By George Psyllides
A 48-year-old Larnaca man was jailed for 18 months on Tuesday after he was found guilty in the death of a motorcyclist almost three years ago.
Charalambos Poudjiouris, a father of three young children, was found guilty of causing the death of Timotheos Gandides from Georgia on April 6, 2011 on the intersection of Spyros Kyprianou and Papanicolis Avenues in Larnaca.
The defendant had cut off the victim and then abandoned the scene.
By George Psyllides
Holders Bayern Munich kept Arsenal at bay to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win on Tuesday while Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid won 4-1 on the night to knock out AC Milan.
Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern ahead in the 55th minute of the last-16 second leg but Lukas Podolski stunned the Allianz Arena when he fired into the roof of the net five minutes later.
Podolski’s goal gave Arsenal a glimmer of…
By Mehmet Emin Caliskan and Parisa Hafezi
Protesters clashed with police in Turkey’s two biggest cities on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer.
Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds in Istanbul and Ankara, the latest pre-election headache for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, already battling a graft scandal which has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power.
Berkin Elvan, then 14, got caught up…Read More
By David Mardiste and Andrius Sytas
The European Union will start preparing further responses to Russia’s actions in Ukraine if Moscow does not show signs of backing down by the weekend, Germany’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, a warning echoed by the Polish prime minister.
Since the fall of Ukraine’s president to pro-Western unrest, Russsian forces have consolidated their hold on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula ahead of a Russian-backed referendum on the region’s future on Sunday. The new government in Kiev and its Western backers have denounced the planned vote as…Read More
By Constantinos Psillides
THE internal strife in DIKO rages on, as party spokeswoman Christiana Erotokritou said the DIKO ministers who resigned have abandoned party voters.
“Messrs Lakkotrypis, Fotiou, Kenevezos and Petrides’ decision to abandon the party, its values and its people is of course respected. What we, here at DIKO, are focusing on now is how to deal with matters of economy and the dire developments in the Cyprus problem,” Erotkritou said, adding that their resignations didn’t surprise anyone at…Read More
By Richard Balmforth
Sunday’s vote in Ukraine’s Crimea is being officially billed as a chance for the peninsula’s peoples to decide fairly and freely their future – but in fact there is no room on the ballot paper for voting “Nyet” to control by Russia.
The Crimean voter will have the right to choose only one of two options in the March 16 referendum which the region’s pro-Russian leadership, protected by Russian forces, announced earlier this month.
According to a…Read More
By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle
A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a US Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.
Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA’s handling of her panel’s investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.
“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well…Read More
By George Psyllides
THE state telecoms (CyTA) pension fund managing committee decided on Tuesday to renew a €100 million loan it granted the government at the end of 2012.
CyTA chairman Christos Patsalides said the loan was renewed for another three months.
Meanwhile, the respective committee at the electricity company (EAC) postponed a meeting scheduled for Tuesday to discuss whether to renew their loan of the same amount.
Workers oppose a renewal but stress that it has nothing to do…Read More
By Annika Breidthardt and John O’Donnell
European countries haggled on Tuesday over a scheme to insulate taxpayers from the costs of bank failures, redoubling efforts to avoid an embarrassing delay to the euro zone’s centrepiece crisis reform.
The protracted talks show the politically charged nature of the plan to disentangle states and the banks from which they borrow. A future agency to wind down failing banks, and a fund to pay for the clean-up, will complement European Central Bank supervision…Read More
By Staff Reporter
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will meet on March 31, it was announced on Tuesday.
The date for the meeting was agreed between chief negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay at their regular meeting earlier in the day.
This will be the second leaders’ meeting since the new round of talks began on February 11.
According to the joint declaration, which sets out the parameters for the negotiations, the leaders would meet “as…Read More
By Zeev Maoz
Israeli politicians face a clear and present danger. It is not Iran’s nuclear program. Nor is it the risk that Egypt’s instability or the civil war in Syria will spill over into an Arab-Israeli conflagration. Rather, it is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s forthcoming peace plan.
This plan will not contain major surprises. It will probably be a juxtaposition of previous plans, such as the Clinton parameters or the Bush road map. Israelis know what this…Read More
A third person has died from HIN1 flu since the beginning of the year, and six news cases of the virus have emerged in the last 15 days, the health services said on Tuesday.
Last month the services confirmed two deaths in Cyprus from the virus. The two were among 20 serious incidents of H1N1 flu recorded since January 1. Another six cases have now been added to the toll.
As in the previous two deaths, a health official told…Read More
By Preston Wilder
Mr. Peabody is a dog; Sherman is seven years old – but dogs won’t get much out of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and seven-year-olds will miss some of the details. Hopefully they’ll miss the full impact of the bit where Mr. Peabody tells a shocked assembly that he has to get Sherman out of the house “before he touches himself” – and I assume they’ll also miss that the film is coded propaganda for gay adoption or…Read More
By Staff Reporter
Hoteliers on Tuesday welcomed a deal signed on Monday between Cyprus and Qatar that provides for four flights a week to be operated by Qatar Airways from April 29.
The bi-lateral deal signed in Doha by Transport Minister Tassos Mitsopoulos also provides for future cooperation in air transport, including a code-sharing agreement between Qatar Airways and Cyprus Airways.
It also provides that Qatar Airways will have the right to carry passengers from Cyprus to other destinations to…Read More
A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul’s most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month’s elections.
The Swedish Embassy identified the victim as Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality.
“Nils was one of our absolute best and most experienced correspondents and what has happened to him today is terrible,” said Swedish Radio’s director-general, Cilla Benkö, who described this as one of the worst days in the corporation’s history.
“We are now…Read More
By Julian Linden
Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after stunning upsets at one of the world’s biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams.
Nadal was sent packing by Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fell to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 7-5 as last year’s men’s and women’s singles champions both crashed out.
Nadal blew a 4-2 lead in the deciding tiebreak after…
Auditor general, Chrystalla Georghadji, an anti-corruption watchdog who regularly reports on misuse of public funds, has been appointed Central Bank governor to replace Panicos Demetriades who resigned unexpectedly on Monday.
A brief announcement from the Palace said President Nicos Anastasiades had decided to appoint Georghadji, 58, as Governor with effect from April 11. The President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi was briefed on the appointment, the statement said.
“She has a well-established track record for being independent and autonomous,…Read More
All EKO petrol stations will remain closed on Wednesday in protest of the company’s “broken promises” to station owners, a statement issued by the Petrol Station Owners’ Association said.
As a result, EKO petrol stations will be closed from 6am on Wednesday for 24 hours.
“This decision by EKO station owners became inevitable due to the company’s stance, its broken promises to owners and the need to protect the viability of our businesses,” the association’s statement read.
“Closing down our…Read More
Moves to connect rural areas with the internet over the next three months and develop a wireless access network through hotspots across Cyprus, are being promoted in Cyprus with EU funding.
The aim is to provide access to the one third of the population currently not using the internet.
Nicos Argyris, acting assistant at Cyprus` Digital Champion, part of the communications and works ministry’s department of electronic communications, told the Cyprus News Agency that the EU was promoting the creation…Read More
A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday.
The deaths of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, and of a protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22 the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest.
“She was ambushed by extreme right-wing groups … She was vilely murdered…Read More
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