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EUROPA LEAGUE GAME WILL NO LONGER PLAY IN ARMENIA, WILL BE MOVED TO CYPRUS

  The next soccer game for Europa League will be moved to Cyprus, after safety issues that arose from the security lapses due to Armenia’s increasing conflict with Azerbaijan. According to the UEFA, the playoff game, which had Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade and Ararat-Armenia playing against each other in Yerevan, will now be played in …

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GREECE SAYS IT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO SOLVING THE CYPRUS PROBLEM

  In honor of Cyprus’ 60th anniversary of independence from the British rule, Athens has sent a message of solidarity, expressing their undaunting support to island nation in solving the issue of division. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece showed his utter disapproval on the violations made by Turkish forces both on sea and …

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CYPRUS TO CONTINUE SEEING UNUSUALLY HIGH TEMPERATURE

  The unbearably hot weather on the island is said to continue till the month of October. The meteorological office said that the general temperatures will be rising to up to 23C in the mountainous region, 28C on the coastal areas in general, and 32C on the east and south coast. While there may be …

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CYPRUS AND US SIGN MoU FOR BORDER SECURITY TRAINING CENTER

  Mike Pompeo, State Department Secretary of the United States has announced that Cyprus and the US have recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This is for the purpose of building a new training centre for border security. The institution will serve to offer expertise to Cyprus for the on the topics of …

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TURKISH IMAM DEMANDS CYPRUS INVASION

  A Turkish Imam has declared his “demand” for invading Cyprus. İhsan Şenocak, one of Turkey’s most popular imams, has aggressively endorsed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s foreign policy, publicly urging the country’s military to invade and occupy Greek Cyprus, just as it has once what is now Turkish Cyprus. He went on to say that …

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INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OPEN BRANCH IN CYPRUS

  Famed international law firm Ince has opened a brand-new office in Cyprus. Having merged with local law firm LG Zambartas, Ince has opened its 6th European office in the location of the form. The office, which is focused on maritime issues, will be headed by George Zambartas, who up until recently was the head …

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MASS BIRD SHOOTING INCIDENT HIGHLY CONDEMNED

  BirdLife Cyprus has revealed the killing of dozens of birds in mass animal shooting. The non-government organization released photos of several birds, which were slaughtered by hunters near Larnaca Salt Lake in the Meneou region. The highly cruel act of violence against animals led to the death of over a hundred birds, along with …

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95% OF CYPRUS TOURISM COMES FROM NON-RESIDENTS, SAYS STUDY

  The latest results of a Europol study on Cyprus tourism has revealed that the as much 95% of the revenue earned from travel comes from foreign visitors. It is therefore no wonder that the island nation’s tourism sector has been completely battered as the Covid-19 pandemic has almost halted international travel. According to various …

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TURKEY HOLDING MILITARY EXERCISES AMIDST TENSIONS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION

  In the middle of ongoing tensions between Turkey and Greece, the former has made a sudden announcement to hold a military exercise off of Cyprus’ northwestern coast for 2 weeks. This announcement comes right in the middle conflicts between Turkey and Greece, over the multiple claims of exploratory rights in the eastern Mediterranean region. …

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UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS RANKS AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST

  The University of Cyprus has been ranked in the 601 to 700 range for the third year in a row. The ranking system, known as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), ranks the 1000 best universities in the whole world. Popularly called the Shanghai Ranking, these three years are the only instance that a …

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THE CEO OF HELLENIC BANK HAS UNEXPECTEDLY RESIGNED

  In what is being considered bad news for the banking sector, Yiannis Matsis the CEO of Hellenic Bank has suddenly turned in his resignation. Mr. Matsis will be replaced by Constantinos Loizides, who is currently serving as the CEO of AstroBank. The news broke out via a notice that was placed on the Cyprus …

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TOP ECONOMIST CLAIMS CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT HAS 2 YEARS WORTH OF FUNDS

  The COVID-19 pandemic has sent the world into a flurry, with countries scrambling for funds to deal with the emergency and run the nation. Cyprus, of course, is no exception. The rising coronavirus case numbers have left many in doubt of the capability of the government to maintain fiscal balance. The country’s top economist, …

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CYPRUS TOURISM SEES A FURTHER PLUNGE IN REVENUE

  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several casualties – both direct and indirect, and the Cyprus tourism industry is clearly one of them. The novel coronavirus has been instrumental in the plummeting of what was once the island’s top economic performer to go down to almost zero, as the entire world has gone into various …

