Picasso exhibition at the Picasso Foundation in Malaga

Picasso exhibition at the Picasso Foundation in Malaga

A picture made available on 25 October 2014 shows a visitor taking a photo of the work of art 'Three Doves', by Spanish Pablo Picasso, displayed in the exhibition entittled 'Ruiz Blasco. Ruiz Picasso: Millions Doves' at the Picasso Foundation in Malaga, south-eastern Spain, 24 October 2014. The display features photographs, books, ceramics and canvas by Picasso and his father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, on the occassion of the 133rd anniversary of the birth of acclaimed Picasso. The event runs from 24 October 2014 to 18 January 2015. EPA/JORGE ZAPATA

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International News Comment October 24, 2014

Portrait of a foreign fighter

Portrait of a foreign fighter

By Kjell Anderson

Acts of great evil such as terrorism and genocide are so horrifying as to seem entirely incomprehensible. What kinds of people commit such acts? The answer to this question is as simple as it is disquieting: people more like us than we would like to believe.

It is satisfying, but ultimately misleading, to believe that perpetrators possess certain inborn pathological traits. Rather, their motivations are not so different from our own: the desire for community, respect, and…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Ministry announces completion of SAR operation for crashed aircraft

Ministry announces completion of SAR operation for crashed aircraft

The Ministry of Defence announced on Friday that the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation for the detection of a small aircraft that crashed at sea 50 nautical miles south-east of Larnaca, was completed with the finding of the remains of its two passengers.

“This outcome, regardless of its tragic nature, is due to the rapid response of the Cyprus authorities under the coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) of the Republic of Cyprus, which was immediately mobilised, according…

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Chelsea facing striker crisis for United showdon

Chelsea facing striker crisis for United showdon

By Mike Collett

Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho’s league leaders will definitely be without their nine-goal top scorer Diego Costa, who has a hamstring problem.

Frenchman Loic Remy is also a doubt after injuring himself while scoring Chelsea’s opening goal in their club record 6-0 Champions League…

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Local News October 24, 2014

United Nations Day marked by continuous brutal violations of International Laws by Turkey in Cyprus – Greece

United Nations Day marked by continuous brutal violations of International Laws by Turkey in Cyprus – Greece

In what is normally a rather typical statement in regard to the celebration of the United Nations Day, the Greek government on Friday took the opportunity to pinpoint and denounce what it calls “systematic violations” of the UN’s basic principles in Cyprus by Turkey.

Evangelos Venizelos, Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece said Ankara does not respect the sovereign rights of UN member countries, does not refrain from “offensive actions and threats in applying force”, is not “dedicated to…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Nominations now open for the eighth Paphos Hearts of Gold award

Nominations now open for the eighth Paphos Hearts of Gold award

By Bejay Browne

THE NOMINATION process for the Paphos Hearts of Gold award 2014 is now open.

The philanthropic community-based award is now in its eighth year. It aims to recognise those who have shown tremendous courage, strength and determination, worked tirelessly within the community or for charities, overcome tragedies with a smile or have simply been a great help and support to neighbours and friends.

The award is open to everyone who is a resident of Paphos, of…

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International News Sport October 24, 2014

Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

By Zoran Milosavljevic

SERBIA have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said on Friday.

Serbia have also been ordered to play their next two home games in Group I behind closed doors, while both teams have been fined 100,000 euros following the chaotic scenes at the match in Belgrade, the Serbian FA added.

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International News October 24, 2014

New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack

New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack

By Barbara Goldberg

A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph on Thursday, wounded two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead, police said.

The officers were on foot patrol when they were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture on a Queens street at about 2 pm, a New York Police Department spokesman said.

Suddenly a man carrying a hatchet charged the officers, swinging it and striking…

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International News October 24, 2014

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald

European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.

Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border…

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International News October 24, 2014

Governor of Mexican state where students disappeared stands down

Governor of Mexican state where students disappeared stands down

By Dave Graham

The governor of a Mexican state roiled by the disappearance of dozens of students that has sparked protests and embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto, bowed to pressure on Thursday and said he was standing down.

