma Tayir, was a well-known pro-government Uighur who led prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in the old Silk…

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International News July 31, 2014

Russia bans Ukraine’s soy, mulls ban on Greek fruit, US poultry

Russia bans Ukraine’s soy, mulls ban on Greek fruit, US poultry

By Polina Devitt

Russia has banned soy imports from Ukraine and may impose restrictions on Greek fruits and US poultry next week, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, in what could be responses to new Western sanctions.

Russia has already announced several bans on food imports following Western sanctions over Moscow’s support of rebels in Ukraine.

It has decided to suspend Ukrainian soy, soymeal and sunseed imports starting from Aug. 1 due to a breach of phytosanitary requirements, Interfax reported,…

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International News July 31, 2014

Argentina defaults but investors see deal possible eventually

Argentina defaults but investors see deal possible eventually

By Sarah Marsh and Richard Lough

Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after last-ditch talks with what it called “vulture” creditors failed, as focus turned to whether big banks and funds would request the declaration of a “credit event”.

After a long legal battle with hedge funds which had rejected Argentina’s debt restructuring following a 2002 default, Latin America’s third-biggest economy failed to strike a deal in time to meet a midnight US eastern time (0400 GMT)…

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Local News July 31, 2014

Turkish Cypriot man’s ‘no strings’ offer to return Greek Cypriot property in his possession

Turkish Cypriot man’s ‘no strings’ offer to return Greek Cypriot property in his possession

By Stefanos Evripidou

A TURKISH Cypriot is looking for the Greek Cypriot owners of property currently in his possession so he can return it to them, reported Turkish Cypriot paper Afrika on Thursday.

Under the front page headline, ‘Come get your property’, Afrika reported that a Turkish Cypriot named Eray Ozer is looking for the Greek Cypriot owners of properties he has been granted possession of by the breakaway regime in occupied Voni and Palekythro.

Ozer reportedly wants to give…

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Local News July 31, 2014

Anastasiades dismisses claim he buried CY expenses probe

Anastasiades dismisses claim he buried CY expenses probe

President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday rubbished a front-page newspaper report that he had buried the damning findings of an investigation into allegations the Cyprus Airways chairman had charged personal expenses to the company.

In a short statement, Anastasiades said the report in daily Simerini was “completely unfounded.”

“The investigation into the complaints was carried out at my clear instructions and I think such reports are not part of the constructive criticism the media must exercise,” Anastasiades said.

The results of…

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Sport July 31, 2014

Moeen puts India in a spin as England level series

Moeen puts India in a spin as England level series

By Liam Morgan

SPINNER Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India yesterday to level an absorbing series at 1-1 with two matches to play.

Spinner Moeen took six for 67, the first five-wicket haul of his Test career, and India crumbled to 178 all out in their second innings on the final morning of the match.
England took the six wickets they needed to secure a first Test win since they…

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International News July 31, 2014

Race to find India landslide missing

Race to find India landslide missing

By Aman Shah

Rescuers in India were digging through swirling mud to uncover dozens of submerged homes on Thursday and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village, with the confirmed death toll at 21.

Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each worked through the night at Malin village, 60 km from the city of Pune in Maharashtra state. But incessant rain, mud and poor communications in the remote area slowed their…

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Entertainment July 31, 2014

Bar review: Mare Mare, Paphos

Bar review: Mare Mare, Paphos

By Bejay Browne

If cocktails and a stunning view are your thing then a visit to Mare Mare in Paphos won’t disappoint.

On Poseidonos Aveneu in Kato Paphos, this café bar offers magnificent views of the harbour and is a great place to watch the sunset with your favourite tipple and a delicious dessert.
Mare Mare is located on the first floor and the short walk up the stairs is worth it. This is a modern venue which often…

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International News July 31, 2014

Ukraine says suspends attacks to let experts reach crash site

Ukraine says suspends attacks to let experts reach crash site

By Timothy Heritage

Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner’s crash site but separatists were continuing to attack its positions.

Kiev said on the Facebook website of what it calls its “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) against pro-Russian rebels in the east that it was heeding calls by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stop fighting near the plane crash site.

“On July 31, troops…

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Local News July 31, 2014

Cyprus closes its embassy in Libya

Cyprus closes its embassy in Libya

By staff reporter

Cyprus is shutting down its embassy in Libya and any personnel and other Cypriot nationals wishing to leave the country can do so on a Greek warship, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Thursday.

“We are monitoring developments in Libya with great concern,” the minister said, adding that “we had taken measures to tackle any emergency a long time ago.”

He said it was a fact that Cypriots working in Libya wanted to stay and fulfill their…

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