Security at the White House

Security at the White House

A member of the US Secret Service looks out from the roof of the White House, in Washington, DC on Monday. The White House has taken increased security measures following two incidents over the weekend. In the first incident on 19 September, a man jumped the North Fence and sprinted into the North Portico before being stopped. The breach has prompted a review of security at the White House (EPA)

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Sport September 22, 2014

Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

By Amlan Chakraborty

Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard.

Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out of the Indian franchise citing ‘health problems’.

“When you are talking of profile as high as Rafa Nadal, there was probably only one name that could have…

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Local News September 22, 2014

Online risks for children on the rise

Online risks for children on the rise

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE number of online cases involving the exploitation of minors almost tripled between 2013 and 2014, Commissioner for Children’s Rights Leda Koursoumba told lawmakers on Monday.

Koursoumba was addressing the House Human Rights committee, which discussed the issue of the online environment and its impact on children.

According to police statistics, Koursoumba said, while 23 cases of exploitation of minors were reported in 2013, this year the number had risen to 60.

She said that although the…

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Local News Business September 22, 2014

BoC concedes lending procedures need to be improved

BoC concedes lending procedures need to be improved

Bank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Monday that lending procedures concerning European funds had to be improved but there was no question of money being withheld.

The issue came up on Friday during the signing of a loan deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) worth €85 million to the two banks, BoC and Hellenic, earmarked for business investments.

EIB president Werner Hoyer had also received complaints about banks making it overly difficult for them to borrow.

But Harris Pouagare,…

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Football Sport September 22, 2014

APOEL continue winning start to the season

APOEL continue winning start to the season

By Iacovos Constantinou

Joan Tomas’s first half strike was enough to give AEK Larnaca all three points against Omonia while APOEL continued their winning start with a comfortable 3-1 against Ayia Napa.

In front of just 3.500 fans Omonia produced their worst display of the season and were inflicted with their first (home) defeat.

The goal came in AEK’s first attacking foray just before the half hour mark. Tomas received the ball on the edge of the box…

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Local News September 22, 2014

New tax tsar appointed

New tax tsar appointed

The House Finance Committee on Monday approved the appointment of the tax tsar and his deputy.

Yiannakis Lazarou, a state attorney, was appointed to head the new department, a merger between inland revenue and VAT departments.

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said it would take a couple of years for full operational integration.

The minister said a management unit for large taxpayers would be up and running by the end of the year.

The single tax authority will comprise a tax…

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Local News Business September 22, 2014

New €10 note comes into circulation

New €10 note comes into circulation

A new €10 note will go into circulation on Tuesday, the Central Bank (CBC) said, which is more resistant to counterfeiting and easy to check.

The €10 banknote of the Europa series will enter into circulation on September 23 2014.

“It’s essential that everyone who uses euro banknotes can continue to do so with complete confidence. That’s why we’re introducing the Europa series,” said Yves Mersch, the European Central Bank’s Executive Board member responsible for banknotes.

Like the new €5,…

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International News September 22, 2014

S.Africa says death toll in Nigerian building collapse rises to 115

S.Africa says death toll in Nigerian building collapse rises to 115

The death toll from the collapse of a church guesthouse in Lagos has risen to 115, South African minister Jeff Radebe said on Monday, urging the heavily-criticised Nigerian government to investigate the “tragedy”.

Minister in the Presidency Radebe said 84 South Africans who were part of visiting church groups had died in the Sept. 12 incident. He was speaking at an air force base north of Johannesburg where 25 South Africans who were injured returned for treatment.

Nigerian emergency services…

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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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