ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey and the sanctions approved by the European Union over the dispute about drilling near Cyprus (all times local):
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leader of Turkish Cypriots on the ethnically divided island of Cyprus has renewed a proposal to establish a joint committee with Greek Cypriots to oversee offshore gas...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations has lauded the news that mobile phone coverage has been extended to both sides of the divide on the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman says President Nicos Anastasiades has suffered a fracture of his femur, or thighbone, on this right leg and will undergo...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot government has declared a three-day period of mourning for the east Mediterranean island's former president, Dimitris Christofias, who died at the age of...
Cyprus ex-President Dimitris Christofias dead at 72
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dimitris Christofias, Cyprus' first communist president whose troubled tenure was marked by near financial ruin that necessitated an international rescue, uproar over a...
Cyprus ex-president Dimitris Christofias has died
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president says his predecessor Dimitris Christofias has died. He was 72.
President Nicos Anastasiades said he was informed of Christofias' death on Friday with...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union should "consider appropriate action" against Turkey if it doesn't stop an "illegal" gas drilling bid in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights,...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The U.S. wants to work with Cyprus and ally Israel to buttress peace in the eastern Mediterranean and to head off Russian influence over the region's energy reserves, a...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has criticized remarks by Britain's Foreign Office minister that cast doubt over the east Mediterranean island nation's offshore economic...
SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The European Union "stands united" with Cyprus, a top official from the bloc said Thursday, after the Cypriot president blasted Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus will rally support from fellow European Union countries and others to counter Turkey's bid to drill in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' new police chief on Tuesday apologized over the handling of the country's serial killer case amid accusations of negligent police work that may have allowed the...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus fired the small island nation's police chief Friday, saying botched missing person investigations might have allowed a self-confessed serial killer...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A U.S. senator says the time is right for Cyprus to strengthen its bonds with Washington in light of new natural gas discoveries in waters off the east Mediterranean island...
Building bridges: Soccer diplomacy in divided Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An initiative to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus faltered Tuesday after the leader of the breakaway Turkish...
Cyprus’ finance minister to leave post by year’s end
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' finance minister said Friday he'll leave the post he's held since 2013 by the end of the year, insisting that the findings of an inquiry that partly blamed him for...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A day after ExxonMobil announced a significant natural gas deposit discovery off Cyprus, the ethnically split country's parliament approved the establishment of an...
Cyprus: Ground not yet ready for peace talks resumption
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Conditions aren't yet ready for a resumption of formal talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus because both sides remain apart on key issues regarding power sharing and...
Israel: ‘Much safer’ Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel's president on Tuesday hailed his country's flourishing ties with Cyprus, saying that cooperation between the two neighbors on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the eastern Mediterranean "much, much safer."
"Security ties between our two countries have never been better," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said after talks with Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades during a visit to the island nation.
UN to host informal meeting of Cyprus’ rival leaders
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations says it will host a new informal meeting later this month between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus.
It's hoped Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will start laying the groundwork for a return to reunification negotiations almost two years after the most recent bid to hammer out a peace accord collapsed.
Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its name.
Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the end of the nearly 30-year dispute bolsters regional peace and security and paves the way for closer economic cooperation with Macedonia.
Israel, Greece, Cyprus to ink natural gas pipeline deal
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Israel, Greece and Cyprus will sign an agreement early next year to build a pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, while the United States pledged its support for the ambitious project.
Cyprus president urges fairer sharing of refugees within EU
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president is urging fellow European Union member states to revamp existing agreements that will require each country to take in a fairer share of refugees and migrants.
President Nicos Anastasiades told the European Parliament Wednesday that his tiny, east Mediterranean island nation is coming under "excessive pressure" from increased migrant inflows, putting it at the top of EU countries for asylum applications in proportion to its population.
Turkish Cypriot police: 3 dead, 1 missing in flash flood
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Three people were killed and one is still missing in northern Cyprus after a flash flood swept their car away, Turkish Cypriot authorities said Thursday.
Turkish Cypriot media said the car the two men and one woman were travelling in was swept off a mountain road near the town of Kyrenia on the ethnically divided Mediterranean island.
Authorities were looking for a missing fourth person in the same car that was found buried in mud a few hundred meters (yards) away.
Serbian president: Kosovo trade tax harms peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Serbia's president says a move by Kosovo to impose a 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia amounts to "new provocations" for Europe and Belgrade and will harm Serbia-Kosovo peace talks.
President Aleksandar Vucic says that he informed Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades about the "possible consequences" that could arise from Kosovo's "unilateral actions."
Cyprus president apologizes for pardoning sex offender
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has publicly apologized for the early release of a man convicted of sexually exploiting a minor, admitting that the decision to grant him a pardon wasn't "well thought out."
President Nicos Anastasiades went off-script at an event Tuesday on combating sexual abuse against minors to offer the apology for making a "mistake."
Cyprus president: Decentralized government best for peace
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus took to the airwaves on Tuesday to defend his proposal for a more decentralized federal government he contended would function better if a reunification deal is reached with the ethnically divided nation's breakaway Turkish Cypriots.
President Nicos Anastasiades said that giving more authority to the island's Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot zones would reduce deadlocks in decision-making at the federal level and make a peace accord more successful.
Cyprus urges Turkey to cooperate on energy, but peace first
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is ready to work with Turkey on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential oil and gas wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified, the country's president said Friday.
Cyprus’ rival leaders agree on 2 more crossings along divide
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus agreed Friday to open next month two more crossing points along a United Nations-controlled buffer zone that cuts across the small island nation, in a bid to generate momentum toward resuming stalled reunification talks.
