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MAJOR ACCIDENT IN LIMASSOL

  A major accident in Limassol has left a driver struggling for his life.   The driver, 49, was gravely injured after crashing into another vehicle being driven by a 19-year-old on Philellinon Street.   The latter sustained a broken nose and was held back for observation, while the former was immediately admitted for surgery …

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45 PASSPORTS ISSUED VIA GOLDEN PASSPORTS SCHEME TO BE REVOKED

  The Cyprus government has revealed that it will revoke the passports of 45 citizens who obtained the same under the now-defunct passport scene.   Around 7,000 persons were awarded citizenship under the scheme, in exchange for sizable investments in the country.   It was only after a major expose by Al Jazeera revealed the …

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4 BUSINESSES AND 8 PEOPLE FINED FOR VIOLATING COVID MEASURES

  The Cyprus Police has fined 4 businesses and 8 people for COVD rule violations within a span of 24 hours.   The Police fined 2 people out of 1,273 checks in Nicosia, 1 person out of 179 checks in Limassol, 3 persons out of 182 checks in Paphos, and 2 people out of 141 …

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Police arrest 4 with 5 Kg of Cannabis

  Cyprus’ YKAN anti-narcotics squad has apprehended a vehicle driven by a man, 34. Upon searching, they found 2kgs of cannabis and immediately arrested the man.   They then searched his home, where they found more cannabis as well as some relevant tools.   The YKAN squad also separately stopped another car that they perceived …

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RUSSIANS VISITING CYPRUS TO AVOID QUARANTINE

  As Russia is facing some of toughest measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many Russian national are fleeing to seaside destinations to escape the perceived life of drudgery at home.   The best example of this can be seen on Russian travel company Orange Sun Tour, whose slogan is “Don’t quarantine, but holiday …

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CYPRUS POLICE ISSUES ALERT ON SCAMS

  The Police in Cyprus has issued an alert asking people to be vigilant about a new scam doing the rounds that intends to get people’s bank account details.   The police say that people are complaining about receiving false messages and alerts of people “hacking” their bank account and being asked to verify their …

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DELTA+ VARIANT FOUND IN SAMPLES

  The Cyprus Health Ministry has announced that 2 samples of the Covid-19 Delta+ variant have been detected.   The 2 samples were found out of the 297 that were tested – all of which was done within the sequencing of all new variants of SARS-CoV-2 in samples of positive COVID-19 cases from September to …

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MOST PROPERTY MORTGAGES TAKE PLACE IN LIMASSOL AND NICOSIA, SAYS STUDY

  As the world is returning to a sense of normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens are now beginning to go back to getting loans and mortgaging their properties.   Within this context, a study by the Land and Survey Department has revealed that Limassol and Nicosia have the largest numbers of …

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TURKISH CYPRUS GOVERNMENT RESIGNS

  The Turkish Cyprus government had already been on shaky grounds, which have now shattered as said government collapsed as a result of a political deadlock.   The coalition government finally stepped down after months’ worth of deadlock in the parliament that occurred right after 2020’s presidential elections.   According to a written statement by …

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DRUNK PASSENGER STIRS UP TROUBLE IN CYPRUS-BOUND FLIGHT

  A 58-year-old Russian national behaved improperly and stirred up trouble in a flight from Moscow headed for Cyprus.   The passenger was accounted for his behaviour and was arrested after the plane arrived in Larnaca.   He has been charged with triggering unrest and attacking an officer of the law. The police are currently …

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DEAD BODY FOUND AT SEA

  The Cyprus Police has found a body floating in the sea off of the Lady’s Mile area. The Cypriot Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) police has stated that the body belonged to a 65-year-old man. The man was a Cypriot citizen and resided in Limassol. The cause of his death will be determined once the …

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3 PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR PRESENTING FAKE IDs

