The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail (News and politics)

The Swedish Embassy throws a lifeline to the Home For Cooperation; we hear from international panellists at the Economist's 16th Cyprus Summit.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:25am EST

Is annexation on the cards for northern Cyprus? Emotions are running high after Tayip Erdogan's visit; the University of Cyprus is looking for volunteers for a new study into Covid-19 antibodies.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:32am EST

As Tayip Erdogan makes plans to picnic on the beach in fenced-off Varosha, we discuss the legal implications of infringing the buffer zone in Cyprus, and activists from the End Corruption platform vow to continue their protests demanding concrete action from the government.

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

The EU Commission calls on Cyprus to fully implement the EU rules on the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings; new Covid-19 protocols and restrictions come into force.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

We meet the journalist who exposed the Cyprus Papers and hear from the Minister of Education about the challenges facing our schools

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:36am EST

A tumultuous week in Cyprus has seen angry demonstrations against corruption, and the resignation of the President of the House of Representatives. We ask: what comes next?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:52am EST

Traffic cameras should be up and running early next year. The Transport Minister discusses road safety, public transport and his ministry's priorities.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:03am EST

A leading human rights lawyer says the policy of pushing refugee boats back to Lebanon breaks both Cypriot and international law; we visit a centre offering support to people with dementia.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:35am EST

Is there more than meets the eye behind the plans to shut down slum dwellings in Nicosia's old city, and - with no coordinated housing policy in place - what will happen to the people evicted ?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Improving air quality, public transport and animal welfare, and protecting the coast of Cyprus are just some of the priorities of the new leader of the Green Party.

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

We discuss the appalling treatment of some migrant workers in Cyprus and find out how the environment could be a catalyst for peace-building on the island.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:00am EST

The Deputy Minister for Digital Policy outlines his ministry's ambitious plans to transform our government and society; a citizens' initiative, Gardens of the Future, could reshape our cities. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:26am EST

As one area of the capital's new infrastructure is completed, Nicosia's Mayor prepares for the revamp of its central avenue: expect some traffic disruption for 18 months; the head of the Forest Department discusses tree felling and the law.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:25am EST

More dithering in the House of Representatives about Politically Exposed Persons and non-performing loans as a new committee is formed to tackle the issue - but will they? Mature trees in Cyprus are being felled indiscriminately to make way for new developments and roads

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

The Interior Minister comes under pressure at the House Human Rights Committee to rectify the situation at the Pournara detention camp; St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral holds a book fair to replenish the coffers after lockdown

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:25am EST

Electoral reform is shelved again; the UNHCR highlights the plight of asylum seekers in Cyprus; the EU Commission explains its Climate Pact

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Greek Cypriots open their homes to Turkish Cypriot workers who can't cross back to the north until July; could Cyprus generate all the electricity it needs - and more - from solar power?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:49am EST

The House Internal Affairs Committee will work through the summer so that the bill for local authority reform can go to the vote in the autumn; more developments encroach and threaten Cyprus' most important wetland

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:18am EST

A legal expert on data protection discusses teachers' objections to the plans for distance learning in state schools; a man is jailed for an offence committed before a new law came into force, and regulations are to be tightened with regard to the sale of pets.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:24am EST

An online diagnostic tool can help you decide if you need to see the doctor about Covid-19; Cyprus' parliament postpones a vote on allowing the kosher slaughter of sheep and goats for export - we find out why - and it's not altogether to do with animal welfare

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

Why are companies paying banks to use their money? We discuss the impact of negative interest rates, and talk to an eminent virologist about coronavirus and what you can and should do about it.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:21am EST

Owners of properties in fenced-off Varosha are urged to act quickly to prevent them being given to Turkish developers; despite closing 4 checkpoints purportedly to prevent the spread of Covid-19, people can still cross without health checks; sign up quickly for FameLab 2020

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:33am EST

How safe are journalists and their sources from interference, threats and even violence? Moves are afoot to use 'technology for truth' to help whistle-blowers fight corruption.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:46am EST

Despite ranking lowest in the EU on health spending, there's some good news for Cyprus; we hear about the 'Peace Dividend' that would follow the island's reunification, and the fight to save Cyprus' griffon vultures 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:33am EST

Non Performing Loans and Politically Exposed Persons: it's high time our lawmakers took conflict of interest seriously; more funds are needed if we're to save our ancient monuments; a Cypriot runs a charity that helps needy people in Birmingham

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:25am EST

Mapping Cypriot DNA with the CYBiobank; President Anastasiades made some controversial choices in his cabinet reshuffle

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:17am EST

We meet keynote speakers from the Economist's 15th Cyprus Summit and discuss the economy, hear about sentiment in the UK after 3 years of Brexit deadlock, stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the future for hydrocarbons in the region

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:05am EST

Is Cyprus making the right decisions about hydrocarbons? The global climate strike continues with a march and events in Nicosia today.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:43am EST

Two former government ministers explain why a Bizonal Bi-communal Federation is the only solution for Cyprus; an invitation to a public discussion on the natural gas issue; Italian Film Days continue this weekend.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:53am EST

