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Ministry denies stalling in Michaelides case

Dinos Michaelides

By George Psyllides
THE JUSTICE ministry denied on Saturday it was dragging its feet in investigating a Syrian businessman with links to former minister Dinos Michaelides, currently on trial in Greece on corruption charges.
The ministry was responding to a report by Greece’s Athens News Agency on Friday, which said Cypriot authorities had remained silent about Fouad al-Zayat, who is also being tried – in absentia – in Greece.
“The investigations concerning the Greek authorities’ request about...

Promoting a different way of travelling

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THE EUROPEAN Mobility Week contributes to the search for alternative mobility, which leads to better cities, better air quality, and a better and healthier environment, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said on Saturday.
“A fundamental factor in the success of these efforts is environmental awareness among citizens,” he said, addressing an event organised as part of the European Mobility Week.
“Problems such as air pollution, noise and traffic have led to a bad quality of life for the citizens,”...

Fake passport arrest


AN AFRICAN man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of possessing counterfeit travel documents, police said.
The man tried to go through passport control at Paphos airport at 3.30am before boarding a flight to Athens.
He showed officers an Italian passport, an Italian identity card, and a residence permit for Italy.
Police said officers determined that the documents were fake and the man was arrested.
He later admitted buying them from an unknown African man in...

Police defend their role in rally traffic chaos

Gridlock on Friday as some of Nicosia's roads were closed for the Cyprus Rally

By George Psyllides

THE POLICE denied on Saturday they were to blame for the traffic chaos in Nicosia, caused when roads were closed to accommodate a special stage of the Cyprus Rally on Friday.

Seeking to set the record straight, the force said it had not been asked and its recommendations had been ignored.

The stage run through downtown Nicosia, stretching into the Turkish occupied northern part.

“The decision to hold the specific special stage inside Nicosia was not taken...

Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue with Shiites

Smoke rises from the headquarters of the Yemeni state television building, which is under attack from Shi'ite Houthi militants, in Sanaa

Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shi’ite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said on Saturday,

After weeks of protests and clashes, the conflict intensified on Thursday when the Shi’ite Houthi rebels clashed with the army on the outskirts of Sanaa.

The fighting expanded mainly between the Houthis and tribesmen allied with the al-Ahmar clan. Prominent figures from the mainly Sunni Muslim clan, one of the most powerful tribes in Yemen, hold...

Britain must honour pledge to grant Scotland powers, says Gordon Brown

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told British leaders on Saturday that they must honour their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after voters backed staying in the United Kingdom in an independence referendum.

Just days before the September 18 vote, Brown appeared to be making British policy by announcing that laws granting further devolution to the Scottish parliament would be drafted by the time Scots celebrate the birthday of their most revered poet, Robert Burns, on January 25.

“The eyes of the world have been...

Aristodemou, three others, remanded in custody (Updated)


By George Psyllides
PROMINENT land developer Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife, and two other suspects, were remanded in custody for eights days on Saturday in connection with zoning violations in Paphos.
The court said the police request to detain them pending the investigation of the case was justified, rejecting defence claims about the existence of ulterior motives.
Aristodemou, who had been admitted in hospital with high blood pressure the day before, was still receiving treatment in the intensive...

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014

By Seyhmus Cakan

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the Syrian border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.

“Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have...

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

By Seyhmus Cakan

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

The hostages, including Turkey’s consul-general, diplomats’ children and special forces soldiers, were brought to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa in the early hours of the morning. Police formed a cordon outside the airport as they arrived in buses with...

Who owns your DNA?

DNA Strands

By Luigi Palombi

The DNA double helix is naturally occurring. Every one of us has millions of them, and they are all unique to us. Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the DNA double helix in 1953. They didn’t patent it. They did, however, win the Nobel Prize for their amazing discovery. In those days, a discovery was not considered an “invention.” But over the years, that has changed.

In 1975, Herbert Boyer from the University of California, San Francisco...

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