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Ceremony at Kharkiv airport

Ceremony at Kharkiv airport

A coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is loaded into a Dutch military plane during a ceremony on the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 23, 2014. A Dutch transport aircraft with 14 coffins leaves the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands, transporting the first victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Government representatives from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Australia attended the ceremony in Kharkiv, which was broadcast live on Dutch television. After speeches and a minute of silence, the wooden coffins were loaded onto the aircraft. An Australian plane will be transporting 24 coffins to the Netherlands later in the day. EPA/OLGA IVASHCHENKO

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Local News July 22, 2014

Drug smuggler found dead in police cell

Drug smuggler found dead in police cell

A 50-year old Polish man under arrest for smuggling cocaine was found dead in his cell on Tuesday morning, police said.
According to the police report, the man was found by Drug Squad officers at around 9am.
Following an autopsy, medical examiner Eleni Antoniou concluded that the cause of death was pulmonary oedema.
The man was arrested on Friday, on suspicion of smuggling drugs.
He was taken to Paphos General Hospital where an x-ray showed foreign…

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International News July 22, 2014

EU fails to back up tough talk on Russia

EU fails to back up tough talk on Russia

By Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft

The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action after France’s president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

The 28 EU ministers met under pressure from the United States and Britain to step up sanctions after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane last week in an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

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International News July 22, 2014

Turkish police detained for alleged spying on government (Updated)

Turkish police detained for alleged spying on government (Updated)

By Daren Butler

Dozens of Turkish police including high-ranking officers were detained on Tuesday, accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the chief prosecutor said was a concocted probe of an alleged terrorist group.

The former Istanbul anti-terror police chief, himself among those detained and led away in handcuffs, said the incident was entirely political, coming just a few weeks ahead of a presidential election in which Erdogan is standing.

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Local News July 22, 2014

Setback to be discussed with Greek PM

Setback to be discussed with Greek PM

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will on Monday discuss the setback in the Cyprus peace talks arising from statements made by Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

Greek Government Spokesman Sofia Voultepsi said “the setback in the talks on Cyprus seems to arise from the recent statements by Gul (concerning the form that a possible solution will take) and Turkey’s general stance and not because this is ascertained by the Greek government”.

During his visit to the occupied…

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International News July 22, 2014

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

By Michelle Martin

A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”.

Five people suffering from chronic pain brought the complaint to a court in Cologne after Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) refused them permission to grow the plant at home.

The court said the BfArM had to reconsider three of the requests that it had rejected.

While the plaintiffs all…

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Local News July 22, 2014

Large family benefits not to be impacted by GMI

Large family benefits not to be impacted by GMI

President Nicos Anastasiades assured large families on Tuesday that allowances will not be cut because of the introduction of the Guaranteed Minimum Income.
“The president showed a lot of understanding … there was a will to solve problems – at later stage for the most important ones that have a financial cost – but some matters have been put on the agenda for implementation,” Paraskevas Samaras, chairman of the large families organisation said after a meeting with the president. Read More

International News July 22, 2014

Jokowi party claims victory in Indonesian presidential election

Jokowi party claims victory in Indonesian presidential election

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Jonathan Thatcher

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world’s third largest democracy.

The Elections Commission, known as KPU, said the Jakarta governor had won by just over six percentage points, with 53.15 per cent of the nearly 130 million votes cast on July 9.

It was the closest and most bitterly fought election in Indonesia’s history, pitting Jokowi against former general…

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International News July 22, 2014

Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city

Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff

A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.

Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims…

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International News July 22, 2014

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.

US Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring Egypt, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flew to Israel to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet on Wednesday with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank.

However, there…

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Local News July 22, 2014

CY gets involved in oil and gas operations

CY gets involved in oil and gas operations

CYPRUS Airways (CY) has signed a strategic agreement with PHI Air Europe, a leading company in the provision of helicopter support to offshore oil and gas operations.

The deal includes use of CY’s engineering and maintenance department, and also contains provisions for expanding cooperation to other areas such as personnel training, provision of continuous airworthiness management, and cargo services.
PHI Air Europe is part of US-based PHI Helicopters INC, which will base its European HQ in Cyprus.
CY…

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Football Sport July 22, 2014

Real Madrid announce £63m Rodriguez signing

Real Madrid announce £63m Rodriguez signing

By Tim Hanlon

Real Madrid have signed Colombia international James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract, the La Liga club said on Tuesday.
“Real Madrid and AS Monaco have reached an agreement for the transfer of James Rodriguez that will see keep him at the club for the next six seasons,” Real said in a statement on their website.

