Opposition leader’s speech prompts outrage

Akel leader Andros Kyprianou’s speech at the party’s convention on Sunday, in which he named Stavros Malas as the party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election, has prompted a barrage of reactions from several government ministers and political parties. Kyprianou attacked President Nicos Anastasiades – the frontrunner in the upcoming election – on his commitment […]

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‘Overworked’ legal service needs more staff to avoid mistakes, says AG

THE Legal Service must be adequately staffed and overhauled as a matter of urgency because the risk of mistakes being made in cases where large sums are at stake for the Republic of Cyprus is visible, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said on Friday. Speaking to reporters at a news conference on the occasion of completing his […]

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Vassilikos energy hub to host floating LNG facility

The government is planning to construct a jetty at Vassilikos port to host a floating storage facility for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be used for power production, it emerged on Thursday. According to local daily Phileleftheros, the plan is for Cyprus to start importing LNG at the end of 2019, with the state-owned electricity […]

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Greek pleads guilty to smuggling cannabis

A 55-year-old Greek man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to smuggling six kilos of cannabis into Cyprus with the intent to sell. Epaminondas Gypalis pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell. However, Nicolas Georgiou, 26, and Ioannis Demetriades, 28, both from Paphos, who face the same charges, pleaded not guilty. […]

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Civil servants’ income slashed by 30 per cent says union boss

Civil servants have seen their income slashed by 30 per cent on average throughout the economic crisis, union Pasydy boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou said on Tuesday. Hadjipetrou was speaking after delivering a copy of the union’s decisions taken at its general meeting last May to President Nicos Anastasiades. “[Tuesday’s] meeting was largely ceremonial in nature,” Hadjipetrou […]

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Anastasiades pledges €35m in projects for Famagusta (Updated)

President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday pledged new government-funded projects of around €35 million for the Famagusta district. Following a meeting with mayors, local council leaders, MPs and other officials from the district, Anastasiades said that €32.2 million was spent for projects in the area from 2013 to 2016, while the 2017 budget included €23.3m. “Through […]

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‘Religion can catalyse political solutions’, says Maronite archbishop

FAITH and politics should not mix, but religion can catalyse political solutions because every house of God is a house of forgiveness and love, the Maronites’ Archbishop Joseph Soueif said on Friday. Speaking to reporters, Soueif was asked whether Cyprus’ Maronite community is facing problems in holding liturgies in the Turkish-held areas. “We have renewed […]

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Police beef up security on European threat alert

POLICE in Cyprus have stepped up security measures at the island’s ports and airports after a message from Interpol Brussels about a possible terrorist attack against on European soil, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Saturday. The message, addressed to an airline through Twitter, alerted travellers of a heightened risk of terror attacks in Europe. […]

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Man wanted in connection with burglary and robbery

Police are looking for Constantinos Balabanides, 35, from Russia, in connection with two cases of burglary and robbery on July 7 and August 28, 2017, in Paphos. In a statement on Friday, police asked anyone with information that may help find him to contact the Peyia police station on 26806360, their nearest police station, or […]

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House extends wealth-declaration date

A legislative proposal by House Speaker Demetris Syllouris to extend the submission deadline for the asset statements of politically exposed people (PEPs) and government officials to the end of October was voted into law on Friday. The original submission deadline, September 23, was moved to end-October, but the obligation to report all assets as at […]

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