  The Cyprus Police has arrested 3 persons at the Paphos and Larnaca airports over using fake IDs to travel to Europe. One of the 3 persons was carrying an identity card that was in fact reported as stolen since 2017. Meanwhile the other two were using documents that were forged. All of these three …

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS RE-OPENING DESPITE PANDEMIC

  Cyprus is all set to open its primary schools and will welcome more than fifty thousand students. This will make it the the second school term that will begin during the pandemic, and the third school term affected by it overall. According to Marios Stylianides, the primary education director of the education ministry, despite …

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11 BUSINESSES & 40 PERSONS FINED FOR BREACHING COVID-19 RULES

  The Cyprus Police has arrested 11 businesses and 40 persons within 24 hours for breaking the rules set to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. According to a spokesperson for the police, the arrests came from over 3,652 checks carried out within the 24-hour-period. Most of the rule-breakers were fined because they were …

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3 INJURED AND 1 DEAD IN COLLISION

  In the latest incident, three people were injured and one died after a vehicular collision in Kato Moni. According to a statement by the Cyprus Police, Nicosia resident Doros Fterousios was driving on Arediou-Ayios Ioannis Malountas-Kato Moni at around 2am in the night, when he was hit by a car. The latter of the …

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7 CITIZENS TO TESTIFY AGAINST DOCTOR WHO ADMINISTERED FAKE VACCINE

  The Cyprus Police has entered the final stages of its investigation into the administering of fake COVID-19 vaccines by a Larnaca-based doctor. The Larnaca CID, which is the lead handling authority of the investigation has requested 7 citizens – all of whom were “vaccinated” by the doctor to testify against him in court. While …

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SCHOOLBOOK WITHDRAWN OVER COMMENT ON ATATURK

  The Cypriot government has instructed schools in the Republic of Cyprus to withdraw a textbook from their curriculum on grounds that it holds Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in good light. The instruction came after a misguided one from the education ministry that asked schoolteachers to tear out the page in question before giving …

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10 INDIAN SOLDIERS STUCK IN NORTHERN CYPRUS

  A political leader from the Indian state of Rajasthan is claiming that around 10 sailors from the Indian Merchant Navy are stuck on a ship in Northern Cyprus. The politician, Charmesh Sharma, a member of the Indian National Congress Party in Bundi, Rajasthan, has stated that the sailors are part of a 13-member ship …

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SPECIAL ANTI-TERROR DRILL HELD BETWEEN CYPRUS FORCES AND US NAVY SEALS

  In a bid to strengthen response against marine terrorist hijackings, the Cypriot and US special forces recently held a joint drill. The drill, which had members of the Cypriot underwater demolition forces and the US Navy SEALs participated in various exercises, to help the former polish their skills in handling violence at sea effectively. …

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14 YEAR OLD CHILD MISSING FROM HOME

  A 14-year-old girl has been reported missing. The girl in question, Marianna Ahmet, has been missing from her home in Nicosia. The police have released her description as a teenager of average build having short, black hair till her shoulders. She was wearing a black T-shirt with black jeans. The Nicosia Police CID department …

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Foreign Ministers from Cyprus, Israel and Greece Meet In Jerusalem

  In what is being regarded as one of 2021’s landmark political events, Nicos Christodoulides, Yair Lapid and Nikos Dendias, the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece respectively, will meet in Jerusalem. They will hold a trilateral meeting, where the topics of discussion will include regional developments, along with potential areas of cooperation like …

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Pakistan Initiating Harmonious Relationship with Turkish Cyprus

  In an unexpected diplomatic move, the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi has pledged for cohesion with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). President Alvi, who was present at the launching ceremony of MILGEM-class corvette ship (which Turkey has built for Pakistan), stated that while the two nations might be different in terms of …

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Staycations as the Only Option for Cypriots Due To Coronavirus

  People are wary of the precautions and measures against the spread of coronavirus. As a result, far less people are traveling abroad. According to Vassilis Stamataris, a travel agency, while traffic at the airports in Cyprus has surely increased in the last months, it is still much lesser than that in 2019. Notably, most …