The World Cup’s Golden Boot winner with six goals, who will be presented at the Bernabeu later on Tuesday,…

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Sport July 22, 2014

Cyprus to participate in Commonwealth Games with 51 athletes

Cyprus to participate in Commonwealth Games with 51 athletes

THE Cypriot delegation is in Glasgow to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
The Cypriot team consists of 51 athletes, 30 men and 21 women. They will compete in judo, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
The Commonwealth Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with 4,500 athletes from 71 countries.

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Local News Business July 22, 2014

Ryanair boss says company may show interest in Cyprus Airways

Ryanair boss says company may show interest in Cyprus Airways

Ryanair will probably submit an expression of interest in troubled Cyprus Airways which is up for sale, Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday.

The Cypriot government in mid-July invited non-binding expressions of interest in its shares or assets in Cyprus Airways, the state-controlled airline which has posted heavy losses for years.

The deadline for submissions is July 23, and requires a non-binding expression of interest to consider a potential binding offer.

“We probably will make some expression of interest…

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International News July 22, 2014

Britain to hold public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko

Britain to hold public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko

By Michael Holden

Britain said on Tuesday it will hold a public inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder from his deathbed after he was poisoned in London in 2006.

Last year, the British government rejected a request for an inquiry into the killing of Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a plush London hotel, leading to accusations it wanted…

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Mixed Signals: China’s Unpredictable Foreign Policy

Mixed Signals: China’s Unpredictable Foreign Policy

By Shi Yinhong

The 18th Party Congress in November 2012 produced new leadership for China, but it did not produce much optimism for the future of China’s relationship with its East Asian neighbors or the United States.

Chinese President Xi Jinping frequently refers to the “Chinese Dream,” or “the great resurgence of the Chinese nation.” Coinciding with this, the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) goal to build up modernized forces has shifted to the simpler but more comprehensive and forceful aim…

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Local News Business July 22, 2014

Sale price a thorn in foreclosure bill discussions

Sale price a thorn in foreclosure bill discussions

While the final touches are yet unspecified, the foreclosures bill was expected to make its way to the government’s legal services for review on Tuesday, ahead of its submission to the cabinet for approval.

According to sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency, the bill had not yet been finalised as of Tuesday morning, despite a Monday marathon session attended by Finance minister Harris Georgiades, Interior minister Sokratis Hasikos and the Troika mission heads that yielded some consensus.

The bone…

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International News July 22, 2014

South Korea ferry boss death confirmed

South Korea ferry boss death confirmed

By Ju-min Park

The body of South Korea’s most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard, police said on Tuesday, with his book and empty bottles of alcohol nearby.

The police chief in charge of the case in a small city in the south of the country was sacked on Tuesday for not recognising the book, or putting two and…

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International News July 22, 2014

Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport

Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport

By Maria Golovnina

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said.

The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear.

The explosion comes days after one of the most audacious militant attacks in a year on the airport, which is used by both civilians and the military.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihulllah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. “In this successful attack up to 15 invader…

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Local News Business July 22, 2014

Authorities committed to protecting financial stability

Authorities committed to protecting financial stability

The decision to place FBME Bank under administration showed the authorities’ commitment to protect financial stability, the government said on Tuesday.

The Central Bank (CBC) announced late on Monday that it was placing FBME Bank in resolution to protect depositors after a US Treasury implicated the lender in money laundering activities.

The announcement came out after the Resolution Authority – including the finance minister and the Central Bank governor – issued a decree on the sale of FBME Bank’s operations…

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Life & Style Sport July 22, 2014

10 tasty football snacks from around the world that you have to try

10 tasty football snacks from around the world that you have to try

By Jamie Spencer
Food and football often go hand in hand, but most supporters in the UK can hope for little more than indeterminate meat pies, cups of cheap tea and Bovril.
Bored of the usual fare? Have a look at these tasty snacks that football fans from around the world get to enjoy on match days.
Warning: involuntary salivation may occur.

10. Chin Chin
The fact that chin chin is fried and easy to eat…

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