Cyprus - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cyprus Cyprus president: Talks proposal could bring swift results NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday urged Turkish Cypriots to accept his proposal to deal first with the toughest issues holding back progress in troubled reunification talks rather than trying to address everything in one go. President Nicos Anastasiades said a peace deal could come much quickly than ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:15:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:15:00Z Europe rights chief says migrant laws push youth to crime NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Laws in some European countries that impede migrant children from reuniting with their families or force them to leave when they turn 18 create a "huge security risk" by potentially turning young people to crime and extremism, the chief of Europe's top human rights body said Friday. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagl... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:53:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:53:00Z UN envoy in shuttle diplomacy for Cyprus talks' final phase NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy on Thursday shuttled between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus to clinch agreement on holding a summit in Geneva, where it's hoped two years of reunification talks will produce success. Espen Barth Eide said after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader ... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:51:00Z Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked U.S. news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn't understand what the "secret" wa... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:46:00Z The Latest: Russia's deputy FM tipped as ambassador to US NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Russian lawmakers have backed a deputy foreign minister as the new ambassador to the United States. Russian news agencies reported Thursday that members of the lower house's foreign affairs commi... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:42:00Z Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked U.S. news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov told reporters in Cyprus on Thursday that he didn't understand what th... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:31:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:31:00Z Germany considering Jordan, Cyprus for anti-IS base BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her office has drafted a list of eight locations where it could move aircraft supporting the anti-IS mission if Turkey continues to block German lawmakers from visiting troops at the Incirlik base. Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday a team is already in Jordan to assess a site there for its Tornado reconnaiss... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:53:00Z Cyprus: New convention targets illegal antiquities dealers NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Europe's top human rights body is staking aim at smugglers and buyers who deal in stolen antiquities and other priceless cultural artifacts in a trade that's often used to finance terrorist organizations, Cyprus' foreign minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said the Council of Europe's Nicosia Convention is t... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:52:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:52:00Z Cyprus religious leader: Church mulling founding own bank NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says it is considering setting up a bank after forswearing any new investments in existing lenders. The Church leader, Archibshop Chrysostomos II, told state broadcaster RIK Tuesday that the bank could be in the form of a cooperative, but stressed that this is only in the idea phase and that no final decisions have bee... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:27:00 GMT 2017-05-16T09:27:00Z APOEL Nicosia wins 5th straight Cyprus championship NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — APOEL Nicosia clinched a record-tying fifth consecutive Cyprus championship and the club's 26th overall by beating crosstown rival Omonia 3-1 on Saturday. APOEL dominated but fell behind early following a Matt Derbyshire header that capped a swift counterattack. Then followed goals by Stathis Alonefthis, Pieros So... Sat, 13 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-13T17:54:00Z UN envoy: Cyprus peace talks at risk from possible 'crisis' NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus are at risk of collapse because of a possible "international crisis," a United Nations envoy said Thursday, amid tensions over oil and gas exploration off the east Mediterranean island. Espen Barth Eide said that "we may be looking forward to rather dramatic times" and urged everyo... Thu, 11 May 2017 12:24:00 GMT 2017-05-11T12:24:00Z European development bank OKs investment in West Bank, Gaza NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development says its board has approved its involvement in building up the economy of the West Bank and Gaza over the next five years. Board Chairman Pierre Gramegna said Wednesday the bank will channel investments through a trust fund. He did not specify the sum. He said t... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT 2017-05-10T13:00:00Z Cyprus: Turkey's gas search 'threats' could sink peace talks NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The spokesman for Cyprus' government says Turkey's "threats" to prevent oil and gas exploration off the ethnically divided island could be designed to scuttle ongoing reunification talks. Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Monday that Turkey's actions were further hampering peace talks that are being held in a climate that "essent... Mon, 08 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-08T17:54:00Z Cyprus leader criticizes UN envoy for alleged bias, haste NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus on Sunday criticized a U.N. envoy for perceived bias and undue haste amid troubled talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided Mediterranean island. President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, said that he's "distraught" that U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide appears to be adopting the positions of the brea... Sun, 07 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-07T14:33:00Z Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world ISTANBUL (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and businesses in Puerto Rico were boarded up as the U.S. territory braced for a huge stri... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:32:00Z Greek, Turkish Cypriot officials tour unfinished crossing DERYNEIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new crossing point intended to encourage Cyprus' hoped-for reunification is nearing completion two years after the delay-plagued project was announced, Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials were told Thursday. The Deryneia crossing, located near the east coast of Cyprus, was hailed as another important milestone in helping to build... