Security stepped up in Wales

Security stepped up in Wales

Police officers wave to traffic from a bridge across the M4 motorway close to the Celtic Manor resort ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit 2014, in Newport, Wales. Over 9,000 police officers are expected to be draughted in as world leaders from about 60 countries come together in nearby Newport for a two-day NATO summit taking place on Thursday and Friday (EPA)

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Local News September 2, 2014

Aristo boss seeks to counter accusations against company

Aristo boss seeks to counter accusations against company

By Angelos Anastasiou
Boss of Aristo Developers Theodoros Aristodemou on Tuesday sought to counter accusations against his company, saying that after two months of rumours and investigations no one has asked the company for its views.
“No official state organ, neither the Attorney General’s office, nor the police have asked Aristo to offer its positions,” he said. “This fact upsets us greatly, and we can only hope that those who have been asked to provide evidence have been…

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International News September 2, 2014

US military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader

US military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader

By Abdi Sheikh

An air strike in Somalia by US armed forces targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, Somali and US officials said on Tuesday, but they said it was unclear whether he was killed in the attack.

“We don’t know that he’s dead. But he was the target,” one US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other US officials said they believed Godane was killed in the strike late on…

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International News September 2, 2014

Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola

Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola

By James Harding Giahyue

Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia’s main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world’s worst Ebola epidemic that the US disease prevention chief said was spiralling out of control.

As well as the quickly mounting human toll, the United Nations warned the spread of the fever could lead to food shortages in West Africa, potentially further depleting the resources of governments frantically trying to contain it.

The World Health…

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International News September 2, 2014

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina

Pakistan’s parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.

But, signalling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan and the government since the start of the confrontation.

Sharif, who enjoys a solid majority in…

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International News September 2, 2014

Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town

Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town

By Lanre Ola

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town on Tuesday after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, security sources said.

The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday. They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources and witnesses said.

Nigerian defence spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The…

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International News September 2, 2014

EU proposes tough sanctions on Moscow as Ukraine rebels advance

EU proposes tough sanctions on Moscow as Ukraine rebels advance

By Robin Emmott and Richard Balmforth

European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an “invasion” force.

Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armoured columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favour of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a major port.

Russia denies its troops are…

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Local News September 2, 2014

Hope for common ground on foreclosures

Hope for common ground on foreclosures

By George Psyllides
President Nicos Anastasiades expressed hope on Tuesday that common ground would be found over the controversial foreclosures bill “to avoid any adventures.”
Parties are trying to agree on amendments, which would have to be approved by the Troika for Cyprus to be eligible for the next tranche of bailout cash.
The bill, as well as accompanying legislation that makes up the broader framework, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday. It is scheduled to…

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Local News September 2, 2014

Patience needed over development in the Bases

Patience needed over development in the Bases

The government will proceed with its plan of property development within the non-military areas of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBA), Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said on Tuesday, asking the public to be patient.
The minister was responding to reports saying that the government is pulling out of the project, since Hasikos had promised in February that by June the process would be well on its way.
Hasikos had stated that the whole process would be divided into eight…

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Local News September 2, 2014

Erdogan ‘disappointed those who invested in him’

Erdogan ‘disappointed those who invested in him’

By Elias Hazou
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he hoped Ankara would change track in the peace drive, denouncing Turkish calls for two states in Cyprus.
The President was responding to remarks by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who, while on a visit to the breakaway regime on Monday, spoke of a settlement involving two founding states and political equality.
On Monday the government condemned the visit and said the comments the Turkish president made were not…

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Football Sport September 2, 2014

Ethnikos sit proudly on top of Cyprus standings

Ethnikos sit proudly on top of Cyprus standings

By Iacovos Constantinou

TWO games into the Cyprus football league season, and the name of Ethnikos Achnas rests at the top of the table following a hard-earned draw in Limassol against AEL.

In the other Monday night games, Omonia defeated Anorthosis while Apollonas scored an easy away win against Ermis Aradippou.

A late goal by towering defender Gora Tull gave Ethnikos a rather unexpected but deserved point against AEL at the Tsirion stadium. AEL had taken the lead…

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Local News September 2, 2014

State tax revenues dip

State tax revenues dip

By Elias Hazou

THE state’s tax revenues during the first seven months of the year recorded a slight dip compared to the corresponding period of 2013, according to official statistics released on Tuesday.

