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FBME sale halted pending legal decision


By George Psyllides

Procedures to sell FBME Bank have been halted pending a court decision on a motion for the suspension of a Central Bank (CBC) order placing the lender under resolution, it emerged on Friday.

A CBC statement said it had voluntarily accepted, as the resolution authority, not to sign any agreement or issue a new decree concerning the sale of the lender’s branch in Cyprus until the court ruled on an FBME application for an interim order suspending...

Ugandan constitutional court strikes down anti-homosexuality law


By James Macharia

Uganda’s constitutional court struck down on Friday an anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences, citing procedural irregularities in the way the legislation was enacted.

Under the Anti-Homosexuality Act, those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” faced punishments of up to life in prison and seven years for “aiding and abetting homosexuality”.

The law, which came into effect in February, drew widespread protest from western countries, some of which responded by cutting aid to Uganda.


Cypriots evacuated from Libya

Destroyed vehicles are seen after fighting between Libyan special forces and ex-rebel fighters of the Benghazi Shura Council in Benghazi

Twelve Cypriots and a third country national married to one of them were on the way to Greece on Friday after they were evacuated from Libya by a Greek warship.

They included embassy personnel and others who were working in the war-torn country. Five Cypriots decided to stay but remained in touch with the foreign ministry in case they changed their minds later.

Cyprus closed its embassy on Thursday.

The group were aboard the Greek navy frigate Salamis, which was...

Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, while in New Delhi

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller

A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and Israel accusing militants of violating the US – and UN-brokered truce by firing rockets and mortars.

The 72-hour break announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over...

Restaurant review: Pepe Burro Mexican Grill, Limassol


By Stephanie Robb

For some reason there is no best accompaniment to the summer holidays than a great Mexican dish and a chilled beer. To satisfy these culinary needs visit the Pepe Burro Mexican Grill. Located in the centre of Limassol, it is very accessible even to those who do not know Limassol well. Pepe Burro boasts a laid back feel, giving patrons that summer island feeling wether they live here or not.

The restaurant’s biggest seller is the burrito,...

Two British tourists in ICU in Paphos after road accident


Two British tourists, a man and a woman in their early twenties, are in the intensive care unit at the Paphos General Hospital after their car hit a tree early Friday in Paphos.

The two tourists, who suffered multiple fractures, were trapped in the car and it took the fire service more than half an hour to free them.

According to police reports, while driving on the Chlorakas-Kissonerga road toward Paphos, their car went off course to the right, and...

Australia’s climate tragedy


By John Connor

Australia’s repeal of its carbon laws is the culmination of some sorry chapters in Australian politics and policy, but is by no means the end of the story.

The repeal represents a tragedy for our politics, a travesty for public policy, and a train wreck for climate action. But there are significant remnants among the wreckage.

The last decade has seen our politics dominated by greed, self-interest, poor judgment, and rotten luck. Despite this, a working and...

Casino process ‘moving fast’

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By George Psyllides

The government aims to select and license a casino operator in less than a year from today, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Friday, as he outlined the main provisions of the administration’s policy on the matter.

The duration of the licence will be 30 years, with the operator retaining exclusivity for 15 years. The government will be collecting a 15 per cent tax on gross revenues.

“Procedures are going ahead fast and the government’s aim is...

Supermarket and restaurant owners say ‘no’ to double standards

Fruit and veg association

By Evie Andreou

THE associations of supermarket owners, restaurateurs and leisure operators (PASIKA) and fruit sellers have warned the state to clamp down on unlicensed street vendors and makeshift bars or else they will take action by September.

These professionals say that they are being discriminated against by the authorities that tolerate street vendors who set up businesses without the necessary permits and controls that create unfair competition and endanger consumers’ health.

“The situation is out of control. Anyone can...

Cuba or Cyprus? Just another island

Cyprus Cuba map

By Stefanos Evripidou

A DUTCH university has reported that a popular commercial atlas printed at the turn of the 16th century confused Cuba with Cyprus, depicting the nose-shaped island twice on the world map.

The Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands notes in a recent post on its website that early renowned geographer Gerard Mercator published a world atlas from 1585 onwards, which became the first to have the name ‘Atlas’ and went on to have many editions.

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