Giant Aphrodite portrait created on Paphos beach
Jul25

Giant Aphrodite portrait created on Paphos beach

A Cypriot painter and Russian sculptor have created a giant portrait of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, on a beach in Paphos. Katerina Foukara and Arsentiy Lysenkov, who lives in Kissonerga, created the portrait at the beach in front of the Anassa Hotel in Latchi. “We collected various types of stone from different areas of Paphos,” read a joint statement. “The materials [stone, water and soil] relate to the three elements...

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Cyprus’ Parliament voted for the removal of anti-Russian sanctions
Jul09

Cyprus’ Parliament voted for the removal of anti-Russian sanctions

The initiators of the vote are calling for the normalization of relations with Russia and the restoration of old commercial and political ties between the countries of the European Community and Moscow. Of the 50 deputies, 33 supported the bill, 17 abstained, and none voted against it. Under pressure All the 17 deputies who abstained from voting are members of the ruling Democratic Party. Speaking at a session of the parliament, party...

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Firefighters killed tackling huge Cyprus forest blaze
Jun21

Firefighters killed tackling huge Cyprus forest blaze

Two firefighters were killed and a third was critically injured while tackling one of the largest forest fires in Cyprus in years. The blaze, possibly started by an attempt to burn dry stubble, broke out on Sunday in the foothills of the Troodos mountain region of the eastern Mediterranean island. It has been fanned by high winds and scorching temperatures, hampering efforts by firefighters backed by water bomber aircraft from Greece...

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Cyprus granted citizenship to 2,277, of whom 27.1% Russian
Jun13

Cyprus granted citizenship to 2,277, of whom 27.1% Russian

Cyprus granted citizenship to 2,277 individuals in 2014, according to Eurostat, of whom 27.1% were said to be from Russia 15.5% from Greece and 15.1% from the United Kingdom. Eurostat says that out of the 2,277 individuals 33% were already citizens of another member state, while 67% were not. In 2014, around 890,000 persons acquired citizenship of a member state of the European Union (EU), down from 981,000 in 2013. Since 2009, more...

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Cyprus president cuts short Turkey trip after protocol row
May24

Cyprus president cuts short Turkey trip after protocol row

Cyprus’s president has cut short a visit to Turkey over a perceived protocol breach by Ankara, with which the island has been at loggerheads with since 1974. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who has been in Turkey since Monday, refused to attend an official dinner hosted by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was invited. Anastasiades and Akinci are engaged in reunification talks for...

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