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European Union Council President Charles Michel, left, is greeted by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the entrance of the Presidential Palace following their meeting in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Michel is visiting Cyprus after travelling to Greece amid a diplomatic drive to de-escalate a weeks-long standoff at sea over Turkey's hydrocarbons search in waters were Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus: EU sanctions an option to halt Turkey's gas search

Sep. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union shouldn’t discard imposing tougher sanctions to get Turkey to give up an “unlawful” hydrocarbons search in the eastern Mediterranean that has ratcheted up tensions, the president of Cyprus said Wednesday. President Nicos Anastasiades said the...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades arrive for a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Pompeo's lightning visit to Cyprus aimed to de-escalate a confrontation between Greece and Turkey over energy reserves in east Mediterranean waters and to affirm Washington's continued engagement in the tumultuous region four days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pitched Moscow's offer to help ease tensions during his trip to the island nation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)

Pompeo urges diplomacy in standoff over Mediterranean gas

Sep. 12, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday called for a diplomatic solution to the confrontation between Greece and Turkey over energy reserves in east Mediterranean waters, saying ongoing military tensions between two NATO allies only serve the alliance's foes....

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides talk to the media during a press conference at the foreign ministry house in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Lavrov is paying an official visit to Cyprus amid heightened tensions over Turkey's search for energy resources in east Mediterranean waters where Greece and Cyprus claim as having exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Lavrov: Russia ready to help ease Turkey-Greece tension

Sep. 8, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey's search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, and rejected any actions that could lead to further escalation. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow could help start talks if...

In this photo provided on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, by the Greek Defense Ministry, warships from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, participate in a joint military exercise which was held from 26-28 of August, south of Turkey in eastern Mediterranean sea.  Turkey on Monday, Aug. 31, accused Greece of

Turkey criticizes US decision to lift Cyprus arms embargo

Sep. 2, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey called on the United States to reconsider a decision to partially lift a 33-year-old arms embargo against Cyprus, saying Wednesday that the move disrupts “equality and balance” between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities on the ethnically divided...

In this photo provided on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, by the Greek Defense Ministry, worships from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, participate in a joint military exercise which was held from 26-28 of August, south of Turkey in eastern Mediterranean sea.  Turkey on Monday, Aug. 31, accused Greece of

Turkey renews call for dialogue, sharing of resources in Med

Sep. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey favors a dialogue with rival Greece that would lead to the fair sharing of resources in the eastern Mediterranean, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday about the tense standoff that other nations worry could spill into a military conflict. Foreign Minister Mevlut...

People play beach racket at the beach during sunset in coastal resort of Ayia Napa in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.  Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou has extended until Jan. 15, 2021, a ban on outdoor festivals, concerts and exhibitions in places without seating where social distancing rules can't be enforced. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus denies new allegations in "golden passport" scheme

Aug. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Sunday denied fresh allegations that it was granting citizenship to foreigners accused of crimes in exchange for millions in investments, insisting that all those who received a passport met all criteria in place at the time. The Cypriot parliament last month beefed up the...

In this photo provided by the Greek National Defence, a French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, rear left is escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France for its decision to boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (Greek National Defence via AP)

Greece welcomes French navy presence in Meditteranean

Aug. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. Meanwhile, Turkey accused...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

Cyprus' foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides speaks with the Associated Press during an interview at his office in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Christodoulides says the European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region. (AP Photo/Giorgos Christoforou)

Minister: Cyprus can help EU fill east Med 'power void'

Aug. 5, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region, and Cyprus is ready to host an EU task force to achieve that goal, the island nation’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Nikos...

Motorcyclists wear face masks in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, July 31, 2020. Cyprus has made mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor areas where people gather in large numbers like malls and supermarkets and is significantly ramping up random coronavirus testing at it's two main airports following an upsurge of new confirmed cases in the last week that has alarmed authorities. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus makes mask-wearing compulsory in large indoor spaces

Jul. 31, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Friday made mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor areas where people gather in large numbers, like malls and supermarkets, and is significantly ramping up random coronavirus testing at its two main airports. An upsurge of new confirmed cases in the last week has alarmed...