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CYPRUS TO DONATE ADDITIONAL AID WORTH 170 TONNES FOR BEIRUT BLAST VICTIMS

  The whole world has been doing its best to help Lebanon cope with the effects of the deadly Beirut blast, and Cyprus is no exception. The island nation will be donating shipping an additional 170 tons of humanitarian aid to Lebanon. According to a statement by the volunteerism commissioner’s office, the aid, which has …

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OUTGOING FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO CYPRUS EXPRESSES CONCERN ON RISING TENSIONS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

  Isabelle Dumont, the ambassador of France to Cyprus, is about to end her term. She was received by Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis for this occasion. After her meeting with the President, Dumont reflected on several events. One of these was the rising level of tensions in the Mediterranean region. She remarked how the region, …

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CROATIA, FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS NO LONGER ON CYPRUS’ COVID19 SAFE LIST

  The rising case of COVID-19 cases in various parts of Europe has brought considerable changes to Cyprus’ safe list. The island nation has edited its list once again, having removed Croatia, France and the Netherlands. Cyprus has also the non-EU countries Tunisia and Andorra from the list. All the three EU countries in question …

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LIDL CYPRUS HAS LAUNCHED THE FIRST EVER RECYCLED WASTE-MADE SHOES

  Environmental consciousness has become the norm, and companies are increasingly swaying towards making eco-friendliness products. In the latest such initiative, Lidl Cyprus has just launched its own shoes that have be made with recycled waste. Named the Ocean Bound Plastic Crivit Shoes, these are made from 25 percent PET bottles that have been collected …

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CYPRUS, ITALY, FRANCE, AND GREECE TO HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE

  In what is being considered in new step in military cooperation, a joint exercise between Cypriot, Italian, French and Greek naval forces will be held near the west of Cyprus. The preparations for the exercise, which comes in the middle of continuing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean region, have already begun. 3 Greek F-16 …

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OUTRAGE OVER ANTI-ISLAMIC ACTS IN GREEK CYPRUS

  Both Turkey as well as Turkish Cyprus have expressed their outrage at the “Islamophobic” act of the hanging of a Byzantine flag on a mosque in the Greek Cyprus region. Fuat Oktay, the vice-president of Turkey, took to Twitter to express his disapproval, saying how the Greek Cypriot administration must end the encouragement of …

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CYPRUS WELCOMES NEW SHIPPING MINISTER

  Vassilis Demetriades has taken the post of the new shipping minister of Cyprus. He has replaced outgoing minister Natasa Pilides, who herself is taking up a new post as the Energy Minister. In his handover ceremony, Demetriades expressed his happiness at taking over the new role. He explained how it has been a long …

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Criminal Extradited from Cyprus for Allegedly Stealing Bitcoin

  Crime has been on the rise in Cyprus, and the latest incident proves how serious the situation is. In the last series of happenings, 2 criminals were expedited from the island nation. One of these was a suspect in the theft of thousands of Bitcoin, while the other was a notorious money launderer with …

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FRENCH PRESIDENT POSTS HIS MESSAGE IN GREEK

  In what is being called a very symbolic move that shows the solidarity between France and Cyprus, French President Emmanuel Macron posted a very important message in Greek language, as opposed to the standard French and English. The message, which was posted on Facebook, said how President Macron supports the plight of the island …

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OVER 78 NEW HEAD AND NECK CANCER CASES GET DIAGNOSED EVERY YEAR

  According to a report by the Pancyprian Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (Pasykaf), as many as 78 new cases of head and neck cancer get reported annually. Most of the recorded cases have been known to occur in the laryngeal area. Most of the patients constitute men, with the male to female ratio …

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AMBER ALERT ISSUED AS TEMPERATURES RISE TO 43 DEGREES CELSIUS

  In what is being considered alarming news, an amber alert has been issued in observance of the sudden and sharp rise in temperatures. The alert, issued by the Cyprus meteorological service, has been issued for what is the 49th temperature warning for 2020. According to the alert, the temperatures are set to go as …

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BUILDING PERMITS TO BE FAST-TRACKED FROM OCTOBER 2020

  The novel coronavirus has caused many delays, and Cyprus is now on its way to make up for these delays. One of these developments comes in the form of the island nation fast-tracking the issuing of building and planning permits. The new plan, which will go into effect from October 2020, will have the …

