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Anti-fracking protest in the UK

Anti-fracking protest in the UK

An anti-fracking protestor demonstrates outside County Hall Preston, north west Engalnd on Wednesday. Lancashire County Council is deciding on two planning applications that will set a precedent for fracking plans in England. The decision has been deferred for eight weeks after a request from energy firm Cuadrilla (EPA)

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Local News January 28, 2015

Pub standoff suspect remanded in custody

Pub standoff suspect remanded in custody

Constantinos Psillides

A 43-year old who shot and injured his estranged wife and then locked himself inside his pub for 30 hours, threatening to take his life, has been remanded in custody for six days.

He is held in connection with attempted murder and illegally carrying a firearm with the intent to cause harm.

It all started on Monday morning when the man got into an argument with the 41-year-old woman over child support.

The suspect claimed he lost his…

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International News January 28, 2015

Litvinenko post-mortem was world’s most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears

Litvinenko post-mortem was world’s most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears

Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope London in 2006, carried out the world’s most dangerous-ever post-mortem, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.

They also said they would probably never have discovered the way he had been killed had unusual tests not been carried out just before his death.
British police say Kremlin critic Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking tea poisoned with polonium-210 at a plush London hotel…

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Local News January 28, 2015

Egyptian Minister of Transport to pay official visit to Cyprus

Egyptian Minister of Transport to pay official visit to Cyprus

Transport Minister of Egypt Hany Dahy will pay Cyprus an official visit this week, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Marios Demetriades.

The two Ministers will hold a meeting tomorrow during which they will focus on issues relating to the prospects of a ferry connection between Cyprus and Egypt, the strengthening of cooperation in the field of shipping and any potential interest on behalf of Cypriot contracting companies in projects in the field of transport in Egypt.

During his…

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Local News Business January 28, 2015

Cyprus ranks 20th in misery index

Cyprus ranks 20th in misery index

Cyprus ranks 20th on the 2014 world misery index because of high unemployment, according to data compiled by a public policy research organisation.

Some 48,000 were unemployed in December 2014, as the island struggles to find its feet after seeking an international bailout in 2012.

Greece was 19th.

The index, put together by the Cato Institute, includes 108 countries. Countries not included did not report satisfactory data for 2014.

The five most miserable countries in the world at the end…

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Australian Open Sport January 28, 2015

Djokovic thrashes Raonic to set up Wawrinka semi-final

Djokovic thrashes Raonic to set up Wawrinka semi-final

Novak Djokovic tamed Milos Raonic’s formidable serve before humbling the Canadian 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

Eighth seed Raonic, who pushed deep at the grand slams last year, was supposed to offer the first real test for the top-seeded Serb but was completely outclassed under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

After being edged in the tiebreak,…

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International News January 28, 2015

Tsipras pushes on with radical change

Tsipras pushes on with radical change

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised “radical” change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece’s international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets.

A swift series of announcements signalled the newly installed government would not back down from its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on course for a clash with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay…

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Local News January 28, 2015

Clothing worth €100,000 stolen

Clothing worth €100,000 stolen

Designer wear, said to be worth over €100,000, was stolen from a store in Limassol in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.

Police said burglars broke into the Ayios Tyhonas shop through the front door at around 4am.

Three burglars lifted a section of an iron security grill, broke the glass door, and stole a large number of expensive leather jackets and suits.

The store is protected by an alarm system that did not go off, for unknown as…

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International News January 28, 2015

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; 7 Israeli soldiers wounded (Update 3)

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; 7 Israeli soldiers wounded (Update 3)

By Jeffrey Heller and Sylvia Westall

The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers, the biggest escalation since a 2006 war.

The attack, which Hezbollah said was carried out by one of its brigades in the area, was in apparent retaliation for a January 18 Israeli air strike in southern Syria that killed several Hezbollah…

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International News Business January 28, 2015

Europe stocks dip; Greek shares extend retreat

Europe stocks dip; Greek shares extend retreat

By Blaise Robinson

European shares dipped in early trading on Wednesday, with Greek stocks extending their sell-off sparked by the victory of leftwing Syriza party in Sunday’s election.

Shares of Greek utility PPC and Greece’s biggest port, Piraeus Port Authority, fell by 6.6 and 8.3 percent respectively after the new government said it would freeze privatisation plans.

One of the first decisions announced by the Syriza government was stopping the planned sale of a 67-percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority….

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Entertainment What's On January 28, 2015

Hush… a beauty sleeps

Hush… a beauty sleeps

By Maria Gregoriou

We might be in the twenty-first century but the tales of princesses and princes on white horses (referring to the movie Cinderella set to grace our movie screens in March of this year), of wicked witches and wolves (does the recently released block-buster Into the Woods ring a bell?) are still very much what we place our fantasy worlds around.