Angel Aguirre, governor of the impoverished state of Guerrero in southwest Mexico, said he was taking a leave of absence. The move is the only option open to him given he cannot resign by law. His replacement will be chosen by the…

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International News October 24, 2014

Swedish military calls off hunt for suspected submarine

Swedish military calls off hunt for suspected submarine

By Simon Johnson

The Swedish military said on Friday that it had called of its search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after a week-long hunt, ending the country’s biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War.

More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since last Friday after reports of foreign “underwater activity” – suspected to be a Russian sub.

“This means the bulk of ships and amphibious forces have returned to…

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International News October 24, 2014

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

By Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr

Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a…

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Football Sport October 24, 2014

Real and Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

Real and Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

By Iain Rogers

Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ (7pm) may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team-mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly…

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Football Sport October 24, 2014

Cyprus championship resumes after long break

Cyprus championship resumes after long break

By Iacovos Constatinou

The Cyprus football championship resumes this weekend after a three-week break – two weeks because of Cyprus’ Euro 2016 qualifying games, and a further week was needed for the reseeding of the football pitches.

League leaders APOEL will have to forget about their midweek disappointment against French moneybags Paris St. Germain in the Champions League and concentrate once again on the domestic front. It is expected that coach Giorgos Donis will rest a number of players with…

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Local News October 24, 2014

President feeling ‘much better’

President feeling ‘much better’

President Nicos Anastasiades is feeling much better today and will possibly be discharged from the hospital specialising in ear, nose and throat treatment in Brussels later today, sources told CNA on Friday.

The president, who travelled to Brussels to take part in the European Council meeting, was forced to pull out of the EU summit after suffering prolonged nosebleeds. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning where tests established he was suffering from hypertension.

In a written statement issued…

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International News October 24, 2014

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo

A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was quarantined at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, unnerving financial markets amid concern the disease may spread in the…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Anastasiades laid up in Brussels

Anastasiades laid up in Brussels

By Stefanos Evripidou

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades was forced to pull out of a key EU summit yesterday after suffering continuous nose bleeds, a result of high blood pressure, requiring him to spend the night in a Brussels hospital.

The Cypriot delegation, headed by 68-year-old Anastasiades, went to the Belgian capital with the specific aim of convincing EU partners to strongly condemn Turkey’s violations of Cypriot sovereignty in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Turkey’s seismic research vessel Barbaros…

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Local News Comment October 24, 2014

Our View: Opposition to fan card is illogical and childishly irresponsible

Our View: Opposition to fan card is illogical and childishly irresponsible

WHENEVER football hooligans go on the rampage, pelting police with rocks, damaging property and injuring each other, politicians and officials waste no time in publicly condemning these actions. They all parade through the morning radio shows expressing abhorrence for the violence, condemning the ‘brainless’ supporters and demanding a clampdown on hooliganism. Everyone takes the moral high ground, criticising the government and the police for not taking action that would deal with the problem.

And now that a government has decided…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Stylianides appointed EU’s Ebola ‘czar’

Stylianides appointed EU’s Ebola ‘czar’

EUROPEAN Union leaders last night named Christos Stylianides, the incoming commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, to coordinate the bloc’s efforts to fight Ebola.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter that leaders meeting in Brussels had chosen the Cypriot as coordinator on Ebola, following a similar move by the United States which recently named Ron Klain as Ebola “czar”.

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Local News Business October 24, 2014

Economists say no room for populism after IMF Report

Economists say no room for populism after IMF Report

By Stelios Orphanides

CYPRUS must go ahead with economic reforms, help banks clear their balance sheets and cut further government spending or else it may have to pay yet again a heavy price for being complacent, two economists interviewed by the Cyprus Mail said.

The economists were commenting on the latest International Monetary Fund report on Cyprus which suggested the Cypriot government should further slash public payroll in an attempt to limit government spending, speed up its efforts to put…

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Local News October 24, 2014

‘Mobsters financing political parties in Cyprus’

‘Mobsters financing political parties in Cyprus’

Mobsters are financing political parties in Cyprus, funnelling to them part of their ill-gotten gains, furloughed politician Christos Pourgourides has claimed.

The former DISY MP made the remarks during a live radio show on Thursday while discussing transparency – or the lack thereof – in party financing.

“It is not just businessmen and big capital that fund parties, but also the criminal underworld makes its contributions,” Pourgourides said.

This included both foreign and Cypriot business people operating out of Cyprus…

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