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CYPRUS TO CONSIDER PURCHASING WEAPONS FROM THE FRENCH SHARE

  In a new step towards military cooperation between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Cypriot defense minister Charalambos Petrides has revealed that Cyprus has been considering buying more weapons from France. In a statement to the press, Minister Petrides emphasized on how different systems and weapons were being assessed by the Cypriot military. He further …

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ALGERIA AND BULGARIA REMOVED; UK ADDED TO CYPRUS’ SAFE COUNTRIES LIST

  In view of recent developments as regards the novel coronavirus, the government of Cyprus has made several changes to its ‘safe list’ countries for travel. The first remarkable step is removing Algeria and Bulgaria, after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in both countries. The countries in question have reported over 200 cases in …

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TURKISH VESSEL SAILING TOWARDS CYPRUS LEAVES WASHINGTON TROUBLED

  In what is considered bad news for military arrangement and coordination in the Mediterranean, the United States’ Washington has expressed being troubled by Turkey’s maritime developments. The latest of these developments has Barbaros, a Turkish research vessel sailing off of the coast of Cyprus – soon after Ankara issuing a navigational telex that reserved …

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GOVERNMENT RELEASES SUPPORT PACKAGE WORTH €150 Million

  To cushion the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Cyprus has announced a massive support package worth €150 million. The package, which was announced by Labor Minister Zeta Emilianidou and Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides, will be offering over €3 billion to support businesses and workers for the next 4 months. The numbers of …

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GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SMS CAMPAIGN TO CHECK MIGRATION

  To check migration, the Cypriot government has launched a “blitz” SMS campaign to keep incoming migration to the island nation in check. The campaign, which comes after dispelling the notion of the island nation becoming a “gateway” to the European Union for migrants, was announced by the country’s Interior Minister Nicos Nouris. According to …

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MINOR CABINET RESHUFFLING IN CYPRUS

  The Cypriot cabinet is slated to undergo a major reshuffle. The first to be reappointed was the former Justice Minister George Savvides, who will now serve as the attorney general. He was followed by Defense Minister Savvas Angelides, who will be serving as the deputy attorney general. The third to join the list is …

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CYPRUS HAS EUROPE’S CLEANEST BATHING WATERS, SAYS STUDY

  In an announcement to the public, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis has announced the results of a major European study that reveals Cyprus to have the cleanest bathing waters in all of Europe. The study, which was conducted by the European Environment Agency, has put Cyprus in the first place, accounting for the island nation …

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MALLS OFFERING EARLY SUMMER SALES TO REBOOT RETAIL SECTOR

  In a bid to give the retail sector a much-needed reboot, Cyprus’ apex mall has announced the beginning of an early summer sale, where shops are slated to offer discounts of over 50%. Having reopened to customers on June 9, the Mall of Cyprus has already begun its ‘Summer 2020’ collection. The collection includes …

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CYPRUS HAS THE SECOND-HIGHEST NUMBER OF NON-NATIONAL RESIDENTS, SAYS STUDY

  A recent Eurostat study has revealed that Cyprus has the second-largest number of non-nationals living in the country within the European Union. The island nation has 18% of its population coming from foreign countries – second only after Luxembourg, the same figure lies at 47%. Malta takes the third place at 17%. Besides these …

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WIZZ AIR EXPANDS ITS NETWORK INTO CYPRUS

  In what is being considered good news after the intense lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, budget aircraft carrier Wizz Air has introduced 5 new routes, expanding its presence in Cyprus. Besides the new routes, Wizz Air is building a third aircraft at its latest base in Larnaca. Scheduled to start on August …

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2 NEW COVID-19 CASES DETECTED AS THE LAST PATIENT WAS DISCHARGED

  Just as the novel coronavirus pandemic was about to die down in Cyprus, 2 new cases were detected on the island nation. The cases were detected on the very day the last remaining COVID-19 patient was discharged. According to the health ministry, the new development leads to the total number of confirmed cases now …

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LONDON-TO-CYPRUS FLIGHTS ARE FULL FOR JULY, SAYS EASYJET

  Booking flights post-Covid has been increasing steady, and the latest data only proves this to be true. According to Easyjet, flights from London to Cyprus that are slated to run in July have mostly been sold out. The airline further explained how this development has partially happened due to the fact that the flight …