Cyprus lags behind in competitiveness and suffers from a skills mismatch according to the first report of the Cyprus Economy and Competitiveness Council. We discuss the issues with the council's chairman, former Finance Minister Takis Klerides.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:29am EST

The EU Commission's Director for climate strategy explains the plans to become climate neutral by 2050; two years on from the collapse of talks at Crans Montana, we assess the current situation as regards the island's reunification

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:07am EST

Cyprus streamlines its approach to the EU; the Foreign Ministry outlines the situation in Cyprus' EEZ; a new project helps migrants to access the jobs market, and we need to re-think our approach to energy consumption.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:16am EST

We look in depth at what the recent EU elections tell us about Cyprus; you can air your views on climate change at a 'cafe scientifique'; President Anastasiades hails close Cyprus-UK relations at the Queen's birthday party.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:01am EST

Prime Minister Trudeau's special envoy discusses federalism with the communities in Cyprus; Australian and Cypriot experts sign an MOU on road safety; an Italian professor brings his scientific knowledge to bear in the art world

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Cyprus' Health Minister talks frankly about the implementation of the National Health scheme; author and journalist Thomas de Waal discusses Europe's de facto states and breakaway territories.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:57am EST

The Interior Minister is determined to restructure the CyBC; the Transport Minister outlines her plans for sustainable mobility; an Australian uses comedy to tackle racism and a Dutch professor talks about sustainable energy systems.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

Artists' copyright: a Nicosia lawyer says many visual artists are not aware that they and their heirs are entitled to a percentage of a work's resale value; Turkish Cypriots opposed to the occupation in the north of Cyprus are standing in the EU Parliamentary elections.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:57am EST

Gender equality takes centre stage this week with countless events marking International Women's Day, but it's not just about women: men - and society as a whole - can also benefit, says Cyprus' Foreign Minister.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:56am EST

Are Cypriots finally ready to vote for reunification? The DISY chief says the President is committed to a bi-zonal bi-communal federation but Akel's leader is not so sure; GRECO assesses the island's compliance with anti-corruption measures and this weekend you can "Run for Seeds”.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:49am EST

Too many old diesel cars on #Cyprus roads are impacting air quality; EU Commissioner @GabrielMariya says EU states must work together for the digital single market; Cyprus Finance Minister @Georgiades_H urges a "digital transformation" to positively impact the Cy economy

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

Thousands of children in the north of Cyprus are denied a Cypriot passport and remain stateless; the European Commission's Vice-President for jobs and growth says we must promote a circular economy; Cypriot aristocrats flourished under Venetian rule.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:26am EST

Are Cypriot women giving up on hopes for the island's reunification? We discuss the issue with the UN's Special Representative in Cyprus, and former first lady Androulla Vassiliou; we find out how to make sure you are cyber-secure in 2019.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:23am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 Potočnik discusses the importance of a Circular Economy. 

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

We discuss regional politics with two of the speakers at a recent conference on "National, international and human security in the eastern Mediterranean", and hear how Cypriots have warmed to the traditional British pantomime.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:46am EST

It's European Space Week and we meet the movers and shakers in the European Space Programme to find out how space impacts our daily lives and can solve some of Earth's problems, as well as offering business opportunities and environmental solutions.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

United Nations Day is celebrated in the buffer zone; we join the Hindu festival of Diwali; Telehealth can prevent unnecessary hospital visits; incentives are introduced to encourage filmmakers to Cyprus; multi-morbitity in an ageing population calls for integrated care solutions

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

The EU Commissioner for the Environment visits Cyprus; the Education Minister inaugurates a unique exhibition; we talk about health: anti microbial resistance and childhood obesity, and find out why the Ambassador of Georgia is supporting rugby in Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:35am EST

We talk at length to Health Minister George Pamboridis about the state of play of the National Health system (GESY); the Interior Minister outlines plans to attract investment in audiovisual productions; Akel denies that it is against allowing pupils from private schools to enter the University of Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:27am EST

Speakers at a high level conference on energy suggest that it's not all plain sailing for Cyprus' energy aspirations; we hear about the Cyprus collection at the British Museum, and a Cypriot racing driver wraps up an impressive season at Brands Hatch.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Opposition leader Andros Kyprianou (pictured) rues the missed opportunity at Crans Montana and discusses the upcoming elections; the Nicosia Barbarians are looking for rugby coaches; banned books are on sale in Nicosia.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:18am EST

After 2 deaths in recent weeks, cyclists call for drivers to take more care; disabled children deserve better facilities in mainstream schools; a Nicosia conference bringing archaeology to citizens; Cypriot racing driver Tio Ellinas started karting aged seven. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:43am EST

The Slovak Ambassador looks back on her time in Cyprus and her role in the meetings of political party leaders from both sides of the divide; the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) receives Europe's Grand Prix for cultural heritage.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:46am EST

Six weeks of culture - and some surprises - at the Kypria Festival; the new Maestro of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra has big plans; social outreach bringing different faiths together to help the vulnerable.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:02am EST

