Circus arts celebrated in Cairo

Circus arts celebrated in Cairo

A member of 'Close-Act' putting on make-up prior to his performance as part of Cairo International Circus Festival (CirCairo) in Giza Park, Cairo on Saturday. 'Close-Act' is a street theatre group from the Netherlands incorporating various performance art disciplines in a mix of aerial acrobatics, dance and theatre (EPA)

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Local News October 25, 2014

EU declaration welcomed but parties say more needs to be done

EU declaration welcomed but parties say more needs to be done

Political parties on Saturday deemed Friday’s European Council conclusions urging Turkey to show restraint and respect Cyprus’ sovereignty a good start to build on, calling for more dynamic measures that would discourage acts of aggression.
Turkey’s move to dispatch a research vessel into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone to collect seismic data prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of Cyprus problem talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
Escalating tensions led the Council to urge Turkey to “show…

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Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 and moved into second place while champions Manchester City slipped back to third after losing 2-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Chelsea, who play at Manchester United on Sunday, lead the title chase with 22 points from their eight matches, while Saints, who beat Stoke with Sadio Mane’s eighth goal of the season, are second on 19 from nine games.

City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham…

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Football Sport October 25, 2014

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

By Sam Holden

Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan marksmen is set to make his long-awaited Barca debut in El Clasico at Real Madrid later on Saturday after completing a four-month ban for sinking his teeth into Italy defender Georgi Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

It was the third time that Suarez bit an opponent,…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Commandos who took part in coup given funeral

Commandos who took part in coup given funeral

Twelve National Guard commandos, killed in action during the assault on the Presidential Palace on July 15, 1974, whose bones were found in a mass grave at the Constantinou and Eleni cemetery and identified via DNA testing, were buried on Saturday.
In his eulogy at the God’s Wisdom church in Strovolos, Interior minister Sokratis Hasikos said the soldiers fell victim to circumstances created by others, specifically referring to the Greek junta-inspired coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios’ government.
“They…

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Local News October 25, 2014

President returns to island in ‘very good’ health

President returns to island in ‘very good’ health

President Nicos Anastasiades returned to Cyprus on Saturday afternoon and is in “very good” health, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said.
In a written statement, Christodoulides says that “the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades returned to Cyprus from Brussels, today at 5pm”.
The President, he added, “is in very good health”.
“The doctors have recommended that the President rests for the next 48 hours,” the spokesman added.
Anastasiades had travelled to Brussels to take…

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International News October 25, 2014

Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms in Rome

Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms in Rome

By Isla Binnie

Demonstrators from across Italy filled the streets of Rome on Saturday to protest against labour market reforms which the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has made a cornerstone of its policy.

Red flags bearing the logo of Italy’s largest union, the CGIL, waved over town squares as thousands of people rallied behind the group’s call for job creation and job security.

The CIGL estimated that 1 million people had turned out by the early afternoon. Members…

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International News October 25, 2014

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

By Mehrdad Balali

A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran’s Evin prison after failing to secure a reprieve from the murder victim’s relatives within the 10-day deadline set by sharia law in force since the 1979 Islamic…

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International News October 25, 2014

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads – WHO

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia.

Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Remand in connection with fatal traffic accident

Remand in connection with fatal traffic accident

A 27-year-old man was remanded in police custody on Saturday in connection with a road accident that cost the life of an Arab field worker in Psimolofou, Nicosia on Friday.
At the time of the crash, the deceased was riding in the back of a pick-up truck, along with two other workers, on their way to work.
Sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency said the individual arrested was the car’s driver, also a foreign field-worker, who had…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

A campaign to prevent traffic accidents was carried out on Friday night all over Cyprus, resulting in 46 alcohol-related write-ups and 128 traffic-related tickets, a police report said on Saturday.
Specifically, in Nicosia 113 vehicles were checked, producing 23 traffic offences, while 107 drivers were alcohol-tested and 11 were found to be over the legal limit.
In Limassol, 140 alcohol-level tests were performed, with 22 drivers written up for driving while intoxicated.
Famagusta traffic police found a…

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Sport October 25, 2014

Halep thumps Radwanska to set up Williams rematch

Halep thumps Radwanska to set up Williams rematch

By Julian Linden

If beating Serena Williams is considered the toughest challenge in women’s tennis, then spare a thought for Romania’s Simona Halep.

