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CYTA’S 5G NETWORK LAUNCHED IN CYPRUS

  Telecommunications company Cyta has announced the launch of its first ever 5G network service in Cyprus. The company, which is working in collaboration with Vodafone claims that the joint venture will serve to mark a new beginning for an era of superior technological innovations. According to a live social media presentation by Cyta’s CEO …

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CYPRUS AND UAE HAVE SIGNED THEIR FIRST MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT

  Cyprus and the UAE have signed their first ever agreement. The signing comes as a part of Cyprus’ initiative to strengthen relations with its neighboring countries, especially those that are in the Middle East. The island nation has already done much in this regard, having signed other similar military agreements with Jordan, Egypt, and …

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2ND NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IMPOSED IN CYPRUS

  In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the government of Cyprus has imposed a new lockdown in hopes of curbing the spread of the disease. In a statement to the press, Constantinos Ioannou, the Health Minister announced that the restrictions, which start on the 31st of January, will stay in effect for …

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LOST ART DISCOVERED IN CYPRUS

  A rare piece of art that was until recently considered lost has been discovered. The art in question is a highly rare relief made out of concrete created by Christoforos Savva, known for being one of Europe’s greatest artists during the 1960s. It used to be up on the wall of the now-defunct Perroquet …

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CYPRUS POLICE ISSUE MORE THAN A HUNDRED FINES FOR COVID LOCKDOWN VIOLATIONS IN A SINGLE DAY

  Over  114 different persons, including one business owner were booked on grounds of violating COVID lockdown regulations. According to a statement made by a spokesperson for the police, the bookings come after the police force carried out a massive 8,000-person search who appeared to not follow the exact rules of the lockdown. Of course, …

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TRNC TAKES STAND AGAINST UN’S CYPRUS PEACE FORCE DECISION

  The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has taken a stand and spoken against the extended term of the UN Peacekeeping force in the island nation. In a statement to the press and the public, the Foreign Ministry of the TRNC expressed their disapproval of the extension, explaining how their consent was once again …

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5.0 EARTHQUAKE HITS CYPRUS; NO DAMAGES OR INJURIES REPORTED SO FAR

  The island nation was struck by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake in the afternoon hours. While no substantial damages, deaths or injuries have been reported thus far, the incident did cause mass confusion and left hundreds scurrying from their homes. According to a statement by the Cyprus Geological Survey, the earthquake happened at 4:27 p.m. …

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€2,000 FINE SLAPPED ON MAN WHO AVOIDED HIS GAME SERVICE CHECK

  The Cypriot police fined a 25-year-old gentleman with €2,000 for avoiding stopping for a Game Service check. The man, who is from Paphos, was see driving a car in Ezousa, after which he was flagged by patrolling game wardens. Despite the flag, the man failed to stop and continued to flee the area. The …

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PRESIDENT ANASTASIADES CONFIRMS HE IS READY TO RESUME CYPRUS TALKS

  President Nicos Anastasiades of Greek Cyprus has expressed his readiness to resume talks of Cyprus settlement. He did so by receiving the invite to the UN Secretary General’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute. He also informed her that Greek Cyprus will be ready to utilize the opportunity to come to a conclusion. Ms Lute …

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1 OUT OF 4 YOUNG CYPRIOTS SUFFER FROM INTERNET ADDICTION, SAYS STUDY

  The results of a study by Alexander College has revealed that over 24% of young Cyrpiots have internet addiction, while approximately 8% undergo social media addiction. The study was carried out behind closed doors as a pancyprian survey with the support of the Cyprus Addiction Treatment Authority (CETA). Besides Alexander College and the CETA, …

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BILL SEEKING BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS APPROVED

  The island nation’s cabinet has approved the bill to ban the circulation and sale of of any type of disposable carrier bags made with thin plastic. The new regulation shall apply on every usage point, including that of home and office deliveries. Costas Kadis, the minister of Agriculture and the chief architect of the …

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PRESIDENT ANASTASIADES FAILS TO WIN BUDGET APPROVAL

  Nicos Anastasiades has failed to garner the a yes from lawmakers for this new 2021 budget. It is being speculated that the rejection was made in the background of the fallout over the flawed investment-based citizenship program. While 24 lawmakers did approve the budget, a vote of disapproval by 29 others meant that the …

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€150,000 WORTH OF CASH AND JEWELRY STOLEN FROM NICOSIA HOME

  In the latest incident, a residence in Nicosia was burgled, where the thieves in question broke in and took off with a safe containing jewelry and cash. The break-in, which happened between the hours of 10:30am and 1:45pm, led to the theft of money and items worth a total of €150,000. Nicosia’s Criminal Investigative …

