Palestinian cultural days in Kuwait

Palestinian cultural days in Kuwait

A picture made available on Thursday shows a model presenting a creation by Palestinian designer Khlood Al Khori at the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait as part of the Palestinian cultural days in Kuwait (EPA)

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The shocking truth: the 5 fastest players in the Premier League this season

The shocking truth: the 5 fastest players in the Premier League this season

By Jamie Spencer

Fans love a player with pace that can tear up a defence. The Premier League is full of them, but there is always a debate about who is actually the quickest.

Liverpool fans will tell you it’s Raheem Sterling, but Manchester United fans will back Angel Di Maria. If Theo Walcott had played any time recently Arsenal fans might back him, but they’d probably settle for Alexis Sanchez.
But now the Daily Mail newspaper, in conjunction…

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Local News October 30, 2014

State needs to communicate better with the press

State needs to communicate better with the press

The Cyprus government plans to create press officer positions in each ministry, according to Reform Commissioner and Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides.

During a seminar on effective government communication at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, co-organised by the Cyprus Press and Information Office and the British High Commission, British experts were invited to share their experience with Cyprus government officials.

These included Alex Aiken, executive director for the UK government communications, Stephen Welch, a communications independent consultant, Robert Orchard,…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Of a thousand strokes, a fifth will die

Of a thousand strokes, a fifth will die

By Evie Andreou

AROUND a thousand strokes are recorded each year in Cyprus, 20 per cent of them fatal, according to the head of the Cyprus Neurology association Dr. Georgios Kaponides.

To mark World Stroke Day, the neurology association released the latest statistics on strokes in an effort to raise awareness on the causes of the condition.

“Based on census, we can estimate that each year a thousand of our fellow citizens suffer a stroke, mild or very serious,” Kaponides…

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International News October 30, 2014

South Korean court-martial jails soldiers in hazing death case

South Korean court-martial jails soldiers in hazing death case

By Ju-min Park

A South Korean court-martial convicted four soldiers on Thursday of homicide for the beating death of a fellow conscript and sentenced them to long prison terms in a case that sparked an outcry about how enlisted are treated.

Private First Class Yoon Seung-joo, 20, died in April after more than a month of almost daily beating and other abuse.

The case shocked South Korea, which maintains a military of about 630,000, many of them conscripts who serve…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Controversial fan card delayed beyond early-2015 deadline

Controversial fan card delayed beyond early-2015 deadline

By George Psyllides

MPs have concluded that a controversial identity card for sports fans cannot be ready by the January 1, 2015 deadline because the organisation responsible did not have the necessary infrastructure for the job.

An additional hindrance was the view of the personal data commissioner who said the policy violated the principle of proportionality.

The fan card, an identity card aimed at lifting anonymity of sports fans, was voted in August as a part of a bill proposed…

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International News October 30, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

By Humeyra Pamuk and Alexander Dziadosz

A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of US-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of…

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Local News Business October 30, 2014

Manufacturing output down 3pct y-o-y in August

Manufacturing output down 3pct y-o-y in August

Manufacturing production fell 3.0 per cent year-on-year in August to 54.8 points, as most manufacturing sectors saw their production decline, the statistical service said.

Overall industrial output fell in August an annual 0.5 per cent to 66.8 points, Cystat said in a statement on its website today.

Output in mining and quarrying fell 28 per cent in August compared to a year before to 16.8 points, while electricity production and water supply and material recovery rose 2.4 per cent and…

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International News October 30, 2014

Apple’s Tim Cook says ‘proud to be gay’

Apple’s Tim Cook says ‘proud to be gay’

By Anya George Tharakan

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said in the article. (http://buswk.co/1DBoBfo)

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited…

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International News October 30, 2014

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney

Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso’s presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.

Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore’s brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near…

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International News October 30, 2014

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

By Luke Baker

Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was closed to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Corruption probe launched against former ports boss

Corruption probe launched against former ports boss

Police said on Thursday they are investigating corruption claims against the former head of the ports authority who is said to have asked subordinates to deposit, on his behalf, large sums of cash that arrived at the organisation’s headquarters in shoeboxes.

Spokesman Andreas Angelides said the investigation was in the initial stage.

“At this stage we are looking into information we have been given and will start taking statements immediately,” he said, without providing any more details.

