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US actor Brad Pitt wearing a ring on his ring finger during a photocall for World War II film Fury at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, Britain on Thursday. The movie will be released in British theatres on 24 October. According to media reports on 28 August, a spokesman confirmed that Brad Pitt and US actress Angelina Jolie got married in a private ceremony in France on 23 August (EPA)

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International News August 29, 2014

Ukraine rebels say will allow trapped government forces to flee

Ukraine rebels say will allow trapped government forces to flee

By Alexei Anishchuk and Anton Zverev

Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a ‘humanitarian corridor’ to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

But it was not clear if the government in Kiev would accept the offer. It has accused Russian troops of illegally entering eastern Ukraine and, backed by its U.S. and European allies, has said it will fight to defend its soil.

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International News August 29, 2014

Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no volcanic ash detected

Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no volcanic ash detected

A small eruption has occurred north of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano after nearly two weeks of earthquakes in the region but no volcanic ash has been detected, authorities said on Friday.

The estimated 1-km fissure eruption in the Holuhraun area prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level.

The rumblings at Iceland’s largest volcano system, which is covered by a several hundred meters thick glacier, have raised worries of an eruption that…

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International News August 29, 2014

Earthquake strikes southern Greece, felt in Athens

Earthquake strikes southern Greece, felt in Athens

A strong earthquake shook southern Greece on Friday and was felt as far as Athens but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

The quake measured 5.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and struck at sea 80 miles south of the Greek capital. It was 70 miles deep.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute also put the quake, which occurred at 0645 local time (0345 GMT), at 5.7 magnitude and said…

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Sport August 29, 2014

Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

By Steve Keating

Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were forced to take a backseat to America’s latest tennis sweetheart on Thursday, as 15-year-old Catherine Bellis hogged the Flushing Meadows limelight once again.

However, Bellis, who shot from obscurity to fame with a shock first round win over Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, could not deliver the fairytale American tennis fans had hoped for, falling 6-3 0-6 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

While former U.S. Open champion Andy Murray…

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Local News August 29, 2014

Signs of consensus on foreclosures

Signs of consensus on foreclosures

By Elias Hazou

THE GOVERNMENT and opposition parties appeared on Thursday to be inching closer to agreement on the contentious foreclosures bill – but a series of ifs and buts still loomed pending the feedback from Cyprus’ international lenders.

Following a meeting at the presidential palace between the president, the ministers of finance and the interior, the attorney-general and the Central Bank governor, with the heads of all parties, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides sounded upbeat on the prospects of overcoming…

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Football August 28, 2014

Joy and despair in Europa League (updated)

Joy and despair in Europa League (updated)

By Andreas Vou

It was a night of the starkest of contrasts for Apollon and Omonia against the two sides from Moscow as the Limassol club pulled off a sensational 1-4 victory against Lokomotiv while Omonia suffered injury-time agony against Dynamo in a 1-2 loss.
After just two minutes, it had looked as though Gaossou Fofana had put Omonia ahead but it was chalked off for offside. Their 2-2 draw in Moscow last week had given them a narrow…

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Local News Business August 28, 2014

BoC shareholders approve capital increase (Update 3)

BoC shareholders approve capital increase (Update 3)

By Angelos Anastasiou
BANK OF Cyprus (BoC) shareholders overwhelmingly approved a €1.0 billion capital raise on Thursday, the biggest foreign direct investment in the island’s history.

The increase was put to the vote at an EGM. Just over 87 per cent of present shareholders voted in favour. Turnout was almost 42 per cent.

Announcing the result of the shareholders’ vote, BoC chairman Christis Hassapis said that the approval marked the start of a new era for the bank and…

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Local News Comment August 29, 2014

Our View: Good sense finally won the day at BoC

Our View: Good sense finally won the day at BoC

IN THE END, fears that the one billion euro capital issue by the Bank of Cyprus would not be approved by the EGM proved unfounded. Yesterday’s vote was not even close, with 87 per cent of shareholders present backing the issue and paving the way for the biggest foreign direct investment in the history of Cyprus.

Although the chairman of the board and the CEO had to respond to awkward questions from the old shareholders of the bank –…

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Local News Business August 29, 2014

Banks oppose interest rate regulation

Banks oppose interest rate regulation

By George Psyllides

BANKS HAVE disagreed with a government bill regulating charges and interest rates arguing it will hinder the implementation of the foreclosures procedure.

“Its provisions can be exploited by people who refuse to co-operate,” bank association representative Demetra Plati told MPs at the House finance committee on Thursday.

The government’s intention, according to the finance minister, is to regulate the fluctuation of interest rates from now on.

“The intention is to set the lending rate from now on….

