Latest Cyprus government News

Cyprus seeks UN help to stem asylum-seeker 'avalanche'

Sep. 26, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is seeking help from the United Nations to stem an “avalanche” of migrants who make their way from the ethnically divided island’s breakaway north across a U.N.-controlled buffer zone to seek asylum in numbers that authorities cannot cope with, the interior...

Cyprus lifts COVID-19 mask rule, indoor capacity limits

Aug. 31, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Wednesday lifted the obligatory use of face masks in all indoor areas after the island nation’s top health official said epidemiological data amid the coronavirus pandemic have “significantly improved.” Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela...

Cyprus says new gas discovery aids Europe's energy search

Aug. 22, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new natural gas discovery off Cyprus' southern coast that is estimated to contain around 2.5 trillion cubic feet of the hydrocarbon bolsters Europe’s efforts to secure alternative energy sources, the Cypriot energy ministry said Monday, as a supply crisis triggered by...

Cyprus protests meeting of Azerbaijan, Turkish Cypriot heads

Aug. 11, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The foreign ministry of Cyprus said Thursday it’s lodging formal protests against a meeting between the leader of the ethnically split island nation's breakaway Turkish Cypriots and the president of Azerbaijan amid concerns of a stepped-up partition campaign. ...

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...