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Downer to brief Security Council on Greentree

THE UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer will be briefing the members of the UN Security Council today on the outcome of the Greentree meeting between the UN Secretary General and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

The briefing will begin at 10am local time, behind closed doors, and will be presided over by Portugal’s Permanent Representative.

The UNSG said after the conclusion of the meeting, that the leaders assured him that they could finalise a deal, acknowledging that there was still work to be done. They will all meet again in January.

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Ryanair marks Larnaca anniversary

RYANAIR yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of its flight from Larnaca to Brussels Charleroi airport. 

To celebrate the anniversary, Ryanair is releasing €9.99 seats for travel in late November and early December, which will be available for booking until midnight on Thursday November 10. 

Ryanair’s Melisa Corrigan said: “We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of our route from Larnaca airport to Brussels Charleroi. With over 30,000 passengers carried in the first year of operation, Ryanair is glad to celebrate this event.”

Ryanair also offers three other routes; Larnaca to Barcelona Girona, Dusseldorf’s Weeze, and Bologna.

To book the special offer seats: www.ryanair.com.

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Polyviou example a blow against corruption

 

 

I am absolutely humbled by an action of a great and dignified man, worthy of having as a president of this troubled island of ours; and that is Mr Polys Polyviou. Indeed he is a true citizen of the state.

 Without demands or expectations, he has handed over his entire government fee received for his Mari report in the amount of 221,000 euros, to the 13 families left bereaved by the tragedy. 

Divided up, this amounts to 17,000 euros per family. 

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Greek U-turn on referendum

INTENSE European pressure forced debt-stricken Greece to seek political consensus on a new bailout plan instead of holding a referendum after EU leaders raised the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro to preserve the single currency.

Fast-moving events in Athens overshadowed the first day of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies on the French Riviera yesterday, with anxious world leaders urging Europe to act to stop contagion from its sovereign debt crisis.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou bowed to cabinet rebels and agreed to step down and make way for a negotiated coalition government if his Socialists back him in a confidence vote today, government sources told Reuters.

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Israelis hold defence drill for missile attack

ISRAEL staged a mass drill yesterday, simulating a missile attack in the centre of the country at a time of intense speculation that the Jewish state could launch strikes on Iran, although the military dismissed any link.

Civil defence drills happen several times a year in Israel and the military said this exercise, which caused air-raid sirens to ring out around the Tel Aviv area, had been planned months in advance.

There has been a week-long surge of speculation in Israeli media that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to secure cabinet consensus for an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.

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Tunisian women rally to defend rights against Islamists

TUNISIA’S secularist women are mobilising to defend their western lifestyle after the Islamist Ennahda party swept the country’s first free election and claimed almost all the seats won by women in the new assembly.

Groups of women are now lobbying the political parties to protect a pioneering 1956 law granting them full equality with men and to counter growing pressure from radical Muslims keen to push them back into traditional roles.

University lecturers in Tunis, women and men, staged a short strike yesterday to protest against radicals who – encouraged by Ennahda’s strong showing in the October 23 poll – have been harassing women teachers to dress more modestly.

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