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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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€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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