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Protestors fear talks will collapse soon
Mon, 22 May 2017 20:08:25 +0000 - Protestors at Ledra St on Monday night (Prodromos Taliotis)

While President Nicos Anastasiades was preparing his address on Monday to explain to the people his new proposal as regards the settlement talks, scores of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots gathered at the Ledra street crossing in the buffer zone calling for results. The organisers of the event, said that the aim is to “protest […]

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Anastasiades: security and guarantees must come first (Update 2)
Mon, 22 May 2017 18:19:03 +0000 - President Anastasiades said he had proposed an immediate transition to Geneva

  President Nicos Anastasiades confirmed on Monday that he had proposed that any conference on Cyprus should focus on security and guarantees first, and only if these were agreed would the remaining issues be discussed. In his address to the people on the proposal he had made last week to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci […]

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Witness to Napa killings thought shots were firecrackers
Mon, 22 May 2017 17:30:25 +0000 - Police officers at the scene of the Ayia Napa murders on June 23 last year

Two witnesses in the ongoing trial into the June 23, 2016 shootout at an Ayia Napa restaurant, where four people died, gave on Monday more details about what they witnessed on the night. Katya Bolyukova, who works at an Ayia Napa bar, told the court she was passing in her car outside the Stone Garden […]

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Ajax remain selling club despite final windfall
Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:27 +0000 - Ajax players celebrate reaching the Europa League final

Ajax Amsterdam can expect a big windfall from its Europa League final against Manchester United on Wednesday but any thought it could prove the start of a dynasty to rival their all-conquering team of the 1970s will be quashed by contemporary reality. Success in reaching a first European club competition final in 21 years has […]

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A piano, cello and a voice perform classics
Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:13 +0000 - big panel

Classical pianist Tatiana Stupak will return to Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre with cellist Robert Grod and soprano Alysa Kuchinskaya on Friday to perform a classical concert with works by Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Faure, Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert, Antonio Caldara and Vincenzo Di Chiara. Stupak started piano lessons at the age of five and went on […]

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Tax department tests out online payment system
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:49:58 +0000 - Tax department tests out online payment system

The tax department said on Monday it is running tests on a system which will enable people to pay their overdue taxes online, adding that if all goes well the system could go live next week. In order to pay tax arrears in this way, taxpayers will have to register with the ‘Ariadne’ government gateway […]

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In US presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem’s Western Wall
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:09:43 +0000 - U.S. President Donald Trump places a note in the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. He was accompanied by the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who said on Israel Radio that […]

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JCC and eight banks fined €31 million for price-fixing
Mon, 22 May 2017 15:53:49 +0000 - Bank of Cyprus has been fined 18 million euros

The Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) has slapped a collective €31 million fine on payment processing company JCC and eight commercial banks for colluding to squeeze FBME Card Services out of the card payments processing market. The companies must pay the fines within 30 days of the CPC’s announcement of its decision. The […]

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Rooney may have to leave United to extend career: Neville
Mon, 22 May 2017 14:21:00 +0000 - Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in action with Southampton's Jack Stephens

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may have to leave the club to extend his career “at the highest level”, former United defender Phil Neville has said. Rooney has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season, most of them as a substitute, with manager Jose Mourinho relying on top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic before a knee […]

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Take your pick of Greek sounds
Mon, 22 May 2017 14:00:45 +0000 - Night Life

Just before international DJs really start to take over the island, a handful of singers from Greece will spoil us for choice on Friday. Starting off in Nicosia, singer Natassa Bofiliou will perform at the breathtaking Skali Aglantzias. The singer, who is considered to belong to the alternative music scene in Greece, released her first […]

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Mouse empties government office
Mon, 22 May 2017 13:05:41 +0000 - Mouse empties government office

A mouse left a civil service office unmanned for a day as the staff working there reportedly refused to share their space with the rodent and took a day’s leave until the animal was caught. According to Phileleftheros, three civil servants – two women and a man – told their supervisor a few days ago […]

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Animal Party condemns dog poisonings
Mon, 22 May 2017 12:59:10 +0000 - A screenshot from the video where one of the dogs is seen shivering and trembling

The Animal Party condemned on Monday the lack of state action over animal welfare after a video was posted on social media on Friday showing three dogs shivering and trembling after being poisoned in the Kofinou area. The video was uploaded by a member of the public who happened to pass by the scene. He […]

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Surveys show British PM’s election lead cut after ‘dementia tax’
Mon, 22 May 2017 12:35:37 +0000 - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, April 26, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a much closer election after the lead held by her governing Conservative Party halved since she set out proposals to reduce financial support for some elderly voters, opinion polls showed. When May called the snap election for June 8, surveys indicated she would win a landslide comparable with […]

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Government deposits drop to below €1.2bn in April, CBC says
Mon, 22 May 2017 12:24:34 +0000 - 1363434521-savers-forced-to-bear-costs-in-cyprus-bailout_1876152

The government saw its funds deposited at the Central Bank of Cyprus drop by €34.1m in April compared to March to well below €1.2bn, the supervisory authority said. Last month, total liabilities to euro area banks related to monetary operations denominated in euros, rose by €172.5m to €9.2bn, the central bank said in its April […]

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Parties unimpressed with president’s Geneva proposal (Updated)
Mon, 22 May 2017 12:18:59 +0000 - President Anastasiades presiding over the national council on Monday

  President Nicos Anastasiades briefed the National Council on Monday about his proposal that he says would allow a new Geneva conference to go ahead, but party leaders did not appear enthused. Anastasiades has described his proposal – reportedly centred on the order on which the six chapters would be discussed and agreed at a […]

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Date set for mayoral vote recount case
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:56:38 +0000 - Former Limassol mayor Andreas Christou  lost by just nine votes

The electoral court, following a request by both sides, on Monday set June 1 for the first hearing in the case of a recount for last December’s Limassol municipal election. It also set subsequent hearing dates for June 2, 6, 7 and 9. The court ordered that within seven days from Monday, the applicant – […]

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Near drowning prompts call for more lifeguards in Paphos
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:50:45 +0000 - A lifeguard in action  (Pafospress.com)

  AN eighty-year-old British holiday maker in Paphos escaped drowning on Sunday morning just after 11am when a lifeguard starting his shift spotted the man in difficulty in the sea and raced in to save him. The incident highlights the urgent need for more lifeguards and longer hours in Paphos, the head of the Paphos […]

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Moody’s sees 3.3% growth rate in Q1 as ‘credit positive’
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:43:54 +0000 - Moody's sign on 7 World Trade Center tower in New York

Moody’s Investors Service said that the 3.3 per cent annual growth rate of the first quarter announced last Tuesday is a credit positive for Cypriot banks, as it strengthens borrowers’ capacity to repay restructured distressed debt. “Additionally, the growth will support real estate collateral values on which Cypriot banks rely heavily for most lending, and […]

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Extension of electricity network
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:42:37 +0000 - electricity_authority_of_cyprus

The extension of the Electricity Authority network aims to provide electricity to a house or another property and it can be achieved through the consent of the District Officer if the owners of neighbouring properties, which are affected, object to the installation of electrical lines on their land. The Electricity Authority is able to apply […]

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Stormy weather with lower-than-average temperatures
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:41:07 +0000 - Rain is expected on Monday and Tuesday

Temperatures will be three to five degrees lower than normal on Monday and Tuesday, the met office announced on Monday. Monday afternoon will be cloudy with weak low pressure and unstable air mass bringing local showers and isolated thunderstorms later in the day. There may also be increased dust levels. Rain and thunderstorms are expected […]

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