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Church and state agree people need to be more optimistic

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias said yesterday he will leave office next March with his head held high, knowing that he tried to create a more just society but was prevented by others and that 90 per cent of the island’s economic problems were “imported”. 

Speaking during a visit to the Nicosia general hospital yesterday, Christofias, accompanied by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said he does not always share the views of the primate, but that they do agree one thing, the need for people to be more optimistic. 

“We are a proud people with deep roots to this land and we are not about to pack it all in. We will overcome this crisis too. The crisis has external origins. It is clear that 90 per cent of it is imported,” he said. 

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Remand for teen gang

POLICE arrested three teenagers on Thursday in connection with 22 cases of break-ins and burglaries in Limassol. 

According to Limassol CID chief, Yiannis Soteriades, a break-in happened at a kebab restaurant on December 27 at around 4.20am on Kritis Street in Limassol. Following police investigations at the scene a witness came forward and fingered a 19-year-old man from Limassol who the police were already suspicious of. 

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Man critical after being run over

A 22-YEAR-OLD man who was hit by a car late on Thursday night is in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nicosia General Hospital after suffering a serious head injury. 

The young man was attempting to cross Apostolos Varnavas Road in Limassol on foot when he was struck by a car driven by a 23-year-old, police said. He was taken immediately to Limassol General Hospital where the on-duty doctor confirmed he had suffered a cranial damage. Due to the severity of the injury the 22-year-old was then moved to the ICU of Nicosia General Hospital. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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Car theft ring

POLICE believe they have uncovered an organised car-theft gang comprised of three foreigners who stole cars in Larnaca, Nicosia and Limassol after the arrest of a 24-year-old Romanian man who is now in custody. 

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Shootout investigation

ATTORNEY-GENERAL, Petros Clerides, has ordered that police investigations into the death of Savvas Xenophontos are carried out in co-operation with those by the independent police watchdog. 

Clerides assigned two criminal investigators to the case after he received a letter from the lawyer representing Xenophontos’ family asking that an independent investigation take place together with police investigations. 

It was revealed on Thursday, by state pathologist Eleni Antoniou that Xenophontos had been shot in the back during a shoot-out with police after he and two others had been chased by police along Tseri Avenue to the village of Marki on Christmas Eve. 

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Suspects in Napa murder conspiracy plead not guilty

THREE men facing charges of conspiracy to murder businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis entered pleaded not guilty yesterday.

All three will remain in custody until trial, set for March 8, at the Larnaca Assize court.

Doriani Veri, 29 from Albania, and Greek nationals Eleftherios Kartasakis, 44, and 33-year-old Giorgos Demetriou were arrested on September 9, on suspicion of being hired to kill Kalopsidiotis.

Police found the trio – after receiving word of three men acting suspiciously – with two loaded pistols in the car. Ballistic tests later proved that one of the pistols – a Glock – was the weapon used to gun down five men in Ayia Napa on June 23. Four of the dead were bodyguards of Kalopsidiotis.

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Grenade fuses found

THREE grenade fuse mechanisms were found by police on Thursday after they searched a car being driven by a 37-year-old man.

“At around 5.40pm on Thursday, members of Nicosia Traffic Police stopped a car driven by a 37-year-old man. During their search of the car, police found a baseball bat, a set of brass knuckles and three grenade fuse mechanisms.”  police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.

Angelides explained that the fuses which are of Russian origin, contain explosive materials, which can then be attached to grenades. “Investigations are continuing as to where these fuses came from and how they were in the possession of the 37-year-old,” Angelides added.

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Return of ‘The Flying Piss Pot’…

BY THE time you read this it’s likely that 2012 will have been declared the UK’s wettest year on record with 1 in 6 homes in the UK liable to flooding, according to the Environment Agency. The country is sodden, rivers swollen, Cornish villages’ steep streets have become waterfalls, football pitches in the Midlands lakes and damp is seeping through floors as water tables rise and more rain is predicted. Is it climate change? It’s hard to know, it’s not long ago the UK was in its mini Ice Age, so maybe milder winters mean we are beginning to witness the shift from snow to endless showers. But we’ve always had extreme weather.

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Baghdatis ready to launch 2013 campaign in Brisbane

Marcos Baghdatis starts the new tennis season against local wild card entrant Benjamin Mitchell in the first round of the ATP World Tour 250 Brisbane International, aiming to prove his place is among the Top 20 world players.

The 27-year old Cypriot, who will be ranked 36th at the beginning of the new year, has never played against the young Australian who turned pro in 2008, and whose highest ranking was 209th two years ago. 

If Baghdatis overcomes Mitchell, he will then face the winner of the match between sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, with the potential quarterfinal opponent being third-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon.

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