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Local News August 29, 2014

President’s letter asks Erdogan to press ahead with a solution

President’s letter asks Erdogan to press ahead with a solution

By Stefanos Evripidou

GREEK FOREIGN Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Thursday played postman on his trip to Ankara, taking with him a letter from President Nicos Anastasiades addressed to new Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Venizelos confirmed that Anastasiades had asked him to pass on a letter to the new Turkish head of state during his visit to Ankara to attend Erdogan’s swearing-in ceremony.

“President Anastasiades asked me to pass on a congratulatory letter to President Erdogan exactly…

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Local News August 29, 2014

Ten years for smuggling cannabis

Ten years for smuggling cannabis

LARNACA Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced a Romanian national to 10 years imprisonment for smuggling 20kg of cannabis into the island.

Christina Alempi, 24, had pleaded guilty to the charges. The court decided to impose the stiff penalty despite her full cooperation with authorities.

The court handed her 10 years jail for illegal importation and another 10 years for illegal possession; the sentences will run concurrently.

Alempi, a resident of Greece, was arrested at Larnaca airport on the night of…

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Local News August 29, 2014

New speed bumps aim to finally curb boy racers

New speed bumps aim to finally curb boy racers

By Constantinos Psillides

ENGOMI municipality will be installing four elongated speed bumps along Grivas Digenis Avenue in Nicosia, in an attempt to stop teenagers from racing their cars, Engomi mayor Zacharias Kyriakou told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday.

The speed bumps will be installed on the stretch of Grivas Digenis from the McDonalds’ traffic lights to the ones at 28th of October Street.

“Our goal is to prevent young people from racing their cars in that stretch and keeping…

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Local News August 28, 2014

Renewed call for truth commission

Renewed call for truth commission

NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation Truth Now, yesterday called on the state to ratify the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, which Cyprus signed in 2007
The group, marking International Day of the Disappeared, also said it would keep up the pressure on the government for the creation of a truth commission in Cyprus.
“It is indeed a paradox that the Republic of Cyprus, while it has signed the Convention in 2007, it has nonetheless not proceeded…

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International News August 28, 2014

UN says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

UN says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

By Louis Charbonneau

A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The detained peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji, a UN official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the…

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Local News August 28, 2014

‘Jealous husband had anger issues’  (Updated)

‘Jealous husband had anger issues’  (Updated)

By Constantinos Psillides
CHRISTOS Eleftheriou, the 35-year-old man who shot and killed his former wife in Kornos on Wednesday afternoon and then himself, had anger issues and was extremely jealous of her, friends of the family said on Thursday.
At 3.30pm on Wednesday Eleftheriou had gone to pick up his two kids from his ex-wife, Stavroula Florou, 31, but the children had refused to go with him.
Eleftheriou went outside, took a loaded shotgun from his car…

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Football Sport August 28, 2014

APOEL in Champions league ‘Group of Death’, City get tough draw

APOEL in Champions league ‘Group of Death’, City get tough draw

By Andreas Vou and Mike Collett

APOEL have been handed an extremely tough Champions League task after being pitted against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax Amsterdam in the so-called ‘Group of Death’.

Giorgos Donis’ side have not met any of the aforementioned trio in any competition in their history though their last Champions League campaign ended against Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

The Cypriot champions will forever be associated with that famous journey in the 2011-12 season…

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International News August 28, 2014

‘Cauldrons’ in Iceland glacier could point to volcano eruption

‘Cauldrons’ in Iceland glacier could point to volcano eruption

By Robert Robertsson

Ice over Iceland’s rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide “cauldrons”, possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country’s meteorological office said late on Wednesday.

Rumblings at Iceland’s largest volcano system for about a week have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe’s airspace for six days.

The Met Office said on its website…

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International News August 28, 2014

Islamic State executes dozens of Syrian army soldiers

Islamic State executes dozens of Syrian army soldiers

By Sylvia Westall and Mariam Karouny

Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.

The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of dozens of men lying face down wearing nothing but their underwear. They were stretched out in a line that appeared to be dozens of metres long.

A…

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Local News August 28, 2014

Charred body found in gutted house (Updated)

Charred body found in gutted house (Updated)

THE CHARRED body of a 55-year-old Romanian man has been discovered by firemen in a burnt out house in Livadia, Larnaca district, according to the police.
Firemen discovered the body at around 2.30 pm on Thursday, after they put out the fire.
According to police sources, three men and a woman – all Romanian nationals – were currently residing in the house. Police are trying to locate the other residents. An eye witness told police that the 55-year-old…

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International News August 28, 2014

Ukraine leader says Russian forces are in the country (Updated)

Ukraine leader says Russian forces are in the country (Updated)

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk
Ukraine’s president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.
President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but controllable” after Russian-backed rebels seized the town of Novoazovsk in the southeast of the former Soviet republic.
Earlier Poroshenko said he had cancelled a visit…

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