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Anastasiades dismisses claim he buried CY expenses probe

CY Boss Tony Antoniou

President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday rubbished a front-page newspaper report that he had buried the damning findings of an investigation into allegations the Cyprus Airways chairman had charged personal expenses to the company.

In a short statement, Anastasiades said the report in daily Simerini was “completely unfounded.”

“The investigation into the complaints was carried out at my clear instructions and I think such reports are not part of the constructive criticism the media must exercise,” Anastasiades said.

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Moeen puts India in a spin as England level series

Hero: spinner Moeen Ali (centre) claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India

By Liam Morgan

SPINNER Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India yesterday to level an absorbing series at 1-1 with two matches to play.

Spinner Moeen took six for 67, the first five-wicket haul of his Test career, and India crumbled to 178 all out in their second innings on the final morning of the match.
England took the six wickets they needed to secure a first Test win since they...

Race to find India landslide missing

NDRF personnel carry stretchers at the site of a landslide at Malin village

By Aman Shah

Rescuers in India were digging through swirling mud to uncover dozens of submerged homes on Thursday and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village, with the confirmed death toll at 21.

Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each worked through the night at Malin village, 60 km from the city of Pune in Maharashtra state. But incessant rain, mud and poor communications in the remote area slowed their...

Bar review: Mare Mare, Paphos


By Bejay Browne

If cocktails and a stunning view are your thing then a visit to Mare Mare in Paphos won’t disappoint.

On Poseidonos Aveneu in Kato Paphos, this café bar offers magnificent views of the harbour and is a great place to watch the sunset with your favourite tipple and a delicious dessert.
Mare Mare is located on the first floor and the short walk up the stairs is worth it. This is a modern venue which often...

Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola

Samaritan's Purse medical personnel spray disinfectant on a person who died from the Ebola virus in Foya in this undated handout photo

By Umaru Fofana

Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.

The measures resembled a tough anti-Ebola package announced by neighbouring Liberia on Wednesday evening. Koroma announced he was cancelling a visit to Washington for a US-Africa summit next week because of the crisis and would instead hold an emergency...

Ukraine says suspends attacks to let experts reach crash site

Wreckage and debris are seen at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region

By Timothy Heritage

Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner’s crash site but separatists were continuing to attack its positions.

Kiev said on the Facebook website of what it calls its “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) against pro-Russian rebels in the east that it was heeding calls by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stop fighting near the plane crash site.

“On July 31, troops...

Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

Mortar bombs are seen in containers at an Israeli military staging area near the border with Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days.

“We are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at the...

Cyprus closes its embassy in Libya

Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot near the airport in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2014, after it was hit by rocket fire. The Libyan government called on rival militias to stop fighting around the Tripoli airport to allow civil defence forces to put out a fire that broke out in oil tankers there

By staff reporter

Cyprus is shutting down its embassy in Libya and any personnel and other Cypriot nationals wishing to leave the country can do so on a Greek warship, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Thursday.

“We are monitoring developments in Libya with great concern,” the minister said, adding that “we had taken measures to tackle any emergency a long time ago.”

He said it was a fact that Cypriots working in Libya wanted to stay and fulfill their...

Drugs arrest in Limassol

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A 34-year-old man from Limassol was arrested on Wednesday night for illegal use of drugs and possession with intent to sell.

According to a police report, from 9.25 pm to 10.25 pm on Wednesday, members of the drugs squad raided an establishment in Limassol. The search produced 10 grammess of cocaine and a scale, which were confiscated as evidence.

The 34-year-old was arrested in connection with the case and held in custody.


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British resident found dead in swimming pool

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A 72-year-old British permanent resident of Emba in Paphos, was found dead in her swimming pool on Wednesday evening.

According to a police report, the 72-year-old was found floating unconscious in the pool by her 74-year-old husband, also British, who had been away and returned home shortly after 8pm on Wednesday.

The 74-year-old pulled his wife from the pool and took her to Paphos General, where she was pronounced dead.

Despite the fact that the 72-year-old had not faced particular...

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