Cyprus

Boat Migrants Set Sail from Lebanon, Land in Cyprus

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.

The Solitaire ship, that lays down an underwater natural gas pipeline in Finnish gulf, 200 km. (125 miles) west of St.Petersburg during Russian premier Vladimir Putin's visit to the ship, Russia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. The pipeline will link Russia's Baltic coast with that of Germany bypassing transit countries. (AP …

Cyprus, Egypt Sign Accord for Mediterranean Gas Pipeline

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus and Egypt on Wednesday signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first sub-sea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe.

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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

Migrants women from Syria walk with their children in a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia, outside of the capital Nicosia, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Cyprus police say a 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly driving one of a pair of boats that …

305 Syrian Migrants Reach Cyprus, 313 Stopped in Turkey

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police arrested a 36-year-old man Sunday for allegedly driving one of two boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island’s northwestern coast.

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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.