Cyprus

Erdogan maybe More Open to Cyprus Deal after Coup – Cypriot Minister

By Gilbert Reilhac NICOSIA, Dec 6 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may be more willing to back a deal to reunite the divided island of Cyprus following Turkey’s failed army coup in July, the Cypriot foreign minister said on Tuesday. The latest round of U.N.-brokered talks, held in Switzerland in November, failed to conclude an

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Cyprus Remands Suspected Hijacker Who Wanted to See Ex-Wife

By Yiannis Kourtoglou LARNACA, Cyprus March 30 – An Egyptian man accused of hijacking a passenger plane and diverting it to Cyprus has told police he acted because he wanted to see his estranged wife and children, saying “what should one do?”. The suspect, whom Cypriot and Egyptian authorities have identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa,

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EgyptAir Hijack Ends With Passengers Freed Unharmed, Suspect Arrested

By Yiannis Kourtoglou and Nadia El Gowely LARNACA, Cyprus/CAIRO, March 29  – An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt, who was arrested after giving himself up. The passengers and crew were unharmed. Eighty-one

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Egyptair Plane Hijacked to Cyprus, Most Passengers Freed

By Yiannis Kourtoglou LARNACA, Cyprus, March 29 – An Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus by a man apparently distressed over a family matter. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except four foreign passengers and

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EU Leaders Meet to Offer Migrant Deal to Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 17  – Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands. A year into a crisis in which

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