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Turkey offers to open ports, airports to Cyprus in exchange for direct flights into breakaway north

12:24 Turkey offered to bow to EU demands and open its ports, airports and airspace to Cyprus under what it called a “Taiwanese-style” diplomatic arrangement to help drive Cypriot reunification talks resuming on Monday under U.N. pressure for a breakthrough.

The European Union Ankara seeks to join demands Turkey end an embargo on traffic from Cyprus.

Turkey, for its part says the EU should ease isolation of Turkish Cypriots, something Greek Cypriots reject as implicit recognition of a renegade state.

Turkish EU minister Egemen Bagis told Reuters he believed a simple arrangement could help free up talks over Cyprus.

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APOEL and AEL win to keep up pace at the top


APOEL manager Ivan Jovanovic was pleased with a 2-0 victory against Enosis Neon Paralimni over the weekend as his team recorded their second straight league win for the first time since early October.

“It was a very difficult game, much harder than the final result could possibly indicate,” Jovanovic said.

“We knew that we were playing against a pretty good side and we expected not to have that many chances to score as Enosis is an organized and very quick team,” he added.

Marcinho opened the scoring fourteen minutes from time when he took the ball in the middle of the field and dribbled past several Paralimni players before hitting the target. Six minutes later Helio Pinto made it 2-0 by scoring directly from a free kick just outside the box.

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Government, main opposition seek common ground on economy

11:00 THE government and main opposition DISY seem to agree on many issues regarding the economy though some differences remain, it emerged today.

Speaking after a morning meeting with President Demetris Christofias, DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades said there was convergence “on many matters” but there were also differences on some others.

“But I believe the mind-set for agreement exists and this is what counts,” he added.

Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias expressed his optimism that matters would be settled in the next few days.

Following his talks with Anastassiades, Christofias called a meeting of party chiefs for Friday morning to discuss the economy.

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