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-27T18:00:00Z Cyprus police: Norwegian sought in daughter's kidnapping NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus police spokesman says an arrest warrant has been issued for the Norwegian father of a 4-year-old girl who was snatched outside a Nicosia daycare. Andreas Angelides says the 49-year-old Norwegian, who is divorced from the girl's Cypriot mother, is sought on suspicion of kidnapping, abduction and assault. A... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:02:00Z Cyprus activists protest Turkey's planned nuclear plant NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists on Wednesday formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station, which they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. On the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, about 100 activists linked arms across the 70-mete... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-04-26T19:12:00Z 2 arrested, 4 policemen hurt at Cypriot cup game NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say two men have been arrested following violent clashes in the stands during a Cypriot Cup quarterfinal match with light injuries for four policemen. Police said Thursday that officers had to use tear gas to subdue APOEL Nicosia fans, who threw plastic seats at them and let off flares, as they accompanied firefighters trying to put out a... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:29:00 GMT 2017-04-20T11:29:00Z The Latest: Turkish leader gets call from Trump after vote ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's referendum on presidential powers (all times local): 1:40 a.m. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says the Turkish leader has received a congratulatory telephone call from President Donald Trump following his country's referendum on expanding presidential powers. Turki... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-04-17T22:43:00Z AP Interview: UN envoy says Cyprus security deal possible NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations has helped put together a compromise formula that could overcome the key obstacle of security which stands in the way of a deal to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus, a U.N. envoy said Thursday. Espen Barth Eide declined to give details, but said the formula was the result of consultations with the rival Cypriot le... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:10:00 GMT 2017-04-13T12:10:00Z Cyprus reunification talks restart, tough challenges ahead NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Against the backdrop of Turkey's referendum on expanding presidential powers, talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus restarted Tuesday with rival leaders hoping to claw back diminished trust and lost momentum after a two-month halt. But the United Nations-mediated negotiations still face difficult challenges, with the i... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:37:00 GMT 2017-04-11T12:37:00Z Southern EU leaders defend US strikes in Syria MADRID (AP) — Leaders from seven southern European countries condemned the Syrian regime Monday for its alleged use of chemical weapons and defended the retaliatory U.S. airstrikes. In a statement that ended a half-day summit near Madrid, the leaders of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta said they "condemned in the strongest terms" the April 4 chemical ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:12:00 GMT 2017-04-10T17:12:00Z 7 Southern EU leaders meet in Madrid to discuss Brexit MADRID (AP) — The leaders of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta are meeting to review negotiations regarding Britain's exit from the European Union. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is hosting Monday's half-day summit of southern Europe leaders at El Pardo palace on Madrid's outskirts. The leaders were to issue... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:51:00 GMT 2017-04-10T12:51:00Z Cyprus: Lawmakers amend law ensuring peace talks restart NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawmakers in ethnically divided Cyprus have amended a controversial law about a commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools that angered breakaway Turkish Cypriots and led to reunification talks breaking off. The amendment, which gives the education minister full discretion over such commemorations, was passed Friday by a vote of 30-20 w... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:25:00 GMT 2017-04-07T11:25:00Z UEFA President Ceferin criticizes Europe's top leagues HELSINKI (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin accused Europe's top leagues of attempting to "blackmail" the governing body on Wednesday. The European Professional Football Leagues, which represents leagues from 25 countries, has threatened to schedule domestic league games on the same evening as UEFA's Champions League or Europa League. ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-04-05T13:59:00Z ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum sign drilling deal with Cyprus NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum on Wednesday signed an agreement with Cyprus to carry out exploratory drilling off the east Mediterranean island's southern coast, where officials hope sizeable deposits of oil and gas could be found. Qatar Petroleum Chief Executive Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said the area, or block, where the partn... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:48:00 GMT 2017-04-05T08:48:00Z UN envoy: Stalled Cyprus peace talks to resume April 11 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Stalled talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus appeared to be back on track Tuesday after a United Nations envoy said negotiations will resume next week after a nearly two-month break. U.N. Envoy Espen Barth Eide said in a statement that the decision to restart talks came after consultations with both sides and a meetin... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-04-04T16:35:00Z Cyprus leaders: More work needed to restart peace talks NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus said Sunday more work is needed to prepare the ground for the resumption of stalled reunification talks, despite having their first face-to-face meeting after nearly two months that was hoped would clear the negotiations logjam. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the island'... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-04-02T22:49:00Z Cyprus president: Restart stalled peace talks immediately NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus on Saturday called for an immediate resumption of stalled reunification talks to tackle key items that have foiled numerous attempts to unify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island. As the standstill in talks stretched into its second month, the country's rival leaders are looking to a U.N.-hosted dinner... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:36:00 GMT 2017-04-01T15:36:00Z