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Four Cypriot Banks Pass Stress Tests, Don't Need State Support

Hellenic Bank, Bank of Cyprus, the Co-operative Bank and the Russian Commercial Bank have passed European Central Bank stress tests in a development that was welcomed by Finance Minister Haris Georgiades, who said it confirms the stabilisation of the economy and financial sector.

None of the banks will need further support from the state, said the minister.

Cyprus Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Sinai, Egypt

cyprus condemns egypt terrorist attackCyprus has condemned two terrorist attacks in Sinai, Egypt, that killed 33 Egyptian soldiers on Friday 24th October.

"Cyprus condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There is absolutely no valid justification for terrorism and terrorist acts. We stand in full solidarity with the Government of Egypt in its efforts to effectively tackle the scourge of terrorism," said Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

President Anastasiades Hospitalised for High Blood Pressure in Brussels

anastasiades hospitalisedPresident Nicos Anastasiades was treated in hospital for high blood pressure after he experienced severe nosebleeds in Brussels, said government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides. After nasal cautarisation, the president has made the choice to stay overnight in hospital.

He will remain under medical observation in a hotel room for the next 48 hours, said the spokesman.

The government's positions on Turkey's most recent provocations in Cyprus seas will be sent in writing to the European People's Party and European Council, and Mr. Anastasiades has been in contact with Herman Rompuy, the European Council president. Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he would represent Mr. Anastasiades at the summit, and a draft declaration calling on Turkey to respect Cyprus' sovereignty has been drawn up.

Plane Crash At Sea Off Larnaca Coast - Bodies Found

avgoustinos avgousti(Edited) Authorities have found the bodies of two men who were operating a small training aircraft which went off the radar around 45 nautical miles southeast of Larnaca at 19:00 on Wednesday October 22nd, according to information from the Larnaca rescue service.

The men who were flying the Diamond DA42 were Cypriot national Avgoustinos Avgousti (pictured right) and Lebanese national George Opeki. Mr. Avgousti was a flight instructor and an extremely experienced pilot, with over 9000 hours flight experience and high safety standards. The pilot and passenger had been missing since the wreckage was found by rescue teams that include Greek warship Kalavoudis. The search team includes two Israeli helicopters, a German frigate and a Brazilian frigate.

The wreckage was confirmed as that of a Diamond DA42 at 06.30 on October 23rd, after the plane's registration numbers 5B-CLI were pulled from the sea, said the ministry of works and communications. The plane was en route to Lebanon from Paphos Airport and flying at 6000 feet before it disappeared. The wreckage was loaded onto the German frigate Braunschweig and delivered to Limassol Port for further investigation. 

Full Text of President Nicos Anastasiades' Letter to UN Secretary General over Turkey's Threats

Transcript of President Nicos Anastasiades' letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about Turkey's aggression in Cyprus seas.

"I felt the need to communicate in writing with you, so soon after our last meeting in New York, in order to bring to your attention some recent developments that are not compatible with the smooth continuation of the talks on the Cyprus problem. They have the potential to destroy the efforts of creating a good and positive environment and to actually derail the whole negotiating process.

The Week Video News October 19-26, 2014

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Psychology for good parenting and Dim Sum making - a productive weekend

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This weekend saw two events at Mary’s - very different and both very enjoyable. On Friday I had the honor of welcoming several members of the very active group ‘Mums in Cyprus’ with an equally active and  informative website - always featuring many activities for mums and kids. We had organized events together before and this time I had suggested a guest speaker with a relevant topic - coach and innate health practitioner Tatev Petrosyan speaking on the psychology of good parenting.

Do You Know Someone With A Thyroid Problem? Heavy Metals In the Water Supply - Opinion

Anectdotal evidence is growing that thyroid health problems are increasing in Cyprus, I myself know of six people who have developed thyroid problems in Nicosia and Limassol, how many do you know of?

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