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1 IN 3 WOMEN OVER 65 LIVE ALONE IN CYPRUS, SAYS REPORT

  In what is considered a worrying statistic, especially for gender inequality, a Eurostat report has revealed that around 1 in 3 women over the age of 65 are living alone and unassisted. This is a stark contrast to men, as only 1 in 10 of those are living in similar conditions. In the same …

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CYPRUS TO ALLOW TOURISTS FROM ISRAEL AS CORONAVIRUS EASES

  The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry the most, and countries are taking the safest possible routes to get back on track as the spread eases. According to a report by KAN News, the island nation will now allow Israeli nationals for tourism purposes without them having to undergo any kind of quarantine. …

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NICOSIA REPORTS TURKEY BLOCKING MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM ENTERING CYPRUS

  The media in Cyprus has reported Turkish aviation authorities preventing a chartered airplane with medical supplies reaching Cyprus. The Cypriot government-chartered airplane, which contained over 36 tones worth of mask, gowns, gloves, and other medical equipment from China was blocked by Turkey. According to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos’s statement to the press, Turkey’s disallowance …

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CYPRUS REOPENING AIRPORTS FROM JUNE 9

  Cyprus is all set to reopen its airports on June 9 after ending strict lockdowns put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This reopening is happening right as said lockdown restrictions which were imposed to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus are being slowly lifted. In a statement to the media, Cypriot’s …

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WELFARE SPENDING SPIKES BY 108% DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

  The government has reported a sharp increase in welfare spending resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19. The report says that the state’s welfare spending has increased to a total of €513 million as the state has launched multiple support programs to ensure the personal and professional safety of its residents. The money spent during …

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RYANAIR RESTARTING SERVICES IN CYPRUS FROM THE 1ST OF JULY

  As coronavirus outbreak eases, European nations are slowly opening up to return to a new normal. Temporarily shut down Ryanair is all set to begin flights to and from Cyprus from the 1st of July. The budget airliner reported that it will start offering daily flights all Northern European countries including the Netherlands, Ireland, …

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17 MIGRANTS TO BE DEPORTED FOR TERROR LINKS

  The Cypriot government is all set to deport 17 migrants for having links with terrorist organizations. The government recently announced that the 17, who were arrested on the basis of suspicion of having links to extremist groups or being part of terror activities were being held in a detention centre. They will be deported …

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12% OF CYPRIOT POPULATION TESTED FOR COVID-19

  Cyprus has successfully tested over 12% of its total population for the novel coronavirus. Health minister Constantinos Ioannou recently revealed to the House health committee that the island nation is now the sole country in all of the European Union to achieve this status. He further added that Cyprus will continue its contact tracing …

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SPIKE IN CYPRIOT FIRMS BEING TARGETED BY HACKERS

  According to Google, many “hacker-for-hire” firms that are backed by the Cypriot government are now targeting consulting firms, healthcare facilities and financial institutions all over the island nation. Google went on to say how they sent over 1700 warnings to users whose accounts were compromised by these government-based hackers. Clearly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, …

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RUSSIAN NATIONALS FLYING TO CYPRUS DESPITE LOCKDOWNS

  The coronavirus pandemic has led to lockdowns all over the world, with all forms of transport suspended till further notice. With no trains or planes in sight, all travel plans, and trips have been foreseeably canceled. This has not, however, stopped the wealthy and affluent in Russia from fulfilling their plans. Private jet companies …

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FIRE DESTROYS KITI VEGETATION

  A massive fire burned more than 2½ hectares worth of vegetation in Cyprus’ Softades area. The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning on the road from Kiti to Mazotos. The vegetation it destroyed included olive and eucalyptus trees, reeds and other wild plants and vegetation. It took over 2 hours …

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HOEGH CONFIRMS INSTALLATION PROPOSAL OF FRSU IN CYPRUS

  Rumors have finally been put to rest as Norwegian energy company Hoegh LNG has finally confirmed that it had indeed submitted a proposal to install of a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FRSU) in Cyprus. According to a statement from the company itself, officials sent letters to President Nicos Anastasiades along with finance and energy …

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EXPORTS IN CYPRUS FALLEN BY 40% IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY

