Greek President in Cyprus

Greek President in Cyprus

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (left) was in Cyprus on Monday for on a two-day official visit, his first since assuming his duties. Here he is being met on the steps of the presidential palace by President Nicos Anastasiades

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Local News March 30, 2015

Manhunt for McDonalds robber in Limassol

Manhunt for McDonalds robber in Limassol

Police have launched a manhunt for an armed robber and a possible getaway driver after a McDonalds in Polemidhia, Limassol was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of Monday.

According to report, the robber, who fired a shot that hit a computer screen, got away with around €30,000.

Limassol CID chief Yiannis Soteriades told the Cyprus News Agency that the perpetrator entered the restaurant at around 3am, having covered his face with a hood. He was holding a gun.

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International News March 30, 2015

Warplanes hit Yemen’s Sanaa overnight, after dawn-residents

Warplanes hit Yemen’s Sanaa overnight, after dawn-residents

Warplanes struck the Yemeni capital of Sanaa overnight and after daybreak on Monday, residents said, the fifth day of a campaign by Saudi-led forces against Houthi forces opposed to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

One resident said the strikes appeared to hit mainly around the presidential palace, adjacent to the diplomatic quarter of the capital.

“It was a night from hell,” a Yemeni diplomat said.

Residents said the strikes also targeted weapons depots near Nugum mountain, which overlooks the city.

Riyadh…

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Business March 30, 2015

Deposit levels down €21bn compared to pre-bail-in levels

Deposit levels down €21bn compared to pre-bail-in levels

By Stelios Orphanides

The 2013 banking crisis continues to haunt deposits in Cyprus’s banking system, two years after depositors at Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank, also known as Laiki, lost a significant portion of their savings.

Overall deposits stood at €46.5bn in February compared to €67.5bn two years ago, according to Central Bank of Cyprus data.

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Local News Sport March 30, 2015

Limassol Marathon a huge success

Limassol Marathon a huge success

By Andreas Vou

The ninth annual Limassol Marathon went down as a huge success as over 10,000 runners took part in the event on Sunday.

The first athlete to cross the finishing line was Ahmed Kazazoum with 2:46.05 on the clock. Second to finish was Michael Keane on 2:51.04 and third was Greece’s Vlasis Karavassilis with a time of 2:57.17.

Caroline Jackson from Great Britain was the first female competitor to finish in what was her first ever Limassol…

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Football Sport March 30, 2015

Greece stay bottom after goalless draw on Markarian debut

Greece stay bottom after goalless draw on Markarian debut

Greece squandered several second-half chances against Hungary in Budapest on Sunday as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw that left the visitors bottom of Euro 2016 qualifying Group F.

Sergio Markarian was taking charge of Greece, European champions in 2004, for the first time and the 70-year-old Uruguayan made five changes from the team that suffered a humiliating 1-0 home loss to the Faroe Islands in November.

“We were close to winning the game, so maybe we lost…

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Local News Sport March 30, 2015

Cyprus football set for reunification after long split

Cyprus football set for reunification after long split

By Peter Stevenson

Football reunification in Cyprus is set to move closer on Monday when the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) will apply for membership of the UEFA-recognised Cyprus Football Association (CFA) in the Greek Cypriot-controlled south.

CTFA chairman Hasan Sertoglu is expected to make the announcement at a news conference on Monday, officials familiar with the situation said.

An initial agreement was signed in Zurich in November, 2013 with CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis in the presence of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini.

The CFA and CTFA split almost 60 years ago and despite…

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Entertainment What's On March 30, 2015

Let’s get the party started

Let’s get the party started

By Maria Gregoriou

After playing to the capital in January, Italian DJ Deborah de Luca will be spinning that turn-table wheel on Tuesday in Larnaca.

Luca, from Naples, is currently one of the most sought-after female artists in the electronic music scene and never stays in one place for long, as she puts her music in her suitcase, ready to share it with the world.

This 35-year-old artist started out as a waitress in many clubs, then worked as a…

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International News March 30, 2015

Sarkozy wins French local elections; far right makes limited gains

Sarkozy wins French local elections; far right makes limited gains

By Ingrid Melander

The far-right National Front made only limited gains in French local elections won by a wide margin on Sunday by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives and their centrist allies.

Sarkozy’s UMP and its allies will take over two thirds of the 102 local “departements”, exit polls showed, up from 41 now, in a boost for the former president, whose recent comeback at the helm of the UMP is challenged within the party.

“The French people have massively rejected…

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International News March 30, 2015

Major 7.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued

Major 7.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.

The epicentre of the 33 km (22 mile) deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km (620 miles) of the earthquake epicentre along…

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Local News March 29, 2015

British Foreign Secretary expected in Cyprus on Tuesday

British Foreign Secretary expected in Cyprus on Tuesday

According to CNA sources, and even though the final program of his meetings has not been confirmed yet because Hammond is participating in talks on Iran`s nuclear program in Switzerland, the British Foreign Secretary is expected to meet on Tuesday at noon with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and later on in the afternoon he will be received by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

The visit is part of a tour British officials are making in EU member countries…

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Local News March 29, 2015

President addresses runners in Limassol Marathon

President addresses runners in Limassol Marathon

The 9th International Limassol Marathon, the biggest sporting event of the year in Cyprus, started on Sunday morning, in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades, Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou, other officials and spectators.

