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Suspect remanded in Kritou Terra death

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The sister of a 78-year-old woman found dead in her yard in Kritou Terra on Wednesday night was ion Thursday remanded in police custody, while a remand hearing for the dead woman’s husband was ongoing within a Paphos hospital.

The husband, 83, of Aliki Christophorou was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night after reporting his wife’s death to the police. His remand hearing was taking place there on Thursday.
Arrest warrants were issued for the two on Wednesday night...

Spain’s Swiftair says lost contact with plane en route to Algiers

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Spanish private airline company Swiftair on Thursday said it had lost contact with one of its airplane operated by Air Algerie with 110 passengers and six crew members on board.

The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 local time but never reached its destination.

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Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

The prisoners were being transferred from Taji (photo) to Baghdad

By Raheem Salman

A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said, the latest in a string of assaults on prisoners in Iraq.

The motive for Thursday’s killings was not immediately clear but Iraqi security forces and government affiliated Shi’ite militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Sunni militants, according to...

Tartan-tastic ceremony opens Glasgow Games

The biggest cheer of the night came unsurprisingly for the 310 Scottish athletes, who marched into the stadium behind the Cross of St Andrew kitted out in their controversial pastel tartan kilts and shawls

By Sam Holden and Michael Hann

Glasgow welcomed a large part of the world and remembered recent tragedies as a diverse and colourful opening ceremony signalled the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
As the sun set on the hottest day of the year in Scotland’s biggest city, a vibrant display of tartan-clad dancers, pipe bands and kilted entertainers kicked off 11 days of sporting endeavour.

Famed singers Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle,...

Leaders to discuss methodology and CBMs

The two leaders visit the Anthropological Laboratory of the Committee on Missing Person

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will on Thursday discuss the methodology of how talks will continue and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
The meeting started at 10am in the UN Protected Area in Nicosia. Prior to the meeting, hosted by UNSG Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim, the two leaders visited the anthropological laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).
Anastasiades said on Wednesday that the Turkish side must cooperate, in goodwill and sincerity,...

Troika to conclude fifth programme review


The Cypriot authorities (Central Bank Governor and Finance Minister) will on Thursday meet the heads of the Troika (EC, ECB and the IMF) mission to agree on the updated memorandum of understanding, in the framework of the fifth review of the implementation of Cyprus’ adjustment programme.
Discussions will begin at the Central Bank of Cyprus over technical issues of the financial sector whereas the updated MOU will be agreed in a meeting between the Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, CBC...

Train rams school bus in southern India, kills 20 (updated)

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A train slammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday, killing at least 19 children and the driver, police said.

The bus crossed a railway track at an unmanned crossing in Telangana state without stopping to check if the way was clear, said Indian Railways spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena.

Police said the bus was carrying 32 children, 12 of whom died on the spot. Seven more died in a nearby hospital, where others are in critical condition.


Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

According to an Arizona journalist Joseph Wood (photo) gasped for breath about 660 times

By David Schwartz

An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday and his lawyers said he “gasped and snorted” before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States.

The execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood began at 1:52 p.m. at a state prison complex, and the 55-year-old was pronounced dead just shy of two hours later at 3:49 p.m., the Arizona attorney general’s office...

Premier League managers most likely to get the sack next season

Promoted teams are normally tipped to go down and their managers the first to be sacked as they struggle with the demands of the Premier League. A poor start mean the end for Harry Redknapp at QPR

Last year Paolo Di Canio won the Premier League’s sack race at a canter, lasting just five games into the season before Sunderland got rid of the eccentric Italian. Ten top flight managers were fired in total last season, which makes predicting who will or won’t be in a job come May as hard to predict as flipping a coin.
As the new season edges ever closer, bookies are already raking it in as to who will be the...

U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

American airlines will resume flights into Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport soon

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams

Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.

A truce remained elusive despise intensive mediation efforts. Israel says it needs more time to eradicate rocket stocks and cross-border tunnels in the Gaza Strip and Hamas Islamists demand the blockade on the enclave be lifted.


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