Cyprus

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

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Introduction

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 - Wikipedia
Cyprus - CIA World Fact Book
Cyprus - BBC
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Cyprus police: rival fans' rock throwing injures 7 officers - Tampabay.com

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Cyprus police: rival fans' rock throwing injures 7 officers
Tampabay.com
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say seven officers were injured when football fans hurled rocks at each other following a match in the capital Nicosia between crosstown rivals Omonia and APOEL. Police said on Saturday the officers released tear ...

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Bianca Gascoigne looks sensational in a plunging red swimsuit on holiday in Cyprus - The Sun

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Bianca Gascoigne looks sensational in a plunging red swimsuit on holiday in Cyprus
The Sun
BIANCA Gascoigne showed off her sexy curves to perfection in a plunging red swimsuit on holiday in Cyprus. The Celebrity Big Brother beauty, 30, channelled a Baywatch look with an extra splash of sauce in her scarlet halterneck with a deep V cut that ...
Busty Bianca Gascoigne SIZZLES as she slips into a perilously plunging red lacy swimsuit... as she poses up a storm ...Daily Mail

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Britain to return Zygi land for €8.6m - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Britain to return Zygi land for €8.6m
Cyprus Mail
BRITAIN will be returning land to the Republic of Cyprus that it holds in Zygi for €8.6m, it emerged on Friday. The deal is set to be signed on December 1 after an agreement was struck between the Foreign ministry in Nicosia and the Foreign and ...



Limassol neonatal unit to get intensive care upgrade - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Limassol neonatal unit to get intensive care upgrade
Cyprus Mail
In recent years, there has been an increasing trend in premature births around the world, including Cyprus, which, he said, forces the state to take immediate action and implement strategies not only to reduce preterm labor but also to improve the ...



Cyprus says 2017 already record year for tourist arrivals - Yahoo News UK

Yahoo News UK

Cyprus says 2017 already record year for tourist arrivals
Yahoo News UK
Cyprus has benefited from a boom in visitors from its largest market, Britain -- up nearly eight percent for January-October -- along with a revival in those coming from Germany (up 60 percent), second largest market Russia (up 5.2 percent) and Israel ...

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Russian arrested for man found murdered in Larnaca (Update 2) - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Russian arrested for man found murdered in Larnaca (Update 2)
Cyprus Mail
Cyprus is for Cypriots? Zypern für Zyprioten! What about Britain being for Brits, Australia being for Australians, or the US being for Americans and the hundreds of thousands of Cypriot expats living there? Would you like them deported or told to pack ...



Cyprus complains to UN over Turkish airspace and waters violations - Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Tornos News International Edition (press release)

Cyprus complains to UN over Turkish airspace and waters violations
Tornos News International Edition (press release)
“Turkey's actions are clearly aimed at undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, bolstering the continuing de facto division and upgrading the secessionist entity's status by claiming a purported airspace over the occupied territory of the ...
Cyprus's current situationDaily Times
Turkish Cypriots split over Islam's rise in northern CyprusSan Angelo Standard Times
Cyprus suggested shuttle diplomacy to break Cyprus impasse: presidentXinhua

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Raising voices for charity - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Raising voices for charity
Cyprus Mail
The Achord Community Choir will perform together with the Cyprus Brass Band and Harmony Singers, Paphos, next Saturday to raise funds for local charities. Just before the Christmas rush and the season for Christmas caroling, the choir – together with ...



A new party for Cyprus's Russian exiles and expats - The Economist

The Economist

A new party for Cyprus's Russian exiles and expats
The Economist
HUNDREDS of Western-trained Cypriot lawyers and accountants earn a living from handling the affairs of Russian and Ukrainian offshore companies. The relationship has flourished since the island became a base for proto-capitalists from the former Soviet ...



Scottish Labour elects Leonard as new leader - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Scottish Labour elects Leonard as new leader
Cyprus Mail
Scottish Labour elected Richard Leonard as its new leader on Saturday, cementing the control of Jeremy Corbyn over Britain's opposition Labour Party north of the English border and – supporters hope – priming it to regain the political impetus. Winning ...

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