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Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

Police guard the entrance to the burned parliament building in Ouagadougou

By Mathieu Bonkougou

An officer in Burkina Faso’s presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff.

Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. At least three people were killed after protesters stormed the parliament building and set it on...

CY staff protest as state talks to bidders

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By Angelos Anastasiou

CYPRUS Airways (CY) employees took to the streets yesterday in fear for their future, just as the technical committee for the state-owned airline met with representatives from the two airlines – Aegean Airlines and Ryanair – interested in acquiring the flailing national carrier.

The protesters gathered outside the offices of KPMG, consultants to CY and members of the technical committee, early in the morning, before moving to the Finance ministry, where the committee met with Ryanair reps.

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Our View: Court ruling puts us back on track, but still a long way to go

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THE SUPREME Court saved the country from a risky adventure with unforeseeable consequences, in announcing its decision about the four foreclosure-related laws that were referred to it by the president. All four laws were unanimously ruled unconstitutional by the full bench of the court, finally ending a saga that started in August and threatened to take the country backwards, derailing the country’s adjustment programme and leaving the state with no money.

The decision will now pave the way for the...

Drowning refugees

One year anniversary of Lampedusa migrant tragedy

By Gwynne Dyer

THE European Union’s decision-making processes lend new depth to the word “incoherent”, and the current British government’s default mode is nastiness, but they have both outdone themselves this time. The subject at hand is the Italian Navy’s “Mare Nostrum” operation, which has rescued 150,000 refugees and migrants from leaky, overloaded boats in the Mediterranean since it was launched a year ago.

An estimated 3,000 others have drowned since January: you can’t save them all. But the Italian...

Police unravel €500,000 con in Paphos

The Pomos harbour in the Polis Chrysochous area

By Bejay Browne

THREE people have been arrested in Paphos in connection with allegedly swindling an 87 year old British resident out of half a million euros, police said yesterday.

A spokesman for Paphos police said the octogenarian reported that he was swindled by the three suspects after he showed an interest to buy land in the district.

He said he was shown five separate pieces of land in Polis Chrysochous and in the picturesque villages of Kritou Terra...

Ebola drill shows need for improvement

Health Minister Philippos Patsali (r) overseeing the ebola drill

By Evie Andreou

WEAKNESSES and gaps in some procedures were observed by experts assessing the first drill to handle patients suspected to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said yesterday.

Participating in the drill that aimed to evaluate the level of readiness of the health ministry and their cooperation with other services, were staff from Larnaca airport, the ambulance service, and the Nicosia and Larnaca General hospitals.

The first scenario dealt with a suspected Ebola...

Lavish parties, fraud and free jewellery at Ergates

The offices of the Community Council in Ergates

By Constantinos Psillides

POLICE raided the homes and offices of members of the former and current community council of Ergates village near Nicosia yesterday, following allegations of misappropriating community funds.

The raid took place after a letter was sent to the Attorney General’s office by the Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides, recounting a number of instances where the previous community council appears to have squandered community funds.

The village’s previous council is under investigation for, among other, throwing lavish parties...

Lifeguards only in Limassol and Paphis this month

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By Marie Kambas

ONLY Limassol and Paphos are ready with lifeguards patrolling their beaches for November, despite attempts by authorities to develop winter tourism.

Paris Palikaros of the Cyprus Life Saving Association told the Cyprus Mail that Ayia Napa municipality will be holding a meeting to see all aspects of hiring lifeguards for November, meanwhile Larnaca will not hire any lifeguards for this month.

Rodoulla Antoniou, a quality and safety officer at the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, said authorities would clearly...

Unis host video games competition

All secondary education schools, state and private are encouraged to participate

By Evie Andreou

APPLICATIONS are open for the seventh annual ‘Logipaignion 2015’ video games competition for high schools hosted the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).

The competition aims to encourage ingenuity, logical thinking and creativity in computing and the right, intuitive and critical design multimedia applications.

“This year’s competition has no special theme, with the ultimate goal being to allow maximum creativity and imagination, however, all applications submitted must comply to the restrictions...

Car sales up this year

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By Constantinos Psillides

TOTAL registrations of motor vehicles during the first nine months of the year rose by 21.1 per cent to 16,994, from 14,035 vehicles in the January – September period of 2013, the Statistical Service said yesterday.

According to the report, private saloon cars increased by 28.1 per cent to 12,805 from 9,999 in January–September 2013. Of that total, 5,892 vehicles or 46.0 per cent were new and 6,913 vehicles or 54.0 per cent were used cars.

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