  In news that indicates hard time for the Cypriot economy, a Eurostat report has revealed that over 40% of exports have dropped in the period of January to February in 2020. According to the report, the value of exported goods reached around €0.4 billion – around €0.1 billion less than the average €0.3 billion. …

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80 ARRESTED OVERNIGHT FOR DISOBEYING CURFEW

  The coronavirus pandemic and its resulting lockdown have kept many on the edge, and many are resisting and violating the law. In the latest incident, over 80 persons were arrested within 12 hours in the space of Saturday night and Sunday morning during the Easter weekend. The police, who carried out over 4,000 during …

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CYPRUS HAS EUROPE’S LOWEST BIRTH RATES, SAYS STUDY

  In a news that reveals much about Cyprus’ demographics, a Eurostat study has shown that Cyprus some of Europe’s lowest birth rates. According to data obtained from the study, countries with the lowest birth rates in Europe included Luxembourg (at 1.38 births per woman), Greece (1.35), Cyprus (1.32), Italy (1.29), Spain (1.26) and Malta …

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TURKISH NAVY CONDUCTS MILITARY EXERCISES AMIDST TENSIONS WITH CYPRUS AND GREECE

  Amidst severe tensions with Cyprus and Greece, and the coronavirus pandemic to boot, the Turkish Navy was seen carrying out operational readiness exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean seas. The military exercise included several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters, a maritime patrol aircraft, and 27 warships participated actively in the training. The …

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NO NEW COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN TURKISH CYPRUS IN A WEEK

  In what is being considered great news amidst the looming pandemic, The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has not reported any new COVID-19 cases in the last week. In a statement to the media, Turkish Cypriot Health Minister Ali Pilli revealed that in 2,868 conducted in the last few weeks, not a single sample …

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CYPRUS RECEIVES A 5TH BATCH OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM CHINA

  Cyprus has been receiving medical supplies to combat the coronavirus crisis – the island nation is currently accepting its fifth consignment of medicines and supplies from China. In a statement to the press, Health Ministry of Cyprus announced that the consignment will contain shoe covers, protective masks, and testing swabs – all of which …

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BRITISH TOURISTS STRANDED ON CYPRUS TO BE FLOWN HOME

  The lockdowns put in place have inconvenienced many, and tourists are no exception. In Cyprus alone, hundreds of tourists have been left stranded. British tourists standred here, however, are about to get a reprieve, the British government is making arrangement to fly them out of the island nation. In one of the biggest repatriation …

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LIDL TO DONATE €40,000 TO CYPRUS RED CROSS SOCIETY

  In what is being considered a breather for the frontline fighters in the novel coronavirus pandemic, retail giant Lidl has collected €40,000 to be donated to the Cyprus Red Cross Society. The amount, which was collected through the Favorina initiative, was sourced from selling Favorina products at 17 Lidl stores on the island nation …

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TOURISM IN CYPRUS DOWN BY 67%

  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the death of several industries and business, and the Cyprus tourism industry is no exception. As a result of the nationwide lockdown that been put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic, tourist arrivals in the island nation has fallen manifold. According to statistics, the percentage …

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BOAT WITH MIGRANTS HAS BEEN FOUND OFF OF CAPE GRECO

  In the latest instance of migrants seeking asylum, a boat with around a hundred migrants reached the southern part of Cape Greco. The Cypriot Coast Guard is currently on the way to offer them necessary supplies but will not be able to allow them to enter the country due to the lockdown in place …

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EXPLOSION AT CYPRUS TIME OFFICES

  A pipe bomb has exploded right outside MC Digital Media Group’s office building. The building currently houses the Cyprus Times along with other media outlets that the group owns. The offices are located in Limassol in south Cyprus. The windows were cracked, and some minor damage was sustained by the building. No one was …

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LIDL OUTLETS TO OPEN EVERY MORNING EXCLUSIVELY FOR ADULTS

  In order to assist the needs of the elderly without exposing them to the coronavirus, Lidl outlets in Cyprus will open in the country for the early hours exclusively for the elderly and the disabled. All of the 17 Lidl stores on the island nation will be open daily from Mondays through Saturday s …

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AC MILAN PARTNERING WITH CYPRUS-BASED ‘ROInvesting’

  Popular sports team AC Milan has secured a sponsorship from ROInvesting, a popular Cyprus-based trading platform. ROInvesting, which is keen to feature AC Milan’s logo and showcase their services to a global audience, is yet to reveal the exact details of the partnerships. It does, however, seem like it is one of the many …

