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Greece's Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talks during a press conference with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after their meeting at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece meet in the Cypriot capital for talks on forging closer ties and boosting cooperation on issues including energy following the discovery of gas deposits in the east Mediterranean. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt to Turkey: drop the rancor, join us

Oct. 21, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece on Wednesday renewed an invitation to Turkey to become a partner in reaping the potential benefits of offshore gas deposits, while urging Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Their one-day regional...

A demonstrator takes a  mock copy of Cyprus passport during a demonstration against corruption outside of the conference center in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Protesters called for the resignation of Cyprus' Parliamentary Speaker Demetris Syllouris amid corruption allegations involving the country's now defunct citizenship-for-investment program. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus House speaker quits over citizenship for sale scandal

Oct. 15, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ parliamentary speaker has resigned after an undercover news report allegedly caught him on tape promising to help circumvent the country's rules on granting citizenship to foreign investors. Demetris Syllouris had initially decided to stay on as speaker but abstain...

FILE - This Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo, shows the Oval building, left, one of a number of new high-rises transforming the skyline view, of the southern coastal city of Limassol in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Cyprus government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, that the Cabinet accepted a recommendation by the minsters of the interior and finance to cancel altogether the

Cyprus cancels maligned 'golden passport' scheme

Oct. 13, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Tuesday scrapped a lucrative program granting citizenship to wealthy investors amid new allegations that a top state official and a veteran lawmaker were implicated in attempts to bypass strict vetting rules and issue a passport to a fictitious investor with a supposed...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

Oct. 13, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. The city’s health department said Tuesday that no new positive cases had...

FILE - Friday, Jan.17, 2014 file photo, a couple walk on the beach by the deserted hotels in an area used by the Turkish military in the Turkish occupied area in abandoned coastal city of Varosha, in Famagusta, in southeast of island of Cyprus. Cyprus government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos says on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, formal protests will be lodged at the United Nations, the European Union and other international organizations over Turkey's decision to open up to the public a stretch of beach in fenced-off Varosha. Koushos said the move contravenes international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions on Varosha that has remained uninhabited for 46 years. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

UN concerned at Turkish move to open up Cypriot beach

Oct. 6, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Tuesday over Turkey's decision to open to the public a beach in Cyprus that has been closed since war divided the island 46 years ago. He warned against “unilateral actions" that could heighten tensions and undermine...

Lebanon affirms deal to take back migrants sailing to Cyprus

Oct. 6, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Lebanon on Tuesday reaffirmed an agreement for Lebanese authorities to take back migrants aboard boats trying to reach Cypriot shores. Cypriot Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said Lebanese and Cypriot police and naval forces will intercept migrant boats departing from...

A general view of a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. European Union leaders will be assessing the state of their economy and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on it during their final day of a summit meeting. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU sanctions Belarus over election, gets in-kind response

Oct. 2, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on 40 officials suspected of election misconduct and a brutal security crackdown on protesters in Belarus, which quickly retaliated by announcing its own sanctions against the EU and recalling its ambassadors from Poland and Lithuania. Russia, in...

Turkey: UN registers maritime deal reached with Tripoli

Oct. 2, 2020 6:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United Nations has registered a maritime delineation deal reached between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced Friday. Last year, Turkey and the Government of National Accord, or GNA, which is based in Tripoli, reached a...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

Greece: EU to ready Turkey sanctions despite crisis thaw

Sep. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Wednesday that it still expects the European Union to approve sanctions against Turkey despite the two NATO members agreeing to restart talks on maritime boundaries, energy rights and other long-standing disputes. The leaders of the EU's 27 nations are expected to review...