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July Deflation Slows to minus 0.6% vs -1.2% in June

Deflation slowed to minus 0.6 percent in July, compared to minus 1.2 percent in June, said the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Prices fell by 0.86 percent due to summer sales. There was an increase in certain vegetable prices, electricity and petrol products, according to the survey.

For the first seven months of the year, deflation was the main trend, showing a decrease of 1.8 percent in prices compared to the same period in 2013, said CySTAT.

Russia EU Food Ban Hits Cyprus

Cyprus is being hit by Russia's EU food import ban, which covers 52 categories of goods, said government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.

The affected products include citrus fruit, fish, vegetables, Halloumi cheese, and fruit. The total amount is 13.5 million euros, said the spokesman.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - All About Dinner Clubs

mary dinner clubWith Mary’s Dinner Clubs having moved to a ‘new playground’ - Art Bistro Agora in the center of Limassol - there has been lots of new interest, yes, curiosity even, about dinner clubs by those who ‘have been hearing about them’.

Dinner Clubs - or Supper Clubs - are also known as "pop-up" restaurants or "underground dining", and are essentially part-time restaurants, that are often held in people's homes or other, sometimes temporary, venues that are not normally used as a restaurant. Because of the usually relatively low number of participants, dinner clubs create a more intimate atmosphere and are great for meeting new people.

Jazz in Cyprus - Interview with Double Bass Player Greg Makamian

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Interview number two in our series on jazz in Cyprus is with young, upcoming double bass musician Greg Makamian from Larnaca.

SF: As a relative newcomer and rising young jazz musician, what are your impressions of the jazz music scene in Cyprus?

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I am on the childrens' side - a poem for the children of Gaza

i am on the childrens' side.

i am not on the side of violence

or justifications for violence

i am on the little girl's side

the little boy's side

who wake up crying in the explosive dark

Gaza Child Death Toll Rises to 415, Truce Holds

The United Nations reports that 415 children have died so far as a consequence of Israel's invasion of Gaza, as bodies are dug out of the wreckage caused by air strikes and artillery fire from Israeli armed forces.

A 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas militants and the Israeli government is still holding, amid peace negotiations in Cairo.

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