The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail

We talk to experts in Brussels about security in the bloc and the EU Commission's support for research to improve security in the fields of defence, terrorism, infrastructure, digital security and natural disasters.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:35am EDT

We all need water to survive, but some governments want to weaken EU law: you can have your say in a public consultation; we hear about a traditional German Christmas fayre in Nicosia, and a bi-communal fun day in eastern Cyprus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:15am EDT

How does Cyprus treat migrants? What are their rights and do we need policy changes? Upcycling plastic bottles to make shelters for the homeless 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:44am EDT

We speak to the Brexit editor of The Economist; Nicosia's Mayor is trying to clean up the old city; public inclusion is vital for successful peace negotiations.

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

Our guests this week were all panellists at the recent Economist 'Cyprus Summit' on hydrocarbons, regional stability and financial policy: the US Ambassador to Nicosia, Cyprus' Foreign Minister, the Energy Minister, a high ranking official from ExxonMobil and Cyprus' Finance Minister.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

Strovolos Municipality extends its free parking and charging scheme for hybrid and electric cars; a documentary delves into the history of the Cyprus railway; the UN Secretary General's Special Representative says the door is still open for a Cyprus solution

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

The hall of Nicosia Municipality's multi-purpose centre is re-named in memory of the city's former First Lady, Olga Demetriades; as winter kicks in, asylum seekers in Cyprus are being forced to sleep in parks because they can't afford to rent accommodation

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

The NASA Space Apps challenge takes place in Nicosia this weekend; film makers acknowledge the island's appeal as a location; tonight there's a bi-communal conference on Promoting Ethical Journalism Across Cyprus

 
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am EDT

Michael Jansen's latest book was inspired by her experiences at the 2011 Egyptian revolution; a new app aims to improve your driving; will financial incentives lure film-makers to the island? St Paul's gets a new window to mark its 125th anniversary

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:34am EDT

Should medical cannabis be legalised in Cyprus, and what conditions can it treat? Empowering women to take a more active role in the peace process in Cyprus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:56am EDT

Is the government's Estia scheme to protect vulnerable defaulters fair, and fit for purpose? Apparently not. Women from Northern Ireland share their experience of peace building with women on both sides of the Cyprus divide; St Paul's Anglican cathedral celebrates its 125th anniversary

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

The EU Trade Commissioner outlines proposals to reform the World Trade Organisation; Italian film days, lectures and a photo exhibition are coming up, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs sets out the EU's vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Road tax may rise after a public consultation on new measures that take environmental factors into account; we talk to the author of a science fiction novella launched on the island this week.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Cyprus must be for all Cypriots and no-one else, says Cyprus' High Commissioner to London, Euripides Evriviades, who discusses the Cyprus problem and Brexit at length.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

Asylum seekers are being forced to camp in public parks because they can't afford to rent accommodation - is government policy aimed at making their lives as difficult as possible? World-class acts headline at this year's Kypria Festival. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:11am EDT

Nicosia this week hosted the prize-giving of the Commonwealth Short Story competition: we talk to the organisers, the winner and the chair of the judging panel; Cypriot Tio Ellinas heads to Snetterton for the next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

Women's groups are demanding that they be included in the Cyprus peace process; there are more than 150 forest fires on the island every year, and we can all take measures to prevent them; as technology advances, continuous training is needed to keep cyber crime at bay

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:56am EDT

As this year's Duke of Edinburgh gold awards are presented, we hear about the importance of extra-curricular activities for a rounded education, and discuss the implications of the Co-Op sell-off for depositors, mortgagees and the Cypriot taxpayer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Volunteers are needed to catch stray cats for an island-wide neutering programme; defining freedom of expression - what is legal and what is not? Gourmet food in Macau

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

A study reveals how many girls in Cyprus are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM); cybercrime trends and the vulnerability of the internet of things; youngsters from Nicosia's children's home get to know nature in Paphos. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:49am EDT

The British High Commissioner outlines what expats need to do about their status after Brexit; we talk to the author of The Seamstress of Ourfa which is being launched in Nicosia next week, and meet the Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Is commerce more important than our natural heritage? Environmentalists fear for the future of the island's most important wetland; the Cyprus computer society is looking for young hackers; an expert from the Council of Europe outlines measure to combat cybercrime

