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Archives August 3, 2010 posted by

Murder suspect in custody

A 63-YEAR-OLD man remained in custody yesterday in connection with the murder of a Polish man, 27, on Saturday.

Bar owner, Antonis Loizou was arrested on Saturday after allegedly admitting to hitting Damien Sebastian Duleba with a lathe-hammer outside his bar in Dhali.

The two had argued earlier that night, when Duleba went in the bar with his dog.

The victim left after a heated argument but apparently waited for Loizou outside after he closed the bar.

They argued again, and Loizou allegedly hit him with a lathe-hammer.

He surrendered to police later but at first he did not admit to using a weapon.

Loizou was remanded in custody for eight days.

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Archives July 22, 2010 posted by

Welfare knew girl was locked up for years

THE SOCIAL Welfare Department (SWD) was aware for eight years that a girl was being kept naked and isolated in a tiny storage area for 17 years, yet never did anything about it, it emerged yesterday.

The shocking revelation was detailed in letter written by Justice Minister Loucas Louca in response to DISY MP Stella Kyriakidou.

Kyriakidou has listed  a number of different testimonies by relatives and fellow villagers, who said they had repeatedly informed the Department on the girl’s case; but to no avail.

Louca said the material he had collected clearly indicated that the Department was fully aware of the case and had been since 2002.

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Archives July 22, 2010 posted by

Tensions rise over Christofias’ unity comments

A POLITICAL storm erupted yesterday after President Demetris Christofias’ response on Tuesday to what he called “spreading pessimism” and “paying lip-service to unity” on the Cyprus issue, with tensions within government partner DIKO rising once more to the surface.

Responding to a speech by DIKO deputy and parliamentary spokesman Andreas Angelides during a memorial service at Nicosia’s Phaneromeni Church on Tuesday for victims of the 1974 Turkish invasion, Christofias said that he regretted hearing old slogans being repeated, and unity merely being invoked as a slogan.

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Archives July 22, 2010 posted by

‘Cyprus will either divide or unite Greece and Turkey’

CYPRUS and Greece urged Turkey yesterday to accept proposals to speed up peace talks saying it could help Ankara’s bid to join the European Union.

“As far as Greece and Turkey is concerned, Cyprus can either divide us or unite us. Obviously we seek the latter,” said Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, on a brief stopover on the island on his way to the Middle East

“For us, solving the Cyprus problem is a precondition for full normalisation of Greco-Turkish relations,” Papandreou said.

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Archives July 16, 2010 posted by

Fishermen in reservoir SOS

ILLEGAL fishing and widespread rubbish dumping are threatening fish stocks and spoiling the look of large numbers of reservoirs, according to licensed fishermen.
“The Tamasos dam is such a beautiful and serene location. But with the illegal fishing, the noise, the litter and the general disrespect for the environment, people are ruining the picture of dams, not to mention the natural habitat of many species found in them,” avid fisherman Nassios Varnavas told the Cyprus Mail.

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Archives January 1, 2010 posted by

At least three-injured in late-night brawl

A STREET brawl in which at least six people were involved occurred in the Kaimakli-Pallouriotissa area of Nicosia late on Thursday.
The fight occurred around 11.30pm but, according to witnesses, the people involved were shamed and embarrassed by local residents into leaving before the police arrived.
When police did arrive on the scene, they managed to gather several surnames.
From wider investigations it was discovered that three of them had proceeded to the emergency department of the Nicosia General Hospital for first aid treatment.

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Archives December 13, 2009 posted by

The futile scramble for jobs in Brussels

EUROPEAN leaders have appointed the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy, as the first President of the Council of the European Union. They have also appointed Baroness Catherine Ashton as the first Foreign Minister/High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. In addition, she will act as one of the Vice-Presidents of the next European Commission that will come into office in 2010.
Their appointments have been greeted with disappointment across Europe. Many newspaper headlines referred to them as a “missed opportunity” and “low profile”. The assumption of editorial writers must have been that only well-known personalities should take the helm of the EU.

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Archives December 4, 2009 posted by

Elders returning to Cyprus next week

THE ELDERS will make a return visit to Cyprus next Wednesday to open the new Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), supported by the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Co-operation and Trust (UNDP-ACT).
According to the UNDP, the Elders, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi, will be in Cyprus to offer their support to individuals and organisations who seek to build greater trust and dialogue between the communities of the island.

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Archives December 4, 2009 posted by

Our view: Is this ruling a recipe for disaster?

THIS WEEK’S Supreme Court ruling that the legislature had the constitutional authority to vote cuts in government revenue could be a recipe for disaster considering the way populism determines political decisions. It could lead to reckless decisions that would put state finances in an even more perilous state than they are already in, because, in effect, it would allow the legislature to cut taxes, irrespective of government budget planning.

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