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Pub standoff suspect remanded in custody

Counter terrorism squad officers were called to the scene

Constantinos Psillides

A 43-year old who shot and injured his estranged wife and then locked himself inside his pub for 30 hours, threatening to take his life, has been remanded in custody for six days.

He is held in connection with attempted murder and illegally carrying a firearm with the intent to cause harm.

It all started on Monday morning when the man got into an argument with the 41-year-old woman over child support.

The suspect claimed he lost his...

Litvinenko post-mortem was world’s most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears

Marina Litvinenko, widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is driven into the High Court in central London

Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope London in 2006, carried out the world’s most dangerous-ever post-mortem, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.

They also said they would probably never have discovered the way he had been killed had unusual tests not been carried out just before his death.
British police say Kremlin critic Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking tea poisoned with polonium-210 at a plush London hotel...

Egyptian Minister of Transport to pay official visit to Cyprus

The Egyptian Transport Minister will also be visiting Limassol Port

Transport Minister of Egypt Hany Dahy will pay Cyprus an official visit this week, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Marios Demetriades.

The two Ministers will hold a meeting tomorrow during which they will focus on issues relating to the prospects of a ferry connection between Cyprus and Egypt, the strengthening of cooperation in the field of shipping and any potential interest on behalf of Cypriot contracting companies in projects in the field of transport in Egypt.

During his...

Cyprus ranks 20th in misery index

File photo Nicosia unemployment office

Cyprus ranks 20th on the 2014 world misery index because of high unemployment, according to data compiled by a public policy research organisation.

Some 48,000 were unemployed in December 2014, as the island struggles to find its feet after seeking an international bailout in 2012.

Greece was 19th.

The index, put together by the Cato Institute, includes 108 countries. Countries not included did not report satisfactory data for 2014.

The five most miserable countries in the world at the end...

Djokovic thrashes Raonic to set up Wawrinka semi-final

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Novak Djokovic tamed Milos Raonic’s formidable serve before humbling the Canadian 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

Eighth seed Raonic, who pushed deep at the grand slams last year, was supposed to offer the first real test for the top-seeded Serb but was completely outclassed under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

After being edged in the tiebreak,...

Tsipras pushes on with radical change


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised “radical” change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece’s international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets.

A swift series of announcements signalled the newly installed government would not back down from its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on course for a clash with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay...

Clothing worth €100,000 stolen

Archived photo

Designer wear, said to be worth over €100,000, was stolen from a store in Limassol in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.

Police said burglars broke into the Ayios Tyhonas shop through the front door at around 4am.

Three burglars lifted a section of an iron security grill, broke the glass door, and stole a large number of expensive leather jackets and suits.

The store is protected by an alarm system that did not go off, for unknown as...

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; 7 Israeli soldiers wounded (Update 3)

Smoke rises from shells fired from Israel  over al-Wazzani area in southern Lebanon

By Jeffrey Heller and Sylvia Westall

The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers, the biggest escalation since a 2006 war.

The attack, which Hezbollah said was carried out by one of its brigades in the area, was in apparent retaliation for a January 18 Israeli air strike in southern Syria that killed several Hezbollah...

Europe stocks dip; Greek shares extend retreat


By Blaise Robinson

European shares dipped in early trading on Wednesday, with Greek stocks extending their sell-off sparked by the victory of leftwing Syriza party in Sunday’s election.

Shares of Greek utility PPC and Greece’s biggest port, Piraeus Port Authority, fell by 6.6 and 8.3 percent respectively after the new government said it would freeze privatisation plans.

One of the first decisions announced by the Syriza government was stopping the planned sale of a 67-percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority....

Hush… a beauty sleeps

3_BOL-OFFICIEL-WEB_La Belle au bois dormant_photo Damir Yusupov

By Maria Gregoriou

We might be in the twenty-first century but the tales of princesses and princes on white horses (referring to the movie Cinderella set to grace our movie screens in March of this year), of wicked witches and wolves (does the recently released block-buster Into the Woods ring a bell?) are still very much what we place our fantasy worlds around.

Apart from Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, there is Sleeping Beauty and this fairytale is the...

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