The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail
Cyprus News Digest 18th December 2014

The UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, talks exclusively to the Cyprus News Digest. Former Cyprus President George Vassiliou (pictured) speaks frankly about his life, his time in office, and the catalogue of missed opportunities to solve the Cyprus problem.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:14am EST

Cyprus News Digest December 11th 2014

Energy questions drive global politics: we talk to Gal Luft, (pictured) co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Classic cars on a Christmas fundraiser; Freedom Dolls launch a Christmas single with Harri Kakloullis of Squeeze; 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

Cyprus News Digest December 4th 2014

The U.N. Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide (pictured), talks at length about the Cyprus issue, Europe and regional conflicts. Nicosia prepares for the 2nd Chocolate Festival; and it's pantomime time.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:05pm EST

Cyprus News Digest 27th November 2014

The 11th Cyprus Entrepreneurship competition; we talk to Henri Malosse (pictured), the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and hear from a lawyer who is risking jail and disbarment by undertaking civil disobedience.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Cyprus News Digest 20th November 2014

British High Commissioner Ric Todd (pictured) talks about his hopes for his Cyprus tenure; Psychiatrist Dr Brenda Davies returns for a series of workshops; a lecture on the history of Nicosia airfield: from landing ground to international airport.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Cyprus News Digest November 13th 2014

Proposed reforms for local government miss vital issues; Nicosia's Mayor (pictured) denies mismanagement of the revamp of the city centre; a Pop-Up Festival aims to breathe life back into the dying central shopping area of the capital, and local authorities face allegations of 'irregularities'.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Cyprus News Digest November 6th 2014

Party leaders address the 10th Cyprus Summit organised by The Economist; Cyprus' Finance Minister says we must stay on the path of reform and avoid populism; Major General Kristin Lund (pictured) becomes the United Nations’ first ever female Force Commander.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:42am EST

Cyprus News Digest 30th October 2014

Egypt's Foreign Minister (pictured) condemns Turkish incursions into Cyprus' EEZ; shocking EU figures show some 30,000 people are being trafficked in the bloc - we hear about measures to combat the trade in human beings; Evergreen Latzia: Limassol artists act against deforestation; help for the needy via Kindness in a Box.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:40am EST

Cyprus News Digest October 23rd 2014

Cyprus' Government Spokesman on the response to Turkey's incursion into the island's EEZ; Transport Minister Marios Demetriades discusses hybrid and electric mobility; Cleantech start-up winners; harpist Kathrin Pechlof (pictured) brings a new colour to jazz

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

Cyprus News Digest October 16th 2014

We talk to one of the Syrian refugees (pictured) who was rescued off the coast of Cyprus recently - and ask if the government is being totally honest with them about their future; Sir Stelios Hadjioannou's "food from the heart" for needy Cypriots; Dance House Lefkosia promotes its new home.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:16am EST

Cyprus News Digest October 9th 2014

A transparency/whistle-blowing hotline is launched in Cyprus; we meet the daughter of the only Governor of Cyprus (Sir William Denis Battershill, pictured) who is buried on the island; the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends raises funds for its home care scheme; the International Short Film Festival kicks off with 3D mapping.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:55am EST

Cyprus News Digest 2nd October 2014

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises, while Europe looks the other way: we discuss Amnesty International's latest report with John Dalhuisen (pictured), Amnesty International's Programme Director for Europe and Central Asia. 'Writing Nicosia'; should we want our children to be happy? And theatre on a rooftop;

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:31am EST

Cyprus News Digest 25th September 2014

The Centre for Visual Arts and Research opens in Nicosia; Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former president of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (pictured) says Caesarean section rates can have a serious impact on child health; artist Stass Paraskos is honoured in Leeds; Cyprus and the First World War

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:21am EST

Cyprus News Digest September 18th 2014

How important is oil for ISIS, and the Kurds, in Iraq - and who is buying it? Rafiq Latta (pictured) writes for the Energy Intelligence Group; Refugee integration - or the lack of it - in Cyprus; the Cyprus Rally will cross into the Turkish Cypriot areas for the first time; downloadable booklets to help carers of people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Cyprus News Digest September 11th 2014

'To Hell with Culture' - as the film premieres in Cyprus we talk to the son of famed art critic and anarchist Herbert Read; is Cyprus' coastline up for sale? and Recep Tayip Erdogan (pictured) makes some ambiguous statements on a visit to northern Cyprus. We discuss what effect his election to the Turkish Presidency might have on Cyprus' reunification negotiations.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:51am EST

