Smoke plume rises from a fire east of the northern part of Nicosia | AFP

A smoke plume is seen rising from a fire in a junk yard east of the northern part of Nicosia, in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), filmed from the southern part of the divided Cypriot capital. IMAGES

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In the Cypriot waters turtles mate amid floating plastic | AFP

Caretta Caretta turtles mate in a sea of micro-plastics off the coast of Alagadi in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. AND SOUNDBITES

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A huge Turkey-funded mosque opening this week has caused a stir in the largely secular Muslim society in northern Cyprus. While Greek-majority Republic of Cyprus is internationally recognised, the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is recognised only by Ankara.VIDEOGRAPHIC