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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...

An offshore drilling rig is seen in the waters off Cyprus' coastal city of Limassol, Sunday, July 5, 2020 as a boat passes with a skier. Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to intercede with Turkey to try and ease rising tensions over its oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean waters that Cyprus claims as its own, the Cypriot government said Thursday, July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus: Putin 'to help ease' gas search tensions with Turkey

Jul. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to intercede with Turkey's leader to try to ease rising tensions over oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean waters that Cyprus claims as its own, the Cypriot government said Thursday. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said...

In this photograph taken from the Mediterranean shores near the city of Antalya, Turkey, a merchant ship, top right, sails past the research vessel Oruc Reis, Thursday, July 23, 2020. Greece has warned Thursday it will do

Greece will do 'whatever necessary' in dispute with Turkey

Jul. 23, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece warned Thursday it will do “whatever is necessary” to defend its sovereign rights in response to plans by neighboring Turkey to proceed with an oil-and-gas research mission south of Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean. The dispute over seabed mineral rights...

Cyprus: US military training won't harm Russia, China ties

Jul. 10, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ government said Friday that a U.S. decision to provide education and training to the island nation’s armed forces won’t hamper relations with either Russia or China. Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides said “there’s no...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, speak during a joint news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 6, 2020. Turkey's Foreign Minister on Monday called on the European Union to be an

Cyprus: EU partners aim to rein in Turkey's 'expansionism'

Jul. 7, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and its European Union partners are working to rein in Turkey’s “expansionist policy” in the eastern Mediterranean amid heightened tensions over an offshore search for hydrocarbons, the island nation's president said Tuesday. President Nicos Anastasiades...

Opponents of 5G networks set fire to Cyprus' mobile antennas

Jul. 3, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A small group of people who oppose 5G mobile telephone technology is likely responsible for arson attacks against four mobile telephone antenna installations in Cyprus' coastal town of Limassol, a Cypriot police official said Friday. Police spokesman Christos Andreou told The...

The European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, left, and Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides speak during a joint news conference at the Cypriot foreign ministry on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Borrell is in Cyprus to discuss developments in the EU's southeastern-most corner. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

EU to help resolve Cyprus-Turkey maritime border wrangle

Jun. 25, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union will help Cyprus try to negotiate its maritime border with neighboring Turkey in order to end an ongoing wrangle that has raised tensions in the east Mediterranean, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday. Borrell said the the 27-member bloc supports...

FILE - In this file image taken on Sunday, May 10 2020, sunbathers sit on an empty stretch of 'Landa' beach at the Cyprus seaside resort of Ayia Napa, a favorite among tourists.  Cyprus' government Wednesday May 27, 2020, is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation in the east Mediterranean island nation, covering the costs of lodging, food, drink and medication for COVID-19 patients and their families.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

Cyprus tightens rules for passport-for-cash scheme

Jun. 10, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus says it is introducing tougher anti-money laundering checks in its “golden passports” program, under which it gives citizenship to foreigners who invest large sums in the east Mediterranean country. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said Wednesday that the...