Cyprus News Digest September 4th 2014

Cyprus goes 'back to school': we hear about an essay competition, and a plan to introduce school 'swap shops', and we discuss the implications of Recep Tayip Erdogan's election as President of Turkey with James Ker Lindsay (pictured), Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics,

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:42am EST

Cyprus News Digest August 28th 2014

Cyprus' Foreign Minister (pictured) says the British Bases can be used for attacks on ISIS; the Russell Tribunal on Palestine convenes an extraordinary session in Brussels; Limassol's wine festival kicks off.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:15am EST

Cyprus News Digest August 14th 2014

Energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean - as Israel decides to send gas to Egypt, what next for Cyprus gas, and can Gaza utilise its reserves? We talk to Fiona Mullen (pictured) from Sapienta Economics. From Fukushima to Cyprus: raising awareness about the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster; the British Council holds the Education UK clearing exhibition.

 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:20am EST

Cyprus News Digest August 7th 2014

Volunteering is to be introduced into Cypriot schools; we talk to Israeli activist Miko Peled about the situation in Gaza; Dave de Rose hold a drumming workshop in Cyprus. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:13am EST

Cyprus News Digest July 31st 2014

A new film, The Faces of Phlamoudhi, chronicles the lives of villagers driven from their village in the 1974 Turkish invasion; the view from Jerusalem: the temporary Dean of St Paul's Cathedral talks about conflict resolution in Palestine; Cyprus Health Minister Philippos Patsalis (pictured) explains the workings of the new National Health scheme.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:15am EST

Cyprus News Digest July 24th 2014

The Israeli Foreign Ministry says Hamas is to blame for the death of children in Gaza; Jewish Voice for Peace is rallying global support to end the occupation of Gaza; Cyprus' former Finance Minister discusses the Cyprus Central Bank's decision to place the Federal Bank of the Middle East under resolution.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:33am EST

Cyprus News Digest July 17th 2014

Cyprus' Minister of Labour discusses the new Guaranteed Minimum Income law; Archaeologist Joan Breton Connelly challenges accepted wisdom on the Parthenon; citizens demand an end to illegal works on Cyprus' coastline.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:14am EST

Cyprus News Digest July 10th 2014

Learn Greek in one weekend with Language Transfer; Italy assumes the EU Presidency; villages in Cyprus face water shortages this summer. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:20am EST

Cyprus News Digest July 3rd 2014

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has published  its conclusions on the Republic of Cyprus; the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama kicks off in Paphos; Cyprus' Ladybug project reaches the finals of the Imagine Cup; The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) revealed in a hilarious and frank expose by Peter McDonagh.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:07am EST

Cyprus News Digest 26 June 2014

Shocking figures are released by the UNHCR on World Refugee Day; the head of Cyprus' asylum services says some asylum seekers cheat the authorities; after a damning World Bank report, the Minister of Education, Costas Kadis (pictured) says reforms can be implemented; and there's some good news for people who took legal action in UK after being mis-sold mortgages and property in Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Cyprus News Digest 19 June 2014

The head of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) talks about the agreement signed with Cyprus (pictured); we hear about an independent Cypriot film that premieres this week, and discuss the new law aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:23am EST

Cyprus News Digest 12 June 2014

Bridging the divide in Cyprus through dialogue; we talk to the chief of the RSPB's investigations unit; and hear about the Peace Dividend: a solution to the Cyprus problem could benefit the island to the tune of 20 billion euros, according to a report published last week co-authored by economist Fiona Mullen (pictured).

 

 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:55pm EST

Cyprus News Digest June 5th 2014

Anna Vissi supported Cyprus' first ever Gay Pride march which brought thousands out onto the streets; former British deputy Prime Minister John Prescott talks about climate change; and moves to ensure the conservation of Europe's fly-ways for migrating birds, hundreds of thousands of which are illegally trapped in Cyprus each year. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:50am EST

Cyprus News Digest May 29 2014

US Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his visit to Cyprus, thousands of Turkish Cypriot voters are disenfranchised by a fiasco at the EU elections - one of the candidates, Deniz Birinci (pictured) says the election must be re-run; we hear about 'cultivating peace, one heart at a time', and Cyprus prepares for its first ever Gay Pride march.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:56am EST