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300,000 Trees Planted In Nicosia With Australian Donation

  The Australian High Commission will has made a large donation to ‘300K Trees in Nicosia,’ an NGO Group to help them in their goal of planting 300,000 trees in the Nicosia district. Their project coordinator, Eleftheria Louca spoke with Cyprus Mail, stating that the NGO is indebted to the Australian High Commission for helping …

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Viper Bite Sends Young Girl To Hospital

  A 9-year-old girl is undergoing treatment in Makarios General Hospital after being bitten by a viper. This is the second of such incidents, after a 6-year-old boy underwent a similar treatment after also being bitten by a viper. The girl’s family, who reported the incident, said that the viper was on the window of …

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Nearly 80% Coverage for First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

  In what is being considered good news for public health, the Cypriot Health Ministry has stated that nearly 78% of all adults and over 30% of teenagers (i.e. those between 16 to 17 years of age) have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. As of August 23, the data says that around …

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88 Syrian Migrants Sent Back To Lebanon by Cyprus

  88 Syrian migrants, who tried to reach Cyprus in two boats, have been sent back to Lebanon. According to the Interior Minister Nicos Nouris, 5 men had jumped overboard. The Cyprus Police rescued 4 men. However, a fifth, who was wearing a mask, a life preserver and flippers managed to flee. Rescue crews are …

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36 Cases of Sexual Harassment Handled In 2021

  The Cyprus Police has revealed that they have handled a total of 36 sexual harassment cases thus far, 22 of which have been filed in court. According to Eleni Constantinou, a spokesperson for the Cyprus Police, there are a total of 36 cases under investigation by the special unit dealing with sexual harassment issues. …

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2 Persons Identified in Fake News Post Scandal

  The Cyprus police’s cybercrime unit has reported that two men – aged 32 & 45 have been identified in connection with the ongoing fake news post scandal. The scandal in question is one that arose from a post that claimed that a 12-year-old child in Limassol less than a day after being administered the …

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OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN IN CYPRUS NOT UPGRADED

  The office of the Ombudsman of Cyprus has not been upgraded to A status accreditation awarded by the sub-committee on accreditation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Earlier this year, it was given a time frame of eighteen months to fulfill and submit a new reassessment application in order to get …

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DOCTORS ILLEGALLY ISSUING SAFEPASSES

  The use of safe pass has forced people and doctors to adopt illegal methods to fulfil the mandatory norms – primarily by presenting fake certificates.  Simultaneously, it has been noticed that the doctors are certifying that their patients do not require any vaccination while prioritizing other norms such as mandatory use of masks. This …

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EUROGROUP PRESIDENT DONOHOE TO VISIT CYPRUS

  Paschal Donohoe, President of the Eurogroup, shall make a visit to Cyprus and Greece for bilateral meetings.  Minister Donohoe will be meeting the President as well as the finance minister of Cyprus and shall frame the priorities he has as the President of the Eurogroup. He will discuss the prospects of recovery of the …

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2 ARRESTED IN STABBING INCIDENT IN NICOSIA

  The Cyprus police have arrested two men, 21 and 22, for at least 8 days on suspicion of stabbing a 23-year-old man in Nicosia. The incident in question happened around 12 noon in a central Nicosia parking lot, where it is being ascertained that the 22-year-old injured the 23-year-old in the neck and face …

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POLICE REMAND 3 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FOR IDENTITY THEFT

  At least three persons were held for crimes related to illegal entry, stay and identity theft. Firstly, a Congolese woman was arrested at Paphos international airport early on Monday. The airport authorities became suspicious during the required passport check when she presented a French passport. On further interrogation, she confessed to the police that …

