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Guardsmen injured in crash

A 19-YEAR-OLD conscript was in critical condition yesterday after he sustained head injuries in a car crash in Dhekelia, Larnaca.

Three other soldiers travelling in the car were also hurt, police said.

The accident happened at around 3 am on the Dhekelia to Protaras road.

At some point near Xylophagou, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, crashed into the guard rail and ended up in a ditch.

The four were rushed to Paralimni hospital but due to the seriousness of his condition, the 19-year-old was transferred to Nicosia general hospital.

One was kept for observation while the other two were treated and released.

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Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills up to 28

NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border on Saturday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging U.S.-Pakistan relations deeper into crisis.

Pakistan retaliated by shutting down vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, used for sending in nearly half of the alliance’s shipments by land.

The attack is the worst incident of its kind since Pakistan uneasily allied itself with Washington immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. targets.

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Egypt protesters clash with police, one dead

Protesters demanding an end to army rule clashed with police firing tear gas near Egypt’s parliament building on Saturday in a flare-up that cast another shadow over a parliamentary election billed as the nation’s first free vote in decades.

Protesters said one man, Ahmed Sayed, 21, died after being hit by a state security vehicle. His death was the first since a truce between police and demonstrators on Thursday calmed violence that had killed 41 people in Cairo and elsewhere.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said the vehicle had hit him by accident.

Hundreds of demonstrators camped overnight in Cairo’s Tahrir Square ahead of the election, due to start on Monday in Cairo, Alexandria and some other areas.

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Arab League prepares for Syria sanctions

Syrian forces killed four people in Homs city on Saturday, activists said, shortly before Arab ministers were due to draw up sanctions against Damascus over its crackdown on protests and failure to let observers into the country.

Damascus missed a Friday deadline to agree an Arab League proposal to send monitors to Syria, where the United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed in the eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Despite Syria’s pledge this month to withdraw its army from urban areas and let in the monitors, the violence has continued, prompting reprisals from the Arab League, stinging rebukes from Turkey and French proposals for humanitarian intervention.

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National marches back to power in New Zealand

The ruling centre-right National Party returned to power in a crushing win in New Zealand’s general election on Saturday and secured the backing of minor parties to ensure a majority for asset sales and welfare reforms.

National, led by former foreign exchange dealer John Key, was sitting on 48 percent share of the vote on election night. That would give the party 60 seats in the 121-seat parliament from its current 58.

Key was guaranteed a second three-year term with the return of current coalition partners, free-market ACT and centrist United Future, each with one member.

“New Zealand has voted for a brighter future, and there will be a brighter future,” Key, draped in blue and white streamers, told ecstatic supporters.

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Experts cautious about gas benefits

GAS bonanza: a blessing or a curse for Cyprus, a source of peace or tension in the region? It depends on the point of view.

That was the central question debated yesterday at a conference on “Wealth distribution and regional politics” held at the Chateau Status in the Nicosia buffer zone. Organised by the PRIO Cyprus Center and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung political foundation, the event brought together international and local experts, think tankers, technocrats and academics to discuss what would happen if little Cyprus hits the bigtime if and when hydrocarbon reserves are discovered south of the island.

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Cosmopolitan hue to local elections

WITH NON-CYPRIOT EU citizens able to vote in municipal elections since 2006, it was inevitable they would soon want to extend their democratic rights further and stand for election themselves.

And with most of the12, 343 registered voters from EU member states living in the Paphos district, it is not surprising that next month’s local elections there are taking on a particularly cosmopolitan hue.

Paphos has six Greek nationals standing, Peyia and Kathikas both have three British candidates each, Tala has two British candidates and Kouklia four, while Polis has one Greek national standing in the elections on December 18.

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Order your online Christmas early

IT’S that time of year again: the decorations are up, festive jingles are filling the airwaves and shoppers are bustling about buying presents.

For the postal service, however, the season is yet to begin in earnest. As so many of us have discovered to our cost, the seasonal rush for depot workers and postmen starts late and ends late with Christmas cards and parcels often not delivered until well into the New Year.

With Cyprus now entering its third ‘austerity Christmas’ and many shoppers eager to order cheaper online gifts from abroad rather than buy more expensive items locally, the risk of late arriving presents is greater than ever.

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UK TV company sails away in style

There’s certainly no shortage of luxury craft here in Cyprus waters, but when it came to finding one on which to film an episode for a new dating game-show this month, the researchers for a British-based TV company combed the internet looking at boats in marinas at Larnaca, Limassol and Latchi. 

But it was the Paphos International Sailing Club (PISC) and Paphos harbour that yielded them the right contact and the perfect boat for their purposes: Gladan af Westervik, a Lagoon 440 belonging to Swedish sailors Sven and Maj Spånberg, who brought the boat to the Mediterranean in 2009.

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Raising Alzheimer's awareness in the east

THE Famagusta Branch of the Cyprus Alzheimer’s Association marked its first anniversary yesterday with a public talk on the problems faced by those battling the condition and their families.

The talk was presented by Dr Savvas Papacosta a senior consultant neurologist from the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and is the first in a series of local events to raise awareness about the illness.

“We are only a small team, but everybody involved is very committed,” Jennifer Parsons from the association told the Sunday Mail. “We have now started to receive phone calls and enquires for help, which is exactly what we wanted – we want people to know we are here and that we can help.”

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