Media reports said…

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International News October 30, 2014

Milosevic widow ‘laughs’ at EU decision to unfreeze assets

Milosevic widow ‘laughs’ at EU decision to unfreeze assets

The widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic has dismissed news the European Union had lifted a 15-year freeze on family assets, telling a local newspaper that they owned nothing outside of Serbia.
Tuesday’s decision by the EU triggered speculation that the family and several close associates of the man who presided over the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s may now get their hands on millions of euros that Milosevic’s opponents say his regime smuggled abroad during a…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Bi-communal Famagusta visit postponed

Bi-communal Famagusta visit postponed

A scheduled visit to Famagusta monuments by delegations of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties on Friday has been postponed “due to differing views of the political parties,” the embassy of Slovakia said.

The reason was Turkey’s action to dispatch a research vessel to carry out seismic surveys inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

The act prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of reunification talks.

“Due to differing views of the political parties and under the circumstances, I have decided…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Aristo land case trial postponed

Aristo land case trial postponed

The start of the trial into a suspicious land zoning case in Paphos, involving prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou, was on Thursday postponed for November 14 to give defendants time to study the evidence before responding to the charges.

Aristodemou -founder of Aristo Developers- his wife Roulla, company designer Christos Solomonides, and former Paphos municipality engineer Savvakis Savva were arrested in September in connection with forgery and fraud in the demarcation of 177 plots of land in the area of Skali.

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Local News October 30, 2014

Putin invites Anastasiades to Moscow (Updated)

Putin invites Anastasiades to Moscow (Updated)

By Angelos Anastasiou

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Nicos Anastasiades to Moscow, it emerged on Thursday.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy said that although the visit has been agreed, no date has been set yet.

“We spoke in general about the possibility of visiting as soon as possible,” the ambassador said.

Osadchiy said they also discussed various other matters with Anastasiades, including developments in the region and bilateral relations.

The Cypriot…

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Motoring Sport October 30, 2014

Hamilton aims to make it 10 in Texas

Hamilton aims to make it 10 in Texas

By Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of backmarker teams Marussia and Caterham.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver can become the first British driver to win 10 races in a single season and join Nigel Mansell and the late Jim Clark as the only Britons to win five races in succession.

Another triumph at…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Trio tells Turkey to back off from EEZ

Trio tells Turkey to back off from EEZ

By George Psyllides

EGYPT, Greece, and Cyprus yesterday censured Turkey’s actions within the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and called on the neighbouring country to terminate unauthorised survey operations.

A joint communiqué issued after a meeting in Nicosia between the three countries’ foreign ministers, emphasised their commitment and respect to international law, including the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which all three countries are state-parties.

“Regional security, stability and prosperity for the benefit of the peoples…

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Local News Comment October 30, 2014

Our View: Taboo finally broken as elite face justice

Our View: Taboo finally broken as elite face justice

FEW WOULD have expected a leading member of the Cyprus ruling elite, like Christodoulos Christodoulou, to have ended up behind bars for tax evasion. To be precise, he is not yet behind bars because on hearing his five-month jail sentence in court last Monday he had the chest-pains that all big-shots seem to suffer in such circumstances and was rushed to hospital. A medical council met yesterday to decide whether keeping Christodoulou in hospital was justified. Even the calling of…

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Local News Business October 30, 2014

CY staff want job guarantees

CY staff want job guarantees

By Constantinos Psillides

CYPRUS Airways (CY) employees want the government to guarantee that if the airline is sold nobody will be let go, while laying the blame for the current state of affairs on “the amateurism of the party hacks appointed to manage or be part of the company board.”

Following an emergency meeting hosted at SEK headquarters in Nicosia yesterday, CY employees marched to the presidential palace and made their demands known by handing a resolution to the head…

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Local News October 30, 2014

‘So, where’s the pork?’

‘So, where’s the pork?’

By Constantinos Psillides

BUTCHERS and restaurants are trying to pass off imported frozen pork as local at the expense of consumers’ health, the Pig Farmers Association (PFA) head Giorgos Neofytou said yesterday, calling on the government to step in and take measures to deal with the issue.

Neofytou told the Cyprus Mail that this is the latest in a long chain of problems plaguing local pork producers, which led to a decrease in pork output of up to 50 per…

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