Latest Cyprus News

European ministers vow to protect reporters, free expression

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ministers from 47 Council of Europe member states have agreed to seek new regulations to protect freedom of expression online and in news media amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence may be used to curtail the right, officials said Friday. ...

Cyprus elects its 1st-ever female parliament speaker

Jun. 10, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawmakers in Cyprus on Thursday elected a woman to the country's second most powerful political post for the first time since its founding as an independent republic in 1960. Annita Demetriou was elected parliamentary speaker on the second ballot...

Probe: Cyprus wrongly issued passports despite warnings

Jun. 07, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus government continued for at least four years to unlawfully issue passports to relatives of wealthy investors under an investment-for-citizenship program, despite warnings by the Attorney-General that this could be in breach of the law,...

Turkey says it's made a new natural gas find in Black Sea

Jun. 04, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that a 135-billion cubic meter natural gas reserve has been discovered in Black Sea waters, which could help the energy-dependent country cover its needs in the years to come. The announcement...

Crossing points reopen in split Cyprus as virus numbers fall

Jun. 04, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ethnically split Cyprus took a key step toward a return to its routine rhythms of life amid the pandemic on Friday when nine crossing points along a United Nations-controlled buffer zone were reopened, enabling ordinary Cypriots to cross the divide. ...

EU, Mideast nations look to train at Cyprus security center

Jun. 03, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Three European Union member nations and three Middle Eastern countries are looking to train personnel in border, customs, maritime and cybersecurity techniques at a cutting-edge U.S.-funded facility in Cyprus that is expected to be ready early next year, the Cypriot...

Sparkling beaches: Cyprus has cleanest waters in EU

Jun. 01, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Tourism in Cyprus got a shot in the arm Tuesday after Europe’s environmental watchdog ranked the country first among the European Union's 27 nations for having the cleanest swimming waters. According to the European Environment Agency’s...

Far-right party, centrist group gain big in Cyprus poll

May. 30, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The far-right ELAM party and a centrist splinter group made big gains in Cyprus’ parliamentary election on Sunday as a sizeable chunk of supporters appeared to have turned their back on the top three parties amid voter disenchantment with traditional power centers. ...

Tanker’s impossible voyage signals new sanction evasion ploy

May. 28, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Cyprus-flagged oil tanker Berlina was drifting near the Caribbean island of Dominica earlier this year when the safety signals it is required to transmit showed it stopping in its tracks and in two minutes turning around 180 degrees. It was an amazingly...

The Latest: Philippines officials warned to enforce lockdown

May. 26, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The president of the Philippines warns he will jail village leaders and police officers who don’t enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions. President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments Wednesday night were in response to swimming parties, drinking...