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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...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

Nationalist lawmakers chat before Turkey's parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli battle forces loyal to a rival government that is seeking to capture the capital, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency session in favor of a one-year mandate allowing the government to dispatch troops amid concerns that Turkish forces could aggravate the conflict in Libya and destabilize the region.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish lawmakers authorize sending troops to fight in Libya

Jan. 2, 2020 5:13 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is battling forces loyal to a rival government seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency session in favor of a...

Cypriot Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis, front left, Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, front center, and Israel's Minister of Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz sign an agreement as Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, rear center, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiadis, rear left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look on, in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus met in Athens Thursday to sign a deal aiming to build a key undersea pipeline, named EastMed, designed to carry gas from new rich offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece, Israel, Cyprus sign deal for EastMed gas pipeline

Jan. 2, 2020 2:24 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed a deal Thursday to build an undersea pipeline to carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe. The 1,900-kilometer (1,300-mile) EastMed pipeline is intended to provide an alternative gas source for...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the members of his ruling party, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Erdogan says Thursday his government will submit a bill to parliament that would allow Turkey to send troops to Libya, in support of the U.N.-backed government there. Erdogan said the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, has

Libyan official: Turkish troops unwanted, destabilizing

Dec. 28, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is “unacceptable" and such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in the affairs of a friendly country, the speaker of the North African country's parliament said Saturday. Aguila Saleh said in a joint statement with his...

Cyprus rallies neighbors to buck Turkey-Libya maritime deal

Dec. 20, 2019 1:34 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus said Friday that he's in touch with the leaders of Egypt, Israel, Greece and Lebanon to formulate joint diplomatic action aimed at countering a Turkey-Libya maritime border deal that they say flouts international law and ratchets up regional tensions. ...

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)

Turkey deploys surveillance drone in northern Cyprus

Dec. 16, 2019 12:41 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has dispatched a surveillance and reconnaissance drone to the breakaway north of ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus amid tensions over offshore oil and gas exploration, Turkey's state-run media said Monday. The Anadolu news agency said the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2...

In this photo taken Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019, Aphrodite Philippou, 73, makes Cyprus' halloumi cheese at a farm in Kampia village near Nicosia, Cyprus. Cyprus' halloumi cheese, with a tradition dating back some five centuries, is the island nation's leading export. It's goat and sheep milk content makes it a hit with health-conscious cheese lovers in Europe and beyond. It's added appeal is that unlike other cheeses, it doesn't melt when heated up. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics

Dec. 15, 2019 3:16 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get...

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, second left, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. European Union leaders gather for their year-end summit and will discuss climate change funding, the departure of the UK from the bloc and their next 7-year budget. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...

Cyprus steps up dividing line patrols amid migrant influx

Dec. 9, 2019 4:38 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Joint police and military patrols are being launched along ethnically split Cyprus' dividing line to counter an influx of migrants crossing from the breakaway north, the country's interior minister said Monday. Nicos Nouris told state broadcaster CyBC that the patrols will be on a...