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Austrian minister: Turkey uses migrants to pressure EU

Sep. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler...

Cyprus recovers looted 18th century church doors from Japan

Sep. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle. ...

Cyprus top court weighs Briton's false rape claim conviction

Sep. 16, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence for making up claims that she was gang raped by as many as a dozen Israelis during a vacation in Cyprus in 2019 are appealing to the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the conviction. ...

Group: Turkish drones in Cyprus endanger commercial flights

Sep. 14, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Turkish drone base in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus could increase safety risks for thousands of commercial flights that cross the airspace around the eastern Mediterranean island, a flight safety group warned Tuesday. ...

US Navy SEALs, Cyprus special forces hold anti-terror drill

Sep. 10, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — Members of the U.S. navy’s elite special forces SEAL unit joined Cypriot underwater demolition soldiers on Friday in a joint drill to hone skills in countering terrorist hijackings at sea. The exercise involved teams of...

'Homecoming' to a ghost town sparks Greek Cypriot anguish

Sep. 10, 2021 03:49 AM EDT

VAROSHA, Cyprus (AP) — The freshly paved street with its new bicycle lane markings meanders through the heart of abandoned Varosha, in ethnically split Cyprus' breakaway north, to a crumbling cinema in front of Savvas Constantinides’ family home. Yet a rope line...

Ataturk's legacy sparks row between Greek Cypriots, Turkey

Sep. 09, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The withdrawal of a book from Greek Cypriot high school classes over a disputed reference to modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Thursday triggered a war of words between Turkey and the ethnically-split island nation’s education ministry. ...

Turkey slams Greek 'dreams' to extend territorial waters

Sep. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister reiterated on Thursday that his country will never accept any Greek move to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean sea, dismissing any possible effort by Athens as “empty dreams.” Speaking at a symposium in...

Greece creates climate crisis ministry after huge wildfires

Sep. 06, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s center-right government has created a new ministry to address the impact of climate change and named former European Union commissioner Christos Stylianides as minister. Stylianides, 63, who served as commissioner for humanitarian aid...

Cyprus says August was hottest month on record since 1983

Sep. 03, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Meteorologists in Cyprus said Friday that August was the east Mediterranean island’s hottest month since the recording of temperatures began 38 years ago. The Meteorological Department of Cyprus said the average high temperature last month was...