British bases in Cyprus, particularly RAF Akrotiri, have raised questions about sovereignty, transparency, and accountability in international relations. Recent reports suggest the bases have been used in foreign conflicts without Cypriot knowledge, sparking debates on the ethical use of military installations on foreign soil and the implications for international law.
The tragic aftermath of a road collision unfolded on the TsadaStroumbi road in Cyprus, where Theodoros Michaelides lost his battle with injuries sustained in the accident. Despite ongoing efforts to improve road safety, road traffic injuries remain the leading cause of death for children and young adults.
President Nikos Christodoulides has fervently denied allegations made by the audit service, including engaging in a campaign to discredit their work, receiving excessive foreign travel stipends and car mileage funds, misusing state resources, and obstructing access to the presidential residence. The audit service has published troubling findings regarding his finances, demanding that he return funds and provide clarity on expenses, while also raising concerns about the transportation of the president’s children by police and being denied access to inspect the presidential residence during renovations. Legal proceedings have been initiated to address these concerns.
The appointment of a new UN envoy, potentially Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, to Cyprus signals a renewed commitment to resolving the island’s longstanding division through diplomatic means. Discussions between President Nikos Christodoulides and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also touched on humanitarian issues in Gaza and hinted at cautious optimism in GreekTurkish relations, highlighting the multifaceted nature of regional diplomacy.
On International AntiCorruption Day, the Cyprus parliament addressed the significant threat of corruption to democracy, emphasizing the need for transparency, accountability, and integrity in public institutions. They called for the protection of whistleblowers, the promotion of open data and freedom of information laws, and international collaborations to combat corruption and uphold the values of democracy.
The Christmas Village at Ayia Napa Marina is a festive wonderland filled with live music, performances, and interactive activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy visits to Santa’s workshop, rides on a carousel and Ferris wheel, a Christmas market with food stalls and unique gifts, and a special concert by singer Hovig, creating a memorable holiday experience until December 30.
Fitch Ratings has revised Cyprus’ longterm outlook from stable to positive, indicating confidence in the country’s economic resilience, fiscal management, and improvements in the banking sector. The agency predicts a government budget surplus and increasing GDP, with a decrease in nonperforming loans contributing to financial stability, although regional geopolitical risks remain a concern.
On a quiet night in Nicosia, a stolen car driven by a 15yearold led to a highstakes chase when police located the vehicle. The underage driver attempted to flee, nearly hitting officers before colliding with another car, resulting in immediate medical attention for all involved. After a foot chase, the teen was arrested, and ongoing investigations are underway.
Rescue & Rehome Cyprus, founded by Graham Shackleton, is on a mission to care for and rehome abandoned larger dog breeds in Cyprus, such as Pit Bulls and Huskies. Despite facing challenges like a lack of volunteers, the shelter prioritizes extensive training and socialization for each dog to ensure they are ready for adoption into loving homes.
The 39yearold fugitive was arrested in Liopetri, thanks to a coordinated effort by the police, public engagement, and a tip from the community. The arrest led to the recovery of stolen property, including a motorcycle, and the suspect is believed to be involved in various criminal activities such as burglaries and vehicle thefts.