Clashes in the West Bank

Clashes in the West Bank

A Palestinian protester moves a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Jewish settlements, in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday (Reuters)

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Local News March 27, 2015

Church wants media to grass on ‘rogue’ theologian

Church wants media to grass on ‘rogue’ theologian

The Church of Cyprus is asking the media to provide any printed and audio-visual material to assist with its investigation into the views publicly aired by theologian Andreas Pitsillides.

The Holy Synod, the governing body of the Church, has set up a three-member investigative committee after “complaints” made to it about views expressed over time by the theologian.

“It would be useful and helpful, if you could kindly provide us with television, radio, printed or any other material from your…

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International News March 27, 2015

Italy court prepares verdict in Knox appeal over Kercher murder

Italy court prepares verdict in Knox appeal over Kercher murder

By Antonio Denti

Italy’s highest court is expected to rule on Friday on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

The brutal killing and tangle of trials that followed gripped attention on both sides of the Atlantic, inspiring books and films. Kercher’s family said Meredith, who died aged 21, risked being forgotten.

Almost eight years after the murder, the Court of Cassation’s decision could trigger a…

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International News March 27, 2015

No sure way to prevent pilot ‘suicides’ – psychologists

No sure way to prevent pilot ‘suicides’ – psychologists

By Siva Govindasamy and Swati Pandey

As investigators probe why a young German pilot deliberately crashed an Airbus A320 passenger jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, pilots and psychologists warn there is no foolproof way to prevent similar incidents in the future.

All 150 people on board Germanwings flight 4U9525 died after 27-year-old first officer Andreas Lubitz locked the cockpit door, took control of the plane and veered it down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute.

German…

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International News March 27, 2015

Turkey passes tough new security law, raising fears of election crackdowns

Turkey passes tough new security law, raising fears of election crackdowns

By Jonny Hogg and Gulsen Solaker

Turkey’s parliament overwhelmingly passed a security law on Friday to broaden police powers and allow the use of firearms against demonstrators, deepening fears of crackdowns on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections.

The legislation has sparked fierce criticism from opposition parties who say the ruling AK Party is becoming more authoritarian. Members of Turkey’s restive Kurdish minority say the law could be used to target them.

The government abruptly withdrew the bill last month after…

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International News March 27, 2015

Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war

Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre

A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the centre of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal.

Turkey and China both claim the detainees as nationals in a dispute with potential implications for hundreds of other suspected Uighur detainees and to where they should be repatriated. The group has been in detention for a year.

The…

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International News March 27, 2015

South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

By James Pearson and Jack Kim

South Korea demanded the immediate release on Friday of two of its citizens being held in North Korea on accusations spying.

Late on Thursday, the North’s official KCNA news agency showed images of two middle-aged men it identified as Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil speaking at a news conference in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

It said the two men were South Korean nationals working as spies for Seoul’s National Intelligence Service…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Road closures due to Limassol Marathon on Sunday

Road closures due to Limassol Marathon on Sunday

Organisers of the Limassol Marathon, which takes place on Sunday announced on Friday that the seafront road along the race course from the Le Meridien Hotel up to the New Port Traffic Lights would be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

From Old Port/Spyrou Araouzou to Georgiou A and Panayioti Tsangari Ηours 8:30-14:00 From Georgiou A and Panayioti Tsangari to B1 motorway/Le Meridien Ηours 9:30-12:30 From Old Port/Spyrou Araouzou to New Port Omonoias/Franglinou Roosevelt Hours 9:00-13:00

The organisers said to…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Number of mist nets ‘three times higher’ in bases

Number of mist nets ‘three times higher’ in bases

By Staff Reporter

Following a BirdLife report earlier this month that the Eastern Sovereign Base Area (ESBA) was a hot spot for bird trapping, two other groups have released similar findings showing that the illegal activity was three times higher than in the Republic.

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA) have released two new field reports for their Autumn 2014 and Winter 2014/2015 Bird Protection Camps (BPCs).

CABS said that according to winter monitoring data…

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International News March 27, 2015

Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen’s Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance (Update 2)

Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen’s Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance (Update 2)

By Mohammed Mukhashef

Yemen’s beleagured government said Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a mainly Gulf Arab campaign against the Iranian-allied militia that risks escalating a regional proxy conflict.

Warplanes targeted Houthi forces controlling Yemen’s capital and their northern heartland on Friday and, in a boost for Riyadh, fellow monarchy Morocco said it would join the rapidly-assembled Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shi’ite Muslim group.

But Pakistan, named by Saudi…

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International News March 27, 2015

Wrong kitty litter led to radiation leak at New Mexico nuke waste dump

Wrong kitty litter led to radiation leak at New Mexico nuke waste dump

A radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was caused by “chemically incompatible” contents, including kitty litter, that reacted inside a barrel of waste causing it to rupture, scientists said on Thursday.

The U.S. Energy Department report on last year’s radiation accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad showed that a drum of waste containing radioisotopes like plutonium was improperly packaged at the Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe before arriving for…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Cypriots produce more rubbish than EU average

Cypriots produce more rubbish than EU average

EACH person in Cyprus produced an average of 624 kilos of rubbish in 2013, compared to 481kg per head for EU citizens, Eurostat figures showed yesterday.

