Biden in Istanbul

Biden in Istanbul

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) chats with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during an Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul on Saturday. The United States welcomes an agreement between Iraq's central government in Baghdad and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, Biden said. Biden told an Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul that Washington also supported the development of an oil pipeline from Iraq's Basra to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Cyprus was also discussed (Reuters)

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English Premier League Sport November 22, 2014

Chelsea coast to West Brom win, City beat Swansea

Chelsea coast to West Brom win, City beat Swansea

Chelsea, playing some dazzling football at times, beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to stay top of the Premier League on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 18 matches in all competitions.

Goals from Diego Costa, who thumped the ball home after controlling it on his chest after 11 minutes for his 11th in ten league appearances, and Eden Hazard after 25 minutes put Chelsea in control at Stamford Bridge.

Champions Manchester City stayed in touch with Chelsea when they came…

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Entertainment What's On November 22, 2014

The sound of Cyprus

The sound of Cyprus

By Maria Gregoriou

MUSICIAN and composer Faidros Kavallaris will attempt to keep the spirit of traditional Cypriot music alive and introduce it to coming generations on Wednesday with a recital of his musical composition entitled Parathesis for brass quintet and four pieces for the piano based on traditional Cypriot songs.

The recital will be performed by pianists Annini Tsiouti and Manolis Neofitou. The first of the four compositions for the piano is a satirical lullaby entitled Eftrapelon. The piece uses…

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International News November 22, 2014

Gas explosion in London Hyatt hotel, five people hospitalised

Gas explosion in London Hyatt hotel, five people hospitalised

Five people were hospitalised late on Friday with injuries from a gas explosion in the basement of a Hyatt Regency hotel in London, emergency services said.

The London Fire Brigade said around 400 people were evacuated from the hotel in Berkeley Mews after an explosion caused extensive damage to the basement and ground floor.

A spokeswoman for Hyatt said a total of 12 members of staff were being treated for injuries and that no guests were injured. Guests were evacuated…

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International News November 22, 2014

Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

By Raheem Salman

Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.

They said the bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd tribe were discovered after the army launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the Islamic State in a village on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.

“While…

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International News November 22, 2014

Germany reports second case of bird flu

Germany reports second case of bird flu

German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.

“For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement.

“With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as…

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International News November 22, 2014

Kerry briefs Gulf U.S. allies on Iran talks, sees ‘big gaps’

Kerry briefs Gulf U.S. allies on Iran talks, sees ‘big gaps’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held telephone discussions with Gulf states and other allies on Saturday, U.S. officials said, as efforts intensified to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme by Monday’s deadline.

Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were discussing new ideas to unblock the negotiations between Tehran and six powers: the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Kerry held a conference call with the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and separate…

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International News November 22, 2014

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning – NHK

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning – NHK

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, public broadcaster NHK said, adding that no tsunami warning had been issued.

High-speed trains were halted, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage from the quake, which was felt as far away as the capital of Tokyo about 180 km away.

NHK quoted an official in the village of Ogawa near the epicentre as saying that a long shake was felt and documents fell off…

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International News November 22, 2014

Kenyan bus attack kills 28; Islamists claim responsibility

Kenyan bus attack kills 28; Islamists claim responsibility

By George Obulutsa

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamists said they staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers.

Three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants, a local security official said.

Al Shabaab said its men had ambushed the Nairobi-bound bus outside Mandera town, near Kenya’s border with Somalia and Ethiopia, and killed…

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Local News November 22, 2014

‘Different faiths can coexist and live peacefully’ says Mufti

‘Different faiths can coexist and live peacefully’ says Mufti

Over 1.000 pilgrims arrived on Saturday, the first day of the year according to Islamic calendar, at the Hala Sulta Tekke mosque in Larnaca, according to organisers.
The pilgrims arrived to Larnaca shortly before noon to attend a service by Turkish Cypriot Mufti Dr Talip Atalay.
After the service, Atalay extended his thanks to Archbishop Chrysostomos, the Swedish embassy and everyone who contributed to the pilgrimage.
“Today proves that people of different faiths can coexist and live…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Police defend shutting down trans exhibit

Police defend shutting down trans exhibit

By Angelos Anastasiou

Police on Saturday defended raiding a photo exhibition Greek trans and gay activist Paola Revenioti at the old Nicosia municipal market, and seizing part of it on the grounds of lewd content.

