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Youths seriously injured in road crash

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Two youths were seriously injured after the car they were travelling in crashed into traffic lights and shops in Limassol early on Thursday, police said.

The pair, aged 20 and 18, were rushed to hospital in serious but not life threatening condition.

They were travelling in a car with two others when the 20-year-old, who was driving, apparently lost control and crashed sideways into the traffic lights on 28 October Avenue at 1.40am.

The car then climbed onto the pavement...

Dog killer gets two months in jail

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A 65-year-old man was jailed for two months on Thursday for killing his dog by tying it to a car and dragging it through the streets of Limassol on Christmas day in 2013.

The defendant had been arrested by police officers who were in pursuit after witnessing the horrific event of the Rottweiler being dragged behind a Land Rover.

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Restaurant fire

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Police on Thursday were investigating the causes of a fire that caused extensive damage to a restaurant in the Nicosia district.

The blaze at Krioneri restaurant near Kakopetria broke out at around 1.45am.

The  cause of the fire is under investigation, police said.

 

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Doing the Dougie

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By Maria Gregoriou

Looking for an event to help you get your swag on? Well, don’t sweat it (or swagger it if you prefer) any longer. Club Deep in Larnaca has just the thing to get you in a party mood on Saturday, all the way from America, as the group Cali Swag District will be showing us what for on the dance floor.

The band, who say they’ll be teaching you how to Dougie (a hip-hop dance), are Smoove...

Police detain abusive fan

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A 30-year-old man was detained for verbally abusing police officers before a cup fixture between Anorthosis and APOEL in Larnaca on Wednesday.

Police said the man showed up at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium and asked to be allowed in without a ticket. Stewards asked help from the police who removed the man from the area.

He returned after a few minutes, ticket in hand, but while going through the security checks, he started swearing at the officers, police said.

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ECB council meets in Nicosia

ECB President Mario Draghi with President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday

The European Central Bank governing council is meeting in Nicosia on Thursday and is set to reveal details of plans to buy €1.1 trillion worth of eurozone assets as part of its landmark quantitative easing programme.

Greece is also likely to be a priority issue on the agenda of the meeting.

The ECB’s governing council has traveled to Cyprus for one of its twice-yearly meetings away from its base in Frankfurt. A news conference will follow the meeting.

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Cost for corporate lending drops considerably in January, central bank says

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By Stelios Orphanides.

Interest rates for most loan categories fell in January, while in the case of corporate loans considerably, while rates for deposits rose slightly, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.

Interest rates for loans to corporations exceeding €1m, fell in January to 5.1 per cent compared to 6.61 per cent in December, the central bank said in a statement on its website. Interest rates for consumer also credit fell to 5.4 per cent from 5.61 the month before.

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Crowdfunding psychedelics: LSD brain-imaging study seeks funds

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By Kate Kelland
BRITISH scientists are turning to crowdfunding to complete the first scientific study ever to image the brain of someone “tripping” on the psychedelic drug LSD.
The study, part of a psychedelic research project the scientists say could revolutionise understanding of the human brain, is led by neuroscientists at Imperial College London who now need around £25,000 (€34,500) to finish their work.
When they do, the research will produce the world’s first images of the...

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

Kim Ki-jong, a member of a pro-Korean unification group who attacked the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert at a public forum, is carried on a stretcher off an ambulance as he arrives at a hospital in Seoul

By James Pearson and Ju-min Park

U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, officials said.

Lippert, 42, was bleeding from wounds to his face and wrist but was able to walk after the attack. Doctors said later on Thursday his condition was stable after “very successful” surgery that required...

Nicosia next in sewerage scandals

The Nicosia sewerage project ended up costing 50 per cent more than the original budget estimate

By Constantinos Psillides

AUDITOR-general Odysseas Michaelides has found evidence pointing to a possible misappropriation of funds by the Nicosia Sewerage Board (SAL) to the tune of €5m, according to a letter sent by his office to the SAL board last week and made public on Wednesday.

According to the letter, the SAL board reached a friendly settlement with the company that constructed the town’s sewerage system (the project began in 2006 and was completed in 2010) that was “especially burdensome...

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