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Cocked rifles and infrared cameras along Cyprus buffer zone stoke tensions that could spread farther

Jul. 15, 2024 00:58 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The clang of unseen assault rifles being cocked carries across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone in ethnically cleaved Cyprus, ratcheting up concerns that the embers of the island's stagnant conflict could again be rekindled. The rifles are just the...

Lebanese officials work to maintain friendly relations with Cyprus following Hezbollah threats

Jun. 20, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese government officials worked Thursday to maintain friendly relations with Cyprus a day after the militant Hezbollah group threatened to attack the Mediterranean island if it allows Israel to use its territories to attack Lebanon. Lebanon's state news agency...

US, Cyprus embark on strategic dialogue that officials say demonstrates closest-ever ties

Jun. 17, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus-U.S. relations have reached their highest level yet after the two countries embarked on a strategic dialogue on key issues including defense, security, energy, crisis management and the fight against terrorism, officials said Monday. U.S. Secretary of...

2 political outliers claim seats in European Parliament by leveraging social media's viral power

Jun. 17, 2024 05:19 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — One is a wildly popular, seemingly happy-go-lucky YouTuber from Cyprus. The other is a brash, fringe figure of Spain's far right who rails against unauthorized immigrants. They both are new members of the European Parliament thanks to their savvy use of video-based social...

Cyprus says no let-up to fiscal discipline course as S&P raises country's credit rating to BBB+

Jun. 15, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus said Saturday it won’t let up on a course of strict fiscal discipline while supporting economically vulnerable groups and the middle class after credit ratings agency Standard & Poor''s upgraded the country’s rating to BBB+ from BBB. Cypriot...

7 EU members say conditions in Syria should be reassessed to allow voluntary refugee returns

Jun. 07, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The governments of seven European Union member states said Friday the situation in Syria should be re-evaluated to allow for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees back to their homeland. In a joint statement, officials from Austria, the Czech Republic,...

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. ...