Voters cast ballots in presidential election in breakaway northern Cyprus | AFP

Voters cast their ballots as Northern Cyprus — which is recognised only by Turkey — holds a presidential election amid rising tensions on the island over the ghost town of Varosha.

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Cyprus: Visitors in Varosha for the first time since 1974 | AFP

Northern Cyprus reopens the coastal area of Varosha. The suburb of Famagusta has been sealed off since 1974 after the Turkish invasion of that year, launched in response to a Greek Cypriot coup seeking to annex the whole island to Greece.

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Far from Russia, the rival world cup kicks off in London

Far from the showpiece razzmatazz of this year’s World Cup in Russia, 16 teams kick off at an alternative world championship for those sidelined by the official competition. The CONIFA World Football Cup 2018, being contested at non-league grounds around London, sees the likes of Tibet and Northern Cyprus mix with southwestern Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland, the Punjabi diaspora and the Abkhazia breakaway region of Georgia.