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Archives April 14, 2013 posted by

Helios orphans fall victim to haircut


ON AUGUST 14, 2005, 33 children were orphaned overnight, their lives irrevocably changed.

These children are the living victims of the fateful Helios Airways crash that killed all 121 passengers onboard the Boeing 737 aircraft, including their parents and, in many cases, their siblings. 

On March 16, 2013, the majority of these same children became victims once again. This time, instead of being robbed of their parents, they stand to lose the compensation awarded to them following their parents’ death as part of the brutal haircut on bank deposits.

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Archives December 29, 2012 posted by

Dzeko inspires City as United seal win

Edin Dzeko shone to give 10-man Manchester City a battling 4-3 victory at Norwich City, but leaders Manchester United also won as own goals and more controversial refereeing marked the last Saturday of 2012.

United maintained their seven-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League after Gareth McAuley turned the ball into his own net and substitute Robin van Persie netted in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at a sodden Old Trafford.

City striker Dzeko scored twice in the first four minutes and another of his strikes was credited as an own goal by goalkeeper Mark Bunn at Norwich where Samir Nasri’s 44th-minute red card had threatened the champions’ dominance.

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Archives October 5, 2012 posted by

Baghdatis advances to Tokyo semifinal


Marcos Baghdatis defeated Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 on Friday morning, to book a spot in the Japan Open semifinal in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old Cypriot, who is currently ranked 46th at the ATP South African Airways Rankings, improved his season record to 30-21 on the road to only his third semifinal of the season, after reaching that stage twice earlier in the year.

Baghdatis capitalised on three of his six break point chances and saved all three break points he faced to beat Tursunov for the second time this season in one hour and 21 minutes. 

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Archives July 14, 2012 posted by

Fully air-conditioned centre during heatwave

Due to the heatwave over the next few days Nicosia Municipality will keep the citizen’s support centre open daily. The centre is located on 40 Nikiforos Fokas street near Famagusta gate.

The centre, which will be fully staffed and air conditioned, will be open daily from 8am to 6pm – except Sundays – and on Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm. 


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Archives May 31, 2012 posted by


OVER €200,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from two apartments in Nicosia,  police said yesterday.

According to the police, two women reported that between the hours of 11.30am and 3.45pm on Tuesday, their respective apartments were broken into. In one apartment, thieves made off €200,000 worth of jewellery. However in the second apartment they only managed to steal a gold cross worth €100.

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Archives March 2, 2012 posted by

Snowfall in the mountains will continue

DESPITE the arrival of spring, light snow and rain are expected until Monday, according to the Meteorological Service.

“The temperature will slowly start to rise by one or two degrees but up until Monday it will remain below the norm for the season,” said meteorological officer, Haris Zachariades yesterday.

Temperatures today are set to remain at 11C inland, 13C on the coast and 0C in the mountains.

Heavy snowfall in the mountains on Wednesday blocked roads, which have remained closed, shutting various schools in the mountains and semi-mountainous regions, mainly in the Limassol and Nicosia areas. 

The lower-lying areas, including the capital, also got their fair share of snow for the first time in years.

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Archives February 24, 2012 posted by

Syria conflict worries Beirut

Angus MacSwan

People in the Lebanese capital Beirut are watching anxiously as the increasingly bloody conflict in neighbouring Syria unfolds, fearing it could spill over the border and bring a return of the violence that tore their own country apart for so long.

Beirut has undergone a renaissance since the days when Muslim and Christian factions, as well as Palestinian guerrillas, clashed over a Green Line and foreign interlopers imposed their will with troops, tanks and warplanes.

The bars and restaurants of Hamra and Gemmayzeh are buzzing every night with crowds of young professionals and students.

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Archives December 17, 2011 posted by

Murdered mother and daughter are laid to rest

HUNDREDS of mourners attended the funeral in Paphos yesterday of the mother and her three-year-old daughter who were brutally murdered on Sunday night.

The bodies of 24-year-old Julia Oborok, who was four months pregnant, and her three-year-old daughter Victoria Pozidou were found on a deserted beach in Paphos on Monday.

The gold-handled white coffins lay side by side in Ayia Anargiri church in Kato Paphos, Victoria’s tiny coffin dwarfed by the huge iconostasis looming above. A picture of each of the victims sat on top of their coffins.

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Archives December 3, 2011 posted by

Iran calls for calm in crisis with Britain

Iran called on the West to avoid a deepening diplomatic crisis following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, saying it was an issue between Tehran and London alone, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Britain closed its embassy after Tuesday’s incursion by hardline youths and expelled all Iranian diplomats from London. The fallout for Tehran spread when several other countries recalled their envoys, including France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

“The British government is trying to extend to other European countries the problem between the two of us,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was reported as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

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