Israel eases rules for gun permits

Israel eases rules for gun permits

Visitors check guns at a weapons shop of a shooting range in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 November 2014. Due to the tense security situation and the recent attacks on Israelis, the Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitz had approved guidlines to ease the rules to issue gun permits to Israelis. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

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English Premier League Sport November 23, 2014

Liverpool lose but Spurs win against lesser lights

Liverpool lose but Spurs win against lesser lights

By Mike Collett

Crystal Palace heaped more misery on Liverpool when they came from behind to win 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, six months after effectively ending the northern club’s title hopes when they drew 3-3.

Palace’s home victory, with goals from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and a superb curling free kick from Mile Jedinak, condemned Liverpool to a third successive league defeat after Rickie Lambert scored his first goal for the club to put them ahead in…

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International News November 23, 2014

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

By Samiullah Paiwand

A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.

Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final.

He said most of the casualties were civilians.

No one immediately claimed responsibility…

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Motoring Sport November 23, 2014

Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

By Alan Baldwin

A tearful Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the floodlit season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In a race overshadowed by the ever-present spectre of mechanical failure after the Briton’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg suffered an early loss of power, Hamilton powered to his 11th win in 19 races.

The 29-year-old, who took his first title with McLaren in 2008, became Britain’s…

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International News November 23, 2014

Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday.

On Saturday suspected Boko Haram insurgents entered Doron Baga, north of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, and fired from motorcycles. A police source said more than 25 people had been killed.

One person put the death toll higher.

“Boko Haram members laid ambush for traders who came to buy…

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International News November 23, 2014

Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO

Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO

An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to “the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system”, the WHO warned.

“The situation is…

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Local News Business November 23, 2014

Lack of extreme value in mainstream markets prompts investment in periphery – Wilbur Ross

Lack of extreme value in mainstream markets prompts investment in periphery – Wilbur Ross

Newly elected vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus and chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Co, Wilbur Ross has cited difficulty in finding “extreme value in the mainstream markets” as a reason behind his decision to invest in the Bank of Cyprus.

“We`re finding it very difficult to find extreme value in the mainstream markets,” Ross told CNBC on Friday, adding “we`ve moved into Greece, into Euro Bank, and now into Bank of Cyprus. That`s going pretty far…

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English Premier League Sport November 23, 2014

Sombre Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s lack of efficiency

Sombre Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s lack of efficiency

A subdued and sombre Arsene Wenger was left to rue Arsenal’s lack of efficiency after his team lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United on Saturday in a game they dominated.

The hosts took advantage of a makeshift United defence to pour forward in the first half and only the excellence of visiting goalkeeper David de Gea prevented the London side from being well ahead at halftime.

But the lack of ruthlessness and the naivety which has plagued Arsenal in…

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Local News November 23, 2014

Davutoglu: you can’t do what you want with the gas

Davutoglu: you can’t do what you want with the gas

By Angelos Anastasiou

TURKISH Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday that hydrocarbons could not be used as a weapon by anyone, adding that if Greek Cypriots unilaterally continued to claim Cyprus’ natural resources for themselves, Turkey would reciprocate on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots.

Addressing the Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul, the Turkish Premier said there must be a settlement immediately, arguing that if negotiations stall the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots should form a joint committee to manage Cyprus’…

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Comment November 23, 2014

Our View: Why is Vgenopoulos being treated with kid gloves?

Our View: Why is Vgenopoulos being treated with kid gloves?

THE STUDY into the events that led to collapse of the banking sector, commissioned by the government and reported extensively by the New York Times, led to the inexorable conclusion that the main cause for the economy’s troubles was Laiki Bank. The bank, according to the study, was “insolvent before the haircut of the Greek government bonds” in October 2011, after which “it had little chance to survive.”

The authorities, nevertheless, tried everything they could to keep it afloat, drawing…

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Local News November 23, 2014

‘Police doctored traffic report to cover mistakes’

‘Police doctored traffic report to cover mistakes’

By Angelos Anastasiou

POLICE investigators doctored their report of a car accident in May 2013 in order to cover their own mistakes, documents obtained by the Sunday Mail suggest.

On May 11, 2013, Pakistani student Hafir Muhammad Musawar – or ‘Savvas’ as he has been going by, in that habit Cypriots have of turning hard-to-pronounce foreign names into vaguely similar Greek ones – was on his way back to Nicosia from Paphos.

He had just picked up a friend of…

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Local News November 23, 2014

‘I knew what I was getting into’ says refusenik lawyer

‘I knew what I was getting into’ says refusenik lawyer

By Constantinos Psillides

LAWYER and civil activist Michalis Paraskeva, 38, is willing to see his civil disobedience act through to the end, no matter the cost, he told the Sunday Mail. Paraskeva, who made headlines for going to court because he refused to pay his social insurance contributions for the past nine months said he is not deterred by the possibility that he will probably end up in jail.