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FUGITIVE AMERICAN WOMAN ARRESTED IN CYPRUS

  A woman, 29, allegedly wanted on an international arrest warrant for crimes related to fraud and money laundering, was held on her arrival in Cyprus Paphos’ airport, as per police statement on Friday.   On her arrival on a flight from Moscow, the airport authorities found that an international arrest warrant pending against her. The …

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CYPRUS POLICE ORDER DESTROYING OF FIREWORKS

  The Cyprus Police have declared that they will be destroying all confiscated fireworks at the Sha quarries. The destruction has been scheduled between 5 and 11 pm. To that end, they have issued an advance warning to the public on the explosions that might be heard as a result of this activity. They explained …

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2 CYPRIOT ATHLETES TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  An athlete participating in the Cyprus national team in the Olympic Games along with her coach have tested positive for Covid-19. The diagnosis has happened after the athlete had completed her sporting competition. Andreas Theophylactou, the head of the Cyprus delegation in Tokyo, confirmed the grim development. He further added that the two were …

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COURT FINDS PRIMA FACIE IN CASE AGAINST RAPE-ACCUSED BISHOP

  The criminal court of Larnaca-Famagusta has found prima facie case against the former bishop. In response to this development, Michalis Pikis, the former cleric’s lawyer has requested a period of a day to prepare his defense against the newly obtained information. According to the Cyprus News Agency, this development has come after 2 more …

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON

  The Cyprus Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson after a fire burnt down roughly 2kms of wild vegetation and dry grass in Analiontas. The authorities came to know about the fire after nearby residents and witnesses reported it to the police. The fire had become massive by then, and it took …

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WATER DUCT BREAKAGE LEADS TO FLOODING IN TURTLE BEACH

  Limni beach, Cyprus’ one and only beach for turtles has been completely flooded. The flooding has happened due to water emptied from a duct by the Water Development Department (TAY). This has surprised members of the government and the public alike, who are wondering how the TAY did not realize about the number of …

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PLAYERS OF THE ANORTHOSIS FOOTBALL CLUB GET COVID VACCINE

  Players of the Anorthosis football team got their jab of the COVID-19 vaccine before their participation in the European fixtures. According to a statement from Demetris Christoforou, a spokesman for the club, the team decided to green light the vaccination in order for them to be eligible for the green pass required to travel …

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CYPRUS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER 2021

  The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is all set to hold its 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East on the 13th and 14th of October 13. These dates come just before the 2021 edition of COP 26, the global climate to be held in Glasgow in November. The Cyl …

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WOMAN KILLED ON HIGHWAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED

  A woman who had been killed while walking along a highway has been identified. The Cyprus Police revealed in a statement that the deceased woman was a 52-year-old Bulgarian national, who lived and worked in Cyprus. The claim comes after the police’s public request to help identify the woman. She was killed by a …

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HOUSING IS CHEAPER BUT FOOD IS COSTLIER THAT EU AVERAGE IN CYPRUS

  A study has revealed that despite being a relatively cheaper country to live in, Cyprus has costlier prices when it comes to furnishings, food and, communication. The study conducted by Eurostat, which compared the prices of over ten categories of products in an interactive graph, showed the differences in prices between a country and …

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MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR RAPE

  The Cyprus News Agency has reported that the man will be standing trail for raping a woman. The man, 24, will be standing trial at the criminal court in Paphos. Until his court appearance, he will stay in police custody. The man was arrested after his victim, a 24-year-old female had filed a complaint …

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SOUTH AFRICAN FUGITIVE ARRESTED

  The Cyprus Police has arrested a criminal fugitive from South Africa. The man, 57, who has been on the South African authorities’ wanted list for theft and fraud, was arrested in Larnaca. Found in his home in Larnaca, the man is currently being detained at the police station’s holiding cell. He will soon be …

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CYPRUS ELECTS ITS FIRST EVER WOMAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER

  The island nation has elected its first ever female speaker. Annita Demetriou, 35, a member of the ruling conservative Democratic Rally party shall be presiding over the parliament as speaker. Backed by the far-right party ELAM, the Democratic Front, and of course, her own party, she will serve as the second highest in hierarchy …

