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2 Lebanese men ordered detained for bringing 146 Syrian refugees to Cyprus by boat

Feb. 24, 2024 15:54 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A court in Cyprus on Saturday ordered two men to remain in police custody for six days on suspicion of people smuggling. The men were identified as the drivers of two boats that brought 146 Syrian refugees and one Lebanese migrant to the east Mediterranean island nation. ...

Today in History: February 19, Franklin Roosevelt paves way for internment of Japanese

Feb. 19, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2024. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way...

Eni and TotalEnergies are swiftly developing natural gas deposits off Cyprus to supply Europe

Feb. 15, 2024 11:46 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Eni said Wednesday that drilling to appraise a third natural gas discovery in waters off Cyprus shows the commitment of the Italian energy company and its French partner TotalEnergies to swiftly develop the deposit and bolster energy supply to Europe. Eni...

Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union won't serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is...

Cyprus-led sting operation busts illegal European immigration ring that arranged sham marriages

Jan. 31, 2024 14:14 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus officials said Wednesday they led a Europol-organized sting operation that dismantled an international criminal ring facilitating illegal immigration and residency in European Union countries using dozens of sham marriages on the east Mediterranean island nation. ...

UN urges rivals in Cyprus to de-escalate tensions and seize opportunity to restart negotiations

Jan. 30, 2024 17:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for a year and urged all parties including rival Green Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to take steps “to de-escalate tensions in and around the buffer zone” dividing the...

A UN envoy says her experience in Colombia deal may help her efforts in restarting Cyprus talks

Jan. 30, 2024 10:48 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations official said on Tuesday that her experience in negotiating an end to decades of conflict in her native Colombia may help her as she seeks to rekindle talks over Cyprus’ ethnic division. María Ángela Holguín Cuellar, the U.N. chief’s...

Cyprus government unveils support measures for breakaway Turkish Cypriots ahead of UN envoy's visit

Jan. 26, 2024 13:05 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of ethnically split Cyprus on Friday promised breakaway Turkish Cypriots a package of measures aimed at winning their trust ahead of a renewed United Nations attempt to revive long-dormant peace talks. It includes promises to expedite...

A child dies after being rescued off Cyprus with 59 other Syrian migrants

Jan. 25, 2024 08:57 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — One of the five children who were hospitalized in Cyprus after being rescued from a rickety boat carrying 60 Syrian migrants has died, officials said Thursday. The migrants, who were rescued early Wednesday by Cyprus police, apparently ran out of food and...

Cyprus rescues 60 Syrian migrants from rickety boat after 6 days at sea. Five minors hospitalized

Jan. 24, 2024 14:24 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot police rescued 60 Syrian migrants from a rickety wooden boat that had been at sea for six days, and five minors had to be hospitalized, three of them in intensive care, authorities said Wednesday. The migrants were found some 55 kilometers (34 miles)...