Latest Cyprus News

Cyprus protests portrayal as safe haven for Russian money

Jan. 19, 2023 12:17 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has frozen about 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in Russian-linked deposits and assets in accordance with European Union sanctions over the war in Ukraine, the island nation's finance minister said Thursday. Constantinos Petrides also told a press...

Cyprus so far strips 222 people of 'golden passports'

Jan. 18, 2023 13:08 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of Cyprus has stripped 222 wealthy investors and their family members of citizenship, an official said Wednesday, part of efforts to mend a reputation sullied by an investment-for-passports program that an inquiry found had unlawfully granted citizenships in...

Mufti's talk of women's duties angers some Turkish Cypriots

Jan. 18, 2023 12:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Muslim religious leader’s instruction to women to dutifully accept a husband's “invitation to bed” to procreate has sparked outrage among many Turkish Cypriots, who saw the remarks as an imported encroachment of fundamentalist Islam on their secular community. ...

Minister: Cyprus exceeds renewable energy source targets

Jan. 17, 2023 12:56 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Electricity generated from renewable energy sources on Cyprus could eventually make up as much as half of all power conveyed to other countries through an electricity cable linking the east Mediterranean island nation's power grids to Israel and Greece, the Cypriot energy...

Cyprus to require COVID-19 tests for all arrivals from China

Jan. 11, 2023 13:06 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of Cyprus said Wednesday it will require all passengers arriving from China to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test as the Asian country grapples with a nationwide COVID-19 outbreak. The Health Ministry said it was heeding the advice...

UK's Princess Anne visits British peacekeepers on Cyprus

Jan. 11, 2023 07:13 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Britain’s Princess Anne cast aside the controversy surrounding her nephew Prince Harry and carried on with her royal duties Wednesday by visiting British soldiers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force on ethnically divided Cyprus. The princess,...

Cyprus' new archbishop enthroned, no Russian clerics attend

Jan. 08, 2023 12:34 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of Cyprus' Orthodox Church Archbishop Georgios formally assumed his new duties Sunday following an enthronement ceremony evoking the splendor of centuries of Byzantine tradition before an audience of clergy from around the world with the notable exception of the...

Cyprus seeks stronger ties with India on defense, migration

Dec. 29, 2022 11:24 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus sought to strengthen its ties with India Thursday, signing agreements aimed to tighten military cooperation, expand the use of solar energy technology and stem illegal migration. Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said after a meeting with...

Paphos bishop elected as new leader of Cyprus Church

Dec. 24, 2022 07:53 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ Orthodox Church on Saturday elected Paphos Bishop Georgios as its new leader following the death last month of Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The 73-year-old cleric received nine votes from the 16-member Holy Synod, the church’s highest decision...

Eni, Total announce sizeable new gas discovery off Cyprus

Dec. 21, 2022 09:27 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A consortium made up of energy companies Eni of Italy and France’s Total is expediting plans to develop natural gas deposits off Cyprus following the discovery of a third field containing 2-3 trillion cubic feet of the hydrocarbon inside the same licensed exploration...