Revenues overall came to €973.2m, a three per cent drop on the equivalent period of 2013 (€1.002b). There was a significant decline in income tax paid by employees of the broader public sector and by private-sector employees, but this was offset by a considerable increase in immovable…

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Football Sport September 2, 2014

Barca beaming, Real bickering over transfer dealings

Barca beaming, Real bickering over transfer dealings

By Iain Rogers

Barcelona congratulated themselves on Tuesday for a job well done in the transfer window, while rivals Real Madrid were dealing with the fallout from Cristiano Ronaldo’s apparent criticism of president Florentino Perez.

The world’s two richest clubs by income again spent big, with Barca’s signings including Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for 81.25 million euros and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic for around 20 million.

Real lured Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez to the Spanish capital for around 80 million…

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Local News Business September 2, 2014

Arrests over economy collapse by the end of the year

Arrests over economy collapse by the end of the year

By George Psyllides

Cyprus could see arrests in connection with the collapse of the economy by the end of the year, it emerged on Tuesday, as President Nicos Anastasiades pledged that his government will show zero tolerance to cover-ups.

Speaking after a briefing on the progress of the police probe into the collapse of the economy, Anastasiades attributed the apparent delays in the investigation to the island’s legal system.

Asked whether he expected arrests by the end of the year,…

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International News September 2, 2014

British parliament says rejects China’s call to halt Hong Kong inquiry

British parliament says rejects China’s call to halt Hong Kong inquiry

By Kylie MacLellan and Sui-Lee Wee

The British parliament has rejected Chinese government calls to halt an inquiry into Britain’s relationship with Hong Kong, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday, as diplomatic tensions over the former UK colony worsened.

Both the Chinese ambassador to Britain and the National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs committee have expressed their concerns to Britain over the inquiry.

But Richard Ottaway, the chairman of the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said members of parliament wouldn’t be…

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Business September 2, 2014

Russian tour operators ask for last minute offers

Russian tour operators ask for last minute offers

Russian tour operators are asking hotels for special last minute offers to avoid cancelling reservations because of the fallout of the Ukraine crisis, the hoteliers association said on Tuesday.

“There is a problem with Russians who are asking for special offers to continue to send reservations but it seems that September will go well,” PASYXE chairman Harris Loizides said.

He said the flow of reservations continued without problems, adding that hoteliers have met the Russian requests.

Loizides said the Russian…

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International News September 2, 2014

South Korea delays smog tax amid pressure from car makers

South Korea delays smog tax amid pressure from car makers

By Meeyoung Cho

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

But the country confirmed it would push ahead with plans to begin what will be the world’s second-biggest carbon emissions trading scheme from the start of 2015, as it battles to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 to 30 per cent below…

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International News September 2, 2014

Britain rejects London mayor’s ‘Boris Island’ airport plan

Britain rejects London mayor’s ‘Boris Island’ airport plan

By Kate Holton and Sarah Young

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission on Tuesday, dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city’s mayor Boris Johnson.

The Airports Commission said the idea of building a costly new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, had not made the shortlist of options it is considering to expand Britain’s runway capacity.

It will now make a final recommendation…

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International News September 2, 2014

Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation

Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation

By Baz Ratner and Lincoln Feast

Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji’s army said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations had been stepped up between the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a new UN negotiation team now in place in Syria.

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Sport September 2, 2014

Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

By Simon Cambers and Steve Keating

Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 2012 champion earned his first win over a top-10 player since his Wimbledon triumph last year to set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic.

Murray said he hoped Wednesday’s quarter-final between the two would go the same way as both their battle for the Wimbledon…

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English Premier League Sport September 2, 2014

Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders

Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders

By Tony Goodson

Manchester United dominated Europe’s transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds ($249 million).

The former Netherlands coach, without a Premier League win this season and hammered 4-0 by third tier MK Dons in a League Cup match last week, signed versatile Dutch international Daley Blind for 14 million pounds ($23.25 million) from Ajax.

Rumours swirled that the move…

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