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United beat QPR to open 15-point gap at the top

Leaders Manchester United beat bottom side Queens Park Rangers 2-0 with a stunning strike from Rafael and a late Ryan Giggs goal to move 15 points clear of champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rafael blasted an unstoppable shot past his fellow Brazilian, goalkeeper Julio Cesar, in the 23rd minute while Giggs, playing in his 999th senior match, made it 2-0 to Alex Ferguson’s side 10 minutes from time.

The victory moved United on to 68 points from 27 matches, while City, who have 53 points from 26 games, face third-placed Chelsea at home on Sunday.

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Prisoner X and the gang who couldn’t shoot straight

BEN Alon, Ben Allen and Benjamin Burroughs are dead. So is Benjamin Zygier, an Australian Zionist who moved to Israel in the 1990s and became an Israeli citizen. He then adopted the curious custom of flying back to Australia at fairly frequent intervals to change his name (Australia lets its citizens change their names once every twelve months). And every time, Zygier would take out an Australian passport in his new name.

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Cooperation outside of the Cyprus talks should be possible


THE recent announcement by energy giant Shell that it was not considering exploration works in the eastern Mediterranean demonstrates that corporations – actors which are not states or international organisations – will not make a significant investment in this region before the parties concerned are in a state of agreement. 

Just as the conclusion of an agreement between the sides could be in the form of a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, it could also be in the form of the conclusion of an “agreement” to cooperate on certain specific issues. 

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Our View: Bailiffs’ attempt to seize state cars nothing more than a publicity stunt


THE GOVERNMENT may have made a complete mess of the economy, but this in no way justifies what happened at the finance ministry on Thursday morning, when bailiffs arrived with court warrants to seize assets of the state. Such acts may act as a reminder of the government’s disastrous management of state finances – as if a reminder were needed – but also discredit and undermine the state which will still be here after tomorrow’s elections.

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Final messages before big day


THE REMAINING two presidential rivals last night locked horns for the last time before tomorrow’s election, with the economy and the Mari tragedy taking centre stage during the often heated live television debate.

In response to what he perceived as the ‘doom and gloom’ campaigning of DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades against the current government, AKEL-backed candidate Stavros Malas played down the situation.

“Our country is not clad in black. It is not a scorched earth. Cypriots have known worse, and with a progressive policy I am sure our country can push forward,” Malas said in his opening statement.

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Anastasiades in talks to secure bridge loan

THE FRONTRUNNER in Cyprus’ presidential election runoff said he has been in touch with governments and unspecified funds for a bridge loan to ensure the island does not run out of cash before it secures an international bailout.

DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, who polled over 45 per cent in last Sunday’s first voting round and is the favourite to win tomorrow’s runoff, told Reuters various parties, including “governments and funds” which he did not identify, had been “sounded out” for a short-term loan.

The “one or two month” loan would not supplant a bailout for which Cyprus is in talks with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, he said.

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‘We must put an end to the uncertainty’


SUNDAY’s presidential election will be the most critical in the history of Cyprus, DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday, as he urged people to rid the country of the AKEL administration that brought the island to the brink of bankruptcy.

“Cyprus cannot take another five years of (incumbent President Demetris) Christofias policy from politicians who served and defend it,” Anastasiades said.

The presidential frontrunner urged people to participate in tomorrow’s poll to usher in a much-needed new era.

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EU doubles Cyprus’ recession forecast

THE EUROPEAN Commission yesterday slashed its economic outlook for cash-starved Cyprus, doubling its recession forecast  for the cash-starved island.

The island will see its €17.9 billion economy contract by 3.5 per cent this year, the Commission said in its winter economic forecast. The previous autumn forecast released in November had output contracting by 1.7 per cent in 2013.

“Risks remain important and tilted to the downside,” the Commission said. Conclusion of an adjustment programme would be of “paramount importance” in stabilising Cyprus’ economy, it added.

The economy was expected to contract by a further 1.3 per cent in 2014.

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Supreme Court censures AG over bailiff comments


THE Supreme Court yesterday censured the island’s attorney-general over comments he made concerning an attempt to seize a ministerial car — in public — for an unpaid state debt.

In one of the rare times it has done so, the Supreme Court issued an announcement describing Petros Clerides’ comments as inappropriate, out of place, and unfortunate under the circumstances.

The island’s top lawyer responded almost immediately, saying it was the Supreme Court’s announcement that was inappropriate and out of place.

The announcement came after bailiffs on Thursday tried to execute a court-issued warrant to seize moveable state property in connection with money owed in a land appropriation case worth €5.0 million.

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