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TOP UN OPERATIONS OFFICIAL TO VISIT CYPRUS

  Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations’ head of Peace Operations will be paying four-day-long visit to Cyprus. The announcement was made at the UN Headquarters during their routine international briefing, where Secretary General Stéphane Dujarric communicated the news to the spectators and the public. Lacroix main mission in Cyprus would be to oversee the UN …

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CYPRUS BANS ALLOWING TRAVELLERS WITH HISTORY OF VISITING INDIA

  In its bid to keep COVID-19 out from its shores, Cyprus has banned travelers with a recent history of visiting India. The logic behind the step is to keep away and be safe from the B.1.617 variant – a new and deadlier variant of COVID-19 that originated in India and predominantly circulates there. The …

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MAN ARRESTED FOR OVERSTAYING HIS VISA

  The Cyprus Police has arrested a 29-year-old man for unlawfully staying in Cyprus. The man – an Indian national, was arrested from the Paphos airport after being flagged by immigration authorities for overstaying his visa permit period. Upon further checking, it was found that the man was staying in the island nation as an …

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9 MORE PEOPLE FINED IN VIOLATION OF COVID CURFEWS

  The Cyrpus Police announced the fining of 9 persons after checking over 3,000 persons for violation of the Covid curfew. The check, carried out on a series of 3 days, led to 9 people being fined in total – 5 on the first day, 3 on the second and 1 on the third. The …

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CYRPUS TO SHUT ITS AIRSPACE TO FLIGHTS AND AIRLINERS FROM BELARUS

  In response to a forced passenger jet landing, the government of Cyprus has banned all incoming flights from the country of Belarus. Cyprus has joined the long line of EU countries that has previously imposed the same restriction. According to a statement by the Cypriot ministry of transport, the island nation has prohibited by …

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL STAY IN CYPRUS

  The Cyprus Police recently arrested a middle-aged woman for illegally staying on the island nation. According to a statement from the police, the arrest was made after the woman was discovered in a block of apartments in Paphos’s Tafoi Vasileon Avenue. The woman, an asylum seeker had submitted a request for it in the …

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CYPRUS POLICE INVESTIGATING A CASE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

  The Criminal Investigative Department of Paphos police are investigating a case of attempted murder, which was sparked off from a an argument in a parking lot. The argument began when a 43-year-old man visiting relatives in an apartment building in According to the police, a man, 43, who had visited relatives at an apartment …

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MOTHER CAUGHT TRYING TO PASS EXAM WITH DAUGHTER’S IDENTITY PAPERS

  An elderly woman was caught trying to take an exam while posing as her daughter. The woman, 67, had showed up to take what would be her daughter’s state university entry exams using the ID papers belonging to her daughter, 25. The arrest was made after the police received a complaint from someone at …

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TURMOIL CYPRUS HAS HIRED A BUNKER TRADER

  Turmoil, the marine fuel supplier company has hired a new bunker trader. The hired bunker trader is none other than Dmitry Gruzintsev, who joined the company on June 1st, 2020. According to a statement by the company, Dmitry is clearly the best choice for the position, having extensive experience in the Russian Far East, …

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RUSSIAN CITIZEN REPORTEDLY MISSING IN CYPRUS

  The Cyprus Police is on the lookout for a 56-year-old woman, who has reportedly been missing since Saturday. The woman, a Russian citizen, was last seen by passers-by on the day she was to leave the island nation. She has been described as Ekaterina Romanova – a Russian woman – 1.75 meters tall and …

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BRITISH WOMAN DIES AFTER ALLEGED REACTION TO COVID VACCINE

  A 39-year-old woman has died after a blood clotting incident, allegedly from complications arising after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The woman, a citizen of the UK, who was under treatment in the ICU section of the Nicosia General Hospital, had received the AstraZeneca jab’s first dose. Her symptoms began days after this development. Eventually, …

