Hong Kong students start week-long strike.

Hong Kong students start week-long strike.

University students from across Hong Kong attend the start of a week-long boycott of classes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin, Hong Kong, China, September 22, 2014. The one-week school strike is seen as the curtain raiser for Occupy Central, when thousands are expected to blockade roads in Central district in Hong Kong in protest at Beijing ruling out an open election of the next chief executive in 2017. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

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Entertainment September 22, 2014

Film review: Boyhood ****

Film review: Boyhood ****

By Preston Wilder

Everyone needs to see Boyhood. Any review must begin by acknowledging the once-in-a-lifetime nature of this totally unique movie. Seeing a person grow up on screen isn’t entirely unprecedented; it happens with all long-running TV shows and, for instance, if you binge-watched one episode from each of the 11 seasons of Married With Children you’d see Bud and Kelly grow up in a similar way to Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in Boyhood. What’s new, however, is a film…

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Entertainment September 22, 2014

Love, sex and sausages

Love, sex and sausages

By Alix Norman

If there’s one thing we could all do with more of it’s a good laugh. When times are tough and the future is uncertain nothing is going to make you feel that bit better more than a jolly good giggle, and whether you’re being regaled with anecdotes by a gang of friends, having your fancy tickled by one-liners or even gasping with laughter over the latest YouTube ‘Fail’, laughter really is the best medicine. Which is why…

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International News Sport September 22, 2014

Qatar will not host World Cup – FIFA’s Zwanziger

Qatar will not host World Cup – FIFA’s Zwanziger

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.

“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” the German told Sport Bild on Monday.

“Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” the former German football (DFB) chief, who is now a member…

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International News September 22, 2014

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. ‘sham’

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. ‘sham’

By Hamid Shalizi

Afghanistan’s Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a “sham” orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war.

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to…

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Local News September 22, 2014

Aristodemou transferred to Nicosia clinic

Aristodemou transferred to Nicosia clinic

Land deveoper Theodoros Aristodemou, arrested last week in connection with zoning violations, has been transferred to a private clinic in Nicosia with high blood pressure, police said.

He had been scheduled to be questioned by investigators when he fell ill.

Aristodemou, who has a history of heart problems, was transferred to a private facility in Nicosia for treatment.

He was first admitted to hospital on Friday and was released on Sunday.

A Paphos municipality officer who was also arrested for…

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Sport September 22, 2014

Dust settles after nail-biting Cyprus Rally

Dust settles after nail-biting Cyprus Rally

By Rosie Ogden

Saudi driver Yazeed Al Rajhi stormed through the final day of the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally to take back the lead he briefly lost to Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz, whose second place moved him up to third in the European Rally Championship (ERC). He now heads to the final two events on the calendar just 29 points behind title leader Esapekka Lappi – with a total of 78 points up for grabs.

Al Rajhi began his charge…

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Local News September 22, 2014

Man arrested for possession of 2.6 kilos of cannabis

Man arrested for possession of 2.6 kilos of cannabis

A 34-year-old Turkish Cypriot man was arrested at Larnaca airport on Monday in connection with possession of 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, police said.

The suspect, 34, had arrived from Frankfurt just before 1am. Reports said his behaviour drew the attention of drug squad officers, but no other details were given.

The drugs were found in his suitcase.

The man is a permanent resident of the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia.

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Sport September 22, 2014

‘Three Rs’ spell out championship lead for Hamilton

‘Three Rs’ spell out championship lead for Hamilton

By John O’Brien

For a Singapore Grand Prix that began with confusion over self-censorship and concluded with Lewis Hamilton leading the standings, the race weekend can be summed up by using the ‘Three Rs’ — Radios, Rosberg and Reliability.

The teams arrived in Singapore unsure of what engineers could or could not tell drivers over the radio after Formula One had rushed through a ban on race assistance following the last grand prix in Monza without going into a great…

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International News September 22, 2014

French govt ups pressure for end to Air France strike

French govt ups pressure for end to Air France strike

The French government made a renewed appeal on Monday for a quick end to an Air France pilots strike which is costing the flag-carrier millions of euros a day, urging management to “clarify” its proposals.

The strike over the airline’s plans to establish low-cost activities is entering its second week and set to be the longest such industrial action in its history. The main SNPL union has extended strike action to Sept. 26 and a second union, SPAF, to Sept….

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Local News September 22, 2014

US cautiously optimistic over new round of talks (updated)

US cautiously optimistic over new round of talks (updated)

The US State Department is cautiously optimistic that the two sides were showing very serious purpose in the new round of negotiations and is beginning to see the start of real negotiations.

