Latest Cyprus News

Cyprus president: Arsonists won’t stop national park plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president vowed on Thursday to press ahead with creating a national park in a largely untouched area of the tourism-reliant island, following a string of deliberately-set forest fires that were blamed on local landowners’ development plans. Nicos Anastasiades...

Cyprus teams up with Israel to promote East Med cruises

Nov. 13, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is teaming up with Israeli authorities to promote the east Mediterranean as a prime cruise line holiday destination, the island nation’s tourism minister said Wednesday. Savvas Perdios said that the government is also in advanced talks with Egypt to offer cruise...

Cyprus' Church to return money if donor's passport revoked

Nov. 12, 2019 8:42 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says it's ready to give back a fugitive Malaysian financier's 310,000-euro ($342,000) donation if a probe into wealthy individuals who were granted a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program finds that he broke eligibility rules and is...

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners

Nov. 12, 2019 5:15 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a veiled threat suggesting Turkey could release the Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe, angered at a EU decision to impose sanctions on his country over its drilling for gas in Mediterranean waters...

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling

Nov. 11, 2019 2:28 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted. EU foreign ministers adopted a mechanism making it possible "to sanction...

30 years after the Berlin Wall, Cyprus' division endures

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — As the world commemorates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullet-riddled sandstone walls of abandoned, crumbling homes and concrete machine gun nests dotting Cyprus' no man's land serve as a jarring reminder of another divided capital — the world's last...

Cyprus moves to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship

Nov. 6, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is to set in motion procedures to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, amid questions over whether they should have been issued a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program. Constantinos Petrides said authorities...

The Latest: Croatia police find 9 migrants in crate in van

Nov. 5, 2019 2:19 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Police in Croatia say they have discovered nine migrants crammed in a bolted crate at the back of a van. Police say they found the migrants early Tuesday in eastern Croatia after stopping the van with Polish license...

Cyprus detains 2 Syrians over boat filled with 131 migrants

Nov. 5, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police said Tuesday that they detained two Syrian men on suspicion of human trafficking following the arrival of a boat loaded with 131 Syrian migrants on the island nation's northeastern coast. Police said the two men were aboard another vessel that had shadowed the boat...

The Latest: Croatia holds 3 Brits over migrant smuggling

Nov. 4, 2019 12:01 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Police in Croatia have detained three British citizens for allegedly smuggling migrants, saying one of the men also tried to run over a Croatian police officer. A statement says police on Saturday approached a 31-year-old...