UN chief says prospects for Cyprus settlement ‘remain alive’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he believes prospects for a comprehensive settlement that will reunify Cyprus "remain alive" and he will prepare the way for negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume.
Guterres said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Tuesday that both Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have said they are ready to resume talks.
Cyprus takes in 29 Syrian migrants departing from Lebanon
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot police say most of the 29 Syrian migrants who have arrived to the Mediterranean island after setting sail from Lebanon told authorities they have relatives living on Cyprus.
Police said Saturday that the migrants, including five women, nine children and one unescorted minor, have so far made no requests for asylum after being taken to a reception center on the outskirts of the capital, Nicosia.
The 29 arrived Friday by boat at Cape Greco on Cyprus' southeastern tip.
UN to host meeting of divided Cyprus’ rival leaders
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations says it is hosting a meeting between the rival leaders of Cyprus in the U.N.-controlled buffer zone on the ethnically divided island nation.
President Nicos Anastasiades, who leads the country's internationally recognized government, and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, are being hosted by Elizabeth Spehar, the head of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Cyprus, on Oct. 26.
Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on the island of Crete. The talks were the sixth meeting between the three leaders aimed at forming an energy-based alliance in the east Mediterranean.
The Latest: 65 Syrian migrants land in Cyprus
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of migrants (all times local):
Cyprus police say 65 people — including 24 children and 18 women — believed to be Syrian migrants are receiving medical check-ups after arriving aboard a boat spotted southeast of the east Mediterranean island nation.
Police said their vessel is believed to have set sail from Lebanon and was escorted by patrol boats into a harbor along Cyprus' eastern coast Thursday.
Cyprus, Egypt set to sign deal for offshore gas pipeline
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Europe stands to gain from an agreement Egypt is set to sign with the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus to pipe offshore natural gas to processing plants in the north African country where it will be liquefied for export, Egypt's oil minister said Tuesday.
Tarek el-Molla said that under the terms of the agreement, gas off Cyprus could also be used for Egypt's domestic needs.
Cyprus public school teachers stage 2-day strike
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Some 120,000 primary, middle and high school students in Cyprus have stayed home as school teachers go ahead with a two-day strike to protest what they say was the government's move to impose money-saving measures without consulting with them.
Teachers' union leaders say they were forced to take strike action because of rash decisions harming the quality of education. Private schools are unaffected by the strike that started Tuesday.
Cyprus school teachers march to protest cuts to benefits
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several thousand primary, middle and high school teachers have marched to the Cyprus' presidential palace to protest measures the government says aim at reducing costs that are some of the highest in the European Union.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy has sounded out the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus to see whether conditions are ripe for a resumption of reunification talks.
Jane Holl Lute met separately Monday with Cyprus' Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci. No statements were made after either meeting.
LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — A new casino resort in Cyprus that is expected to be Europe's biggest will be the centerpiece of the Mediterranean island's strategy to become a luxury tourism destination, the country's president said Friday.
Nicos Anastasiades said the 550 million euro ($651 million) City of Dreams Mediterranean casino resort is the biggest investment project ever undertaken in Cyprus.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said Tuesday they're determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the East Med pipeline a "very serious endeavor" that's important for Europe, which is looking for new sources of energy.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically divided Cyprus said the United Nations secretary-general could dispatch an envoy to scope out the possibility of resuming moribund reunification talks.
President Nicos Anastasiades said it's up to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to decide whether to send an envoy.
Anastasiades made the remarks after a U.N.-hosted meeting Monday with the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci.
Cyprus leaders’ meeting aims to restart peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An informal meeting between the rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders of Cyprus aims to pave the way for a full resumption of stalled reunification talks, the chief negotiator for Greek Cypriots said Thursday.
Andreas Mavroyiannis said expectations aren't high about Monday's United Nations-hosted meeting which doesn't signal a formal resumption of peace talks.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission on ethnically divided Cyprus says it will host an informal meeting between the rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders next month.
A U.N. statement Friday said the April 16 meeting between Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci will be held at the residence of UN Chief of Mission to Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president says he'd like to have Turkey as an ally in the island nation's bid to exploit potential offshore gas reserves, but Ankara must stop its "gunboat diplomacy" that prevents exploratory drilling.
President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday he's pleased with the European Union's expression of solidarity with Cyprus and "unprecedented strong condemnation" of Turkey's move last month to send warships that blocked drilling by Italian company Eni.
US supports Cyprus in its search for offshore gas
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official has repeated Washington's support for Cyprus' right to carry out an offshore search for oil and gas.
Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell told reporters after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday that the U.S. also wants to see a resumption of talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body is moving ahead with "certain adjustments" to its force in Cyprus that will make it more effective in fulfilling its mission to keep tensions low on the ethnically-divided island.
Cyprus: Turkey’s gas search blockade prevents peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president says a resumption of talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation is unlikely any time soon because of Turkey's blockade of an offshore gas search and "unacceptable" demands by breakaway Turkish Cypriots.
Cyprus: Gas search to continue despite Turkey’s opposition
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A search for gas off Cyprus will benefit all the ethnically divided island's citizens and will continue as planned despite Turkey's efforts to interfere, the Cypriot president said Wednesday.
President Nicos Anastasiades said in a statement that any potential wealth generated by new gas finds would be shared equitably with all Cypriot citizens once the island is reunified.
Cyprus: no reunification talks while Turkey blocks oil rig
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot official says that talks to reunify the ethnically split island cannot resume as long as Turkey obstructs an offshore hydrocarbon search.
Turkish warships have been preventing a rig from carrying out exploratory drilling off Cyprus on behalf of Italian company Eni for almost a week, citing military maneuvers.