EgyptAir hijack in Larnaca ends up with hijacker arrested

The hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to Larnaca surrendered on Tuesday afternoon after a seven-hour stand-off with Cypriot authorities. “The hijacker has just been arrested,” Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulidis tweeted. Authorities have determined that the belt worn by the Egyptian man did not contain explosives, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement. “Security in Cyprus confirmed that the explosive ...

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Kasoulidis: Solution of the Cyprus problem after defrosting accession funds

The Republic of Cyprus won’t agree to opening new chapters of Turkish EU accession negotiations if Ankara backs down on its promises. In addition to negotiating substantial financial aid for helping Brussels deal with the refugee problem, Ankara demanded that EU open five new negotiating chapters and accelerate talks on Turkey’s accession to the bloc. However, Cyprus has frozen six ...

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Cyprus and Israel’s speakers meet

President of the House of Representatives, Yiannakis Omirou, and Knesset Speaker (the presiding officer in the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel), Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, underlined on Wednesday the importance of further strengthening the very good relations between the two Parliaments and the two countries. Omirou, who is paying Israel an official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, was welcomed ...

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Turkey opens economic policy EU accession chapter, Athens

Turkey must meet the commitments it has undertaken towards the EU by respecting European law and European procedures, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Monday, during the EU-Turkey intergovernmental conference here, which opened negotiations on chapter 17 in the neighbouring country’s recently restarted accession talks. Chapter 17 – on economic and monetary policy ‘ is one of the 35 ...

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Russian foreign minister Lavrov lands in Cyprus

By Evie Andreou Russian Foreign affairs minister Sergey Lavrov arrived under strict security measures in Cyprus earlier tonight. Lavrov, who arrived by private jet at 8.55pm, was welcomed by the Chief of Protocol Marios Kountourides and the Russian ambassador in Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy. Both within the airport premises, and the surrounding roads there was a strong police presence. Since Tuesday ...

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