Dancing the night away in South Africa

Dancing the night away in South Africa

Dancers perform during the opening night of 'Les Nuits' (The nights) at the annual Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday. 'Les Nuits' is a French production by Ballet Prelocaj and was performed to a packed house (EPA)

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International News September 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina

Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.

Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and firebrand Muslim cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Protests descended into deadly chaos over…

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Liverpool thump toothless Spurs, Arsenal held by Leicester

Liverpool thump toothless Spurs, Arsenal held by Leicester

By Tom Hayward

Liverpool produce an irresistible performance to dismantle a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 and Arsenal were held 1-1 by Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno were on target as Liverpool bounced back from defeat by champions Manchester City with a classy performance at White Hart Lane that ended Tottenham’s perfect start to the season.

Arsenal missed the chance to move up to third in the table after they were…

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International News Sport August 31, 2014

Men march on at US Open but more upsets in women’s draw

Men march on at US Open but more upsets in women’s draw

By Steve Keating

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but the women’s draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.

Third-seed Kvitova fell victim to 21-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, leaving only three of the top eight women’s seeds still in the tournament. Simona Halep (2nd), Agnieszka Radwanska (4th), Angelique Kerber (6th) and Ana Ivanovic (8th) have…

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Local News August 31, 2014

‘No surprises’ from Erdogan visit

‘No surprises’ from Erdogan visit

By Stefanos Evripidou

NEW TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in the occupied part of Cyprus on Monday riding a wave of euphoric exaltation, but the question raised by his successful consolidation of power is how, if at all, will this impact upon the moribund peace talks.

Tradition dictates that the newly-elected Turkish leader makes his first visit abroad to the north, but his arrival at a time when peace talks appear to be dying a slow death…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

Our View: President’s dangerous dithering over foreclosures bill

Our View: President’s dangerous dithering over foreclosures bill

WHEN NICOS Anastasiades was standing for the presidency, this paper held the view that he would provide the strong and decisive leadership that the country had so desperately lacked in the previous five years. After a year-and-a-half in office, Anastasiades has proved that this view was nothing more than fantasy. He has provided nothing resembling strong leadership, often displaying many of the weaknesses that made his predecessor such a poor president.

Like his predecessor, he seems more interested in his…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop:Politicos jump as Mother Russia cracks the whip

Tales from the Coffeeshop:Politicos jump as Mother Russia cracks the whip

By Patroclos

OUR POLITICAL parties stopped just short of organising a book-burning bash outside the presidential palace, after the stern announcement by the embassy of Mother Russia expressing its strong disapproval of the contents of the latest book written by Makarios Drousiotis, the journalist and author currently employed as an advisor to the president.

This was only because the 1,500-word announcement issued by the embassy and published in Phil, did not call for the offending book, which deals with the…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

National Guard bugging case in a joke state

National Guard bugging case in a joke state

By Loucas Charalambous

I HAVE written many times about our lack of seriousness as a state. This is illustrated regularly through the activities of officials and representatives of this country on all levels.

I hear people every day saying: ‘nothing works properly in this country, there is no state and we are lamentable.’ I would say that we are joke. In reality we do not have a normal state but an imitation of a state. And we should at some…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

Dangerous advice from a spiritual father

Dangerous advice from a spiritual father

By Demetris Papadopoulos

WHAT DO AKEL, Athanasios Orphanides and Nicolas Papadopoulos have in common regarding the causes of the financial crisis? And how did these three entities come to form an alliance in the anti-foreclosure bill camp?

For those observing developments from behind the scenes, it is no secret that Papadopoulos’ ‘spiritual father’ and mentor is former Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides, who has been supporting the rejection of the foreclosure bill by the House. He is convinced that rejection…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

Something stinks over CB’s treatment of FBME

Something stinks over CB’s treatment of FBME

By Johan van den Kerkhof

IT’S PRETTY darn clear even to us dopes that the Central Bank has botched it big time as far as the FBME debacle goes. Sure, the bank may be crooked as a dog’s hind leg. But something stinks here.

Far be it from me to defend the banksters of the world, but whatever happened to all that ‘innocent till proven guilty’ crap? The bottom line: authorities have seized a bank based on allegations by the…

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Comment August 31, 2014

Time to rethink the book ban

Time to rethink the book ban

By George Iordanou

A CYPRIOT was stopped at Stansted Airport because he was carrying emergency flares with him. Anyone likely to carry mini-explosives to an airport is either a potential terrorist or “stupid and naïve”, and it makes sense for the authorities to assume that he is the former. As it turned out, the defendant was not a terrorist.

