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By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald
NATO says Russia has built up a force of about 40,000 troop in its border with Ukraine. Moscow says some are stationed there permanently, while others have been deployed as a precaution to protect Russia from the instability in Ukraine.
In Moscow, Lavrov said Moscow would respond if its interests, or the interests of Russian citizens, were attacked.
“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” he said according to excerpts of an interview with the Russia Today news channel.
“There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show,” RT quoted him as...
By Jonny Hogg
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers.
In a statement issued on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths, Erdogan unexpectedly described the events of 1915 as “inhumane”, using more conciliatory language than has often been the case for Turkish leaders.
Turkish government officials said it was the first time a Turkish prime minister had offered...
By Evie Andreou
THE chairmen of three Kuwaiti investment funds arrived on Wednesday for a series of meetings with government officials and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), to discuss investment prospects mainly in the property sector.
The investors, who arrived on a private jet and represent the Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO), will first meet with CIPA officials on Thursday and then with president Nicos Anastasiades, finance minister Harris Georgiades and energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.
Charis Papacharalambous, Director General of CIPA,...
By Constantinos Psillides
A 38-YEAR old Bulgarian man was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the alleged rape of a 37-year old Ukrainian woman in Kapsalos area in Limassol, police said.
According to the police report, the woman said that she was attacked and raped by the 38-year old at his apartment, which she visited for an advertisement that said dogs were available for sale.
The victim said she was attacked the moment she entered the apartment. She said that...
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning
The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.
The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal bickering, envisions a unity government within five weeks and national elections six months later.
“This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over,” Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press...
By Alan Baldwin
SACKED Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club. In a statement issued through the League Manager’s Association (LMA), the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then.
He spoke warmly of the United staff but, perhaps pointedly, not the players. “I remain...
Members of a Cambodian demining unit working with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were in Mammari on Wednesday as part of an operation to locate landmines that may have inadvertently been displaced into the buffer zone through flooding.
Since the operation began ten days ago, members of the 21-strong Cambodian demining unit have swept 1,994 square metres and found an anti-tank mine that was washed into the buffer zone from the north during heavy rainfall in October...
Cyprus’ deficit shrank in 2013 while the public debt increased compared with 2012, the EU’s statistical service, Eurostat, said on Wednesday.
According to Eurostat data, the island’s public deficit in 2013 was around €897 million or -5.4 per cent of GDP, compared with €1.2 billion or -6.4 per cent of GDP the previous year.
Public debt in 2013 reached €18.4 billion or 111.7 per cent of GDP compared with €15.4 billion or 86.6 per cent of GDP in 2012.
Madeleine McCann may have been among the victims of a series of sexual assaults on British children in Portugal, probably carried out by a single offender around the time she went missing seven years ago, British police said on Wednesday.
Madeleine disappeared, aged three, from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world’s media.
British and Portuguese police are investigating...
A 27-year-old APOEL fan has lost his eye after being hit by a rock thrown by football fans who clashed outside the GSP stadium on Tuesday, an hour before a match between APOEL and AEL started.
The fan, who didn’t take part in the clash but was on his way to watch the game with his father, was rushed to the Nicosia General Hospital. Reports said he was sitting in his car when he was hit. Police...
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