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CYPRUS LIFTS TRAVEL BAN FOR 56 COUNTRIES

  The island nation of Cyprus will be lifting its travel ban on 56 different countries. Many of these countries belong to the European Union and the European Economic Area in general. The Cypriot government has also released new protocols and freshly divided arrivals from foreign countries into green, grey red and orange. Both the …

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CYPRUS AND INDIA REVIEW BILATERAL RELATIONS

  The island nation has reviewed its level of cooperation with India in a bid to improve their bilateral relations. According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (IMEA), various fields were discussed in this process. This included culture, consolatory, economics and of course, politics. This was the fifth round of Foreign Office Consultations between …

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RENEWALS ON ROAD TAX TO BEGIN ON JANUARY 7, 2021

  The Cyprus road transport department has announced that the renewals shall begin on the 7th of January. The last date for said renewals will be March 11, 2021. Any renewals made after that will carry a surcharge. Road tax renewals can be made for 3,6,9 or 12 months. All vehicles in said renewals are …

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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS STARTING ON THE 27TH OF DECEMBER

  Vaccinations to prevent the virus from proliferating will be starting on Sunday, the 27th of December. According to an announcement by Olga Kalakouta, a senior health official, the first batch of Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Cyprus. She further explained that the vaccinations will take place through dedicated vaccination centers. The goal of the …

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PRESIDENT ANASTASIADES TAKES TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO SEND PUBLIC MESSAGE

  On the occasion of Christmas, President Nicos Anastasiades went on social media and wish the public good health, just as the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine’s upcoming arrival on Boxing Day. The President added that with the pending arrival of the vaccines, people should now be hopeful of things becoming “more tangible” in …

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THIRD GROUP OF MIGRANTS ARRIVE IN CYPRUS

  In the latest incident, a boat with over 21 migrants reached the shore of Cyprus. This is the third boat full of migrants to arrive from Turkey in a single week. According to the state radio, the police in Cyprus intercepted 21 migrants in the early hours of the morning. They were on a …

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RUSSIAN FRAUD SUSPECT ARRESTED

  The Cyprus police has arrested a Russian national, who has been suspected of fraudulent activities. The man, 33, has long since been suspected by the Russian authorities for embezzlement and fraud. The man was located from a tip by Interpol based on information by the Russian Federation. The police in Limassol placed him under …

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MASSIVE DRUG BUST IN LIMASSOL

  The Cyprus police found and seized 10 Kgs of cannabis and 0.5 Kgs of cocaine in Limassol. Both varieties of narcotics were found in two separate incidents – one in the flat of a 20-year-old man, and the other with a 34-year-old man. Both men were originally intercepted while driving in Limassol. The Narcotics …

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FORMER GOOGLE CEO ERIC SCHMIDT HAS SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED FOR CYPRUS CITIZENSHIP

  Eric Schmidt, the former CEO, has his Cyprus citizenship application approved. According to a report by Recode, as well as an October notice in the Cyprus publication Alithia, Eric Schmidt along with and his family have won the approval to become Cypriot citizens. The report further added the repercussion of this move, one of …

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MULTI-NATIONAL MILITARY EXERCISE MEDUSA 2020 TO BEGIN

  The much-awaited aeronautical military training exercise Medusa 2020 is all set to start on the 30th of November, and is set to continue till the 6th of December. According to a statement by the defense ministry, the joint exercise will be conducted in 3 different phases. These will be dealing with marine formations, cyber …

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YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED WITH POSSIBILITY OF SNOW

  The Cyprus Meteorological Service has issued a yellow weather warning in anticipation of intense thunderstorms, which are expected to stay for over a day. According to them, isolated thunderstorms along with rain are expected, with the rainfall intensity to reach over 35 millimeters an hour. They further added that for the Troodos Mountains’ peaks, …

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CYPRUS CANCELS MAIL SERVICE DUE TO MASS AIR CARRIER CRISIS

  In the latest incident, the island nation has canceled its mail service due to a worldwide air carrier shutdown. With over 22 countries having fallen victim to the crisis, Cyprus has forcefully stopped its mail services to several countries, seeing as there are no carriers for pickups and deliveries. The countries for which mail …

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NEW SEXUAL ABUSE CASE SURFACES IN CYPRUS

  The police are currently investigating a case of minors being forced into marriages. The case involved the discovery of 2 minor girls being forcefully married to adults belonging to the same nationality. The girls were initially brought into the country on false pretenses and then married to the adults. The police went on to …

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POWER GRID DAMAGED AS TORNADO RIPS TURKISH CYPRUS APART

  A massive tornado hit Turkish Cyprus’ Girne (or Kyrenia) district, causing considerable damage to structures and particularly destroying the power grid. The tornado caused roofs being ripped off of rooftops, trees being uprooted, and power lines being completely tangled and disturbed. Some people were also reported to be injured. In particular, the areas of …

