Anti government protest in Istanbul

Anti government protest in Istanbul

Turkish police arrest a child shouting slogans against the government during Children day ceremony in Istanbul on Wednesday. According to local sources, police arrested children as they shout slogans against government for Berkin Elvan, 15-year old boy, who died on March from injuries sustained during anti-government protests on Taksim Square last year (EPA)

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Local News April 23, 2014

‘No proposal’ about naming names

‘No proposal’ about naming names

NO official proposal has been tabled before the House Ethics Committee concerning the publication of thousands of names of people and companies that transferred funds abroad before a controversial deposit seizure last year, its chairman said on Tuesday.

Last week, the committee decided to include the names of everyone who moved money out of Cypriot banks between June 2012 and March 15, 2013 — when the EU decided to seize people’s deposits to recapitalise banks — in the report of…

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Local News April 23, 2014

Akamas residents finally agree a plan

Akamas residents finally agree a plan

By Constantinos Psillides

PRESERVING the natural beauty of the Akamas peninsula edged a step closer yesterday when residents and landowners of the region agreed to approve the EU Natura 2000 environmental protection programme proposal.

The proposal, now to be presented to the cabinet, will ensure the Akamas’ status as a natural reserve is accepted by residents who own land within its limits. A dispute over the area’s fate has been ongoing for 25 years.

Spokesman for the coordinating committee of…

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Local News April 23, 2014

Nicosia district selects graduates to man polling stations

Nicosia district selects graduates to man polling stations

By Staff reporter

THE Nicosia District Administration (NDA) offices held a public draw on Tuesday to decide which unemployed university graduates will be staffing polling stations in the May 25 European parliament elections.

The list of all those selected is posted on the NDA’s website www.moi.gov.cy/da . Only the graduates’ ID card number is posted and according to a representative of the NDA, all selected graduates will be notified via text to bring to NDA headquarters a copy of their…

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Football Sport April 23, 2014

Atletico frustrated by defence-minded Chelsea

Atletico frustrated by defence-minded Chelsea

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were locked at 0-0 after their Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday after the Spanish side failed to break down their ultra-cautious visitors at the Calderon.
Atletico, through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years, dominated the defence-minded 2012 winners but were unable to carve out an advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, returning to the…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Tear gas and rocks as rival fans clash

Tear gas and rocks as rival fans clash

By Constantinos Psillides
EIGHT people were injured and ten arrested in clashes between APOEL and AEL football fans and the police before Tuesdays match at the GSP stadium in Nicosia.

One fan was seriously injured when a rock hit him in the face, while another of the injured was an anti-riot police officer.

The rest of the injured were taken to Nicosia General Hospital and released shortly after.
Fans from both teams cut off the traffic on the…

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Local News April 22, 2014

AKEL again draws ire from ELAM

AKEL again draws ire from ELAM

AKEL on Tuesday again drew the ire of ELAM for mentioning the ultra-nationalist outfit in a statement issued on the anniversary of the April 21, 1967 coup d’état in Greece on Monday.
In its statement, denouncing the coup that led to the installation of the junta, AKEL said: “The fascistic, nationalist, racist and bigoted ideologies of Golden Dawn and ELAM are no different to those ideologies that bolstered the coup and kept the junta in power for seven years.” Read More

Football Sport April 22, 2014

APOEL on top after 3-0 win

APOEL on top after 3-0 win

By Iacovos Constantinou

APOEL were the victors in Tuesday’s top of the table clash against AEL with a resounding three nil win in front of almost 16.000 fans at the GSP stadium. APOEL are now level on points with the Limassol team but their superior goal difference puts them at the top.

The Nicosia outfit got off to a great start when the unmarked Nuno Morais headed past AEL keeper Karim Fegrouch in the fifth minute. Four minutes before half…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Five injured by firecrackers

Five injured by firecrackers

FOUR innocent bystanders, including two children, and one young man handling a firecracker were injured by them over the Easter period, the police announced on Tuesday.
A man from Larnaca suffered severe injuries to his palm, fingers and eyes from a firecracker.
The police also said their campaign before the holiday to block the use of firecrackers, mostly brought over from the north, had resulted in fewer incidents this year.
“Generally, it went well. I’d like to…

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International News April 22, 2014

Company that owned ill-fated S.Korea ferry has chequered past

Company that owned ill-fated S.Korea ferry has chequered past

By Miyoung Kim and Hyunjoo Jin

The company that owned the South Korean ferry which sank last week, killing possibly hundreds of people, sprang out of a shipping to cosmetics empire founded by a businessman who was jailed for fraud and then went bankrupt.

The founder of the predecessor company, Yoo Byung-un, once likened his 1997 bankruptcy proceedings to a captain going down with his ship. An investment vehicle run by his two sons and its shipbuilding affiliate are now the majority owners of Chonghaejin…

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International News April 22, 2014

Turkish opposition appeals to top court for re-run of Ankara vote

Turkish opposition appeals to top court for re-run of Ankara vote

By Jonny Hogg and Humeyra Pamuk

The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of a contested mayoral ballot in the capital Ankara, where he lost to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party.

The secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) says last month’s close Ankara race was marred by fraud including problems with vote counting – charges that Turkey’s High Election Board has already rejected.

