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Waiting for Uzbek president

Waiting for Uzbek president

A Chinese boy yawns while waiting for the arrival of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China on Tuesday

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International News August 20, 2014

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan

Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza.

Charging that Israel had “opened a gateway to hell”, Hamas’s armed wing vowed to target Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli…

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International News August 20, 2014

Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

By Eric Beech and Victoria Cavaliere

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

“He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person,” Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Binding resolution sought for insolvency

Binding resolution sought for insolvency

By Elias Hazou

The Cabinet will this week likely ask parliament to issue a binding resolution stating that an insolvency framework will be passed and take effect as of January 1.

The resolution will be binding on both the government and the legislature, sources said.

Opposition parties want, in writing, additional and concurrent safeguards for homeowners who have trouble servicing their mortgage, otherwise threatening to vote down the government’s foreclosures bill.

That ‘safety net’ is an updated insolvency law, which…

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Local News Comment August 20, 2014

Our View: New face for job that has become synonymous with failure

Our View: New face for job that has become synonymous with failure

A NEW Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General is set to be announced in the next few days. The man tipped to replace Alexander Downer, who resigned earlier this year, is former foreign minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide. A member of the Norwegian Labour Party, Eide also served as defence minister. He had previously worked for the UN and was managing director of the World Economic Forum.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that Nicosia had signalled its consent to…

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International News August 20, 2014

Ukraine celebrates 23rd anniversary of its independence

Ukraine celebrates 23rd anniversary of its independence

TAKING this opportunity, I would like to congratulate all Ukrainian citizens and all our supporters in Cyprus on the occasion of the 23rd Anniversary of the Independence Day of Ukraine.

On this date the Ukrainian nation is meeting under unprecedented difficult conditions. We are experiencing brutal military intervention into our home affairs from the Kremlin. But to be really free we are ready to pay any price. Since now Ukrainians will never be again a part of the ex-Soviet empire.

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Local News August 20, 2014

‘Drowning complex’ was in process of getting pool licence

‘Drowning complex’ was in process of getting pool licence

By George Psyllides

STATE services were later this week due to inspect the Ayia Napa establishment where an 18-year-old holiday maker drowned on Monday to issue it a swimming pool license.

A post mortem carried out on Tuesday showed that British Cypriot Savvakis Alexandrou had drowned in the swimming pool of the apartment complex, which, as it later transpired, had no operating license from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Nor did it have a swimming pool license from the…

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Local News August 20, 2014

CY pilots call for probe results to be made public

CY pilots call for probe results to be made public

Cyprus Airways (CY) pilots want the findings of a probe into allegations that the chairman had charged personal expenses to the company published, as they called for foreign experts to take over its management.

The results of the probe are expected to be discussed Wednesday by the Council of Ministers. It was launched in June but despite saying it would only take two to three days, according to the finance minister, the findings have yet to be made public, CY…

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Local News Sport August 20, 2014

Guidelines issued for tomorrow’s big match

Guidelines issued for tomorrow’s big match

POLICE yesterday issued guidelines for fan’s attending Thursday’s AEL – Tottenham Hotspur Europa League playoff at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca.

In an effort to help things run smoothly, ticket holders will be allowed to enter the area from 5pm, two hours prior to kick off, with gates opening at 5.30pm.
Police have called on fans to arrive early in case of possible electronic delays at the ticket booths.

AEL fans will be seated in the north, west,…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Illegal organs trade suspected in north

Illegal organs trade suspected in north

The ‘Health minister’ in the north Ahmet Gule claimed on Tuesday that trade in illegal human organs was taking place at the Near East University (NEU) in the occupied areas, adding that Ukrainians were selling their organs to Israelis.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), during a press conference on Tuesday Gule claimed that a team of investigators was dispatched to the university to verify suspicions but they were denied entry.

“When they returned the next day they…

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Local News August 20, 2014

EBOLA drill to be undertaken

EBOLA drill to be undertaken

A DRILL for the management of a suspected case of Ebola is planned to take place at the beginning of September, the Health ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry reassured that even though the situation is serious in countries where Ebola has broken out there is no reason to worry in Cyprus as the country has taken all appropriate measures and can intensify them when and if needed.

“Frequent communication has been established with the World Health Organisation (WHO),…

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Football Sport August 20, 2014

Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

By Brian Homewood

Besiktas hit the bar straight from kickoff as they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal in Tuesday’s Champions League playoffs while a superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visitors Athletic Bilbao.