“Look. I believe in straight talk and this is probably how…

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Local News November 23, 2014

Title deed event ‘sold out’ as buyers’ concerns mount amidst crisis

Title deed event ‘sold out’ as buyers’ concerns mount amidst crisis

By Bejay Browne

A PROPOSED lecture on the thorny subject of title deeds which is due to take place in Paphos early in December has ‘sold out’ with all available seats booked within a week of its announcement.

According to Nigel Howarth, a Limassol based property advisor, who offers independent information and advice for Cyprus homebuyers and property investors, the lecture will focus on the efforts being made by the authorities to accelerate the issuance of title deeds and complications…

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Local News November 23, 2014

From no-man’s land to trendy hot spot

From no-man’s land to trendy hot spot

By Alexia Evripidou

AFTER DECADES of neglect and almost six years of work more recently, Nicosia’s historic Ermou Street is on its way to being placed firmly back on the map, attracting museums, musical venues and arts and crafts professionals from all fields.

Courtesy of the predominantly EU funded bi-communal “Nicosia Master Plan” (NMP), Ermou is sprucing up nicely. Once the heart of Nicosia, the once-well-known street has been neglected since the intercommunal troubles in 1963.

In 1974 half of…

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Local News Comment November 23, 2014

Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

By Loucas Charalambous

I THINK I may need to seek the help of a psychiatrist. Some of our president’s incurable obsessions have been pushing me to the brink of madness. One of these is appointments, which he engages in with carefree abandon; his all-time favourite verb is ‘appoint’.

It does not matter whether the committees, sub-committees and councils that he thinks up are needed, nor how much they cost.  This does not interest him, as long as can keep appointing…

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Local News Comment November 23, 2014

Has anybody really thought this through?

Has anybody really thought this through?

By Hermes Solomon

MANY in the south of the island believe that a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation will be catastrophic for Greek Cypriots, and they might be right.

The Barbaros provocations gave our politicians yet another chance to hide behind mother Greece’s skirt – the Cyprob talks ceasing abruptly with politicians and ‘entourage’ taking ‘breather’ trips to Cairo, Athens and Brussels.

Any excuse will do to create a hullaballoo. And for good reason – we are scared stiff of the Turks…

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Comment November 23, 2014

An awesome bit of sophistry

An awesome bit of sophistry

By Johan van den Kerkhof

THE debate on mainstream American media on Islam, ISIS et cetera has totally gone off the rails. When Bill Maher, the supposed progressive likens Islam to the Mafia, you know something ain’t right. A certain mental recalibration is called for lest we all slip into certifiable insanity.

First things first: I’m no apologist for Islam, nor for any religion for that matter, and readers may trace previous ramblings for my atheist/agnostic/whatever credentials.

But when folks…

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Comment November 23, 2014

If you can’t beat them, join them

If you can’t beat them, join them

By Demetrios Nicolaides

WITH future hydrocarbons wealth an almost certainty, the prospect of economic prosperity and a high quality of life is slowly becoming a tangible reality, and indeed deciding how to allocate and spend this incredible wealth will be crucial to the future development and economic sustainability of the island.

However, the lack of long term fiscal planning and proven financial mismanagement by the island’s political leadership is a cause for concern. Our current political leaders continue to prove…

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Comment November 23, 2014

A smokescreen cloaking the reality

A smokescreen cloaking the reality

By Gavin Jones

POLITICAL parties within Europe which have employed immigration as one of their primary platforms have tapped into the rich seam of prejudice and angst, real or imagined, that has flared up and reached a crescendo. These tendencies are not a new phenomenon as some may think but are part of a centuries old tradition of picking on minorities or the most vulnerable in society and blaming them for the ills that exist in their respective countries. On many an occasion, violence was the end result.

Towards the end of the 11th Century,…

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Comment November 23, 2014

The ‘Brexit’ scenario

The ‘Brexit’ scenario

By Stelios Papadopoulos

IN NOVEMBER 2012 the Institute for Public Policy Research, published a survey where it argued that an emerging English political identity may over time come to challenge the institutions and practices of the UK. The report concluded that those who identify more strongly as English also hold stronger feelings of discontentment with England’s Unions.

That is, they are dissatisfied with the constitutional status quo within the UK which is seen to favour Scotland and under-represent England’s interests…

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Comment November 23, 2014

The spirits of Mandela and Lincoln

The spirits of Mandela and Lincoln

By Timothy Spyrou

IN THE dying month of this year and the fourth month of the new, mankind will pass two anniversaries with barely a nod. On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the father of South Africa and a guardian of human freedom, breathed his last. We mourned the giant, who, in President Obama’s funeral oration, personified the quality of understanding “the ties that bind the human spirit”.  Beyond his own torment, pain and tears, he understood that those who were oppressing…

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