Latest Cyprus News

US official lauds Cyprus' anti-money laundering efforts

Apr. 19, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A senior U.S. Treasury Department official says Cyprus has done "outstanding" work to curtail money laundering. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea says Cyprus has made "enormous progress and improvements" in its legal framework as well as in law enforcement....

Cyprus mulling early repayment of Russian loan

Apr. 18, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is considering repaying early the remainder of a 2.5 billion euro ($2.83 billion) loan that Russia granted the island nation in 2012 amid a financial crisis. Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told a business forum Thursday that Cyprus is grateful to Russia for answering a...

US senator: Cyprus can build stronger relationship with US

Apr. 16, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A U.S. senator says the time is right for Cyprus to strengthen its bonds with Washington in light of new natural gas discoveries in waters off the east Mediterranean island nation and its partnerships with neighboring countries to bolster regional security. Sen. Robert Menendez...

Cyprus: Difficulties remain in restarting peace talks

Apr. 9, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot government officials say there are "very serious difficulties" in rekindling formal talks to reunify the ethnically split island nation. But they insisted Tuesday there will be no easing up in United Nations-assisted efforts to get Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots back to...

Cyprus' British military bases 'eradicate' illegal gambling

Apr. 9, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

EPISKOPI, Cyprus (AP) — Police at a British military base in Cyprus said Tuesday they have successfully wrapped up a four-year campaign against illegal gambling by shutting down nine casinos that operated within their jurisdiction. Superintendent Dinos Petrou said the casinos generated hundreds of...

Cyprus working to step up defense cooperation with France

Mar. 31, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman says the east Mediterranean island nation is working to step up defense cooperation with fellow European Union member France. Prodromos Prodromou said Sunday that Cyprus offers EU and other allied countries conveniences for their military forces,...

Cyprus government to fight court's pay cut ruling

Mar. 30, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' finance minister says authorities will act to "neutralize" an administrative court decision that declared unconstitutional cuts to government workers' salaries that were made amid a 2012 financial crisis. Harris Georgiades told state broadcaster CyBC Saturday that the...

Cyprus fines US, Norwegian men for illegal shipwreck search

Mar. 29, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot law enforcement official says a court has fined a U.S. national and a Norwegian man 6,000 euros ($6,730) each for illegally searching for an old shipwreck off the east Mediterranean island's coast. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed...

Cyprus arrests Turkish Kurd terror suspect wanted by Germany

Mar. 23, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman says authorities have arrested a Turkish Kurd against whom Germany has launched criminal proceedings for "terrorist activities." Prodromos Prodromou said in a written statement Saturday that the individual had been recognized by Cyprus as a political...

Cyprus seeks EU intelligence access for migrant screening

Mar. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus wants access to the European Union's security intelligence network so it can screen arriving migrants more thoroughly for signs of radicalization by extremist groups, the Mediterranean island nation's interior minister said Thursday. Rising numbers of migrants enter ethnically...