Cyprus

Country Cyprus
Capital Nicosia
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Cypriot Arabic, Cypriot Greek & English

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A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to seize control of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. The election of a new Cypriot president in 2008 served as the impetus for the UN to encourage both the Turkish and Cypriot Governments to reopen unification negotiations. In September 2008, the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities started negotiations under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot Government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

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Cyprus airline Cobalt abruptly halts flights - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Cyprus airline Cobalt abruptly halts flights
USA TODAY
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air suspended all its operations indefinitely after failing to find new investors to keep it flying, officials said Thursday. As stranded passengers scrambled to find alternative flights to reach ...
Cobalt Air collapse: Thousands of Cyprus holiday plans wrecked after another budget airline ceases operationsThe Independent
Cyprus's Cobalt Air suspends operations indefinitely amid cash flow concernsRTE.ie
Cobalt Air COLLAPSES disrupting thousands of holidaymakers' flights to Cyprus and GreeceExpress.co.uk

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UN chief sends personal envoy on new mission in Cyprus - Xinhua

Financial Mirror

UN chief sends personal envoy on new mission in Cyprus
Xinhua
NICOSIA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- UN chief Antonio Guterres has directed his personal envoy on Cyprus to take up a new mission to sound out the parties about the possibility of restarting the long-standing but stalled negotiations for the reunification of ...
CYPRUS: Cypriot leaders to meet to defrost peace freezeFinancial Mirror
Kathimerini: UN envoy for Cyprus to host meeting between Anastasiades, AkinciFocus News
Cyprus Leaders To Meet On October 26 - UN Peacekeeping MissionUrduPoint News

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Almost all of Cyprus' 23 crisis plans are in place - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Almost all of Cyprus' 23 crisis plans are in place
Cyprus Mail
Cyprus currently hosts 15,000 asylum seekers and people who have already received protection status, a figure corresponding to two per cent of the country's population. The minister said that there is a two-fold effort on behalf of the government ...



Cyprus Has Revised Its Citizenship Program: Is It Too Little, Too Late? - Forbes

Forbes

Cyprus Has Revised Its Citizenship Program: Is It Too Little, Too Late?
Forbes
The Cyprus Investment Program – or, in the words of some cynics and critics, the 'Citizenship for Sale Program' – has once again come under scrutiny, as a result of a new report published by Transparency International and Global Witness. Titled ...



Cyprus refused to grant more time to rescue airline - FRANCE 24

Cyprus Mail

Cyprus refused to grant more time to rescue airline
FRANCE 24
Cyprus turned down appeals from the country's ailing airline Cobalt for more time to find investors as it withdrew the carrier's operating licence, officials said Friday. "We wanted more time, but our licence was revoked," Cobalt's chairman Grigoris ...
Cobalt's Chinese backers decided 'enough was enough'Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS: Cobalt Air shuts down but wants second chanceFinancial Mirror

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Fitch raises Cyprus' credit rating to investment grade - Fox Business

Fitch raises Cyprus' credit rating to investment grade
Fox Business
The agency also cited steps taken to reduce the banking system's significant bad debt load including the Cyprus-based Hellenic Bank's takeover of the troubled Cooperative Bank. It also said the country's public debt will remain on a downward trajectory.

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Grants for SMEs - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Grants for SMEs
Cyprus Mail
“We welcome the ASB programme which is expected to enhance the competitiveness of Cypriot enterprises as well as their export capacity,” the SME Envoy of Cyprus, Constantinos Karageorgis said. “We are happy to announce the call of interest for the ...



UN to host meeting of divided Cyprus' rival leaders - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cyprus Mail

UN to host meeting of divided Cyprus' rival leaders
Minneapolis Star Tribune
President Nicos Anastasiades, who leads the country's internationally recognized government, and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, are being hosted by Elizabeth Spehar, the head of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Cyprus, on ...
Leaders to meet on October 26Cyprus Mail

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Cyprus Airline Cobalt stops flights amid lack of investment - Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Cyprus Airline Cobalt stops flights amid lack of investment
Tornos News International Edition (press release)
AP reports from Nicosia that Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air suspended all its operations indefinitely after failing to find new investors to keep it flying, officials said Thursday. As stranded passengers scrambled to discover alternative flights to ...

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Arrested man wanted in north in connection with murder - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Arrested man wanted in north in connection with murder
Cyprus Mail
A 23-year-old was arrested on Thursday night who is wanted in the north for the premeditated murder of a 54-year-old Turkish Cypriot. The foreigner had been wanted in the north in connection with the murder. A police source told the Cyprus News Agency ...