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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Italian energy firm Eni to drill more off Cyprus coast | The Seattle Times - Seattle Times

Washington Post

Italian energy firm Eni to drill more off Cyprus coast | The Seattle Times
Seattle Times
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Eni will proceed with more exploratory drilling south of Cyprus over the next 20 months, affirming a “strong engagement and commitment” in a hydrocarbons search off the east Mediterranean island nation, the Italian company's ...
Italian energy firm Eni to drill more off Cyprus coastFinancial Post

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Cyprus protests air and sea violations to UN - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Cyprus protests air and sea violations to UN
Cyprus Mail
Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN, Kornelios Korneliou, in a letter sent to the UN Secretary-General, has protested the continuing violations of the airspace and territorial waters of the Republic by Turkey and appealed for their immediate ...



The Mall of Cyprus welcomes Marks & Spencer, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

The Mall of Cyprus welcomes Marks & Spencer, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins
Cyprus Mail
The Mall of Cyprus, at the Shacolas Emporium Park welcomes beloved brands Marks & Spencer, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins, expanding shopping experiences for consumers by adding more fashion and style choices. Responding to the needs of consumers, The Mall ...



As Trump Baits China, Cyprus Lures Its Money - Bloomberg - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

As Trump Baits China, Cyprus Lures Its Money - Bloomberg
Bloomberg
The tiny Mediterranean island is throwing open the gates, while Germany and France build barriers.

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Cyprus regains rare Orthodox Christian mosaic stolen in 70s - Tampabay.com

Tampabay.com

Cyprus regains rare Orthodox Christian mosaic stolen in 70s
Tampabay.com
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A rare 6th century mosaic depicting the St. Andrew that was taken from a looted church in the Cyprus' breakaway north has been returned after four decades, the head of the island nation's Orthodox Christian Church said Monday ...

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Tsada burglary nets thieves €100000 in jewellery - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Tsada burglary nets thieves €100000 in jewellery
Cyprus Mail
The owners, British pensioners, reported to police that when they returned home at 11pm they found that thieves had taken the safe box in which they kept their valuables in the bedroom. The couple had left the house at 4pm. The wife said her husband ...



Happy 30th birthday ISOP - Cyprus Mail

Happy 30th birthday ISOP
Cyprus Mail
THE International School of Paphos (Isop) is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary with a number of activities, all proceeds of which are going to charity. The school fi rst operated on the grounds of the Liasideio school in Paphos. At the time ...



Attempted murder in Mouttalos - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Attempted murder in Mouttalos
Cyprus Mail
Police are looking for a man in connection with the attempted murder of a 47-year-old man in Paphos on Tuesday evening. According to police, the victim met with another man, aged 40, at the Moutallos square in Paphos at around 9.50pm. The 40-year-old ...



Cyprus cannot afford to become complacent, EU officials tells MPs - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Cyprus cannot afford to become complacent, EU officials tells MPs
Cyprus Mail
Despite the economic recovery, Cyprus cannot afford to get complacent in regard to necessary structural reforms, a senior European Commission official told local MPs on Tuesday. “Cyprus is in a comfortable position, with high growth, new jobs, the ...



Our View: Fire and brimstone on referendum anniversary - Cyprus Mail - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Our View: Fire and brimstone on referendum anniversary - Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Mail
All the political parties of the so-called centre issued fire and brimstone announcements on Tuesday, the 14th anniversary of the referendum on the Annan plan which 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against. It was an emphatic rejection of the only ...

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