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Cyprus to EU: Speed up granting name protection for halloumi

Feb. 20, 2019 11:43 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is urging the European Union to speed up the process granting full name protection to halloumi cheese, the east Mediterranean island nation's top culinary export. Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities are...

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian church's independence

Feb. 20, 2019 8:52 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church says it supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's right to independence that was granted by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople last month, aiming to heal its divisions. The Holy Synod also said Wednesday, however, that Patriarch Bartholomew should take...

Academic: Very few climate change doubters, issue now action

Feb. 20, 2019 5:48 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A prominent American economist says there are "very few" individuals left who still doubt climate change because the evidence of its impact is clear. Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs told the Associated Press Wednesday that public discourse has moved beyond whether climate...

Cyprus issues 1st 15-year bond; pleased to find solid demand

Feb. 19, 2019 1:59 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' finance minister says the country's first-ever 15-year public bond issue was eight times oversubscribed, calling it the "strongest affirmation" of international markets' trust in the Mediterranean island's economy. Minister Harris Georgiades said Tuesday's bond issue ensures...

Cyprus' religious leaders urge church's restoration

Feb. 15, 2019 6:26 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Christian and Muslim leaders in ethnically divided Cyprus are urging for the speedy repair of a 15th century church inside a United Nations-controlled buffer zone cutting across the capital Nicosia, after it partly collapsed. Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Mufti Talip...

Cypriot UK bases court jails man for people trafficking bid

Feb. 14, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A court within the two British military bases in Cyprus has sentenced a Palestinian man to six months in prison after finding him guilty of trying to illegally bring two men into a base from the island's Turkish Cypriot breakaway north. A bases statement said Thursday that Mohammed...

Correction: Cyprus-Golden Passports story

Feb. 14, 2019 2:25 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — In a story Feb. 13 about Cyprus' toughening eligibility rules for its lucrative scheme to grant passports to wealthy investors, The Associated Press erroneously reported Harris Georgiades' title. He is finance minister, not foreign minister. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Israel: 'Much safer' Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork

Feb. 12, 2019 8:15 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel's president on Tuesday hailed his country's flourishing ties with Cyprus, saying that cooperation between the two neighbors on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the eastern Mediterranean "much, much safer." "Security ties between our two countries have...

AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

Feb. 11, 2019 7:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The...

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won't be stopped

Feb. 11, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The speaker of Egypt's parliament appeared to push back Monday at Turkey's opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn't part of, saying cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece sent a message to any countries that tried to stop them. Egypt's Ali Abdel-Aal didn't...