Spokesman Andreas Angelides rejected charges of excess zeal in removing the pictures, saying police had received repeated complaints from members of the public that they had been subjected to pictures of naked male bodies as some of the photos had not been covered during…

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Entertainment What's On November 22, 2014

Raise your voice

Raise your voice

By Maria Gregoriou

HAVE you ever been told you have a nice singing voice (even if it was only by your mother)? Have you always wanted to find out from a professional if there is really something to your Do-Re-Mes? Or maybe you are already in the business of singing and would like a few tips from someone who has a few professional ones up her sleeve. So get some vocal lessons from famous vocal coach Julie Massino.

If you…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Making sure health policymakers have the right information

Making sure health policymakers have the right information

By Bejay Browne

A regional chapter of an international organisation that aims to see that healthcare professionals and policymakers take decisions on the basis of sound scientific data, has been set up in Paphos, headed by a doctor from the general hospital there.

The main benefit of such an organisation would be to have an academic forum where scientists get together and provide health policymakers the correct information to help them best make decisions, said Dr Nicos Panayides.MD. Msc.

Panayides,…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Co-ops cut rates on student loans, offer scholarships

Co-ops cut rates on student loans, offer scholarships

By Angelos Anastasiou

The Co-operative Central Bank (CCB) yesterday announced decreasing interest rates payable on its student loans, to 4.5 per cent, and the introduction of a scholarship programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Cyprus.

In a statement, the CCB said the rate reduction will come into effect as of January 1, 2015, and will apply to both new and existing student loans – the latter on condition that repayments are up to date.
In the case of…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Cancer patient cycles around Cyprus for charity

Cancer patient cycles around Cyprus for charity

By Bejay Browne

A JUBILANT recovering cancer patient arrived to a warm welcome from well wishers at Paphos harbour after completing a three day charity solo cycle ride, which saw him battle torrential rain.

Julian Buckland, 58, completed a 360 km three-day east to west ride across Cyprus to raise funds and awareness for the Friends hospice in Paphos. Sponsorship pledges are still coming in, but the Paphos resident believes he has so far raised more than €2,500 for the…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Petition site launched for the creation of juvenile correctional facilities

Petition site launched for the creation of juvenile correctional facilities

The godfather of 22-year-old Michael Minas who was murdered last weekend and for which a 17-year-old has been remanded, has launched an online petition calling on the government and President Nicos Anastasiades to create adequate juvenile correctional facilities.
Minas was killed last Sunday morning by a 17-year old with whom he had personal differences. The teenage attacker was in some way involved in the investigation of at least 60 cases of car thefts, burglaries, drug trafficking and domestic violence….

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Local News November 22, 2014

Biden discusses Cyprus with Davutoglu

Biden discusses Cyprus with Davutoglu

The Cyprus problem was on the agenda of a meeting the US Vice President Joe Biden had on Friday with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in Turkey.
Joe Biden arrived in Istanbul Friday night and headed for Davutoglu`s office in Dolmabahce, where the Turkish Premier hosted a dinner in honour of his guest.
“Vice President Joe Biden met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the Cyprus settlement talks,…

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Entertainment What's On November 22, 2014

A trip to Hungary

A trip to Hungary

By Maria Gregoriou

THE weekend truly is alive with music and giving it even more rhythm and melody tomorrow night will be Hungarian folk vocalist Marta Sebestyen, well-known for her performance in the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The English Patient and her collaboration with Deep Purple and Peter Gabriel.

The singer, composer and actress, comes from a musical background as her mother is also a composer. Her father was an economist and author and after a trip to America as a…

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Football Sport November 22, 2014

Table toppers play out boring draw

Table toppers play out boring draw

By Iacovos Constantinou

The long awaited top of the table clash between Apollonas and APOEL on Friday evening ended in a dull goalless draw disappointing both sets of fans who had turned up to watch the game.

The pattern of the game was set out from the very early stages with Apollonas dropping deep and allowing APOEL plenty of possession and hoping to catch them on the break.

Despite their possession APOEL could hardly muster a clear-cut chance in…

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Local News November 22, 2014

Eide to try restarting talks next week

Eide to try restarting talks next week

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, will be visiting next week with the purpose of resuming the UN-led talks aimed at settling the Cyprus problem, which were interrupted in September following the Turkish provocations in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

According to Cyprus News Agency sources, Eide will arrive on Monday and scheduled to meet with the leaders of the two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Dervis Eroglu,…

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Local News Comment November 22, 2014

Our View: Vergas arrogance has no end

Our View: Vergas arrogance has no end

IT IS AMAZING that Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas, who is under police investigation and is at the centre of a host of allegations of corruption, has not yet deemed it necessary to step down. He has defiantly resisted calls for his resignation as the revelations of his misdeeds have piled up insisting on carrying on his duties as if nothing had happened. It is a display of the same arrogance that led Vergas to run Paphos municipality as his personal…

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