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Cyprus to Seek EU Help on Surging Migrant Numbers

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ interior minister says the east Mediterranean island nation will seek help from the European Union as it comes under increasing strain from a large spike in the number of asylum applications.

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Cyprus Intercepts 36 Syrian Migrants On Boat

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have intercepted 36 Syrian migrants, including 11 women and 14 children, after their boat was located off the Mediterranean island nation’s southeastern coast.

Boats off the strip are generally limited to six nautical miles offshore, and the Israeli navy regularly fires warning shots at Palestinians who breach it

Israeli Navy Stops Boat Attempting to Breach Gaza Blockade

TEL AVIV – The Israeli Navy foiled an attempted breach of the naval blockade around the Gaza Strip, arresting the eight Palestinians on board heading for Cyprus, some of whom were wounded while becoming embroiled in the recent clashes with Israeli forces along the border, the IDF said.

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Turkey Threatens to Sink Italian Oil Vessel Off Cyprus

The government of Cyprus has accused the Turkish military of threatening to sink an oil and natural gas exploration vessel doing exploratory work off the Cypriot coast. The vessel, the Saipem 12000 charted by the Italian firm Eni, was previously blockaded by Turkish warships on

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Cyprus Official Says 700 Migrants Could Land in Next Week

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Up to 700 migrants could arrive on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus next week on smuggling trips from Turkey, a top Cypriot official said Saturday, hours after 93 migrants landed in the dark on the island’s northwestern shore.

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference at the latter's Jerusalem office, on July 24, 2016. / AFP / EPA/POOL AND POOL / JIM HOLLANDER (Photo credit should read JIM HOLLANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel, Greece, Cyprus Agree to Enhance Ties

The leaders of the Israeli, Greek and Cypriot parliaments signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to increase cooperation and enhance ties between the three Mediterranean allies.

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75 Arrested, 3,500 Artefacts Recovered in Art Smuggling Ring Bust

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say 75 people have been arrested and more than 3,500 stolen artifacts and pieces of art seized in a joint operation with 17 other European countries that dismantled an international cultural goods trafficking ring. Authorities

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Britain, Greece, Turkey, Prepare For UN Cyprus Reunification Conference

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes there is “a historic opportunity” for a breakthrough in upcoming negotiations that would reunite the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus after more than four decades, the United Nations said Friday. The new

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the foreign press during the annual press conference for the New Year on January 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. Netanyahu slammed the European Union for summoning envoys over plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM …

Israel Signs Research Pact With Greece and Cyprus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece on Thursday in Jerusalem as the three nations signed a research and development agreement to advance joint projects.

Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egyptian man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger plane and forcing it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife, is brought to court in Larnaca

EgyptAir Hijacker Bragged About Killing Israeli Soldiers, Ex-Wife Says

An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight was a “fanatical” supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization and bragged about participating in the killing of three Israeli soldiers, his Cypriot ex-wife said in an interview published Thursday in leading Cypriot daily Phileleftheros.

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Man Accused Of EgyptAir Hijacking Appears In Cyprus Court

The man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir plane and forcing it to land in Cyprus appeared in court on Wednesday where police asked he be remanded in custody for eight days. Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, a 58-year-old Egyptian who has

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Netanyahu Talks Cooperation with Leaders of Cyprus, Greece

Ynetnews reports  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Nicosia on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the fields of energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, water management, combating terrorism, and