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LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS EASED IN CYRPUS

  The lockdown restrictions are being eased in view of the decrease in novel coronavirus cases. For starters, the limits to gatherings have been increased to 20 – minors and permanent residents included. Furthermore, the maximum capacity in indoor public spaces (such as casinos, fairs, places of worship, performing arts centers and theaters) has been …

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CYPRUS HAS THE CLEANEST WATERS IN THE EU, SAYS STUDY

  The European Environment Agency has declared Cyprus to have the cleanest swimming waters in all of the European Union. According to a report by the environmental watchdog, the swimming waters of the island nation received the coveted 100% excellence score, defeating Austria, Greece, and Malta – which stood 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The …

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CYPRUS TO RECEIVE OVER 400,000 COVID-19 VACCINES

  Amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country is set to receive over 400,000 doses of the vaccine. The batch to be delivered to the island nation will contain all the four vaccines that the EU has currently approved for emergency use. According to the Cyprus News Agency, the doses will be very helpful …

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US AMBASSADOR IN CYPRUS SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE

  In the middle of grim situation due to the pandemic and the collapse of the latest round of Cyprus talks, Judith Garber, the US Ambassador to Cyprus, said that the nation shall continue to support and develop both the international and internal situation in Cyprus. In an Easter message video, the ambassador said that …

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THE FIRES IN NICOSIA HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL

  Bushfires in Nicosia have been extinguished by the fire department. According to a statement by the fire services, the first of these fires, which broke out near the Stelios Ioannou foundation in Strovolos. This fire spread to an area as large as five land donums before it was brought into control. The second fire …

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NIKOS CHRISTODOULIDES AND WANG YI SPEAK ON THE PHONE

  In what is being considered a landmark political conversation between Cyprus and China, the foreign ministers of the two nations participated in a phone conversation vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic. Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides thanked Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi for the help they offered China in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He …

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THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL FIRECRACKERS CONFISCATED IN THREE DAYS

  Cypriot news portal Philenews has reported that the police has found and confiscated over 2,000 different firecrackers over the course of three days. Furthermore, the police revealed that they had found and confiscated over 50,000 firecrackers along with 7,000 fireworks. What is interesting is that despite these confiscations, the police did not get any …

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DEAD BODY FOUND NEAR LIOPETRI

  The police in Famagusta has found and recovered the dead body of the 65-year-old man. The body was previously witnessed by passers-by floating in the sea near the Liopetri coast at around noon. After one of said passers-by made a complaint, the matter came to the attention of the Famagusta police, who then cordoned-off …

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CYPRUS WILL TAKE PART IN TESTS FOR GENERATING DIGITAL CERTIFICATES FOR COVID-19

  Cyprus will take part in the European Commission’s technical trials for the soon-to-be-launched digital green certificate system for COVID-19. The system, which is set to be adopted in all of Europe, is currently being beta tested by 16 of its member states – including the island nation of Cyprus. According to a European Union …

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MAN WHO SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK WHILE SWIMMING ADMITTED IN ICU

  In a tragic incident, a young man was admitted in a hospital’s ICU wing after suffering from a heart attack during a swimming lap. According to a report by the Cyprus News Agency, the man, aged 27, lost consciousness while swimming in the Dimotika Bania in the late hours of the morning. Other fellow …

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CYPRIOT PASSPORTS RANKED 13TH IN THE WORLD

  The Henley Passport Index has ranked Cyprus as the 13th best passport in the world when it comes to the extent of its reach. Those who hold a Cyprus passport can travel without visa to 176 different destinations. The report, which was published in the second quarter of 2021, studies over 199 passports and …

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UN-SPONSORED INFORMAL TALKS ON CYPRUS REUNIFICATION FALLS APART

  In what is being regarded as another low in the series of negative developments regarding the Cyprus reunification issue, the latest series of talks has also resulted into failure. The talks, which are informal in nature and sponsored by the United Nations, resulted in neither party coming to any kind of common ground. The …