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

The former head of the World Trade Organisation says adjustments must be made if we are to harness globalisation; the head of UNFICYP emphasises the importance of including women in the peace process; we hear about a public event on rheumatic diseases and a photographic exhibition opens next week in Tala. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:45am EDT

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 99 billion dollars annually; the EU launches infringement procedures against Cyprus for  failing to comply with Directives for the protection of nature; the annual Pride march takes place on Sunday.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

An international climate change conference addresses issues in the eastern Mediterranean; the Pharos International Chamber Music Festival gets under way next week; we find out about the philosophy of the consortium preparing to build the casino in Limassol.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57am EDT

With a new cd just released, Cypriot musician and poet Haji Mike talks at length about his career, and shares his thoughts on music and politics.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

We visit an award-winning organic winery; hear about cacti, succulents and the 'smart garden' and the first accordion festival is taking place in Cyprus this weekend

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

Farmers are advised not to plant new crops due to a water shortage; the choreography of cross-cultural negotiations - we discuss the Israeli-Palestinian example; the women's Euro Arabian expedition reaches the North Pole.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

We hear about the thrills and perils facing an all-female expedition to the North Pole; Cyprus Film Days is up and running; Tio Ellinas starts the Porsche Carrera Cup season with podiums at Brands Hatch. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

Demonstrators will gather this weekend to protest against uncontrolled developments near Natura 2000 sites; a judgement by the European Court of Human Rights has implications for owners of property in the occupied areas; UK Cypriots lobby British MPs about Turkish provocations in Cyprus' EEZ; a turtle hotline will enable the authorities to rescue injured turtles faster.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Following the launch of the second volume of his autobiography, detailing his tenure as President of #Cyprus, George Vassiliou talks frankly about his successes, his mistakes and the Cyprus problem

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

The biggest 'cleantech' bootcamp in the region will take place in May, but are Cypriots interested? The European Commission is funding free wifi hotspots in public places; a tribute in Nicosia to Eric Clapton and the 3rd Medieval Nicosia Festival starts tomorrow.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

A German couple recount their first-hand experience of the persecution of Palestinians in Hebron; the gender gap is everywhere - including Wikipedia; 1 Billion Rising in Nicosia; a new law on abortions in Cyprus is being drafted.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

We discuss the appalling conditions at the Kofinou Reception Centre with the Chair of the House Human Rights Committee; and is it time to scrap the current citizenship for investment scheme?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

Demonstrators gather at Parliament to protest against illegal building in protected areas and their call for action is echoed by the Scientific and Technical Chamber. Former EU Commissioner Janez Poto─Źnik discusses the importance of a Circular Economy. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

Author Julie Bindel talks about the Pimping of Prostitution; the EU Humanitarian Commissioner discusses the problems facing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the Artos Foundation Kids University will occupy children during the Easter break.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Musician, composer and author Gilad Atzmon talks about Israel, Judaism and Zionism - and his latest book 'Being In Time'.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

Young refugees from Africa share their hopes and experiences; the problem of plastic waste - and how Cyprus mismanages its waste strategies.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:11am EDT

With the run-off in the 2018 Presidential elections due on Sunday, we discuss the issues - and the fall-out after the first round.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

Does the new EU plastics strategy go far enough? Cases of measles in Cyprus prompt calls for parents to vaccinate their children; as a rare monk seal is spotted in Paphos we discuss the threats to biodiversity in our seas; Bulgaria's ambassador outlines his country's priorities for its EU presidency. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

The Interior Minister outlines plans to regulate, encourage and fund social entrepreneurship; the relationship between olive trees and funghi; Presidential hopeful Stavros Malas outlines his priorities and policies. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

Presidential candidate Stavros Malas promises that, if elected, his cabinet and the boards of SGOs will comprise "over 50% women".

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:17am EDT

Calls to a domestic violence helpline soared by 50% last year; freshwater anglers organise a clean-up of Yermasoyia dam; a new app enables us to report illegal hunting and bird-trapping.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am EDT

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