Latest Cyprus News

Construction of a cable to connect the power grids of Greece and Cyprus is set to start next year

Dec. 07, 2023 13:08 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Construction of a 1.9 billion-euro ($2.05 billion) section of an electricity cable that will connect the power grids of Greece and Cyprus is slated to begin in the new year, officials said Thursday. An eventual extension of the renamed Great Sea...

US experts are in Cyprus to assist police investigating alleged sanctions evasion by Russians

Dec. 06, 2023 08:11 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A group of experts from the United States is in Cyprus to assist law enforcement authorities with investigations into alleged sanctions evasion by Russian oligarchs, Cyprus’ government said Wednesday. Spokesman Constantinos Letymbiotis told reporters that...

Israeli survivors of the Oct. 7 music festival attack seek to cope with trauma at a Cyprus retreat

Dec. 01, 2023 09:54 AM EST

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Tomer Bassis expected his day to be filled with electronic trance music at the Oct. 7 desert rave party he was attending in southern Israel. Instead, the sounds of bullets whizzing by as he ran to escape the indiscriminate gunfire of Hamas militants became the soundtrack...

Cyprus and Chevron reach a deal to develop an offshore natural gas field, ending years of delays

Dec. 01, 2023 09:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus government and U.S. energy company Chevron have reached a deal on how to develop the Aphrodite gas field, the first to be discovered under the seafloor off Cyprus, an official Friday. The field is estimated to hold 4.2 trillion cubic feet of gas. ...

Cyprus president has invited foreign experts to help with Russian sanction evasion investigations

Nov. 20, 2023 14:06 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus said Monday he personally asked an unnamed “third country” to send an experienced team of financial crime experts to help the east Mediterranean island nation with investigations into old and new allegations that Cypriot financial service...

Cyprus' president says his country is ready to ship aid to Gaza once a go-ahead is given

Nov. 20, 2023 13:45 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is ready to “immediately” begin shipping large quantities of humanitarian aid to Gaza in vessels that can navigate shallow water once conditions on the ground allow for it, the president of the east Mediterranean island nation said Monday. ...

Cyprus official says Israel-Hamas war may give an impetus to regional energy projects

Nov. 07, 2023 14:36 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The political and economic ramifications from the Israel-Hamas war may provide an impetus to plans for a pipeline conveying offshore natural gas to Cyprus for processing and shipping to foreign markets, the east Mediterranean island nation's energy minister said Tuesday. ...

Cyprus police say they have dismantled the third people smuggling ring in as many months

Oct. 24, 2023 07:53 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police in Cyprus said Tuesday they had arrested 10 Syrian men in an operation that has dismantled the third people smuggling ring bringing migrants to the east Mediterranean island nation in as many months. The arrests come as Cypriot authorities say...

Cyprus police arrest 4 people after a small explosion near the Israeli Embassy

Oct. 21, 2023 07:30 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police in Cyprus said Saturday they arrested four Syrians on suspicion of setting off a small explosive device that caused no damage not far from Israeli Embassy in the capital Nicosia. Police said the four, ranging in ages between 17 and 21, face charges of...

Conservationists say Cyprus police are lax in stopping gangs that poach songbirds

Oct. 11, 2023 12:03 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A conservation group in Cyprus said Wednesday that police have been lax in cracking down on criminal gangs that illegally trap migratory songbirds to supply restaurants, although the poaching has declined overall. Tassos Shialis, a spokesperson for...