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SOUTHWEST CYPRUS PUT UNDER LOCKDOWN OVER SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES

  A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has led to all of the island nation’s southwest being put under a 19-day lockdown period. The lockdown entail a complete shutdown of all non-essential businesses, as well as non-essential people movement. This comes after the current set of restrictions failed to curb the surge in infection numbers. …

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HEAT CONTINUES TO FLOW THROUGH CYPRUS

  Cyprus is continuing to see its temperatures soar, even as the island nation is approaching winter season. Said temperatures currently stand on an average of 36 degrees Celsius, which is over 10 degrees more than the season’ average. And with Temperatures remaining steady at 40 degrees Celsius, October may turn out to be the …

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RESTRICTIONS RELAUNCHED DUE TO SPIKE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

  A spike in new novel coronavirus cases means that Cyprus will be rolling out a new set of restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. The restrictions will be imposed on its most populous districts – Nicosia and Limassol. Gatherings in both private and public areas will be limited to 10 persons, children …

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CYPRUS TO SUSPEND CONTROVERSIAL ‘GOLDEN VISA’ SCHEME

  In light of the recent controversies surrounding the ‘Golden Via’ passport, the Cypriot government has announced that it will suspend its scheme. As the name suggests, “Golden Visa” allowed foreigners to gain a Cypriot passport if they could a make a substantial investment in the island nation. According to Kyriakos Koushos, a spokesman for …

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HOTEL ORDERED TO DEMOLISH 2 OF ITS ILLEGAL FLOORS

  Cypriot interior minister Nicos Nouris has announced that the Sun City project will have to demolish 2 of its floors. According to the town planning department’s notice, the illegal floors violate both the urban planning permit and the environmental impact assessment, and will therefore have to be taken down. The Sun City project, which …

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THREE ZIM STUDENTS PERISH IN HORRIFIC CAR CRASH IN CYPRUS

  A horrific car crash has claimed the life of three people. The persons, all of whom are Zimbabwean students studying at the European University of Lefke in Cyprus passed away while on their way home from an outing. The 3 students in question were identified as current students Dean Tafara Marufu and Elliot Simbarashe …

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MAN BEATEN AND SHOT

  This latest incident has a man beaten and shot. The police are currently investigating a robbery incident during which this person was both assaulted and shot in Nicosia. The man, a 28-year-old resident of Larnaca, was taken to the hospital immediately. There, he was diagnosed with a head injury, a broken nose and various …

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ASTRONOMY EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES

  A top astronomy event has been canceled due to a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. The event, which was due to be held at the Nicosia town hall, had a lot of preparations done, including arranging special facilities for those who are disabled. The organizers of the event issued a statement, …

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CYPRUS STAYS ON ENGLAND’S ‘GREEN LIST’

  Cyprus has been facing a recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases, but that hasn’t stopped the island nation from slipping off their safety list. It remains on the UK’s ‘Green List,’ meaning that those traveling to the UK from Cyprus have unrestricted access and do not need to isolate. However, they are …

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ARTIFACTS DATING BACK 3,200 DISCOVERED IN NORTHERN CYPRUS

  A team of archeologists in Northern Cyprus have excavated over 137 pieces of artifacts that are around 3,200. It is estimated that the artifacts pertain to various works done during the latter part of the Bronze Age in all of the eastern Mediterranean region. According to Bülent Kızılduman, chief of eastern Mediterranean Cultural Heritage …

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RAPID COVID-19 TESTS TO BE DEPLOYED IN CYPRUS

  The health authorities have announced that rapid PCR tests are going to be introduced. In a statement to the press, Cypriot epidemiological team member Petros Karayiannis, mentioned how the rapid tests, which as efficient as their normal counterparts, will be instrumental in speeding up the process. Mr. Karayiannis added that as scientific advisors will …

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CYPRUS MIGHT EVOLVE INTO A WINTER TRAVEL DESTINATION, SAYS DEPUTY MINISTER OF TOURISM

  The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the Cypriot travel industry. But the island nation’s Deputy Minister of Tourism doesn’t think that it is all setbacks and bad news. Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios says that while Cyprus has missed out much on the summer tourism season, but it still has the potential …

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BOYDEN ENTERS CYPRUS

  Top talent advisory and leadership company Boyden, which has over 70 offices in 45 countries, has finally entered Cyprus. The entry into Cyprus is part of a larger expansion phase into the Mediterranean, and will include an expansion into Greece. The expansion will be headed by Anny S. Chatzikonstantinou, the new Managing Partner. Chatzikonstantinou …

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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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