Apart from Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, there is Sleeping Beauty and this fairytale is the…

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Local News Business January 28, 2015

Ship management revenue slumps 6.7% in H1 2014

Ship management revenue slumps 6.7% in H1 2014

By Stelios Orphanides

Revenue from ship management fell 6.7 per cent to 389 million euros in the first half of 2014, compared to the second half of 2013, and 3.2 per cent compared to January to June 2013, the central bank said.

This is the lowest level since 2010, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in its semi-annual ship management survey published on its website today. “Nevertheless, the size of the industry as a percentage of GDP remained at 5…

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Local News January 28, 2015

Cyprus unhappy over EU Council Russia statement

Cyprus unhappy over EU Council Russia statement

Cyprus has expressed displeasure over a European Council statement about Russia, apparently issued before several countries had time to give thier feedback.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said proper procedure had not been followed and Cyprus did not even have the chance to comment on the draft before it was issued.

Countries were given a three-hour deadline to comment on the statement, the draft of which was sent only to the director of President Nicos Anastasiades’ diplomatic office. Such statements are…

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International News Business January 28, 2015

China’s yuan breaks into the world’s top five as payment currency-SWIFT

China’s yuan breaks into the world’s top five as payment currency-SWIFT

China’s yuan broke into the top five as a world payment currency in November, overtaking the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar, global transaction services organisation SWIFT said on Wednesday.

After nearly a year firmly positioned at seventh spot, the yuan reached a record high share of 2.17 percent in global payments by value and is in sight of the Japanese yen, which has a share of 2.69 percent.

The U.S. dollar, euro and British pound remain the top three…

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Local News January 28, 2015

Tender call for work on Ayios Panteleimonas monastery

Tender call for work on Ayios Panteleimonas monastery

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future have launched a tender for conservation works at Ayios Panteleimonas monastery in the north of the island.

The Monastery is one of four “Mega-Projects” that together with Apostolos Andreas monastery, the Othello Tower, and the Famagusta Walls Complex are considered large-scale monuments with great historical and social value by the technical committee.

Conservation works are fully funded by the European Union within the overall…

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Football Sport January 28, 2015

Tottenham’s Vorm gets Pochettino backing after Cup howler

Tottenham’s Vorm gets Pochettino backing after Cup howler

By Toby Davis

Tottenham Hotspur’s Michel Vorm is set to retain his place in goal for their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Sheffield United on Wednesday (9.45pm)despite his howler in their FA Cup exit on Saturday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino gave Vorm his full backing ahead of the last-four clash after his mistake gifted Leicester City a surprise 2-1 away win in the FA Cup.
The Dutchman let a tame effort from Jeffrey Schlupp squirm past him…

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International News Business January 28, 2015

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

By Christina Farr

Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 27, while many analysts had expected fewer than 70 million. Revenue rose to $74.6 billion from $57.6 billion a year earlier.

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International News January 28, 2015

Greece to freeze plans to privatise power utility PPC – new energy min

Greece to freeze plans to privatise power utility PPC – new energy min

The new Greek government of leftwing Syriza will freeze plans to privatise the country’s dominant power utility PPC, its energy minister said on Wednesday.

“We will halt immediately any privatisation of PPC,” Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis told Greek television.

The previous government had passed legislation last year to spin-off part of PPC and privatise it as part of its efforts to liberalise its energy market.

On Tuesday the new government announced that it was stopping the planned sale of…

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Entertainment What's On January 28, 2015

Catching up with history

Catching up with history

By Maria Gregoriou

The Droushia Heights Hotel in Paphos is not all about the relaxation, the bonding with nature and the sightseeing, it also has an educational side to it.

Anyone who is in Paphos on Friday can get a taste of what the hotel has to offer in terms of lectures as it will be hosting Wally Oppenheim (a retired history teacher) who will be talking about Cyprus in the First World War.

Although our island was never a…

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International News January 28, 2015

Japan’s Abe: new video of Islamic State captive Goto “despicable”

Japan’s Abe: new video of Islamic State captive Goto “despicable”

By Elaine Lies and Takashi Umekawa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday termed as “despicable” a new video appearing to show Islamic State captive Kenji Goto saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.

The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, had a shorter time to live.

“The video is despicable and I feel strong anger,” Abe told reporters.

The voice said Japanese national Goto would be…

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Australian Open Sport January 28, 2015

Wawrinka carves up Nishikori, Serena powers into semis

Wawrinka carves up Nishikori, Serena powers into semis

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka avenged his U.S. Open quarter-final defeat to Kei Nishikori in style with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 7-6(6) victory to charge into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Swiss has worked his way slowly into the year’s first grand slam but put his foot to the floor at a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena, dominating Nishikori with raw power and compiling an exhaustive highlight reel of cleanly struck winners.

Wawrinka’s backhand was particularly deadly,…

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