If this were just a story about a 22-year-old with a box of mini-flares in his luggage, then there would be nothing…

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International News Comment August 31, 2014

Russian ‘realism’ is winning now, but will fail in the end

Russian ‘realism’ is winning now, but will fail in the end

By John Lloyd

THE WORLD is no longer divided by communism vs. capitalism. But it’s still divided by ideologies that have their clearest expression in the policies of Russia and the United States. That division contrasts liberal and realist views of the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s realist stance has won ground. No country will help Ukraine get Crimea back, which Russia annexed in March. There’s no invitation pending for Ukraine to join the European Union – the more so…

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Local News Business August 31, 2014

CBC’s ‘crass stupidity’ over FBME

CBC’s ‘crass stupidity’ over FBME

By Elias Hazou

IRATE CUSTOMERS of the Cyprus branch of FBME say they are being held hostage by the way the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) is handling the lender.

In mid-July the CBC took control of FBME’s operations in Cyprus, following a report from the US Treasury describing the bank as a “primary money laundering concern”.

FBME, headquartered in Tanzania, had denied the allegations, saying the US Treasury had compiled the report without its input.

The CBC subsequently appointed…

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Local News August 31, 2014

Strange alliances in land dispute

Strange alliances in land dispute

By George Christou

A 3,500-DONUM piece of land in the Larnaca district is the centre of a major ownership dispute, which has pitted Turks against Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots against their government while producing a bizarre alliance between Greek Cypriots and Turkish nationals.

The value of the land, close to the Kalo Chorio village, was estimated at €350 million by press reports. Even if it is grossly overvalued, it provides an explanation of why different parties have been fighting…

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Local News August 31, 2014

Harvesting the hemp

Harvesting the hemp

By Evie Andreou

IT WAS simple curiosity that got me out of bed at 5.30am on a very hot August Sunday morning to go and check out the hype surrounding the first industrial hemp harvest on the island since the 1930s.

The organisers had invited the public to help harvest the crop and arranged a convoy of cars from Nicosia to Akaki. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant, containing negligible amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the stuff that gets…

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Local News Comment August 31, 2014

Economy’s future in parliament’s hands

Economy’s future in parliament’s hands

By George Markides

Last Thursday, Bank of Cyprus shareholders approved the lender’s much needed capital increase with an overwhelming majority of over 87 per cent. The bank may now pass the ongoing European Central Bank stress tests, or will it?

The ball is now at parliament’s court (unfortunately). The foreclosures bill is still pending with opposition parties playing petty politics trying to capitalise on any misfortune that befalls the island — not the government.
Touting their unjustifiable mantra of…

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Local News August 31, 2014

Minister stands firm over school fee increase

Minister stands firm over school fee increase

By Evie Andreou

EDUCATION Minister Costas Kadis will not accept any hike in fees at private schools, he told the Sunday Mail, after one such institution announced its intent to do so and has postponed the start of classes for a week to discuss it further with the ministry.

Kadis has stepped in to resolve a disagreement between the American International School (AIS) and his own ministry regarding the school’s decision to introduce a building levy of €750 a year…

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International News August 30, 2014

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

By Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft

Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for progress in finding a political solution, but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops in his country.

Russia has repeatedly dismissed…

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City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again

City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again

By Toby Davis

Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.

Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League’s lesser lights.

It was an equally miserable day for City’s rivals…

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Local News August 30, 2014

Hellenic Bank CEO resigns

Hellenic Bank CEO resigns

MAKIS Keravnos, CEO of Hellenic Bank, has resigned it was reported on Saturday.
Hellenic Bank has not confirmed his resignation, but local press reports said it was under pressure from other bank officials.
It was widely known he had long been unhappy with overall changes to the structure of the bank.
The likely candidate to replace him is Marianna Pantelidou who has been a member of the board since December 2013. She is also a member of…

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Local News August 30, 2014

Anastasiades meets with Juncker

Anastasiades meets with Juncker

THE LATEST developments in the Cyprus issue, the appointment of the new UN Special Adviser on Cyprus and the need for the EU to play a stronger role in the efforts to solve the Cyprus issue, were discussed between President Nicos Anastasiades and the new European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on Saturday
President Anastasiades is in Brussels to participate in Saturday’s the extraordinary meeting of the European Council.
Speaking after his meeting with Juncker, Anastasiades said that…

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