Political party leaders shun overseas Cypriots meeting; Cyprus ranks third in Europe in underage binge drinking and electricity prices are set to drop.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

A landmark ruling brings an end to discrimination against privately educated students entering the University of Cyprus; why are more young people are seeking mental health support? A 3-masted sailing ship docks at Larnaca and welcomes visitors.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

The sea off Limassol continues to be seriously polluted: we discuss the possible sources of the contamination and what can be done about it, and ask why the authorities are keeping the studies done so far a secret; more of the popular and well-used Citizen Service Centres are to open across the island.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

The Fire Department warns that lighting fires is illegal and incurs heavy penalties; we talk to a writer and film-maker who was growing up in Nicosia in 1974 and documented her memories of the Greek-backed coup and subsequent Turkish invasion.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:48am EST

What next for Cyprus reunification? The Health Minister embraces the Sustainable Development Goals; a new traffic scheme is in the pipeline for Nicosia; citizens demand that Eleftheria Square (pictured) should be car-free; advice for small businesses from CSR Europe.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:51am EST

What was Napoleon Bonaparte's connection with Ireland? Was he in the Dublin Post Office in 1916? Professor Tom Bartlett (pictured) has the answers. The unions say "it's a failure", but what protection is offered to outdoor workers in Cyprus during a heatwave?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Cypriot citizens are sceptical about the Crans Montana reunification talks. We also discuss the issues - and possible outcomes of the conference with Professor of History and Political Science Hubert Faustmann (pictured).

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

We discuss climate change and its effect on water sustainability in Cyprus; about half of the island's population have never used a computer; young people on both sides of the Green Line invite you to the Unity Fest next week.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:58am EST

Challenges for Israel in the Palestinian peace process; the Director General of ELIAMEP (pictured) thinks instability in the Eastern Mediterranean region is here to stay; June 20th is World Refugee Day

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Cyprus' leaders are under growing pressure to reach a settlement; free mini buses offer car-free access to Nicosia's old walled city; motor sport fans are gearing up for the Cyprus Rally; an unusual art exhibition in Paphos entices people to the old - and now derelict - heart of the city.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

An online petition is launched to urge the government to get a move on introducing the National Health Service; the Pharos International Chamber Music Festival (pictured) starts tonight; Cyprus' last queen, Caterina Cornaro, is travelling to New York.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Parliament is looking at ways to regulate funeral donations to charity; the Robotex exhibition aims to galvanise Cypriot creativity; the Cyprus Rugby Federation plans to introduce academies for women.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:10am EST

Cyprus' Foreign Minister (pictured) discusses the Council of Europe and the island's record on Human Rights; the EBRD launches a programme in the West Bank and Gaza; economic growth slows; the LGBTI community celebrates Gay Pride.

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

The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (pictured with Cyprus' Finance Minister) hands 50,000 euros to Peaceplayers Cyprus; Finance Minister Haris Georgiades on the significance of the EBRD holding its annual meeting on the island; a 54-year-old man reckons he can replicate the 24-hour fitness marathon he achieved 22 years ago; the EU Commission prepares to celebrate Europe Day 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Can lights on fishermen's nets prevent the death of Cyprus' endangered turtles? Nicosia Municipality's Multicultural Centre extends its activities to include even more, especially vulnerable, citizens; you can now "adopt a bird" to help fund work to save our feathered friends.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

The EU still has issues with Russia over Ukraine; See Why you should discover Cyprus' hidden gems with a new NGO; the dos and don'ts about rescuing baby birds; and after 5 years, the Cyprus Motor Show returns.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:52am EST

The slaughter of songbirds continues unabated in Cyprus; we delve into the work of the welfare services; two notorious women writers feature in a theatrical world premiere in Nicosia this weekend

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

The EU Foreign Policy chief condemns Israeli settlements the West Bank; Cyprus can improve its waste management; Cypriot MEPs discuss Brexit, energy security and illegal bird trapping.

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

Cypriot citizens are mobilising to move back to the fenced area of Famagusta and, as Europe celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, we hear about the role of the European Commission.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:05am EST

We discuss gender identity and hear about an event to mark the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV); new rules are being rolled out for recipients of the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) which may see some of them lose their benefits if they decline to take up training offered in the government and semi-government sectors.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

We discuss EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's options for the future of Europe with the head of the EU Commission Representation in Cyprus (pictured); MPs demand the immediate implementation of a ban on water sports at Polemidia dam due to the highly polluted water which poses a public health risk.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:55am EST

The Juncker White Paper on the future of the European Union; there's a plethora of varied events at the CVAR in March; AIPFE's Incredible Women series, and one of those women who put her job on hold to sail round the world.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

Cyprus News Digest 17th February 2017

Cyprus' Health Minister outlines plans to improve cancer care; the Minister of Education (pictured) talks about school reforms recently passed by Parliament; the Cyprus Red Cross inaugurates activities at the Kophinou reception centre and a new study calls for harsher penalties for motorists who break the law.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:34pm EST