Daily Archives: July 10, 2007

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Christofias to Tassos: ‘I’ll meet you in the runoff’

AKEL boss Demetris Christofias predicted yesterday that he and incumbent Tassos Papadopoulos would make it to the runoff in February’s presidential elections.

Looking confident and relaxed, the veteran politician was telling journalists why AKEL had decided to nominate a candidate of its own for the top job, in a move sure to break up the three-way coalition.

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Election hots up with AKEL candidate

COMMUNIST AKEL have blown the 2008 presidential race wide open following an historic decision to nominate their own man for the top job.

Party leader Demetris Christofias proudly took on the communist mantle during Sunday’s extraordinary congress in Nicosia, in what is shaping up to be the most gripping election battle in years.

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Fire out of control near minefield

THE FIRE SERVICES and United Nations were last night battling to control a massive fire, burning across three fronts and through a minefield.

The blaze is said to have begun in the north at around 8pm near the Green Line, one kilometre from the village of Athienou, in the Larnaca district.

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Civil servants clash with police in north

SEVERAL hundred protesters clashed with police outside the Turkish Cypriot ‘parliament’ yesterday over the administration’s plan to implement a law that it says will create a “more just” social security system.

The clashes came after police refused to allow a delegation of protesters inside the assembly to deliver a letter expressing its opposition to the bill.

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House backs £1 million to help boost tourism

THE HOUSE Finance Committee yesterday approved almost £1 million for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) to raise the island’s profile through advertising in an effort to boost flagging arrivals.

Speaking to reporters after yesterday’s meeting, CTO president Panos Englezos said reduced tourism numbers for the first five months of this year could be overturned.

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Two fined in north over passport swap

TWO men involved in a passport ruse at a checkpoint to the north were released from Turkish Cypriot custody yesterday after paying fines adding up to £100.

Greek Cypriot Andreas Papadopoulos, 41, had given his son’s passport to Greek national Vasilis Impa, 28, who was without identification at the time.

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Big brother probe to be completed soon

INVESTIGATIONS into complaints made by staff at the Competition Protection Committee (CPC) should be completed in the next few days, the Justice Ministry said yesterday.

CPC workers are accusing their boss, Giorgos Christofides, of oppressive surveillance, tampering with documents, and running the agency with an iron fist.

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