Daily Archives: November 25, 2008

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‘Fines for illegal gambling are no deterrent’

DESPITE A sustained crackdown on illegal gambling, authorities yesterday conceded they are fighting a losing battle.

During an operation on Sunday, police seized 50 computers used by unlicensed betting agents in Paphos. But according to Christakis Dionysiou, the police’s deputy chief of operations, it was a drop in the ocean.

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Three arrests in murder case

THREE GREEK Cypriot men were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of a Syrian man in Paphos village Tremithousa.

Christos Kapisiou, 35, was pronounced dead after he was found with pistol wounds in a car outside Tremithousa Primary School in Paphos early yesterday morning.

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‘We won’t be frightened by Turkey’s scare tactics’

CYPRUS WILL not give up its sovereign rights in the search for hydrocarbons, the government said yesterday following Turkish attempts ten days ago to scare off a Norwegian exploratory vessel off Paphos.

“We will not compromise the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus for any reason and in any way,” said Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou.

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National Council meets to discuss running changes

THERE WERE a few minor changes to the operational framework of the National Council, which convened yesterday to discuss the new alterations.

President Demetris Christofias and political parties submitted their suggestions and proposals, and exchanged views on how to improve the way the NC operates.

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Death crash Britons await extradition decision

TWO BRITISH tourists will find out in the New Year whether they must return to Cyprus to serve a three-year jail sentence for their involvement in a teenager’s death.

Luke Atkinson, 24, and Michael Binnington, 23, both from Witham, Essex, will reappear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 6 next year to find out if they have won their fight against extradition.

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Pirates of the Horn

ON ONE side are the eight navies, the world’s largest shipping companies, the rich Gulf states that need to get their oil to market, and the great powers, whose commerce depends heavily on the shipping lanes around the Horn of Africa. On the other side are a few thousand Somali pirates in small boats with light weapons. So why are the pirates winning?

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