Category: WORLD

Kim Jong-nam: Malaysia seeks North Korea embassy official

Malaysia has asked for North Korea’s help in searching for a senior embassy official wanted in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Mr Kim, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died last week at Kuala Lumpur airport. Police also confirmed details of the killing, saying two women approached him and wiped a […]

Turkish FM: Turkey’s military rights still needed in Cyprus

Turkey’s foreign minister says his country’s right to intervene militarily in Cyprus is still necessary given recent actions that have fanned insecurity among Turkish Cypriots. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cited unspecified “attacks” against Turkish Cypriots as an example of why Turkey needs to keep military intervention rights on the ethnically divided island. Cavusoglu on Tuesday […]

Slovakia not ready to pay any price for IMF in Greece

Slovakia would welcome the International Monetary Fund’s involvement in the Greek bailout but is not willing to pay any price for it, including accepting any debt relief, which Athens does not need, Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said. “As for our friends from the IMF, we like them and it’s good to have them on […]

Cyprus posts surplus of 9.1 million euros in 2016

Cyprus posted a surplus of 9.1 million euros in 2016, according to data release on Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. The budget surplus for January-December 2016 was 9.1 million euros compared with a deficit of 196.4 million euros in the corresponding period of 2015. The primary balance recorded a surplus of 473.8 million […]

Christodoulides: Guterres to discuss Cyprus issue in Turkey

Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has described the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Turkey as important, in statements on Friday. He noted that Guterres’ visit is taking place in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s will to play an active in the process for a Cyprus settlement. In statements to the press, Christodoulides […]

Mother sexually abused her son and daughter in Paphos

A mother – suspected of giving her blessing for her 9-year-old daughter to be sexually abused – is also alleged to have sexually abused the child and her 10-year-old son, SigmaLive has learnt on Friday. The 32-year-old woman from Paphos was remanded into custody for eight days earlier this week, for allegedly allowing her partners […]

Trump’s immigration policy and the world

Donald Trump’s move to ban immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries has triggered a fight in US courts and provoked angry protests in many US cities. But the arguments over its legal and moral merits won’t change many minds. The new president’s supporters and critics are already motivated and mobilized. Few are neutral on Trump or […]

Trump moves “Doomsday Clock” closer to midnight!

Comments by US President Donald Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change have helped make the world less safe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned on Thursday, moving its symbolic “Doomsday Clock” 30 seconds closer to midnight. The clock — which serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying the planet […]

EU looks to camps in Africa to cut immigration

EU interior ministers will consider plans on Thursday to finance camps in Africa where the UN refugee agency and aid groups would process migrants to prevent them trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The sea crossing from Libya to Italy, operated by people smugglers, is now the main route for migrants seeking better lives […]

Eurozone chief hopes for movement on Greek debt talks

The eurozone’s top official says he’s hopeful that Greece and its creditors can make progress on an important review of the bailout program that is propping up the country’s debt-laden economy. Arriving to chair a meeting of eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said “Im sure we will find a way to take steps.” He said […]

Turkey says Greece protecting coup plotters after court ruling on soldiers

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Greece was protecting coup plotters and failing in the fight against terrorism after the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers wanted over an attempted putsch. The Greek ruling appears politically motivated, is against international law, and breaches the rights of the victims of the […]

Kotzias calls for scrapping of system of guarantees in Cyprus

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over the weekend repeated his call for the dismantling of the system of guarantees and the removal of Turkish forces from the ethnically divided island in order to make way for an elusive peace deal. “If we want to solve the problem, then we have to abolish the causes behind […]

Cyprus leaders to meet on Thursday in Nicosia

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet this coming Thursday in Nicosia to process and assess the results of the meetings held in Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday of technical teams of the main parties involved in the United Nations-backed efforts to reunify the island. Anastasiades said that the political discussion […]

Three dead, more than 15 injured after driver ploughs car into Australian pedestrians

A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing three and injuring more than 15 in the center of Australia’s second largest city Melbourne on Friday (20/01/2017), but police said the lunch-time incident was not terrorism-related. Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting […]

Trump’s Greek-American Chief of Staff: With God’s Help we will change the world!

The Greek-American Chairman of the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was honored by the Greek-American community on Thursday, just one day before the inauguration of Donald Trump. In his speech he thanked the Archbishop Demetrius, John Catsimatidis and Gus Bilirakis and he said that people are tired from […]

Turkish cargo jet crash kills at least 30 in Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 30 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near […]

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on Friday, Ankara’s unwillingness to be constructive in the bid for a solution. “We told them clearly. When it […]

Foreign plates carry risk of high fines

There has been a significant increase in the number of vehicles with foreign plates in Greece, as their owners are able to avoid paying this country’s high road tax and fines. In response to a parliamentary question, Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou said that the temporary circulation of vehicles in Greece with foreign plates is […]

Schaeuble comments on possible IMF exit spur debate

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s suggestion in comments to a German newspaper that the potential withdrawal of the International Monetary Fund could necessitate a renegotiation of Greece’s bailout spurred speculation on Friday both here and abroad. “A solution within the European currency system” would be an alternative if the International Monetary Fund “decided for some reason […]