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24 PUNISHED FOR PARTYING AGAINST CURFEW ORDERS

  In the latest case of curfew violation, 24 persons were arrested for violating curfew by holding a house party. The party in question was held in an apartment in the first few hours of the curfew in Larnaca. An anonymous tip led the police to the gathering, which clearly ignored the decree of having …

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CURFEW DECLARED IN TURKISH CYPRUS

  In a new move to curb the deadly disease, Turkish Cyprus’ government has declared a full curfew to keep itself out of community transmission. The curfew, which will come in action from March 31 and remain till April 5, will remain in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. These curfews will not …

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HIGH VOLUME OF DUST SETTLES OVER CYPRUS SKIES

  S high blanket made of dust was recorded across Cyprus skies. This affected those with pre-exiting conditions and allergies more serious. The Air Quality Monitoring Network, which is monitoring the situation from the ground, has warned the public to keep themselves and especially those in vulnerable groups ( such as sick persons, older persons, …

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BILL FOR “QUARANTINE-BREAKERS” APPROVED BY CABINET

  The  Cypriot cabinet has approved a bill that amends the spot fines law to fine all “quarantine-breakers” a 150 Euro fine. The health minister has stated that the police will impose said fine to any patient who violate the rule on quarantining for the coronavirus by not adhering to circulation restrictions and bans issued …

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“MAN OF WAR” CONTINUES CYPRUS FILMING SCHEDULE AMIDST CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  The movie, directed by Greek-American movie director Dimitris Logothetis is continuing despite the outbreak, even as the Cypriot government is shutting down most businesses and setting up as many quarantine facilities as is possible. According to Mr. Logothetis, they are being patient, but they understand that their work must continue regardless of the circumstance. …

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NON-PAYING TENANTS’ EVICTIONS FROZEN DUE TO COVID-19 CRISIS

  To maintain law and order amidst the crisis posed by the novel coronavirus, the government of Cyprus has frozen the pending eviction of all tenants who are unable to pay their rent till May 2020. The executive order was made after the rapid passed of a bill by the Cabinet. Said bill amends the …

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NAVY FRIGATE FROM ITALY CODUCTS JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH CYPRUS

  In an ongoing chain of events promoting better military cooperation between countries in the Mediterranean, Italy and Cyprus have recently conducted joint military exercises of the course of Larnaca. The Cyprus Navy participated in various drills along with the” Virginio Fasan” as Italian Navy Frigate. The Fasan was docked at Larnaca port for this …

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WOMAN SUSTAINS BURNS IN MASSIVE HOUSE FIRE

  A massive house fire that broke out in Konia has led to its occupant – a woman, being hospitalized with severe burns. According to a report by The Cyprus News Agency, the fire, which broke out at approximately 11.30 am in the morning, originated in the kitchen from cookware that was left unattended on …

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CYPRUS HAS SOME OF THE LOWEST OVERCROWDING RATES IN THE EU, SAYS STUDY

  A newly published study has revealed that Cyprus has the second lowest rate overcrowded households populated by non-EU citizens among all countries of the European Union. The study, which was conducted and published by Eurostat, revealed that the island nation stands second only to Ireland, which has the lowest rate of non-EU citizens who …

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CYPRUS OFFICIALLY EXECUTES PHONE TAPPING LAW

  In what is touted as one of Cyprus’ most groundbreaking laws, the island nation is finally bringing the law of phone tapping into force. The development, which happened after a three-member committee was appointed, will serve to submit requests for removing telecommunications data confidentialities. According to a report by Phileleftheros, the requests will be …

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SYRIAN REFUGEE GROUP PICKED UP IN ATHIENOU

  The migrant crisis has left several countries in Europe in a scurry to manage the situation, and Cyprus is no exception. In the latest incident involving migrants, 14 of them who had arrived from Syria were picked up in the buffer-zone village of Athienou in Larnaca district. The migrants, all of whom were found …

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MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULTING HIS OWN MOTHER

  In the latest incident, a 34-year-old in Limassol was arrested on suspicion of physically assaulting his own mother. The man, who was sitting in the passenger seat in a car that was being driven by his mother, allegedly made her stop, got out of his seat, removed his clothing and began to hit his …

