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MPs stand firm on evictions freeze

Parliament on Thursday rejected President Nicos Anastasiades’ referral of legislation that aims to extend eviction protection to tenants until December 31. Barring a change of mind by the president, the matter will  be adjudicated by the supreme court. The House plenum voted by 28 to 17 to reject the president’s… Cyprus Mail …



President said no word yet from UN chief on new talks

President Nicos Anastasiades said late on Thursday he had yet to hear back from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on whether the international organisation is planning any new moves with regard to the Cyprus issue, after the leaders of the two communities invited the UN chief to re-engage. Anastasiades was… Cyprus Mail …


Interior minister backs attorney general in passports spat

Interior Minister Nicos Nouris on Tuesday deferred to the attorney-general when asked whether he thought the Audit Office is hampering a panel investigating passports granted to potentially ineligible people under the – now defunct – citizenship-by-investment programme. “The answer was given yesterday by the Attorney-general of the Republic, who fully… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: Hospital expansion to relieve pressure on non-virus patients

Famagusta district local government leaders said on Monday they were satisfied after receiving reassurances that works on the second and third floors of the Famagusta general hospital’s will be speeded up and completed within three to four months. After a meeting with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, the district’s local authority… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: testing begins in Achna after football team infected

The health ministry on Friday announced coronavirus tests for the residents of Achna community and people working and residing at care homes. According to the ministry, following a cabinet decision, a series of testing programmes will be carried out. Five hundred Achna residents will be tested in cooperation with the… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: north extends compulsory quarantine for all air arrivals

Authorities in the north, where the number of coronavirus cases has reached 700, have decided to extend compulsory quarantine for all arrivals by air until October 1, inclusive. Bars, which had been allowed to operate under conditions, will also close until then, the Cyprus News Agency reported citing the Turkish… Cyprus Mail …


New Greek president to visit on Monday

The president of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou begins a two-day official visit to Cyprus on Monday, her first official visit abroad since assuming her duties in March. Sakellaropoulou will meet with President Nicos Anastasiades, House president, the archbishop and party leaders. At 1050am she will have a tete-a-tete meeting with Anastasiades… Cyprus Mail …


European Council President given buffer zone tour

European Council President Charles Michel was given a tour of the Buffer Zone on Wednesday as part of his visit to Cyprus. Michel was flanked by head of Unficyp Elizabeth Spehar as he was given a tour along sections of the north-south dividing line. “One island – two communities,” Michel… Cyprus Mail …


Nicosia mayor: over reliance on private cars causing traffic chaos

Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis has rebuffed criticism about traffic congestion in the capital, saying that it is over reliance on private cars and not road works that are to blame. The mayor has found himself in the line of fire of irate drivers stuck in long traffic queues each morning… Cyprus Mail …