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West Bank clashes

A Palestinian boy looks on near burning tyres during cashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the near-by Jewish settlement of Qadomem, in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus (Reuters)

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Local News September 19, 2014

Eide: Joint declaration clear ‘and not contradictory’

Eide: Joint declaration clear ‘and not contradictory’

By Maria Myles

UN SPECIAL Adviser Espen Barth Eide urged all Cypriots to look ahead, not back, while also considering the bigger picture when working towards an agreed solution of the Cyprus problem.

In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Eide said he was here as an active facilitator, not arbitrator, to help the two sides reach a negotiated settlement, as outlined by the two leaders.

The Norwegian indicated that Cypriots, in their efforts to reach an…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Inflating the Public promises a multi-sensory experience

Inflating the Public promises a multi-sensory experience

By Evie Andreou

FIVE temporary inflatable structures, installed throughout the walled town of Nicosia o are giving the public an opportunity to participate in a multi-sensory experience with sound and visual installations.

The pop-up event ‘5 Installations, 5 Locations: 1 City’ is being organised by non-governmental organisation Urban Gorillas in partnership with the Architecture Research Centre (ARC) of the University of Nicosia.

“These inflatables are ephemeral spatial structures that alter our use and perception of existing spaces in…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Paphos students strike over school changes

Paphos students strike over school changes

STUDENTS from the Kykkos Lyceum in Paphos abstained from classes until 11am yesterday to protest against the school’s gradual closing down and over the incorporation of students from the already closed Nikolaideio Gymnasium for the current school year.

Yesterday the students stood outside the school holding banners and asking the education ministry to reconsider its decision to close down their school.
They called the ministry’s decision “unjust”.

Students’ representative Socrates Charalambides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Geostrategic and energy posts filled

Geostrategic and energy posts filled

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades has appointed the members of the new National Geostrategic Council and the Energy Council.

Heading the National Geostrategic Council, tasked with assessing regional and international politics and advising the president on matters of foreign policy, will be Michalis Attalides, rector of the Nicosia University.

The Energy Council will lead by Dr. Andreas Poullikkas, professor of Power Systems at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK).

Other members of the Geostrategic council are: Petros Zarounas international relations expert; Kalliopi…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Anti-fascism march in Nicosia in memory of Greek rapper

Anti-fascism march in Nicosia in memory of Greek rapper

AN ANTI-FASCISM march took place in Nicosia last night in memory of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas who was stabbed to death a year ago in Piraeus, Greece.

The marchers started out from the interior ministry, briefly stopping outside the Greek embassy where police security was tight, and headed off to Ledra Street.

Taking part were youth branches of political parties, party officials and other organisations.

The demonstrators carried placards denouncing fascism and Nazism. No disturbances were reported.

By contrast, a…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Fellow students shave in solidarity with sick classmate

Fellow students shave in solidarity with sick classmate

STUDENTS and faculty members of the Xenion High School in Paralimni got together and shaved their heads in solidarity with 12-year-old Antonis, a fellow student, who lost his hair due to chemotherapy.

The event took place at the school’s grounds, with faculty members volunteering to shave the heads of some of the students. The group shaving was held as a surprise for the 12-year-old, who got permission from the hospital to attend.

According to Antonis’ brother and sister, “he was…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Charity drive for school supplies

Charity drive for school supplies

‘Hope For Children’ UNCRC Policy Centre (HFC) in partnership with the Andrey & Julia Dashin Foundation has announced for the second year the launch of the campaign ‘Back to School with Hope’ to offer free school supplies to low-income families in Cyprus, as part of HFC’s programme ’Eradicate Child Poverty in Cyprus”.

The campaign will be ongoing from September 2014 to January 2015. Today, an event for collecting school items will take place at Kimonos Square in Larnaca, from 5pm…

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Local News September 19, 2014

All clear for Kalo Chorio water supply

All clear for Kalo Chorio water supply

AUTHORITIES yesterday gave residents of Kalo Chorio in Larnaca the all-clear to use their local water supply.

In a statement, the health ministry said latest lab analysis of water samples taken on September 15 found the water is now safe for drinking and cooking.

The health services had on two previous occasions advised residents not to consume water from their local supply. The source of the contamination had been traced to two wells in the area. Local authorities cut off…

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Local News September 19, 2014

CyTA offers free telecare trial to the elderly

CyTA offers free telecare trial to the elderly

By Evie Andreou

SENIOR citizens of Strovolos will have the opportunity to be the first to test two telecare services – the Alert Button and Location Tracking – provided by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and VIDAVO Company.

The two services, which are running on a pilot basis, will be provided free of charge to members of the Strovolos daily centre for elderly people for a period of two months.

The alert button, which is on a bracelet, puts…

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International News September 19, 2014

Scots voting against independence, early results show

Scots voting against independence, early results show

By Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan

Scotland has voted against breaking from the United Kingdom in half its constituencies home to nearly one third of the electorate, early results from a divisive independence referendum showed.