Speaking to reporters after State Secretary John Kerry’s meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday, a senior US who wished to remain anonymous, said the focus was very much on the renewed peace talk efforts and the appointment of a new UN special envoy to support those talks,…

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International News September 22, 2014

Islamic State calls for more attacks

Islamic State calls for more attacks

Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.

“Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure,” IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in a statement released online.

Islamic State has also urged its followers to attack citizens of…

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English Premier League Sport September 21, 2014

Lampard stuns Chelsea with City’s equaliser

Lampard stuns Chelsea with City’s equaliser

By Mike Collett

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended the leaders’ perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.

Lampard, who scored 211 goals for Chelsea and is on loan at City from MLS side New York City, scored in the 85th minute after only six minutes on the pitch.

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International News Sport September 21, 2014

Hamilton seizes control after Singapore win

Hamilton seizes control after Singapore win

By John O’Brien

Lewis Hamilton stormed to an emphatic victory at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to wrest the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg after the German retired with steering wheel problems.

The Briton overcame an extended safety car period midway through the race, as well as the twin Red Bull challenge of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, to move three points clear of Rosberg with five races remaining.

“I had a dream this would happen…

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International News September 21, 2014

Afghanistan’s presidential rivals sign deal for power-sharing government

Afghanistan’s presidential rivals sign deal for power-sharing government

By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates signed a deal on Sunday to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister who will be named president under the deal reached on Saturday night, embraced rival Abdullah Abdullah after they signed the agreement in a ceremony broadcast live on television.

The new administration faces huge…

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Local News September 21, 2014

President hopes to exit bailout programme by end of 2015

President hopes to exit bailout programme by end of 2015

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has expressed hope that Cyprus will be able to exit the bailout programme by the end of 2015.

Speaking at an event hosted in his honour in London by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, President Anastasiades also referred to the Cyprus problem, saying that it was necessary to enter a substantive dialogue in order to reach a settlement.

Referring to the economy, the President said that ‘if all goes as planned, I would…

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International News September 21, 2014

Bomb blast kills two policemen in Egypt’s capital-state TV

Bomb blast kills two policemen in Egypt’s capital-state TV

A bomb blast near the Egyptian foreign ministry killed two policemen on Sunday, state television said.

A Reuters witness earlier heard a blast in the area and smoke was seen rising briefly from the neighbourhood where the foreign ministry is located.

Sirens were heard and people were running.

The explosion occurred on a sidewalk in the neighbourhood of Boulaq Abu Eila, under the May 15 Bridge, according to state television and the state news agency.

Bombings and shootings carried out…

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Local News September 21, 2014

Seashore under siege

Seashore under siege

By Constantinos Psillides

ENVIRONMENTALISTS fear a bill tabled by the interior ministry to convert seashores into real estate is no more than an attempt to sell the country’s beaches to the highest bidder.

The activists are accusing the government of being willing to allow investors exclusive access to Cyprus’ beaches – which are all designated public land.

The article in the controversial bill reads: “The definition of the term ‘real estate’ now includes marine space, which with developments or activities…

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Local News Comment September 21, 2014

Our View: Bullying a debate-stifling way of life

Our View: Bullying a debate-stifling way of life

CYPRUS’ Nobel economics winner Professor Christoforos Pissarides issued a written statement last weekend to answer accusations in the press that he had been scare-mongering, on the instructions of President Anastasiades, when he spoke about the consequences of not passing the foreclosures bill.

The professor took offence at the “ridiculing and personal attacks” against him, as all he had said was that he did not know whether the failure to pass the bill would lead to a new haircut of bank…

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Local News Comment September 21, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: Nice Nik employment agency is teeming with jobs

Tales from the Coffeeshop: Nice Nik employment agency is teeming with jobs

By Patroclos

IN THE END, last Friday’s planned 24-hour strike – subsequently cut to a 12-hour work stoppage – by all public parasites was eventually called off after the misunderstanding which had caused the ugly union bosses to declare war on the government was settled by the Prez Nik.

This was the explanation given by the miserable PASYDY boss Glafcos Hadjiklamouris after Thursday’s meeting at the palazzo at which the government’s humiliation was finally formalised. The distortion caused by the…

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Local News September 21, 2014

Dashin foundation changing lives

Dashin foundation changing lives

By Bejay Browne

A LIMASSOL based foundation set up only April by a Russian entrepreneur and his wife has already donated two hundred thousand euros towards a variety of charity projects.

The couple launched the ‘Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation’ with the aim of benefiting the entire community of Cyprus, the Dashins’ adopted home.

Early in 2014, an article in the Cyprus Mail about a blind toddler – Iordanis (Dani) Demetrof – caught Andrey Dashin’s attention. He found the fact…

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