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TURKISH VICE-PRESIDENT TO PAY A VISIT TO TURKEY CYPRUS

  Fuat Oktay, the vice-president of Turkey is set to pay a visit to Turkish Cyprus. According to government sources, Vice-President Fuat Oktay has plans to hold some official talks on his visit as well. Other plans include inspection of a site in Guvercinlik Village, meeting the mayor of the municipality of Gazimagusa, and attending …

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THE HALLOUM CHEESE WINS ORDER OF PROTECTION FROM THE EU

  The traditional cheese of Halloumi has been granted a place in the European Union’s list of Protected Designations of Origins. The cheese variety, which is called hellim in Turkish language, has long since been in controversy on the topic of its origins. Thus far, both Turkey and Cyprus have been marketing it under their …

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CYPRUS TO BUY SPUTNIK V COVID-19 VACCINES

  In light of the crisis surrounding AstraZeneca vaccines, Cyprus has decided to buy at least fifty thousand doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, pending approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). According to a statement by government spokesperson Kyriakos Koushos, the move is part of the bilateral agreement made with Russia earlier this …

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CYPRUS MARKING EOKA STRUGGLE’S 66TH ANNIVERSARY

  The island nation of Cyprus is all set to mark the 66th anniversary of the infamous Eoka struggle. Launched on April 1, 1955, the purpose of the struggle was to gain independence from British rule. The occasion will start with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades attending a church service at the Ayios Ioannis cathedral, followed …

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CYRPUS TO RESUME USING ASTRAZENECA VACCINE AFTER ALL-CLEAR

  After weeks of controversy surrounding the safety of AstraZeneca vaccines, Cyprus will finally recontinue vaccinations using the company’s COVID-19 vaccine – after getting the all-clear on its safety and efficacy by the European Medicines Authority (EMA). According to a statement by the Cyprus Health Ministry, the health authorities of the island nation had suspended …

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CYPRUS TO WELCOME TOURISTS FROM THE UK

  The Cypriot government has confirmed that it is ready to welcome back tourists from the UK pending the lifting of the existing coronavirus restrictions. According to their statement, while the current ban on travel in the UK is set to stay till may 17th, the Cypriot authorities are ready to welcome visitors from the …

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CYPRUS OPENING ITS DOORS TO MAIN TOURIST MARKETS

  Cyprus is all set to open up its border to 16 different countries that were previously not on its safe list. The countries in question include the US and UK, Qatar, Belarus, Egypt, Lebanon, the UAE, Ukraine, Serbia, Israel, and Russia. From April 1, visitors from these countries will not be required to follow …

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ATTEMPT TO HACK CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTRY’S WEBSITE WENT UNSUCCESSFUL

  The Cyprus News Agency has reported that someone tried to hack the website of the Cyprus Defense Ministry but was unsuccessful. According to a reliable source from the Defense Ministry, despite the attempt, the website did not suffer any damage as the effort was stopped in time. The source further added that this incident …

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ISRAEL’S MILITARY TO HOLD GIANT ‘WAR MONTH’ EXERCISE ON CYPRUS

  The Israeli military is set to hold a mass exercise on Cyprus. According to the Hebrew newspaper Israel Hayom, the elite units of the Israeli armed forces will use Cyprus as a substitute for Samaria, Judea, and the Gaza Strip. The elite troops in question will include commandos and high-performing soldiers from the Air …

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MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY GANG

  A group of youths carried out a vicious attack on a man, which has led the latter to be hospitalized. The man was taken to Paphos general hospital and admitted in their A&E department. One of the doctors there confirmed that he had sustained substantial bruising on his face. The police were only alerted …

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CYPRUS HAS ONE OF THE BEST CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVAL RATES