Cyprus News Digest May 22 2014

Former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott discusses the Ukraine crisis; Europeans go to the polls to elect the new Parliament; Cyprus-based author Paul Stewart launches his new book; Scottish actor Matthew McVarish in Cyprus on The Road to Change, raising awareness about child sexual abuse.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:53am EST

Cyprus News Digest

Turkey is ordered to pay Cyprus 90 million Euros in a landmark ECHR decision - we discuss the implications with human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades (pictured), who says the Cyprus government should pay the same compensation received by Greek Cypriots from Turkey to relatives of the Turkish Cypriot missing persons. Can the Cyprus Rugby team extend its record-breaking run of 22 consecutive wins? The Pharos International Chamber Music Festival kicks off next week; the UN Special Representative in Cyprus hails the Home For Co-operation in the buffer zone; 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:30am EST

Cyprus News Digest May 8 2014

This week we discuss the change in Cyprus' policy on renewable energy, talk to Hungary's Ambassador at large for Energy, Dr Anita Orban (pictured); meet Russian businessman Andrey Dashin and his wife Julia as they launch their new charitable Foundation, and hear about "Let's Disrupt Cyprus". 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Cyprus News Digest May 1st 2014

Wilde Conversations in Nicosia; the Visegrad group looks at energy options in the Eastern Mediterranean; Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off in Cyprus; the Syrian crisis and migration policy in Cyprus and Europe; photographer Achilleas Zavallis (see picture) talks about his time in Syria documenting the conflict.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:20am EST

Cyprus News Digest April 24th 2014

Making halloumi in Australia; 60 Cypriot Spiders - a new book launches next week; Ian Gillan of Deep Purple defends the band's decision to perform in the occupied north of Cyprus; Communications Minister Marios Demetriades (pictured) on the role of IT in Cyprus' economic growth. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Cyprus News Digest 17 April 2014

Viennese music at the Presidential Palace raises funds for handicapped children; Crimestoppers return to Cyprus looking for 11 fugitives from Gritish justice; the Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) warns that there are safety issues at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol; and for the first time in 57 years, an orthodox Easter service will be held on Good Friday at Ayios Georgios Eksorinos church in Famagusta. Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos (pictured) says it gives a message of hope.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:43am EST

Cyprus News Digest April 10th 2014

The role of civil society in the peace process; the inauguration of Nicosia's new Waste Water Treatment Plant by EU Commissioner Stefan Fule, and Amnesty International exposes "a long-standing culture of impunity, entrenched racism and endemic violence" in the Greek police. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:29am EST

Cyprus News Digest

Let's Do It Cyprus plans to clean up the island; could the apathy of European voters change the demographic of the European Parliament? Women take action to defend the right to abortion in Europe - we speak to the President of the European Women's Lobby Viviane Teitelbaum (pictured); The UN Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, shares some thoughts on the Cyprus problem.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:56am EST

Cyprus News Digest

The deadline for registration for the Euro elections is April 2nd; the International Dean of the Cyprus International Institute of Management on nationalised industries and the burden of austerity; once again Amnesty International condemns the way Cyprus treats migrants; UN Special Advisor Alexander Downer (pictured) prepares to leave Cyprus; Prince Charles wades in on the issue of illegal bird-trapping in Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:06am EST

Cyprus News Digest

This week: Canadian veterans return to mark the 50th anniversary of their arrival in Cyprus as peacekeepers; changes to the UK visa application process in Cyprus; the Ambassador of Finland on Women in Politics; hip hop band Audiopharmacy; March 21st is World Down's Syndrome Day, and EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (pictured) comments on Horizon 2020.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:53am EST

Cyprus News Digest

Rosie Charalambous talks about Peace Journalism with Professor Steven Youngblood; hears about the Diaspora Studies Centre Trust; discusses the Kosovo Experience; and is joined by Cypriot political commentator and journalist Andreas Paraschos to discuss the implications of the Cabinet reshuffle and the impact on DIKO of recent resignations. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:51am EST

Cyprus News Digest 70314

Rosie Charalambous talks to the Hungarian Minister of State, Ministry of National Economy, Prof Dr. Zoltan Csefalvay, hears about Russian and Ukranian soccer players making friends, and talks to MEP Mary Honeyball about the EU Parliament's resolution on prostitution. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:49am EST

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