Supreme court to rule on Enosis bill

Elam MP Linos Papayiannis and Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou exchanging words in the lead up to the vote on the Enosis bill two weeks ago

President Nicos Anastasiades will refer a contentious bill transferring the power to set school celebrations from parliament to the government, to the supreme court on grounds of unconstitutionality, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Monday. Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace, Papadopoulos said a legal opinion by the attorney-general “says that unconstitutional issues […]

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Iranian court rejects appeal of jailed British-Iranian worker

FILE PHOTO: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella pose for a photo in London, Britain February 7, 2016

Iran‘s supreme court has upheld a five-year jail sentence for a British-Iranian charity worker who was convicted on unspecified charges relating to national security, her husband said on Monday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested by the elite Revolutionary Guards in April 2016 at a Tehran airport, as she […]

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So-called centre opts for Papadopoulos (Update 2)

From left: Nicolas Papadopoulos, Marinos Sizopoulos, Eleni Theocharous, Giorgos Lillikas and Giorgos Perdikis

  Hardline parties Diko, Edek, and the Solidarity Movement will propose to their respective party members that they should support Nicolas Papadopoulos as their joint candidate in next year’s presidential elections. The announcement was made by Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos following a meeting of the parties which describe themselves as of the centre or ‘in-between […]

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UK seeks permission to delay air pollution report

The City of London financial district is seen from Primrose Hill as high air pollution obscures the skyline over London

The British government is seeking to delay publication of a report on tackling air pollution until September 15, breaking a court deadline for it to comply with European Union legislation. Concern over air quality has grown since the Volkswagen emissions scandal in September 2015 and reports that real-world emissions exceed those recorded during laboratory tests […]

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At least 15 drown as migrant boat sinks off Lesbos (Update)

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At least 15 people, including a child, drowned when an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece’s Lesbos island, officials said on Monday. Eight bodies were recovered in Greek territory and another seven in Turkish waters, a Greek coastguard official said. The boat is believed to have set sail from Turkey late on Sunday. Citing […]

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Arsenal want to win FA Cup for Wenger, says Ramsey

Letting it all out: Arsene Wenger, who has been under intense pressure, was visibly emotional after his side came from behind to beat Man City and reach the FA Cup final against Chelsea

Arsenal are targeting an FA Cup win to honour manager Arsene Wenger and make up for an inconsistent season, midfielder Aaron Ramsey said after their semi-final victory over Manchester City. Arsenal beat City 2-1 in extra time to book a place in the final against Chelsea on May 27 and their progress is in contrast […]

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The absolute summer experience returns on April 30th

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Preparation is underway and will soon be completed, as Fasouri Watermania Waterpark in Limassol prepares to receive its thousands of visitors this year, too. The waterpark opens on Sunday, April 30th, and prepares to offer for another year the absolute refreshing and fun summer recreation in its plush green environment. Across an area of 105.000 […]

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Traffic the leading cause of noise pollution in Cyprus

More than 400,000 people in Limassol and Nicosia are regularly exposed to noise levels  above the EU’s threshold of 55 decibels (dB) for daily exposure

An estimated 100 million Europeans are affected by harmful levels of noise pollution with traffic by far the major cause, according to a new assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Monday. Cyprus is no exception. More than 400,000 people in Limassol and Nicosia, which were investigated for the research, are regularly exposed […]

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Fire-fighting measures boosted in wake of Solea disaster

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou at the launch of Fire Safety Week on Monday

New measures to boost the island’s ability to fight fires were outlined on Monday by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou to mark the start of Fire Safety Week. Following the large fire in the Solea area last summer the government appointed an independent expert committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the island’s fire-fighting system. A report […]

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Holidays, burka bans, Brexit vote – UK parties campaign

Women wear Jeremy Corbyn t-shirts

More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit – just some of the policies Britain’s opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June. With some polls giving May a more than 20 point lead before the June 8 vote, the main opposition Labour […]

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