Plane that landed in Moscow due to Turkey’s actions eventually delivers aid to Cyprus

NICOSIA, May 14. /TASS/: A plane delivering medical equipment from China to Cyprus, which had to land for refueling in Moscow after Turkey refused to allow it to fly through its airspace, has successfully arrived to Larnaca on Wednesday night, Cyprus’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yiannis Karousos said in a Twitter post.

Cyprus shutters schools, locks down hospitals due to corona

NICOSIA, March 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Cyprus said it was closing schools in the capital, banning mass gatherings and locking down two major hospitals to combat novel coronavirus, after three people on the Mediterranean island tested positive for the illness.

The Republic of Cyprus had on Monday reported its first two cases of the disease, including the chief heart surgeon at its biggest hospital.

And on Tuesday, the Turkish-controlled north of the island announced the first case there, a 65-year-old German woman.

Cyprus intercepts boat with 101 Syrians on board

NICOSIA, Jan 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Cyprus intercepted a vessel carrying 101 Syrians off its coast on Tuesday, police said, one of the largest arrivals of refugees from the neighbouring country in recent months.

The Syrians were loaded at sea onto a coastguard vessel and from there led to a harbour in the south-east of the island.

“There were minors among those on the boat, which appears to have set off from Turkey,” a police spokeswoman added.

Libyan official: Turkish troops unwanted, destabilizing

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is “unacceptable” and such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in the affairs of a friendly country, the speaker of the North African country’s parliament said Saturday.

Aguila Saleh said in a joint statement with his Cypriot counterpart that Turkey’s actions are increasing tensions and destabilizing the region.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots jointly call for Cyprus solution

NICOSIA, Nov 23 (NNN-Xinhua) — Greek and Turkish Cypriots joined forces on Friday night in a bid to nudge their leaders towards new peace negotiations to reach a Cyprus reunification arrangement.

After marching in the streets of both the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sectors of the divided Cypriot capital, delegations handed to the community leaders a petition, expressing concern at the long stalemate in the negotiations and calling for a solution.

Cyprus police seize former Israeli intelligence officer’s surveillance vehicle

18 Nov 2019; MEMO: Police in Cyprus confiscated a van on Saturday with high-tech surveillance equipment inside, news agencies have reported. Police officers took its Israeli owner for questioning after reports that the vehicle was used to spy on people.

UN chief's envoy holds talks with Cypriot community leaders ahead of crucial meeting

NICOSIA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General's personal envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, completed a new round of talks with the Cypriot community leaders on Saturday, ahead of a crucial joint meeting that the UN chief will have with them on Nov. 25.

At the meeting to be held in Berlin, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will decide whether the two sides are close enough, so as to convene a round of negotiations.

Mass media must make special contribution to struggle against extremism — Lavrov

LIMASSOL /Cyprus/, October 22. /TASS/: Mass media bear special responsibility for success in the struggle against the proliferation of extremist ideologies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a message to the 15th international conference on the role of mass media in resistance to terrorism, which opened in Limassol on Tuesday.

"Media resources bear special responsibility for preventing the proliferation of extremist ideologies, calls for hatred and violence, and fake news, which undermine the stability and information security of countries," the message reads.

Police receive UN medal at special ceremony in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Officers serving with the United Nations police contingent in Cyprus have been recognized for their dedicated service at a special ceremony on Friday.

At a presentation in Nicosia, 21 members of the force received their UN Medal, which is awarded by the United Nations Secretary-General "In the Service of Peace."

Russian missile explodes over northern Cyprus

1 July 2019; DW: Northern Cyprus was struck by an object that appears to have been a Russian S-200 missile, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said Monday.

"The first assessment is that a Russian-made missile which was part of the air defense system that took place last night in the face of an air strike against Syria, completed its range and fell into our country after it missed," Ozersay wrote on social media.

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