Far-right Pegida protest in Newcastle

Far-right Pegida protest in Newcastle

Far right Pegida supporters clash with police as they demonstrate in the city centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on Saturday. It was the first time Pediga (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West), the anti-Islam and anti-refugee group have protested in Britain after recent demonstrations across Germany. More than 2,000 people protested against the Pegida march whch drew around 400 people (EPA)

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Football Sport February 27, 2015

Europa League draw

Europa League draw

By Toby Davis

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was handed a reunion with former club AS Roma in an all-Italian clash that was among the highlights of the Europa League last-16 draw made on Friday.

Montella, who spent 10 years at Roma as a player and had a spell as caretaker coach, will get the opportunity to inflict a damaging blow on Roma when the teams meet in the two-legged tie.

Holders Sevilla, bidding for a fourth victory in the…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Spate of arson attacks keep police and fireman busy

Spate of arson attacks keep police and fireman busy

A spate of arson attacks on cars and an bettiing establishment over the past 24 hours has kept police and firemen in Limassol and Nicosia.

According to police reports on Thursday a car owned by a 46-year-old man was destroyed by fire in Nicosia. After investigations, police said it was arson.

At around 11.40pm the same day, two cars were destroyed by arson in a parking lot of an apartment block in Limassol.

Police said that the fire broke out…

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Local News International News February 27, 2015

‘No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis’

‘No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis’

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I set my antennae to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand?

These were just some of the recent enquires the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently received from around the world, it said on Friday in an appeal to Brits abroad on the proper use of consular services.

Last year the FCO’s Contact Centres received more…

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Sport February 27, 2015

De Villiers carnage drives South Africa to record win

De Villiers carnage drives South Africa to record win

By Nick Mulvenney

AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup on Friday.

South Africa’s tally of 408 for five was the second highest posted in a World Cup match and a shell-shocked West Indies could only manage 151 in reply, Chris Gayle backing up his record 215 against Zimbabwe…

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Entertainment What's On February 27, 2015

The building blocks of images

The building blocks of images

By Maria Gregoriou

The world of architecture is complex and creative. For those who are on the design side of things, a corner may be transformed into a practical nest away from the rest of the structure, and space may be turned inside out to create a reflection of their creative image.

While the architect sees bricks and cement the way an artist may see paper and paints, the photographer sees a structure as a vast canvas of possibilities.

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International News February 27, 2015

Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad

Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad

By Michael Martina

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

Experts said Article 76 of the draft anti-terrorism law would allay concerns among the military elite about the lack of a formal mechanism for carrying out such operations, as well as mark a shift in foreign policy thinking and military doctrine.

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International News February 27, 2015

US, Cuba to meet for second round of normalisation talks

US, Cuba to meet for second round of normalisation talks

By David Adams

Cuban and US officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba’s place on a US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The one-day talks, led by senior diplomats, stem from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes on Dec. 17 to work to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other’s countries, and to exchange prisoners. Washington severed diplomatic relations with…

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International News February 27, 2015

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

By Pak Yiu

A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia.

Former beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 abuse charges. She was also ordered to pay a fine of HK$15,000 ($1,934).

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Local News February 27, 2015

Farmers could face €50m bill over OGA closure

Farmers could face €50m bill over OGA closure

By George Psyllides

FARMERS could be asked to return some €50m they received in compensation between 2008 and 2014 if the European Union rules that Cyprus’ current insurance scheme violated competition rules.

Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said the government planned to ask the EU for permission to apply the current scheme in 2015 until a new one was prepared by experts.

The Agricultural Insurance Organisation (OGA) will close at the end of the year and its functions and staff will…

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Entertainment What's On February 27, 2015

Soul providers

Soul providers

By Maria Gregoriou

You don’t have to be in a blue mood to enjoy the saxophone (although the instrument has been given a bad reputation as the musical apparatus that mainly comes to life to sing about the blues).

To prove the point, Samomania Syndicate, a project put together by well known saxophonist George Krasidis to encourage and introduce young talented saxophonists to audiences, will let us in on a musical secret in Limassol tomorrow.

The secret being that this…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Disabled high-school student hospitalised after classmate attack

Disabled high-school student hospitalised after classmate attack

By Constantinos Psillides

A 17-year-old student from Limassol was charged in court on Thursday with causing grievous bodily harm to a disabled classmate who had to be hospitalised for severe concussion, a broken nose, a neck injury and cuts and bruises.

