Latest Cyprus News

The Latest: Italian prosecutor orders migrant boat seized

Aug. 20, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on immigration into the European Union (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Italian news agency ANSA says an Italian prosecutor has ordered the seizure of the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms and the evacuation of the more than 80 migrants still on board. The move late Tuesday caps a...

Shard reveals how Cyprus' ancient kingdoms managed economy

Aug. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The discovery of a small clay shard inscribed with a partial inventory of goods at a 2,500-year-old citadel suggests that Cyprus' ancient city states "more than likely" managed their economies using a homegrown system, not an imported one, an archaeologist said Wednesday. University...

Cyprus' rival leaders ready to meet UN chief next month

Aug. 9, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of the ethnically divided east Mediterranean island of Cyprus are ready to meet with the U.N. secretary-general next month to map out possible next steps toward a resumption of formal reunification talks, officials said Friday. U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said in a...

Coroner: UK scientist on Greek island died from a fall

Aug. 8, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A British scientist died instantly after falling from a height on the Greek island of Ikaria, a coroner said Thursday. The body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, an avid trail runner, was found Wednesday afternoon in a 20-meter (65-foot) deep ravine. Her Cypriot...

Missing UK astrophysicist found dead in Greek island ravine

Aug. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where she had been staying, authorities said Wednesday. Police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was...

Greece, Cyprus, Israel, US discuss energy cooperation

Aug. 7, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Energy ministers from Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the United States say they have been deepening their cooperation in the energy sector, noting that while energy issues can create regional tension, they can also foster cooperation. Cyprus Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis, speaking...

Second Turkish ship begins gas drilling off Cyprus

Aug. 7, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a second Turkish ship has started drilling for gas off ethnically divided Cyprus, in an area where the Cypriot government says it has exclusive economic rights. Anadolu Agency quoted Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez as saying Wednesday that the...

Cyprus' top lawyer: Police to probe bishop's remarks on gays

Aug. 1, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' attorney general said Thursday he instructed police to launch an investigation into whether an Orthodox Christian bishop has committed a criminal offense over his remarks on homosexuals. Police spokesman Christos Andreou said the force's chief has ordered investigators to...

Cyprus criticizes Orthodox bishop for insulting gays

Jul. 30, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official says the Cyprus government is "greatly troubled and dismayed" by an Orthodox Christian bishop's comments on homosexuality, which he said were needlessly stirring up social tensions on the Mediterranean island nation. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Tuesday...

Cyprus backs Total-Eni partnership in offshore gas drilling

Jul. 30, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has licensed a consortium made up of France's Total and Italy's Eni to search for hydrocarbons in another area that the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights, the country's energy minister said Tuesday. Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis said the two...