To win the WTA Finals, Halep faces the daunting prospect of defeating Williams, not once, but twice in less than a week.

The pint-sized Romanian pulled off a stunning 6-0 6-2 win over Williams in the group stage of this week’s elite season-ending event.

But now she has to do it again to take the title after…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

Reforms bringing results, Cyprus says after ratings upgrade (updated)

Reforms bringing results, Cyprus says after ratings upgrade (updated)

Reforms bringing results, government says after ratings upgrade
ECONOMIC reforms are starting to yield results, the government said yesterday after one credit-rating agency upgraded its rating and a second its outlook for the country.
“Government efforts to reform the economy are beginning to show tangible results… this effort must clearly continue,” deputy government spokesman Victor Papadopoulos said.
Standard and Poor’s on Friday raised Cyprus’ credit rating a notch to B+, reflecting what it said was the island’s…

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International News October 25, 2014

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

By Ellen Wulfhorst

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America’s biggest urban center.

She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during…

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International News October 25, 2014

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere

A student shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, apparently after a fight with fellow students, officials said.

The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, took his own life as his classmates scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school.

A school district official, who declined to be…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Air crash investigators find task difficult

Air crash investigators find task difficult

By Evie Andreou

THE absence of a black box and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the aircraft that crashed into the sea between Cyprus and Lebanon on Wednesday killing both people on board, makes the investigation into the accident more difficult, the senior investigator into the case said yesterday.

Yiannakis Loizou, head of the Air Accident Incident Investigation Board (AAIIB) said his team is searching the causes of the crash of the twin-prop Diamond DA42 on Wednesday night en…

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Local News Comment October 25, 2014

Our View: Attorney-General in a tight spot over ethical dilemma

Our View: Attorney-General in a tight spot over ethical dilemma

DEPUTIES felt snubbed by the Attorney-General, Kostas Clerides, after he decided not to attend a meeting of the House ethics committee that was discussing an issue of conflict of interest, involving the Governor of the Central Bank, Chrystalla Georghadji. Clerides had sent the committee a letter in which he said that the issue “does not fall within the remit of the attorney-general nor did it necessitate the attorney-general to express an opinion or intervene in any way.”

It is difficult…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

CTO must adapt and become more modern

CTO must adapt and become more modern

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) must change its structures and processes in order to meet modern standards and requirements, according to a KPMG report on restructuring and reorganising the organisation presented to staff yesterday.

Speaking after the event, CTO head Marios Hannides said the organisation needs to modernise its decision-making processes and their implementation, as well as improve efficiency in terms of public service.

Hannides said the Auditor General’s recommendations concerning the organisation have been considered and…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

First drafts of insolvency package ready

First drafts of insolvency package ready

By George Psyllides

THE finance ministry yesterday handed parties the drafts of three bills concerning the insolvency framework, seen as providing an extra ‘safety net’ to debtors who have fallen on hard times.

The framework will be made up of six bills.

The ministry has asked party experts to a meeting on October 31 to discuss the drafts, just as the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a verdict on the validity of the foreclosures bill demanded by the…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Petrol prices going down

Petrol prices going down

By Evie Andreou

FUEL companies have announced the second price reduction in a month, following a furore last week over high prices.

The companies announced this week that they were able to further cut prices at the pump as they had received new shipments bought at lower prices.

The retail price of 95-octane was lowered by 2.4 cents a litre dropping to €1.36, 98-octane by 2 cents to €1.39 and heating fuel was reduced by 3.2 cents a litre…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Surgeons succeed in heart valve procedure

Surgeons succeed in heart valve procedure

By Evie Andreou

A NEW non-surgical method, which is considered to be the only effective treatment for mitral regurgitation, a condition where the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward in the heart, has been successfully applied for the first time in Cyprus, by a group of cardiac surgeons of the American Medical Centre/American Heart Institute.

The MitraClip Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair procedure brings good news to high risk patients who can now avoid open…

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