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FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer patrols the dock, backdropped by the drilling ship 'Yavuz' to be dispatched to the Mediterranean, at the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul.  The leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus are set to sign a deal Thursday Jan. 2, 2020, for a 1,900-kilometer (1,300-mile) undersea pipeline that will carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Cyprus backtracks on claim Turkey stole offshore gas data

Jan. 23, 2020 8:15 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman backpedaled Thursday on a claim that Turkey may have stolen technical data to pinpoint a target for gas drilling in waters where the island nation has exclusive economic rights. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos told The Associated Press that no such...

Cyprus: Turkey may have stolen data for latest gas drilling

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey may have stolen technical data that enabled it to send a drill ship to a specific location south of Cyprus that energy companies Eni and Total had pre-selected to carry out their own exploratory drilling, a Cypriot official said Wednesday. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos...

Cyprus police arrest soccer player amid match-fixing probe

Jan. 19, 2020 1:36 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police have arrested a 30-year-old soccer player in connection with a probe into alleged match-fixing in the country's second-tier league and cup games. Police said Sunday the arrest was linked to two matches for which there was “heavy betting activity.” The...

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone is seen shortly after its landing at an airport in Gecitkala, known as Lefkoniko in Greek, in Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Turkey has dispatched the surveillance and reconnaissance drone to the breakaway north of ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus amid tensions over offshore oil and gas exploration. It's unclear what the drones will be specifically tasked to do.Turkey doesn't recognize Cyprus as a state and asserts that 44% of the island nation's exclusive economic zone are its own. (DHA via AP)

Cyprus blasts 'pirate state' Turkey's new gas drilling bid

Jan. 19, 2020 12:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Sunday denounced Turkey as a “pirate state" that flouts international law as Turkey's bid to drill for natural gas in waters where Cyprus has economic rights rekindled tensions over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus said Turkey was now attempting...

Cyprus FA suspends all matches after ref walkout over attack

Jan. 17, 2020 1:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot soccer federation decided Friday to suspend all matches after a referee walkout because of a bombing attack against a colleague's car. The federation said all matches are on hold indefinitely. Police said the predawn detonation of an explosive device placed on the hood of...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greece threatens to block Libya deal over sea border dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis' comments during a TV interview came a...

Cypriot Kevork Tontian, right, and Brazilian Wemson Gabral da Costa talk during an interview inside Cyprus' prison complex in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian says he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars, and not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Gay inmates tie the knot inside Cyprus prison

Jan. 16, 2020 12:49 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars. And not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. Tontian, a Cypriot, says that after being released from Cyprus' central prisons complex two...

Israel starts pumping natural gas to neighboring Egypt

Jan. 15, 2020 12:52 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced Wednesday that it had started exporting natural gas to Egypt as part of an agreement reached between the two countries in December. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a video released on Twitter that it was “a moment for celebration, in which Israel turns into...

Wealth Peter, from Nigeria, reacts after being rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, international waters, off the Libyan coast, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Migrant agency says hundreds are fleeing Libya fighting

Jan. 14, 2020 1:00 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost 1,000 people trying to flee Libya by boat have been intercepted and returned to the conflict-ravaged country by its coast guard during the first two weeks of the new year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. The IOM said at least 953 migrants, including 136...

Cyprus repays crisis-era IMF loan ahead of schedule

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has paid off ahead of schedule an International Monetary Fund loan that was part of a multi-billion euro financial rescue deal in 2013, the finance minister said Tuesday. Minister Constantinos Petrides said the loan's early repayment would bolster the country's credibility in...