Latest Cyprus News

Fitch raises Cyprus' credit rating by a notch to BBB+ thanks to resilient economy, fiscal discipline

Jun. 07, 2024 20:32 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Fitch agency said Saturday it has raised Cyprus’ credit rating by a notch to BBB+. It cited the country’s heightened ability to withstand financial shocks, the government's commitment to keeping its finances in order and a strengthened banking sector...

Cyprus president says a buffer zone splitting the island won't become another migrant route

Jun. 04, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus said Tuesday that he won’t “open another route” for irregular migration by letting through more than two dozen asylum-seekers now stranded in a U.N.-controlled buffer zone that bisects the war-divided island nation. President...

Families reclaim the remains of 15 recently identified Greek soldiers killed in Cyprus in 1974

May. 30, 2024 08:53 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The remains of recently identified Greek soldiers who fought in Cyprus against invading Turkish troops nearly a half-century ago were returned to their families on Thursday. Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides attended a funeral service in the capital,...

Qatar's ruler looking to invest in energy, ports and high-tech in Cyprus, official says

May. 28, 2024 14:16 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The emir of Qatar is looking to invest in energy and high-tech in Cyprus — projects seen as having a strong economic potential, a Cypriot official said Tuesday. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited the east Mediterranean island nation on Tuesday for...

Chances of Cyprus peace talks restart look dimmer as Turkish Cypriot leader sees no common ground

May. 15, 2024 14:56 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Chances of restarting formal talks to mend Cyprus’ decades-long ethnic division appeared dimmer Wednesday as the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots told a U.N. envoy that he saw no common ground with Greek Cypriots for a return to negotiations. ...

First shipment of aid to the US-built floating pier in Gaza has departed from Cyprus, foreign minister says

May. 09, 2024 06:47 AM EDT
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — First shipment of aid to the US-built floating pier in Gaza has departed from Cyprus, foreign minister says.

Jordan stations 2 firefighting helicopters in Cyprus to help as summer fire season arrives

May. 06, 2024 13:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jordan on Monday stationed two helicopters in Cyprus to help the Mediterranean island nation combat potential forest fires until it can lease firefighting aircraft of its own for the summer fire season. Cypriot Environment Minister Maria Panayiotou said the...

Cyprus gives Chevron another 6 months to come up with a timetable on a natural gas field development

May. 02, 2024 04:13 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus government has given Chevron another six months to come up with a revised plan to develop a sizeable natural gas deposit off the island nation’s southern coastline after an earlier plan proposed by the U.S. energy company lacked a timetable, an official said...

Migration agency chief warns that even more Syrians will leave Lebanon as donors cut back on aid

Apr. 30, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of Syrian refugees leaving Lebanon is likely to keep rising as donors cut back on aid, the head of the U.N.'s migration agency warned Tuesday, as pressure builds over their arrival on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Amy Pope, director general of the...

UN refugee agency tells Cyprus to stick to the law in its efforts at sea to thwart refugee boats

Apr. 19, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations' refugee agency said Friday that Cypriot efforts at sea to stop numerous Syrian refugee-laden boats departing Lebanon from reaching the European Union-member island nation mustn’t contravene international human rights laws or put passengers at risk. ...