The high number has, however, been steadily dropping the past few years with recycling increasing to 12 per cent in Cyprus.

Across the continent, 31 per cent of waste was absorbed, 28 per cent recycled, 26 per cent burned and 15 per cent was turned to other products – a figure which has, according…

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Entertainment What's On March 27, 2015

Lots to be unravelled in-between chats

Lots to be unravelled in-between chats

By Maria Gregoriou

We don’t get many things for free these days but miracles do happen and when it comes to entertaining teenagers, it seems that free wifi is not the only thing that can get them all together in a room.

Theatro Aigaia in Nicosia is putting on performances of Enda Walsh’s play Chatroom as of tomorrow until Sunday.
The plot is based on six teenagers who only communicate online. Remind you of your teenager?

These teenagers’ conversations…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Focus slush funds raise fresh political storm

Focus slush funds raise fresh political storm

By Constantinos Psillides

DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos stated yesterday that Focus Maritime Corporation – owned by Greek shipowner Michalis Zolotas, a close associate to former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos – apparently donated money in 2008 to political parties AKEL and DISY so that then-presidential candidate Tassos Papadopoulos would not be elected.

In 2008, the late former president was up for re-election and facing AKEL candidate Demetris Christofias and DISY candidate Ioannis Kasoulides.

Daily Politis reported in April 2014 that €1.5m…

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Local News Comment March 27, 2015

Our View: Bondholders need straight talk, not pandering to

Our View: Bondholders need straight talk, not pandering to

SPEAKING on a radio show, the day after Monday’s violent demonstration outside the Bank of Cyprus headquarters, a representative of the bondholders claimed the government and the bank had been misleading the people who had lost the money they had invested in what were technically known as convertible enhanced capital securities.

These had been issued by cash-strapped Laiki and Bank of Cyprus before the recession fully took hold paying annual interest of between six and seven per cent, significantly…

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Crimea: Anniversary of peace and tranquility

Crimea: Anniversary of peace and tranquility

Stanislav V. Osadchiy

A YEAR has passed since Crimea reunited with the Russian Federation. What has happened during this year? The peninsula has been receiving significant financial aid from the Russian Federation, different productions have been restored and are now developing, different cultural and recreational infrastructure is being renewed, and national minorities have been granted various privileges. However, the most important question is, what has not happened in Crimea?

There has been no bloodshed, no Nazi-fascist attacks against the…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Gene therapy study on rare ‘Crusaders’ disease

Gene therapy study on rare ‘Crusaders’ disease

By Nikolaos Prakas

A NEW gene therapy for people suffering with Familial Amyloid Neuropathy type 1 (FAP 1), a rare genetic disease dated to the times of the Crusaders, will be offered as part of a clinical study at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), it announced yesterday.

The therapy will use an intravenous infusion of DNA that inhibits the expression of the transthyretin gene. The infusions will be done every three weeks as part of the study,…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Teachers upset over reduced hours

Teachers upset over reduced hours

By Evie Andreou

SOON after unions had expressed their overall satisfaction earlier in the week with the proposed reforms announced by Education minister Costas Kadis, the reshuffling of teaching timetables has ignited spats between teacher associations of different subjects.

The first to object were computer science teachers who disagree with the proposed reduction of the weekly teaching hours of their subject by one period.

“The computer science branch has been wronged as teaching hours will be reduced,” Petros Gais,…

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Local News March 27, 2015

ENI needs time out after second dud

ENI needs time out after second dud

By Elias Hazou

ENI’s failure to locate commercially exploitable natural gas reserves in the Amathusa prospect was always the more probable scenario, but regardless, the latest setback should not discourage Cyprus from pressing ahead with its offshore exploration plans, experts tell the Cyprus Mail.

At the same time, ENI, following its two back-to-back duds needs a time-out and the government should oblige, energy analyst Charles Ellinas said.

The government yesterday declined to comment on reports that ENI requested an extension…

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Local News Business March 27, 2015

Burned Laiki depositors protest

Burned Laiki depositors protest

MEMBERS of the association of former Laiki depositors (SYKALA) and other bank debtors briefly tussled with police outside parliament yesterday, before marching onto the Presidential Palace to continue their protest.

A crowd of around 400 gathered outside parliament, cordoned off by police. The demonstrators briefly tried to push through the barricade, but were repelled by security.

Joining the SYKALA protesters in solidarity were members of the Movement Against Foreclosures and the Borrowers Association ‘Evnomia’.

Once tensions defused, a delegation of…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time

Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time

By Evie Andreou

COMMUNICATIONS and Works minister Marios Demetriades yesterday said he had no idea why the Larnaca and Limassol port workers went on yet another strike.

The minister, who was at the House Transport Committee’s discussion on the agreement concerning the privatisation of services at Larnaca port, said that it was unthinkable for strikes to be announced without a specific reason.

After the committee meeting, the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA) workers’ union announced they were going on strike…

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