Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

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Limassol crime spree worries residents

‘These are thoughts people living in a time of war would have’

WITH THREE underworld-related murders in Limassol over the last month, and a string of almost-daily car bombings and shop arsons, many residents say they no longer feel safe going about their business.

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UK court says no to direct flights to the north

A LEGAL challenge to the long-running ban on direct flights between UK airports and Northern Cyprus was defeated in the UK court yesterday.

Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA) and its UK tour operator, CTA Holidays Limited, had sought a judicial review against the UK Government’s 35-year ban.

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Hellenic Bank launches EIB loan programme for SMEs

HELLENIC BANK (HB) yesterday launched its loan programme for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) based on cheap long-term funding by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Under the agreement signed by HB with the EIB on 10 July, each bank will offer €28 million in loans to Cypriot SMEs and €30 million to Greek SMEs.

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Sham marriage suspects walk free

THREE defendants walked free yesterday when the state prosecution dropped the charges against them in an ongoing sham marriage trial because of the wording of the relevant law.

The surprise announcement stunned defence lawyers and the three accused who appeared in court for the defence’s submission of no case to answer before Judge Olga Loizou.

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DIKO member denies anti-Christofias chants

CENTRAL Committee Member of centre-right Democratic Party (DIKO), Simos Angelides has denied claims by fellow party members that he was a culprit in delivering the barrage of insults and partisan chants at the President during his speech at the anti-occupation rally on July 20.

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Iranians sought after attack

TWO IRANIAN nationals, aged 28 and 26, are being sought by Limassol police in relation to an assault against a 30-year-old compatriot of theirs, police said yesterday.

“We are investigating a case of demanding money with threats with the intent to steal and causing grievous bodily harm,” said Andreas Angelides, Limassol police spokesman.

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Army chants spark new row

DISY DEPUTY Soteris Sampson sparked a fiery spat on live television yesterday when he accused the government of trying to “dissolve the National Guard” by banning certain slogans from its training camps.

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‘It wasn’t us’ convicted pair says

TWO MEN were yesterday found guilty by a Nicosia district court of trespassing on the home of a middle-aged couple who were so terrified they locked themselves in the house.

The court instructed the convicted pair be kept in custody ahead of today’s sentencing.

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AKEL and CTP leadership meet to bolster negotiations

THE TWO leaders of the island’s leftist political parties met yesterday to discuss the ways in which they can assist in the ongoing reunification talks through cooperation and coordination.

Head of the Turkish Republican Party (CTP) Ferdi Sabit Soyer met General Secretary of AKEL Andros Kyprianou at the party’s headquarters in Nicosia.

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