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CYPRUS HAS A SHORTAGE OF SURGICAL MASKS, SAYS REPORTS

  News outlet Philenews has reported that pharmacies all over Cyprus have a severe shortage of surgical masks after they were all sold out due to coronavirus fears. While the island nation has not seen any cases of the rapidly spreading coronavirus so far, the panic related to the global crisis has surely overtaken it. …

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4th CYRPUS SATELLITE CASINO OPENED BY MELCO RESORTS

  In under a week after the progress of the €550m City of Dreams Mediterranean project, popular entertainment company Melco Resorts and Entertainment has launched its 4th satellite casino in the island nation. The casino, named Cyprus Casinos Paphos has already begun to welcome guests. As mentioned earlier, it is the fourth of its kind …

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A MOTORCYCLIST WAS INJURED IN THE SOVEREIGN BASE AREA

  A head-on collision between a car and a motorcyclist has left the latter in serious condition and hospitalized. The accident, which happened in Dasaki Achnas in the British base area of Dhekelia, led to the closure of the main Achnas road for investigation purposes. The motorcyclist, who was described as about 27-28 years old, …

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CYPRUS CHECKPOINTS SHUT DOWN AMIDST CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

  The spread of coronavirus disease has caused panic all over the world, and Cyprus is no exception. The island nation has closed four of its checkpoints for a weeklong period for the first time. Closed for the first time since 2003, the decision for the closure was made despite the fact that it would …

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CYPRUS HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF LATE BILL PAYERS, SAYS STUDY

  Over 12.2% of people in Cyprus are unable to pay their utility bills within the stipulated time, making the island nation to have one of the highest number of individuals in the EU in this position. A study by Eurostat has revealed that as of 2018, over 7% of households could not pay their …

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HELLENIC AND BANK OF CYPRUS OFFLOADING €4 BLN WORTH OF “TOXIC” LOANS

  In a bid to improve their financial status, the Hellenic Bank and the Bank of Cyprus will be selling-off their bad loans worth a combined total value of €4 Billion. Constantinos Herodotou, the governor of Central Bank of Cyprus recently announced in a brief to the House Financial and Budgetary Affairs Committee that the …

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FOREIGN MINISTER CHRISTODOULIDES SAYS THAT CYPRUS AND SAUDI ARABIA HAVE STEADY RELATIONS

  Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulide and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Riyadh and discussed various topics pertaining to the improvement of relations between the two countries they represent. Furthermore, they discussed how they could boost co-operation in other areas where mutual cooperation was needed – this included defense, …

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CYPRUS JOINS ‘THE MARS SOCIETY’

  Cyprus joins the international organization “The Mars Society”. The Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO) will become a member of The Mars Society after the Cyprus chapter of the latter organization will be established. This will serve to help promote Mars-related research on a domestic level and increase cooperation with other countries working domestically. The …

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TWO MEN WANTED FOR ROBBING A BAKERY

  The Police are on the hunt for two men for reportedly conducting a robbery at a bakery in Larnaca. Two men with their faces covered in masks entered the bakery at around 0.45am and demanded money from one of the employees at knifepoint. The men managed to steal €300 from the scene before they …

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GREENS PARTY REPORTS ILLEGAL STRUCTURE ON SODAP BEACH

  The Cyprus Greens party heavily criticized the Paphos Municipality for building an illegal building in Sodap beach. According to the Green Party’s announcement, the municipal authorities of Paphos removed the rocks to have a canteen built illegally, violating the Barcelona protocol regarding the protection of the coastal Mediterranean region. Despite outraged and angry messages …

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ROAD ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF 24-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

  In the latest incident – the fourth one this year, a 24-year-old woman died in a car accident that happened on the Avgorou-Liopetri. The woman, Rafaella Pattichi, resided in Avgorou but was originally from Achna. She was on her way from Avgorou to Liopetri reportedly lost control of her vehicle, veered off the road, …

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TURKEY HAS BANNED GREEK CYPRUS FROM FORUM ON DISARMAMENT

  Turkey has vetoed Greek Cyprus’ request to participate in the capacity of an observer at Conference on Disarmament in Geneva later this year. According to a source who refused to be named, this happened during the General Assembly meeting of the conference, which was held on 21st January. Despite a well-made application made by …

