Divided Cypriots unite over heritage

Residents from both sides of Cyprus are coming together to restore their ancient heritage and mend ties away from politics even as peace talks remain stalled.

North Cyprus journalist takes on Turkey’s mighty Erdogan

Jail time, angry mobs and assassination attempts – editor Sener Levent has paid a price for challenging Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus through his tiny newspaper.

Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum

A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark is on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island’s Turkish-held north.

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Videographic explaining Cyprus’ recent history. Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings on Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods

Farmers on British sovereign land in Cyprus complain they’re being left in the dark over Brexit and fear they could lose vital subsidies – or even be forced to pay crippling tariffs, if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal. Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that a protocol for the RAF Akrotiri and Dhekelia military bases on the Mediterranean island has been ‘developed’ in negotiations with Cyprus, as an annex to a wider Withdrawal Agreement between London and Brussels.

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The United Nations will a host a meeting between rival Cypriot leaders on Friday to try to move closer to a relaunch of reunification talks that collapsed 15 months ago.VIDEOGRAPHIC

‘Wine of gods’ harvest gets underway in Cyprus

In one of Europe’s oldest wine-making regions, fields appear golden and deep red as the harvest gets underway of Cyprus’ “wine of gods”. Some 14 villages are authorised to produce Commandaria each September, a wine which may have been enjoyed by England’s Richard the Lionheart who used Cyprus as a staging post during the Crusades.

Isolated north Cyprus reels from plunging Turkish lira

Hit by the tanking Turkish lira, breakaway northern Cyprus is struggling to fend off a crisis largely outside the control of the isolated enclave, which relies on Ankara for its economic survival.

Thousands cross continents in Istanbul swim race

2400 swimmers crossed the Bosphorus in Istanbul for the 30th edition of the famous race. The first swimmer, Dogukan Ulac from Cyprus, completed the 6.5 km in 46 minutes 58 seconds.

Cyprus clifftop villas raise fears for endangered seals

In a string of caves along the coast of Cyprus, a colony of monk seals — the most endangered mammals in the Mediterranean — has found refuge. But now environmentalists and residents are accusing developers of endangering the seals’ habitat, by building luxury villas on top of the caves.