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Two youths held over latest bank robbery

TWO Nicosia youths were detained yesterday in connection with an armed robbery earlier in the day at a bank in Aglandja suburb. Two hooded men armed with an axe and a knife robbed a Popular Bank branch on busy Larnaca Avenue yesterday morning. It was the second armed bank raid robbery in as many days after robbers attacked a Larnaca co-operative on Thursday.

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Put your demands on the table

TURKISH Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash yesterday handed in the entire list of changes his side wants to see to the Annan plan, and called on the Greek Cypriot side to do the same. Both he and Foreign Minister George Iacovou told journalists yesterday that little progress had been made after a week of negotiations. Iacovou called the situation “worrying”.

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‘Oooooooooomm’

IT HAS been a very long week indeed. The Bafta awards have come and gone with more bling-bling than ever before (when do these gorgeous actresses have time to film anything at all – surely looking so fab is a full-time job!).

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Vitamin war comes to Cyprus

PHARMACISTS are up in arms over a government bill that would force dietary supplements and vitamins to go through the drugs council before they can be sold, despite the fact that EU directives do not classify vitamins as medicines. Secretary of the Pancyprian Pharmacists’ Association, George Ktenas, told the Cyprus Mail the Cabinet’s stance was unjustifiable.

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The undiplomatic ambassador

“The intense repression here combined with the inequality of wealth and absence of reform will create the Islamic fundamentalism that the regime is trying to quash,” said the British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, so of course they recalled him to London.

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Bases payment would go a long way to pay for settlement deal

A FEW DAYS ago, seasoned politician Alexis Galanos suggested that the time had come for Britain to pay the arrears owed for the use of the Republic’s facilities by the sovereign bases. The British government had paid nothing since 1963, citing the constitutional crisis as the reason — Turkish Cypriots would have received nothing if the payments were made to the Cyprus government.

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Think twice before voting ‘no’

Sir, I have been following the political developments of Cyprus for several years and my hopes have risen recently for the latest round of negotiations based on the Annan Plan. I believe that it is simply the best opportunity for reuniting a divided land. However, polls suggest that the majority of Greek Cypriots would reject the plan.

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‘Vitamins are a supplement, not a necessity’

THE GOVERNMENT defends its plan to control the supply of vitamins and dietary supplements, saying over-use could be harmful to people’s health. Mamas Philippou from the Health Services laid out the government’s thinking. “The Pharmaceutical Council has decided to set upper and lower limits for the intake of vitamins. Those above the upper limits will be categorised as pharmaceuticals,” he said.

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