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Britain rejects London mayor’s ‘Boris Island’ airport plan

Boris Johnson announces plans to stand for Parliament

By Kate Holton and Sarah Young

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission on Tuesday, dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city’s mayor Boris Johnson.

The Airports Commission said the idea of building a costly new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, had not made the shortlist of options it is considering to expand Britain’s runway capacity.

It will now make a final recommendation...

Pakistan PM chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens

Anti-government protesters check a car as they guard a checkpoint at the entrance of an area under their control near the prime minister's house during the Revolution March in Islamabad

By Syed Raza Hassan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.

Sharif enjoys a solid majority in parliament and by convening both houses he seeks to reaffirm that he is fully in control. His office said parliament would be in session all week to discuss the crisis.

“This is not a protest, a sit-in or a political gathering....

Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation

A member of UNDOF looks through binoculars at an observation post in the Golan Heights

By Baz Ratner and Lincoln Feast

Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji’s army said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations had been stepped up between the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a new UN negotiation team now in place in Syria.


Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

Andy Murray faces world No.1 Novak Djokovic in a mouthwatering US Open quarter-final

By Simon Cambers and Steve Keating

Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 2012 champion earned his first win over a top-10 player since his Wimbledon triumph last year to set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic.

Murray said he hoped Wednesday’s quarter-final between the two would go the same way as both their battle for the Wimbledon...

Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders

Radamel Falcao Garcia joined Manchester United on a season long loan deal

By Tony Goodson

Manchester United dominated Europe’s transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds ($249 million).

The former Netherlands coach, without a Premier League win this season and hammered 4-0 by third tier MK Dons in a League Cup match last week, signed versatile Dutch international Daley Blind for 14 million pounds ($23.25 million) from Ajax.

Rumours swirled that the move...

Education minister optimistic ahead of new school year


By Evie Andreou

WITH TEN schools still without head teachers and many teachers still waiting to find out at which school they will be based, teachers returned to work on Monday after their long summer break.

Despite the shortage of head teachers, Education Minister Costas Kadis said that this year the situation had much improved.

“We are satisfied,” the minister said on Monday. “At the ministry we have worked systematically for many months now to be prepared for the new...

Our View: Education ministry should not interfere in private schools’ fees policy

Education Minister Costas Kadis

FOR SOME time there has been a dispute between the education ministry and a private Nicosia-based school that wants to raise its tuition fees for the new school year which was scheduled to commence on Monday. The school has argued that its fees had remained the same for the last four years because of ministry directives, adding that this had caused it financial problems. It added that that if it did not raise its fees it would be unable to...

Premier League game goes dark as CyTA pulls the plug too early

Quite a few Cytavision subscribers missed Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (R) scoring his team's second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE DECISION to suspend broadcasting of Cytavision’s – CyTA’s TV arm – Sports Plus package hours ahead of the announced cut off point for the month of free viewing left viewers infuriated in the middle of Sunday’s Tottenham-Liverpool Premier League fixture.

Sports Plus is a recent addition to Cytavision’s TV package, following a deal struck with Lumiere TV (LTV), and comprises three additional sports channels with content previously broadcast by LTV – including the English Premier League,...

Capital awash with beer as two festivals take place

nicosia beer festival

By Evie Andreou

THE fourth Septemberfest Nicosia Beer Fun Festival is opening its gates in Aglandjia on Friday and the organisers, Display Art, promise an upgraded event with concerts, competitions and of course local and imported beer.

Display Art chairman, Savvas Nicolaou, said that the aim is to enrich events taking place in the capital and to attract visitors from other towns and tourists.
Visitors will be able to choose from 80 beers from around the world and...

Erdogan’s demands ‘against UN resolutions’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in northern Nicosia on Monday

By George Psyllides
TURKISH PRESIDENT Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it would be impossible for his country to accept a solution that did not entail two states and political equality as he called on Greece to adopt a more positive approach in reunification talks as a guarantor country.
“Political equality is a must,” he said during a news conference in the Turkish occupied northern part of the island, his first official visit since he was elected president of...

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