  Cypriot Health Minister Cyprus Constantinos Ioannou has revealed that the island nation has one of the highest pediatric cancer survival rates worldwide. On the occasion of International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15, the minister gave his regards to the children who have fought and survived cancer. He also went on to give a …

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FIRMS ALLOWED TO DELAY THEIR VAT PAYMENTS TILL MARCH 2021

  The Department of Taxation has allowed businesses to take more time in order to fulfill their value-added tax dues for the period of December 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Usually, the tax for the period must be paid between February 10 and March 10, 2021. But the Tax Department has made the concession …

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EXCESS INFLUX OF MIGRANTS FORCES CYPRUS TO SEEK ASSISTANCE

  The migrants’ crisis has taken a toll on the Cypriot administration, which in turn has led to the island nation calling for international assistance to best deal with the situation. In a joint statement to the press, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris and Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides and Interior Minister Nicos Nouris have expressed …

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COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED IN NORTHERN CYPRUS

  The government has announced that the restrictions will be eased in the view of declining COVID-19 cases. Turkish Cyprus Prime Minister Ersan Saner has revealed that the region will reduce the current level of restrictions beginning the 22nd of February. If the decline in cases continues, then businesses, shops, and other economic activities will …

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EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DETONATED IN LIMASSOL

  The detonation of an explosive device has destroyed a car in Ekali, Limassol. The police have revealed that the car, which they believe was targeted purposefully was parked outside a home belonging to a 40-year-old man. The vehicle itself belongs to the father-in-law of said man. The man reported the incident to the police …

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6 CARS DESTROYED IN FREAK ACCIDENT

  A freak accident in Larnaca led to a fire which destroyed 6 cars on a street. The accident happened as a short circuit lit up a barrel of oil that was stored in the garage. After damaging the building’s garage, ground floor and second floor, the fire spread as the flame spread down the …

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SEVERAL FINED AS POLICE BROKE UP A BIRTHDAY PARTY

  The coronavirus restrictions are here to stay, and the latest incident only proves how serious the authorities can get with those who violate them. Limassol Police found and broke up an illegal mass gathering for a birthday party taking place at a restaurant. They proceeded to fine the owner €1,500, and fined another 13 …

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JOHAN WALEM EXITS POSITION AS NATIONAL TEAM COACH

  The Cyprus National Team’s coach Johan Walem has vacated his post as the national team manager for the men’s team. The decision, which is apparently by mutual consent of Mr. Walem and the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) was announced by the latter in a press release. The press release went on to thank Mr. …

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COLOR-CODING SYSTEM ADOPTED FOR AIRPORTS REOPENING

  Starting March 1st, 2021, Cyprus will be reopening its airports using a risk-assessment system that is based on color-coding. The color-coding system, which is meant for both tourists and diplomats, are being implemented to keep health safety in check in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, the system is in place …

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TOURISTS ARRIVALS GO DOWN BY OVER 90% IN JANUARY

  The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc over the travel industry worldwide, and Cyprus, of course, is no exception to this. The island nation, which had seen a substantial increase in tourist arrivals last January, has in this one seen a dip in numbers like no other. In January 2021, Cyprus had all of 3,889 …

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EFG INTERNATIONAL INCREASES ITS PRESENCE IN CYPRUS

  Popular international private bank EFG International is tackling the Brexit issue by expanding overseas. As part of its latest move, the financial institution will be expanding further in Cyprus. Though the Zurich-based bank has already conducted business in the island nation for over 6 years. However, it will now be expanding its licenses to …

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THOUSANDS OF BIRDS SPEND THE WINTER IN CYPRUS, SAYS STUDY

  The results of a brand new study has revealed that more than 17,000 birds spend the winter season in the wetlands of Cyprus. The study, conducted by the game and wildlife service and BirdLife Cyprus surveyed over 50 different locations on the island nation, and went on to record around 17,000 migratory waterbirds from …

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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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