By Jean Christou
UN Special Adviser Espen Barth appeared pragmatic on Tuesday night that his proposal for a twin-track process to resolve the hydrocarbons dispute so that Cyprus talks could resume, had not created “much enthusiasm” on either side.
President Nicos Anastasiades told Eide during their 90-minute meeting that there would be no returning to the negotiating table until Turkey ceased violating the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
He also explained to Eide why the Special Adviser’s…
By Jean Christou
Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary snubbed by the late President Tassos Papadopoulos for meeting in the north with a Turkish Cypriot leader in 2006, is calling on the international community to accept the division of Cyprus.
Straw has often in the past brought up the issue of two states in Cyprus, and in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu in London on Tuesday he said the island’s division needed to be accepted as a reality.
By Angelos Anastasiou
The Paphos municipal council decided on Tuesday to terminate the employment of employee Maria Solomonidou, who is under police scrutiny for her role in two criminal cases.
Solomonidou was suspended from her post on October 21 after she was implicated in two separate police investigations.
Investigations into threatening text messages sent to municipal councilmen and a journalist in connection with a case of suspected land-demarcation fraud in Paphos revealed that Solomonidou was the owner…
By Elias Hazou
Nicosia and Cairo agreed on Tuesday to speed up talks for exporting Cypriot gas to Egypt as the island appeared to switch track from onshore LNG to pipelines.
Egypt can receive as much gas quantities as Cyprus can export, Egypt’s petroleum minister Sherif Ismail told reporters in Nicosia.
Τhe gas could also be processed so that it can be exported to other countries, he added.
“We are open for any discussions, ready to…
By Evie Andreou
More and more women are forced to return to abusive husbands because they cannot afford to fend for themselves, the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO) on Tuesday at the start of a 16-day campaign against domestic violence.
According to SPAVO between 2009 and 2010, 11 per cent of women returned to their husbands, while over the next two years, the percentage rose to 13 per cent.
By Julia Symmes Cobb
Colombia’s FARC rebels freed two captured soldiers on Tuesday, the first step toward resuming peace talks which the government suspended after the insurgent group took five hostages, including an army general.
The halt in the two-year-old negotiations, taking place in Havana, threatened to derail efforts to end five decades of war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, which has killed more than 200,000 people since it began in 1964.
By Daniel Flynn
Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims, in the latest strike to hamper the fight against the worst known outbreak of the virus.
A spokesman for the striking workers in the eastern town of Kenema, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks.
Authorities accepted that…Read More
By Angelos Anastasiou
The House plenum will resume its discussion of Cyprus Airways (CY) next week, House finance committee chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a joint session of the Finance and Watchdog committees, in which deputies reviewed last week’s update on the progress of seeking a strategic investor to take over the airline, Papadopoulos said the matter will be on the agenda for next week’s plenum, on December 4.
AKEL deputy Aristos Damianou said…
By Maria Gregoriou
THIS week (it seems) is one for piano recitals and opera singing that is somewhat out of the norm.
First up is a piano recital by young Cypriot pianist Drosostalida Moraiti on Thursday, who will be performing works by modern Cypriot composers Agis Ioannides, Akis Pavlou, Giorgos Stavrou, Aris Tsigaras and Evagoras Karagiorgis, as well as works by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and the Latvian Peteris Vasks.
Moraiti graduated from the Ethnikon Odeion of Cyprus at…Read More
By George Psyllides
The presidential palace on Tuesday said it could find no trace of two notes submitted to parliament by Central Bank (CBC) governor Chrystalla Georghadji relating to changes she made to her contract.
Georghadji submitted two notes she attached to employment contracts informing of changes she had made before signing them and sending them to the Presidential Palace to the House Ethics Committee.
The changes – removal of a clause on conflict of interest, and…
By George Psyllides
The current local authority model has come to the end of its lifespan, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said on Tuesday, as he called for radical reforms.
“The time has come for a radical, pioneering, and courageous reform of the institution,” the minister said in a speech before the union of municipalities AGM.
The island’s numerous municipalities are feeling the brunt of the economic crisis with some having difficulties in making ends meet.
Together, local authorities owe some…Read More
By Constantinos Psillides
The 17-year-old boy from Larnaca, who is currently in custody for the murder of British Cypriot Michael Antony Louis Mina on November 16, was on Tuesday referred to the Criminal Court where he will be charged with premeditated murder.
The teen will appear before the Criminal Court on January 12 and until then he will remain in custody.
A premeditated murder charge could result in a life sentence.
The 17-year-old was brought to the Larnaca District Court…Read More
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister
The St. Louis area was braced for another day of protests on Tuesday after a grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violet and racially charged rioting.
About a dozen buildings in Ferguson, Missouri, burned overnight and police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters, said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar Sixty-one people were also…Read More
By Yara Bayoumy and Sami Aboudi
Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner in a raid in which seven al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country’s supreme security committee said.
The committee did not disclose the nationality of the foreign hostage, but a Yemeni government source said he was a US military instructor who worked at al-Anad air base in Lahej province, some 60-km north of the port city of Aden.
The source said the rescue…Read More
By Stephen Kalin
An eight-floor residential building collapsed overnight in Cairo, killing at least 18 people and injuring seven others, security sources said on Tuesday, adding that the casualty figure was expected to rise.
Emergency services, soldiers and neighbours spent the morning rifling through a 5-metre high pile of rubble in search of survivors in a densely populated northeast district of the capital. Bodies wrapped in black were removed on stretchers to waiting ambulances as bulldozers lifted debris.
Ahmed Fawzi,…Read More
By Eleanor Biles
Pope Francis told Europe’s leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming “a vast cemetery”.
Addressing the European Parliament for the first time, Francis also said Europe should create jobs and not allow the bureaucracy of its institutions to suffocate the ideals which once made it vibrant.
The Argentine pope has made defence of migrants and workers…Read More
By Jean Christou
President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday met political party leaders ahead of his meeting later with UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide where he is due to give an official response for the Greek Cypriot side’s rejection of a proposal for a twin-track process to resolve the hydrocarbons dispute.
After the meeting at the presidential palace, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said there had been a good exchange of views with the party leaders on the argument the Greek…Read More
By Venus Wu
Scuffles erupted after Hong Kong authorities cleared part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district of Mong Kok on Tuesday following a court order to reopen a road, with several demonstrators taken away in police vans.
The gritty, working-class area across the harbour from the main protest site at Admiralty has been the scene of some of the most violent clashes during two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city.
Hundreds of police stood…Read More
By Stelios Orphanides
Cyprus’ economy may not return to growth next year as delays in the implementation of the reform programme agreed with international creditors, the public discussion over abandoning the memorandum of understanding as well as the negative outlook for Russia’s economy may result in a continuation of the recession, Hellenic Bank said.
By Stelios Orphanides
RCB Bank Ltd said it completed a capital increase by issuing new shares to the Russian Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank, which is now owner of a 19.85 per cent stake, the Cyprus based lender.
“In the course of the issue of additional shares, the stake of VTB Bank decreased to 46.29 per cent, RCB Bank equity increased by $124.2 million and exceeded $0.5 billion in total,” RCB said in an emailed statement today.