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World pledges quake aid, Haitians still waiting

World leaders have stepped up to pledge aid to rebuild a devastated Haiti, but on the streets of its wrecked capital quake survivors were still waiting on Sunday for the basics: food, water and medicine.

Four days after a massive quake killed up to 200,000 people international rescue teams were still finding people alive under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince.

Hundreds of thousands of hungry Haitians were desperately waiting for help, but logistical logjams kept major relief from reaching most victims, many of them sheltering in makeshift camps on streets strewn with debris and decomposing bodies.

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Online driving licences scam

TRANSPORT officials have expressed alarm at the appearance of a website offering fake Cyprus driving licences for as little €390, saying the scam could potentially endanger thousands of road users.

The website, which appears to be based in Poland, displays a full specimen of the Cyprus driving licence and offers customers the option to add professional HGV entitlement as a ‘free bonus’.

It is unknown how many licences the site has issued, but in a series of undercover communications with the Sunday Mail, the site owners claimed they were “very busy and processing would take a little longer than usual.”

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Coffeeshop: Enemies of Hellenism rear their heads

CONSPIRACY theorists, rumour-mongers and neighbourhood gossips were working overtime in the last week trying to make sense of the cold-blooded murder of Andis Hadjicostis outside his house on Monday night.

Suspects have been detained by police, but we will refrain from writing anything about them because they could be innocent and decide to cover their high legal fees by filing libel suits against all publications that treated them as guilty.

All we can say is that the neighbourhood gossips proved more reliable sources of information than the political conspiracy theorists, among whom were included professional opinion-formers such as leading politicians, newspaper columnists and radio show presenters.

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Manhunt continues for fourth murder suspect

POLICE YESTERDAY continued their search for the fourth suspect wanted in connection with the murder of media mogul Andis Hadjicostis on Monday.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos yesterday requested that the media refrain from publishing every detail of the case or rumoured scenario as it could jeopardise the investigation and put at risk any subsequent trial, as well as expose those who are targeted in each scenario.

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Our View: Time for society to stop blaming foreigners

THERE IS a section of our opinion formers that reads political significance into every criminal act that takes place. So when the remains of former president Tassos Papadopoulos were removed from his grave late last year this group immediately concluded that that the perpetrators’ objective was to frighten people and weaken their resistance to an unfair solution to the Cyprus problem. The perpetrators had struck a blow against the ‘symbol of resistance’ in the hope that it would be easier to impose their dark plans, we were told by a variety of politicians and media pundits.

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Women duped out of savings in internet fraud

FRAUDSTERS ARE using the identity of a local businessman and former international model to extract money from unsuspecting women around the world, the Sunday Mail learned yesterday.

Nicosia-based businessman Marcus Platrides, 29, said he recently discovered that women living in Sweden, the US and Canada have been sending money to Istanbul to someone who claimed to be him, or at least, to have his face and body.

“One day in December I woke up, checked my Facebook and found a message from one of these women,” said Platrides, who has been married five years.

The woman from Canada informed him that someone had been using photos of him on a dating site to lure women into an “online” relationship and then trick them into sending him money.

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Christofias informs leaders on Cyprob developments

 

PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS flew to Greece yesterday where was due to meet President Papoulias and Prime Minister George Papandreou to discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus Problem.

Christofias has also sent letters to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in addition to the EU analysing the reasons why the latest proposals of the Turkish side in the negotiations are unacceptable.

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Dust blows in from the Sahara

DUST FROM the Sahara has blew across Cyprus yesterday, raising atmospheric levels above that considered safe, the Labour Inspection Department said.

Dust particles smaller than 10?m have entered the Cypriot atmosphere at concentrations which yesterday varied between 192?g/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre) in Larnaca and 320 in Paphos. The relevant litigation sets the safety limit for atmospheric dust at just 50 ?g/m3.

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Lifer marries prison doctor

IT WOULD seem that true love can overcome the social, and other, difficulties that being ‘on the inside’ poses. Christos Symianos, currently serving a life sentence for murder, recently married the prison doctor who regularly visited due to long-term health problems.

The marriage took place in the prison grounds in the presence of a priest and best man. Symianos had served 10 years of his sentence – with a few months break – when the marriage took place, according to Alithia newspaper.

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Cyprus’ €2 coin wins award

THE CYPRUS €2 coin has been awarded first prize, gaining the title ‘Best Trade Coin’ in an international competition organised in 2009 by Krause Publications, the American publisher of World Coin News, the Central Bank has announced.

The winning coin is the common €2 coin in circulation, which depicts a cross-shaped idol dating back to the chalcolithic period (3000 BC). The idol is an example of Cyprus’ prehistoric art and civilisation.

In the judges’ view, the coin possesses all-around appeal both from the aesthetic and commercial viewpoints and best meets the basic considerations of actual circulation as a monetary unit.

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