The Marathon attracted more than 10,000 participants, of whom about 1,500 runners came from abroad. The oldest runner is Cypriot Andreas Pampakas, aged 78. Children as young as 5 years old also participated.

Addressing the event, President Anastasiades said that the Marathon is one of the biggest…

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International News March 29, 2015

Fighting, airstrikes throughout Yemen as dialogue remains distant

Fighting, airstrikes throughout Yemen as dialogue remains distant

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader’s last major foothold in the country.

Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun battle in the central Crater district in which three people were killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed hands several times in the last five days of fighting.

The Health Ministry, loyal…

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Local News March 29, 2015

President of the Hellenic Republic will pay an official visit to Cyprus

President of the Hellenic Republic will pay an official visit to Cyprus

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos will pay an official visit to Cyprus on 30-31 March.

President Pavlopoulos, who arrives in Cyprus on the morning of March 30th, will be officially welcomed by the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace.

The two Presidents will hold a private meeting which will be followed by expanded talks between the delegations of the two countries.

During his stay in Cyprus, President Pavlopoulos will address a…

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Sport March 29, 2015

We saved our best until last, say Australia

We saved our best until last, say Australia

By Nick Mulvenney

Australia’s players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament after beating New Zealand by seven wickets with more than 16 overs to spare in the World Cup final on Sunday.

After their pace attack ripped through the vaunted New Zealand batting to dismiss the co-hosts for 183, skipper Michael Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out) hit half-centuries to drive Australia to their target and a fifth world title.

“Unbelievable…

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International News March 29, 2015

French local election tests far-right strength, Sarkozy comeback (Update 1)

French local election tests far-right strength, Sarkozy comeback (Update 1)

By Ingrid Melander

France’s far-right National Front is expected to strengthen its hold on grassroots politics in a second round of local elections on Sunday that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives are forecast to win.

Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigrant, anti-euro FN party aims to build a base of locally elected officials to become more mainstream and thus better placed to contest national ballots.

In a setback to its claims to have become France’s leading party, the FN placed second last week…

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Motoring Sport March 29, 2015

Ferrari’s Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia

Ferrari’s Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, registering the first Formula One win for the Italian team since 2013.

World champion Lewis Hamilton finished second, 8.5 seconds adrift, with his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg crossing the line in third place.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen finished in seventh place and at 17-years-old became the youngest points scorer in Formula One.

Result from the Formula One…

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Football Sport March 29, 2015

Sorry Cyprus succumb to Belgian blitz

Sorry Cyprus succumb to Belgian blitz

By Andreas Vou

Cyprus were dealt a 5-0 thrashing by group favourites Belgium on Saturday night which sees the Red Devils leapfrog Pambos Christodoulou’s men into third place in Group B.

Well aware of the abundant attacking quality of their Belgian counterparts, Cyprus’ objective from the offset was clear as they defended in numbers awaiting an inevitable offensive onslaught.

Despite coping bravely for the opening 20 minutes, the deadlock was eventually broken by Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini with a low…

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Local News March 29, 2015

‘Stop risking our health’

‘Stop risking our health’

By Andria Kades

RESIDENTS in a Limassol area are threatening to step up protests if CyTA does not remove an antenna they installed seven years ago.

Located in Zakaki, the mobile phone antenna has caused severe headaches, weakness and dizziness, say residents who live nearby. They have also raised fears that the antenna could be linked to cancer.

“I’ve lived here for about 30 years. This honestly started since they installed that thing opposite my children’s bedroom,” Marina Saidam said.

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Local News Comment March 29, 2015

Our View: A show of cowardice in the face of union muscle-flexing

Our View: A show of cowardice in the face of union muscle-flexing

WHENEVER workers’ rights are perceived to be violated or there is an attempt to address labour market distortions caused by unions, all the great and the good of our political system take public stands posing as the protectors of the workers and pontificating about the need to respect collective agreements and the industrial relations code.

When the Papdopoulos government ordered police to clamp down on state school teachers that were violating the terms of their employment contract by giving afternoon,…

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Comment March 29, 2015

Tales from the Coffeeshop: The conspiracy against the party of the poor… and the filthy rich

Tales from the Coffeeshop: The conspiracy against the party of the poor… and the filthy rich

By Patroclos

REGULARS would know that our disreputable establishment had repeatedly been asking why the commies of AKEL were so supportive of a crooked banker like Andreas Vgenopoulos, despite knowing, long before the bailout, that he had bankrupted Laiki.

The answer, now officially confirmed by the Attorney-General’s investigation into Focus Maritime Corporation’s funding of the political parties, is 1.5 million euro. It is the kind of money that would turn pure and idealistic commies into zealous cheerleaders of the most…

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