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A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Dec. 02, 2021 13:35 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Greek Cypriots and the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation, saying threats and shows of force were only prolonging the “terrible laceration” its people have endured for nearly a...

Vatican confirms papal trip to Greece, Cyprus in December

Nov. 05, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Greece and the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus on a five-day trip next month, the Vatican confirmed Friday. The pope will visit Larnaca, Cyprus, from Dec. 2-4, before traveling to Greece, with stops in Athens...

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Oct. 22, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It seems a strange place to pitch a tent. Plump in the middle of the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone that has divided Cyprus along ethnic lines since 1974, in the heart of the island's medieval capital, two Cameroonian asylum-seekers have...

Greece vows to link Egypt's energy grid to European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece pledged Tuesday to link Egypt to the European Union’s energy market with an undersea cable that would carry electricity across the Mediterranean. “(Egypt’s) link to Europe will be Greece,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis...

Cyprus to revoke 'golden passports' granted to 45 people

Oct. 15, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government has started procedures to revoke citizenship granted to 39 foreign nationals and six of their family members under the east Mediterranean island nation’s canceled investment-for-passports program, an official said Friday. The...

Scientists urge speedy switch to renewables in Middle East

Oct. 11, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A climate change conference will underscore to policymakers in the Middle East and the east Mediterranean that the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is needed urgently because greenhouse gas emissions are helping to drive up regional temperatures...

Poland's president urges EU to stop Belarus migrant 'push'

Oct. 07, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union should take “specific actions” to stop Belarus “pushing” migrants across its border into Polish territory, Poland's president said on Thursday. President Andrzej Duda didn’t outline what those actions might be, but...

Cyprus' top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire

Sep. 29, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security. ...

With lunch invite, UN chief tries to restart Cyprus talks

Sep. 27, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hosted a lunch Monday for the leaders of divided Cyprus, hoping to bring them back to negotiations to reunite the Mediterranean island nation — talks that have been stalled since 2017. The United Nations...

Women's voices at UN General Assembly few, but growing

Sep. 24, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With cascading crises casting a pall over the proceedings at this year's United Nations General Assembly, Slovakian President Zuzana Čaputová had this reminder on the first day of debate: “We cannot save our planet if we leave out the vulnerable — the women, the girls,...