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POMPEO CANCELS CYRPUS TRIP

  United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled his upcoming trip to Cyprus. According to the announcement made by the US State Department, Secretary Pompeo will not visit Cyprus as per his schedule in light of the ongoing tensions with Iraq that ensured after the attacks on the American Embassy. The announcement further …

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MOSCOW DENIES PLANS TO RECOGNISE TURKISH CYPRUS

  Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry of Russia has denied all rumors of Moscow having any plans and considerations to recognize Turkish Cyprus. According to several reports, Russia had allegedly planned to recognize the “nation” in exchange for the recognition of Abkhazia by Turkey. Ms. Zakharova quashed all reports and rumors, however, …

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ROADS CLOSED DUE TO FLASH FLOOD IN XYLOPHAGOU

  Flash floods have been a recurring problem all over Europe, and Cyprus is no exception. The island nation has been suffering the effects of flash floods, and the latest of developments is the closure of part of the Larnaca-to-Paralimni road that lies near Sotira. The move was made to mitigate damage and ensure public …

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STATE DOCTORS HAVE CONFIRMED HOSPITAL STRIKES

  The union of State doctors, popularly known as Pasyki has confirmed that its members would be going on a three-hour strike, during which they will not be working. The protest in question is against the lack of change in stance of Okypy (the state health services organization) on the matter of making incentives for …

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GDP HAS GROWN BY 3.4% IN THE 3RD QUARTER, SAY GDP RECORDS

  The records have revealed that the island nation’s GDP has increased quite a bit since the last quarter. According to the Cyprus Statistical Service’s data, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the fiscal year’s third quarter has increased by 3.4 percent since the last one. In a statement, the Statistical Service revealed the figures, …

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2 ARRESTED FOR SHAM MARRIAGE

  The police has arrested two more men in its investigation into a spate of fake marriages that help third-country citizens stay on the island illegally. The men, aged 32 and 43, were the latest among the 27 people who were found guilty in connection to the investigation, and against whom was found compelling evidence. …

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CYPRUS TO INTRODUCE MORE MEASURES TO REDUCE THE INFLUX OF MIGRANTS

  Nicos Nouris, the country’s Interior Minister recently announced that authorities would be introducing additional security measures in order to regulate migrant influx. Measures to be introduced will include 24-hour-long patrols along the 185-kilometer long buffer zone by both soldiers and the police. Said buffer zone is very strategic since it is what separates Greek …

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THE US TO LIFT THE ARMS BAN ON CYPRUS

  The American Congress will be sitting to approve the lifting of ban of arms on Cyprus – one that was originally instated 1987. The move comes as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act for the financial year of 2020, in the aftermath of an agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the bill’s …

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ARTIFICIAL REEF CREATED BY SINKING A CARGO SHIP

  Cyprus has begun the creation of what will be the country’s first ever artificial reef by sinking a 63-meter cargo ship off of its coast. The move comes after the island country’s concerns of coral reefs being endangered due to climate change; authorities and scientist believe that the latest attempt will help combat the …

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THE HILTON PARK HOTEL HAS BEEN RENAMED HILTON NICOSIA

  The Hilton Park hotel in Nicosia has been renamed as simply ‘Hilton Nicosia.’ This makes it the single-most hotel of that brand in all of Cyprus. Located in Engomi, the Hilton Nicosia has made renovations to match its change in names – the owners of the property Louis Hotels announced how the hotel had …

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CYPRUS INTERIOR MINISTER IS NOW THE COUNTRY’S FINANCE MINISTER

  The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has announced that he will be reshuffling his cabinet in order to make up for the absence of his long-serving finance minister. Outgoing Finance Minister, who is credited for overseeing the rebound of the Cypriot economy from its debilitating financial crisis will be replaced in his post by …

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2 WOMEN WITH FAKE IDS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED

  Two women were arrested in Paphos for staying on the island illegally, in addition to forging documents as well as circulating forged ones. The police revealed in a statement that the immigration police, while carrying out a search in a Coral Bay hotel found two women from Georgia staying illegally. The women, aged 49 …

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MAN AND WOMAN REMANDED FOR TRYING TO LEAVE CYPRUS WITH FALSE DOCUMENTS

  A man and a pregnant woman – both Congo nationals were arrested at Larnaca airport after they were caught trying to travel to Munich with false IDs and passports. While the man was remanded for 4 days post-court appearance, the woman was released and places in a hotel. The police said in a statement …

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