Jonatan Soriano struck the woodwork three times and scored in Salzburg’s 2-1 win over visiting Malmo, Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 at FC Copenhagen and a late goal gave Steaua Bucharest a 1-0 home win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the other…

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Local News August 19, 2014

Education minister wades into beer fest row

Education minister wades into beer fest row

Education Minister Costas Kadis stepped in on Tuesday to resolve the beer festival crisis, saying he would not allow an event promoting alcohol to take place in school grounds.
Kadis’ statements refer to a dispute between the Nicosia municipality and event organisers Display Art, who for the last three years jointly organised the Nicosia Beer Festival at the Constanza moat.
The municipality decided to collaborate with a different company for the 2014 festival, claiming Display Art owner Savvas…

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Local News August 19, 2014

Scammers rob two Limassol stores

Scammers rob two Limassol stores

LIMASSOL police on Tuesday warned all traders to be on the lookout for a couple that has thus far stolen €3,350 from supermarkets and fruitmarkets.
Police said the couple, a man and woman around 35 to 40 years of age, use a ploy to distract tellers while robbing them of their money. The couple was described as dark-skinned, with black hair, probably Roma in decent.

Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriadis said that after paying for their groceries, the woman…

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Local News August 19, 2014

Mass action planned against foreclosures bill

Mass action planned against foreclosures bill

By Constantinos Psillides
MASS protests against foreclosures are being planned by a platform created on Tuesday by labour, pensioner unions and farmer unions in addition to parents’ associations.
Society Reacts and Demands is set to hold its first demonstration outside the presidential palace next Wednesday at 6pm, a day before the House plenum is due to discuss the matter.
“Cypriot citizens are faced for the first time since 1974 with the prospect of losing their homes, their…

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Local News August 19, 2014

London residence cannot be sold as we don’t own it says ministry

London residence cannot be sold as we don’t own it says ministry

The residence of the Cypriot ambassador in London cannot be sold as it is not owned by the Republic, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry was responding to a suggestion by the Urban Cyprus Society, a not-for-profit organisation, that the building be sold and a less expensive one bought to host the ambassador.
The group had said the building – located in Chelsea and worth an estimated 12 million pounds sterling -was too costly to maintain.

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International News August 19, 2014

Melbourne found most ‘liveable city’; Damascus comes last

Melbourne found most ‘liveable city’; Damascus comes last

MELBOURNE tops the ranking as the world’s most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.

Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released on Tuesday. Bottom was Damascus, capital of war-torn Syria, while just above it in ascending order were Dhaka in Bangladesh,Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Lagos, Nigeria.

The Economist survey also includes a listing of cities whose “liveability” has declined…

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International News August 19, 2014

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids – reports

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids – reports

Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

Google has been working on a version of YouTube, its video-sharing site, for youngsters and is considering other child-friendly accounts such as its Gmail system, the Financial Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook Inc do not offer their services to children…

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Local News August 19, 2014

Tribute to US ambassador killed in 1974

Tribute to US ambassador killed in 1974

The most fitting memorial to all who died in Cyprus’ still unresolved conflict is an agreement that would create permanent peace on the island, US Ambassador John Koenig said on Tuesday, marking 40 years since the assassination of American Ambassador Rodger Davies and administrative assistant Antoinette Varnava.

“I am mindful that a day does not go by in Cyprus when we are not reminded of the many who have died in a conflict that has remained unresolved for far too…

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Local News August 19, 2014

Lidl fined €20,000 for Easter meat policy

Lidl fined €20,000 for Easter meat policy

By Constantinos Psillides

LIDL Cyprus will be forced to pay €20,000 after it violated fair trade practices, the Competition and Consumer Protection Service (CCPS) announced on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by CCPS – which is a department of the Commerce ministry – Lidl violated fair trade practices by advertising offers on lamb during the Easter holidays but failing to provide its stores with sufficient quantities of meat to meet the expected demand.

In a report CCSP head Pambos…

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Sport August 19, 2014

Max Verstappen to become youngest ever F1 driver

Max Verstappen to become youngest ever F1 driver

By Alan Baldwin

Dutch 16-year-old Max Verstappen is set to become Formula One’s youngest ever driver after the Toro Rosso team announced on Monday that he will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in their lineup next year.

Verstappen, son of former grand prix racer Jos, turns 17 only next month and is still too young to take a driving test in the Netherlands.

Even when he does turn 17, he will still have to wait a year before he is allowed…

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