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Arrests for robbery

POLICE arrested three people yesterday in Limassol – a 41-year-old woman, and two men aged 23 and 25 – in connection with robbery and a conspiracy to commit a felony.

According to police sources, a 19-year-old said that around 11pm on Monday two unknown men carrying an iron bar entered his apartment and asked to see his 37-year-old flatmate, who allegedly owed them money.

When they realised he was not there they allegedly stole a laptop and €400.

Police suspect the 41-year-old woman to have lent the 37-year-old the money. The 25 and 23-year-old are believed to match the description given to police by the 19-year-old of the two thieves.

An iron bar, which was confiscated, was also found following a search on the woman’s property. 

 

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Re-imagine the city of Larnaca

SOMETHING potentially revolutionary is afoot in Larnaca. Today tourist destinations and major cities are recognising the potential of city branding and how it can turn a location into a destination where people want to live, work and visit. 

Most great cities have a brand that’s developed organically – Paris around romance, or Hong Kong around trade. For many cities, it’s impossible to sum up the brand in a word – they’re multi-dimensional and also changing. In February a multidisciplinary group of design students from Central Saint Martin’s MA course Creative Practice for Narrative Environments went to Larnaca, as part of a city branding project. 

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What's on: Cyprus’ fashion system

LIGHTS, camera, action, long before the show began, scores of fashionistas and industry experts alike line up outside the red carpet at the ARTos Foundation to catch a glimpse of Cyprus’ very own local talent.

The event – Scissorhands of Avant Garde showcases the latest creations of Cypriot fashion designers. Last night the opening party took place boasting a diverse VIP guest list. Over the next three days models will be strutting their stuff down the runway from 5pm to 11pm with a few surprise elements included in the show.

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Egyptian army will give civilian president power by July

EGYPT’S ruling generals offered yesterday to transfer power to a civilian president by July in a dramatic attempt to placate protesters and defuse a political crisis that has jolted plans for the country’s first free election in decades.

The military council, in power since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown on February 11, also agreed at a meeting with politicians to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s cabinet and to replace it with a national salvation government within days to steer Egypt to civilian rule.

“We agreed on July as the month to transfer power to a civilian president,” one participant, Emad Abdel Ghafour, head of the Salafi Islamist Nour (Light) Party, told Reuters.

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Saif Gaddafi betrayed by Libyan nomad for $1 million reward

 

SAIF al-Islam Gaddafi was betrayed to his captors by a Libyan nomad who says he was hired to help Muammar Gaddafi’s son escape to neighbouring Niger on the promise that he would be paid one million euros.

Saif al-Islam, wanted for prosecution by the International Criminal Court, was captured at the weekend in what one official in the country’s new government said was “the final chapter in Libya’s drama.”

With a black scarf wrapped around his head, Yussef Saleh al-Hotmani said that he contacted revolutionary fighters in Libya’s south to inform them when Saif’s two-car convoy would be passing through the area on the night of November 18.

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Papademos confident as strike looms

GREECE’S new technocrat Prime Minister said yesterday he was confident fractious politicians would soon provide a written commitment to painful austerity measures as demanded by the EU that will unlock funds needed to stave off bankruptcy.

But as Lucas Papademos tried to reassure EU officials in Luxembourg, the conservative New Democracy party reiterated its refusal to sign any pledge and Greece’s main private and public sector trade unions called a 24-hour strike for December 1.

It will be the first major strike since Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, formed his three-party coalition to secure payment of an 8 billion euro aid tranche to avert default in December.

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British firms warned over ‘corrosive’ executives' pay

EXECUTIVE pay needs to be radically simplified and companies should include workers on remuneration committees to end runaway awards that are “corrosive” to Britain’s economy, the independent High Pay Commission said yesterday.

Its full list of 12 proposals on overhauling executive pay are likely to inform government action and debate among companies, amid growing public anger about pay increases for bosses that have far outstripped average wages.

The HPC’s year-long inquiry found pay for some top executive roles has risen more than forty fold in the past 30 years, while average wages are just three times higher.

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Turkey’s democratic dusk

WHEN questioned recently about a constitutional law professor who was arrested for lecturing at an institute run by the country’s main pro-Kurdish political party, Turkey’s interior minister, Idris Naim Sahin, couldn’t hide his irritation: “I am having a hard time understanding those saying a professor should not be arrested while thousands of other people are being arrested in Turkey.”

Presumably, Sahin meant to say that a professor cannot claim special treatment under the law. But his remark inadvertently underscored Turkey’s new reality, in which any perceived opponent of the current regime can be jailed, with or without evidence, for terrorism or other violent acts.

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