The victim is a registered disabled person and although, according to the school, he had first verbally attacked the boy who beat him, both his father and police sources said he has been the target of repeated bullying in…

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Local News Comment February 27, 2015

Our View: Great expectations just fizzled out

Our View: Great expectations just fizzled out

PRESIDENT Anastasiades failed, thankfully, to satisfy the demands of opposition parties and some media for a defence agreement with Russia, during his official visit. The defence agreement they envisaged would have involved offering Russia military facilities on the island, including the use of the Andreas Papandreou air-base in Paphos for the occasional stationing of its fighter planes.

This was what had been reported by the media. In fact, Sigma TV, on its Wednesday night news, after Anastasiades’ meeting with…

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Local News Comment February 27, 2015

Anastasiades should not forget what he was elected for

Anastasiades should not forget what he was elected for

By Stelios Orphanides

DURING his visit to Russia President Nicos Anastasiades made some of the most blatant diplomatic mistakes a European Union head of state could commit.

He assured Russia’s president Vladimir Putin that the country he represented is his most “reliable” ally in the EU. He also played down Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its Ukraine invasion claiming there was no evidence that Russia equipped, trained and supported separatists in the country.

We are talking, by…

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Local News February 27, 2015

MPs vote to delay foreclosures to March 19

MPs vote to delay foreclosures to March 19

By Elias Hazou

WITH the support of ruling DISY, parliament on Thursday passed a law suspending anew the enforcement of foreclosures legislation, this time to March 19.

Voting in favour were the present MPs from DISY, DIKO, EDEK and the European Party, garnering 30 yeas on the House floor. AKEL, the Greens and independent candidate Zacharias Koulias voted against.

The law passed is an amendment on a bill tabled by socialists EDEK, which entailed a blanket freeze on the foreclosures…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Settlement is a distant concern in bi-communal survey

Settlement is a distant concern in bi-communal survey

By Evie Andreou

CYPRUS is at a crossroads and a settlement remains distant, US Ambassador John Koenig said on Thursday during the presentation of results of the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index (SCORE).

According to the survey, conducted by UNDP-ACT and the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), a lot of work needs to be done for the island’s two communities to come closer, as findings indicate mistrust and lack of consensus on important issues, like a future…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Russian interest in Cyprus gas deals a bit far-fetched

Russian interest in Cyprus gas deals a bit far-fetched

By Elias Hazou

PERIODIC reports about Russian companies’ interest in Cypriot offshore hydrocarbon plays should be taken with a grain of salt, the Cyprus Mail is told.

The latest iteration came out this week when energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, speaking to the state broadcaster after meeting his Russian counterpart Aleksander Novak, said the two nations held “exploratory” talks on possible cooperation in developing energy finds in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and the eastern Mediterranean.

Daily Politis meanwhile reported that on…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Economy shows signs of stability in the longer term

Economy shows signs of stability in the longer term

By George Psyllides

CYPRUS’ macroeconomic outlook shows signs of stabilisation despite the unfavourable external environment, according to a European Commission technical document.

The country report said recession was gradually losing momentum and real gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 2.4 per cent in 2014 – significantly less than the 5.4 per cent contraction the previous year.

“In 2015 and 2016, growth is forecast to resume only gradually as private domestic demand slowly picks up, supported by lower energy prices,” the…

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Local News February 27, 2015

Four held in Larnaca robberies

Four held in Larnaca robberies

FOUR men from Larnaca and Aradippou, aged 19 to 24, were remanded for five days on Thursday in connection to various cases concerning break-ins of establishments, and thefts between January and February in Larnaca.

According to police reports, the four suspects admitted that they have staged various break-ins.

They were arrested on Wednesday after a tip off that they were trying to fence a large number of stolen goods.

During a search in their homes, part of the…

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Local News February 26, 2015

Syrians arrested for smuggling double-cab vans to Turkey

Syrians arrested for smuggling double-cab vans to Turkey

TWO Syrian nationals were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of smuggling double cabin vans, with media reports suggesting the two may have ties to Islamic extremists.

Under questioning, the two men, aged 46 and 39, admitted to smuggling vans into the occupied areas and exporting them from Kyrenia harbour.

Both – permanent residents of Cyprus – have reportedly denied being linked to Islamic groups.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), police believe Syria to have been the vans’ intended…

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