Scotland’s final verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.

With 16 of 32 regions declared so far, the nationalists have only won two. According to Reuters calculations, the “No” camp has 56 percent of the vote although the biggest areas…

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Main Sport September 18, 2014

Apollon earns famous victory in five-goal thriller

Apollon earns famous victory in five-goal thriller

By Andreas Vou

APOLLON let a two-goal lead slip against FC Zurich on Thursday night but grabbed an 87th minute winner to earn a historic 3-2 win in the opening group game in the Europa League.

The Limassol club went into the break 2-0 up against the current leaders of the Swiss Super League but were pegged back to level terms early in the second half. Apollon were even reduced to ten men later on yet still managed to find…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Aristo boss and three others arrested (Update 2)

Aristo boss and three others arrested (Update 2)

By Elias Hazou

PROMINENT businessman Theodoros Aristodemou was one of four persons placed under arrest on Thursday night  in a case involving suspected fraudulent zoning in Paphos.

Earlier in the day, a Paphos court had issued warrants for the arrest of Aristodemou, his wife, an engineer formerly contracted by the Paphos municipality, and another person currently employed at the same municipality.

Aristodemou is the boss of Aristo Developers – the island’s largest land developers and the company implicated in the…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Nicosia roads to be closed for Friday’s rally

Nicosia roads to be closed for Friday’s rally

By Constantinos Psillides

The Cyprus Rally will be hitting the streets of Nicosia on Friday with a special starting event in front of the finance ministry, marking the beginning of an automotive race that will stretch for a total of 774.34 km.

This also marks the first time in history that the Cyprus Rally will go through the north of Nicosia. The Nicosia Special Stage is a five kilometre course, starting at the finance ministry, going through the northern stretch…

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International News September 18, 2014

Islamic State releases video it says shows British journalist John Cantlie

Islamic State releases video it says shows British journalist John Cantlie

By Alexander Dziadosz

Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal “facts” about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

The Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq.

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Local News September 18, 2014

Over 140,000 drivers have not paid road tax

Over 140,000 drivers have not paid road tax

Under new legislation being prepared, motorists who haven’t paid their road tax but who want their vehicles immobilised will be able to do so simply by presenting a sworn statement in court.

According to data from the Road Transport Department (RTD), road tax has not been paid for some 143,000 vehicles, for a total amount of €53m.

But the department has to sift through its records to differentiate between those owners who do not care to renew their road tax…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Public servants calls off strike

Public servants calls off strike

By George Psyllides

Public sector unions called off a general strike for Friday after receiving assurances during a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades that the government would not tax their retirement bonus and other pension benefits.

Doctors also suspended their measures.

The chief of central government workers union PASYDY said explanations had been provided and “any misunderstandings were lifted.”

“The president’s intervention was especially positive,” Glafkos Hadjipetrou said. “He reassured that there was no question of taxing the retirement bonus…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Fuel terminal work halted by impromptu strike

Fuel terminal work halted by impromptu strike

Construction work at the Vasilikos fuel storage terminal came to a halt on Thursday after workers staged an impromptu strike in protest at not having received their wages.

Fanos Georgiou, a spokesman for the workers, said that the Cypriot workers have not been paid their August wages, whereas other nationalities – Greeks, Bulgarians, Romanians and Indians – have gone unpaid for two or more months.

The workers say the strike will continue until they receive the wages due them.

Under…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Cyprus and Germany sign evacuation deal

Cyprus and Germany sign evacuation deal

By Stefanos Evripidou

Germany and Cyprus signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday for the evacuation of German citizens in the event of crises or natural disasters in Cyprus’ geographic area.
The agreement was signed by visiting German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth and Cypriot Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon.
“This ceremony is very important for Germany. We have to face different crises at Europe’s doorstep and this technical arrangement allows us to use the good…

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Local News September 18, 2014

CyTA case a ‘conspiracy to hurt AKEL’

CyTA case a ‘conspiracy to hurt AKEL’

By George Psyllides

AKEL’s former financial officer, on trial in connection with a suspicious land deal involving state telecoms company CyTA, reiterated on Thursday that the whole case was a political conspiracy to hurt the party.

Venizelos Zanettos, 67, claimed he had no involvement and queried why investigators had not questioned AKEL MP Nicos Katsourides in connection with the case, stressing however that he was not suggesting he was guilty.

He said Katsourides had been tasked with overseeing CyTA on…

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Football Sport September 18, 2014

Different philosophy reason for Cardiff departure, says Solskjaer

Different philosophy reason for Cardiff departure, says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped down as Cardiff City manager on Thursday, highlighting a difference in philosophy with controversial owner Vincent Tan as the reason behind his departure.

The 41-year-old Solskjaer lasted less than nine months in charge after taking over from Malky Mackay in January with the club battling for Premier League survival.

The former Manchester United striker and Norway international failed to keep Cardiff in the English top flight and after a poor start to the Championship (second tier)…

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