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Archives March 30, 2013 posted by

Anastasiades: previous government passed the buck

PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades yesterday hit out at the previous government and banking authorities in Cyprus and Europe for their handling of the economy and banking system which brought Cyprus to the brink of destruction.
Speaking to civil servants at a PASYDY union conference in Nicosia, he said: “Negligence and wrong handling led our country’s economy one step before destruction.”
His government was handed over a bankrupt state, he noted, calling on those who were responsible for the economy to exercise a dose of self-criticism. Many decisions taken by the previous government were far from in the public interest, he added.

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Archives January 25, 2013 posted by

Omonia looking to end Anorthosis streak

After winning six out of their last eight league matches, Omonia host the only team yet to taste defeat this season, league leaders Anorthosis, in the national football championship Round 19 opener on Saturday, with kick-off set for 2.30pm at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.

“We face Anorthosis in what should be a great match. They are still undefeated this season, but we certainly aim to come out victorious from this match,” said Omonia coach Toni Savevski who has no injury worries ahead of the clash. 

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Archives January 23, 2013 posted by

‘Cyprus woes could hurt eurozone’

CYPRUS’ financial problems could still derail fragile confidence in the euro zone that the bloc fought hard to regain in 2012, European Central Bank board member Joerg Asmussen said yesterday.
His comments follow doubts whether the island, with gross domestic product of barely 0.2 per cent of the euro zone’s output, was large enough for a potential default to unsettle the 17-nation euro zone, such a risk being a precondition for a bailout.
“Disorderly developments in Cyprus could undermine progress made in 2012 in stabilising the euro area. Cyprus could well be systemic for the rest of the euro area despite its size,” Asmussen said.

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Archives January 21, 2013 posted by

Anorthosis fail to increase lead after goalless Apollon clash

Cyprus League leaders Anorthosis failed to increase their lead at the top of the standings after a goalless draw against Apollon at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, while AEL lost their cutting edge as they allowed Olympiakos to score late and battle out a 1-1 draw in Round 18 closer.

“We opened the match well as we were very focused, but then started losing possession and I believe that we only got back to our senses when we went down to 10 men,” assessed Anorthosis coach Ronny Levy whose team tops the league standings with 48 points – six more than APOEL in second place after the Nicosia team played out a 1-1 draw against archrivals Omonia on Saturday.

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Archives October 29, 2012 posted by

Anorthosis, AEK and APOEL remain undefeated

Anorthosis coach Ronny Levy was only partially pleased with the performance of his players in a 3-1 Round 7 victory over Olympiakos Nicosia on Sunday evening at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.

“While I am pleased with the way we fought to earn another victory, I didn’t like how some of my players approached the match. The fact that we were missing two central defenders should never be an excuse,” said Levy.

Ricardo Laborde put the visitors ahead after 24 minutes, but nine minutes later Pieros Sotiriou made sure the teams were level at half time. Shortly after the interval Jan Rezek made it 2-1 for Anorthosis with his sixth goal of the season, while Evandro Roncatto set up the final score deep into injury time.

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Archives October 28, 2012 posted by

Cyprus at the Louvre

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias inaugurated an exhibition of Cypriot antiquities at the Paris Louvre Museum on Friday evening.
‘Cyprus between Byzantium and the West, from the 4th to the 16th century’ will be ongoing until January 28 next year and consists of 176 artefacts that are normally displayed in museums across Cyprus and Europe.
The exhibition includes icons, manuscripts, architectural fragments, silverware and ceramics to recount the island’s history between the 4th century and the onset of Christianity, up until the 16th century, the onset of Ottoman Cyprus.

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Archives October 13, 2012 posted by

No panic in Iran

IRAN’S currency virtually collapsed last week, and the public protests that followed in Tehran stirred memories of the massive anti-regime protests of 2009. This has caused excited speculation in the United States and its allies about the imminent fall of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the abandonment of Iran’s uranium enrichment programme, or even the end of the whole Islamic regime. Don’t hold your breath.

Ahmadinejad blamed the currency crisis on the foreign sanctions that are crippling Iran’s trade, of course. His critics at home just blamed him: “The smaller part of the problem relates to sanctions while 80% of the problem is rooted in the government’s mistaken policies,” said Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament. But he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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Archives September 6, 2012 posted by

Armenians angry at Hungary over convict's release

MEMBERS of the Armenian community yesterday gathered outside the Hungarian embassy protesting against the release of a convicted murderer after he was transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan.

Bearing banners saying ‘Shame on you’ and ‘Hungary for sale’ around sixty Armenians shouted slogans outside the embassy in Nicosia at about 12pm.

Azeri officer Ramil Safarov axed to death Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in Hungary back in 2004. Both men were attending a NATO event.

Safarov was sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary but was sent back to Azerbaijan where he was pardoned last week. 

During his trial, Safarov said the reasons behind his actions were the Azeri-Armenian war in the 1990s, BBC reported.

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Archives March 3, 2012 posted by

Syrian forces pound Homs again, block aid convoy

Syrian forces bombarded parts of the shattered city of Homs on Saturday and for a second day blocked Red Cross aid meant for civilians stranded for weeks without food and fuel in the former rebel stronghold, activists and aid workers said.

The renewed government assault came a day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received “grisly reports” that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops were executing, imprisoning and torturing people in Syria’s third largest city.

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Archives January 30, 2012 posted by

Three Canadians jailed for life for 'honour killings'

Three members of an Afghan Canadian family were found guilty of the “honour killing” of three siblings and a fourth relative on Sunday after a high-profile trial that has fascinated Canadians.

A jury in Kingston, Ontario, found the three – husband and wife Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia – guilty of four counts of first-degree murder.

Their victims were three of Hamed’s sisters and the woman introduced to outsiders as a cousin, who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia’s first wife in a polygamous marriage.

“It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime,” Canadian media quoted Judge Robert Maranger as saying after the verdict.

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