Latest Cyprus News

Cyprus brings back indoor mask wearing amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 06, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is bringing back compulsory mask-wearing in indoor areas for everyone age 12 and over amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. The government said Wednesday the infection spike is in line with a global trend that's mainly owed to the BA.4 and BA.5 variants...

Cyprus signs deal for Airbus attack helicopters

Jun. 24, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus signed a deal with Airbus Helicopters on Friday to purchase six light attack helicopters with an option for another six as it seeks to shed Soviet-era armaments and procure military equipment compatible with other European Union member states. No...

Israeli planes help fight wildfire in Cyprus breakaway north

Jun. 23, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel on Thursday dispatched two water-dropping aircraft to help battle a large wildfire that has scorched at least 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of forest in the foothills of the Pentadaktylos mountain range in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus. ...

Earl and Countess of Wessex to underscore UK-Cyprus ties

Jun. 21, 2022 04:36 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Earl and Countess of Wessex met Tuesday with the president of Cyprus as part of a three-day visit to the former British colony to underscore close bilateral ties and to meet soldiers serving with a U.N. peacekeeping force and those stationed at two U.K. military bases....

Cyprus investigates prison director's blackmail allegations

Jun. 20, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus launched an investigation on Monday into allegations by the country’s prisons’ director that a senior police officer had recruited an inmate to gather information or video about her private life that could be used to blackmail her. Attorney General...

EU: Turkish Cypriots must curb migrants arrivals to Cyprus

Jun. 18, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Breakaway Turkish Cypriots on ethnically-divided Cyprus must do their share in stemming migrant arrivals, a senior European Union official said Saturday, as the number of asylum-seekers has shot up significantly so far this year. European Commission Vice...

Cyprus trial of UK man: Was it murder or assisted suicide?

Jun. 17, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The trial of a British man charged with the premeditated murder of his ill wife in Cyprus’ coastal resort town of Paphos was pushed back Thursday until September, with defense lawyers arguing that David Hunter should instead be charged with assisting a suicide. ...

Greece, Cyprus won't follow Turkey in tension-raising talk

Jun. 17, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Cyprus sought Friday to tamp down tensions with neighboring Turkey amid increasingly belligerent rhetoric from the Turkish president, insisting that the best way to counter such talk is through “calm and composed determination.” ...

Greek PM: Despite heat, tensions with Turkey have been worse

Jun. 14, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to reassure his compatriots late Tuesday that despite strong rhetoric from Turkey, relations are not at the low of 2020 when the neighbors' warships were shadowing each other in the eastern Mediterranean. In an...

EU looks to east Mediterranean as gas alternative to Russia

Jun. 14, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — European leaders visiting Israel on Tuesday expressed hope that natural gas supplies from the eastern Mediterranean could help reduce dependence on Russia as the Ukraine war drags on. Israel has emerged as a gas exporter in recent years following major offshore...