Nationwide local ballots saw the Islamist-rooted AK Party sweep to victory despite weeks of anti-government protests last summer and a widespread corruption scandal that has dogged Erdogan and…

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International News April 22, 2014

Biden warns on Ukraine as Russia dismisses sanctions threat

Biden warns on Ukraine as Russia dismisses sanctions threat

By Jeff Mason and Darya Korsunskaya

US Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that “time is short” for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow said it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

Speaking on a visit to Kiev, Biden called on Moscow to pull back troops built up on Ukraine’s borders and to “stop talking and start acting” on getting Russian separatists who have seized control in eastern towns and cities to disarm.

The United States has repeatedly warned Russia it faces “mounting costs” if it…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Good Friday service sent mixed messages

Good Friday service sent mixed messages

By Alexia Evripidou
Reactions have been mixed to last week’s historic Good Friday liturgy at the Ayios Giorgos Exorinos church in Famagusta.
The ceremony was welcomed as a message of hope and reconciliation by some, and as a ‘glass half empty’ by others.
Thousands of people, including foreign diplomats, local political party leaders, and Famagusta refugees, travelled to witness the first such liturgy at the church in almost six decades. The historic event was hailed by UN…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Low Easter sales disappoint

Low Easter sales disappoint

By Evie Andreou
Traders were very disappointed with business over the Easter period, small shopkeepers’ union POVEK general secretary Stefanos Koursaris said on Tuesday.
Koursaris said that Easter turnover was substantially lower this year compared to previous years.
A big chunk of the expected turnover went to supermarket chains and large superstores which benefited from the extended shop hours, he said.
“With the exception of basic items (foodstuff), the rest of the market has suffered a…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Swedish UN-veterans returning to Cyprus after 40 years

Swedish UN-veterans returning to Cyprus after 40 years

By Staff Reporter

Next month, 125 Swedish UN-veterans are returning to Cyprus,  40 years after they witnessed the invasion of the island in the summer of 1974.

It will be the largest reunion ever of Swedish peacekeeping forces outside of Sweden.

Sweden was one of the first troop-contributing countries to UNFICYP. Between 1964 and 1993, a total of 27,981 Swedish military and police officers served in Cyprus.

The Swedish Contingent that took over responsibility for Famagusta district in April 1974…

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Local News April 22, 2014

A morning of recycling and fun to mark Earth Day

A morning of recycling and fun to mark Earth Day

By Alexia Evripidou

Cans for Kids are inviting the public to join them celebrate Earth Day with snacks, fun and recycling on Saturday, April 26. Proceeds of the sold recycled cans will help purchase medical equipment for Makarios III Children’s Hospital.

The general public are invited to collect their aluminium cans and pop along on Saturday from 10am to 1pm to the Cans for Kids Recycling Centre for a joint fun and educational morning.

Organised along with Microsoft and the…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Vigilance urged for stolen cancer drug

Vigilance urged for stolen cancer drug

By Staff Reporter

The Pharmaceutical Services said on Tuesday it was unlikely that Roche’s breast cancer drug Herceptin, thought to have been stolen from hospitals in Italy, tampered with and reintroduced into the supply chain was on the Cyprus market.

However the deputy head of the services, Ioannis Kkolos, told the Cyprus News Agency that health sector workers and the public should be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

“Although it is unlikely, the possibility is conceivable,” he said.

The European Medicines Agency warned last…

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International News April 22, 2014

Fans pay tribute to Nobel Laureate Garcia Marquez

Fans pay tribute to Nobel Laureate Garcia Marquez

By Lizbeth Diaz

Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in a colorful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature.

Hundreds thronged outside Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts, a domed jewel of early 20th century architecture, to lay bouquets and see the urn containing the ashes of the pioneer of magical realism and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Garcia Marquez died in Mexico on Thursday, at age 87.

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International News April 22, 2014

Japan lawmakers in shrine visit

Japan lawmakers in shrine visit

By Elaine Lies

A Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers on Tuesday visited Yasukuni Shrine, which is seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, in a move that could further strain fraught regional ties.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the shrine on Monday, just days before a Tokyo visit by US President Barack Obama, provoking an angry response from China and South Korea, which decried it as romanticizing Japan’s wartime past.

Internal Affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo, along with a close aide to Abe, paid their respects at Yasukuni, where 14 war criminals…

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International News April 22, 2014

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

By Richard Balmforth and Aleksandar Vasovic

An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

US and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of government buildings they have occupied across swathes of eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks.

Washington, which signed last week’s accord in Geneva along with Moscow, Kiev and the European Union, said it would decide “in days” on additional…

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Local News April 22, 2014

Ban urges sides forward

Ban urges sides forward

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the two sides in Cyprus to maintain momentum in the negotiations.

A spokesman for Ban, who was briefing the press after a meeting the Secretary-General had with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in New York, said: “They exchanged views on the negotiations and had a productive discussion about the way forward in light of the resumption of the talks on 11 February.”

“The Secretary-General urged Mr Eroglu to maintain the current momentum in the talks,…

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The Week in Pictures , April 7th – April 11th

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New Zealand
Running Easter bunny
Solar Impulse in Switzerland
Visakhi festival in Amritsar
Rabbit Steeple Chase Race
Burning bread in Brooklyn
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marks Kim Il-sung birth anniversary
Hillsborough Memorial service
President Anastasiades in Abu Dhabi
Total Lunar Eclipse
Catholic procession past unction stone in Chuirch of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during Holy Week
Decorated Easter egg in Prague
Easter chocolates
Processions on Holy Wednesday in Granada
US Coast Guard drug seizure
Duck reflection
Singapore underwater 'Easter Bunny'
Holy Week World Record attempt
Re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

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