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Cyprus announces first detected monkeypox case

Aug. 02, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus Health Ministry said Tuesday that a 40-year-old man is the east Mediterranean island nation’s first confirmed monkeypox case. The ministry said the case was detected after the man underwent a laboratory test at the Cypriot capital’s General...

Cyprus expects gas field development plan by end of year

Jul. 21, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A plan to develop a sizeable natural gas field off Cyprus that could help the European Union find alternative energy sources to Russia will be ready by the end of the year, the east Mediterranean island nation's energy minister said Thursday. Energy Minister...

Cyprus president: Turkish Cypriot proposals aim at partition

Jul. 20, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Proposals put forward by the leader of Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriots are a new, “unacceptable” bid for the ethnically divided island's permanent partition, the nation’s Greek Cypriot president said Wednesday. President Nicos Anastasiades said in...

Cyprus president tests positive for COVID-19, mild symptoms

Jul. 19, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a government official said Tuesday. Government spokesman Marios Pelekanos said Anastasiades tested positive during routine testing. Pelekanos said...

EU asks breakaway Turkish Cypriots to curb migrant arrivals

Jul. 08, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union has asked Turkish Cypriot authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus to toughen up measures aimed at reducing the rising number of migrants seeking asylum in the island nation's internationally recognized south. An EU...

In Lebanon, how to say 'I do' sparks fierce debate

Jun. 26, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dona-Maria Nammour was looking for a love story. The night she met Mazen Jaber for the first time, they ended up dancing for hours. But their tale is about more than a meet-cute to happily-ever-after romance. It is also about frictions in their native Lebanon over...

Israeli planes help fight wildfire in Cyprus breakaway north

Jun. 23, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel on Thursday dispatched two water-dropping aircraft to help battle a large wildfire that has scorched at least 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of forest in the foothills of the Pentadaktylos mountain range in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus. ...

Earl and Countess of Wessex to underscore UK-Cyprus ties

Jun. 21, 2022 04:36 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Earl and Countess of Wessex met Tuesday with the president of Cyprus as part of a three-day visit to the former British colony to underscore close bilateral ties and to meet soldiers serving with a U.N. peacekeeping force and those stationed at two U.K. military bases....

EU: Turkish Cypriots must curb migrants arrivals to Cyprus

Jun. 18, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Breakaway Turkish Cypriots on ethnically-divided Cyprus must do their share in stemming migrant arrivals, a senior European Union official said Saturday, as the number of asylum-seekers has shot up significantly so far this year. European Commission Vice...

Cyprus labor minister dies after suffering brain aneurism

Jun. 06, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ Labor and Social Insurance Minister Zeta Emilianidou died in a hospital in the Greek capital after suffering a brain aneurism last month, the government announced late Monday. She was 68. “I’m deeply grief stricken,” Cypriot President Nicos...