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Beautiful Mosaic Found in Amphipolis Tomb, Macedonia

tomb amphipolisArchaeologists excavating the largest antique tomb ever found in Greece, in Amphipolis Macedonia, have discovered an elaborate and largely intact, floor mosaic.

The mosaic, 3 metres long and 4.5 metres wide, depicts a chariot in motion, pulled by two white horses and driven by a bearded man, crowned with a laurel wreath.

Hermes, the messenger of the Gods and guide to the underworld is depicted in front of the chariot.

Made up of many coloured pebbles, the mosaic covers the whole floor of the second chamber of the tomb – the one featuring the Caryatids. A circular part near the centre is missing, but archaeologists say that enough fragments have been found nearby to reconstruct it.

According to an announcement by the Hellenic ministry of culture on Sunday (October 12), the mosaic has been dated to the last quarter of 4th century BC (325-300BC), consistent with the initial belief that the grave contains the remains of a contemporary of Alexander the Great, the king of ancient Macedonia.

Energy Regulator Studies Reform in Cyprus Electricity Market

electricity cyprusThe Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) has released a study for electricity market reform on the island, aiming to introduce new suppliers and reduce prices for consumers.

Households and businesses here pay the highest electricity prices in the EU and are forced to pay them due to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus monopoly.

Health Ministry Investigates Ebola in North Cyprus Reports

Health Minister Christos Patsalides said he is investigating reports that there is a case of Ebola virus in Turkish-held north Cyprus.

Maritime Dispute Between Cyprus-Turkey A Serious Issue - UN Envoy

cyprus newsThe maritime dispute between Cyprus and Turkey that resulted in the suspension of reunification talks between the Greek-and-Turkish Cypriots is a serious issue, said UN envoy Espen Barth Eide after his meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades.

"It illustrates one of the points that I have raised earlier in my presence here which is that oil and gas can be either a blessing or curse. If it is well managed it will be a source of wealth for all Cypriots, if it becomes a source of tension it will be a problem for everyone and then it will more of a curse than a solution," said Mr. Eide.

US Recognises Republic of Cyprus Sovereignty - Spokeswoman

cyprus news(Edited) The United States recognises Cyprus' sovereign right to explore for hydrocarbons in its Exclusive Economic Zone, in comments on Turkey's statement that it would send a drilling platform into Block 9 - where the ENI-KOGAS group are drilling for natural gas, said spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Tensions have escalated over the row, and Turkey has sent two navy corvettes which are patrolling around the Famagusta coast. The Turkish corvette Bafra has repeatedly violated the three-nautical-mile limit around ENI's borehole for natural gas, which is highly dangerous for the workers on the platform, said the ministry of defence.

Energy minister George Lakkotrypis said the government is continuing as usual with its hydrocarbon development plans.

President Anastasiades Suspends Talks with Turkish Cypriots

cyprus news(Edited) President Nicos Anastasiades has postponed a leaders' meeting with Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu scheduled for Thursday 9th October, in the wake of Turkey's statement that it will send a drilling platform into Block 9 - where ENI-Kogas are drilling for offshore hydrocarbons. The president also announced the suspension of the talks, with the support of all political parties.

Shortly afterwards, Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu removed chief negotiator Kudret Ozersay from the negotiating team. Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriots have rights to the oil and gas around Cyprus, said Mr. Eroglu in comments to Millyet newspaper (in Turkish).

Jobless Number Falls in September - Survey

In September 2014, the seasonally-adjusted jobless number fell to 46,965 persons from 47,593 persons in August, said the Cyprus Statistical Service (CySTAT).

The real number of unemployed persons was 43,017 persons, said CySTAT.

Cyprus Welcomes New Saudi Arabia Ambassador Position

The government said it welcomes the new position of a Saudi Arabia ambassador to Cyprus in a neighboring country, and that King Abdullah has invited President Nicos Anastasiades to visit his country.

Cyprus also intends to establish a representative mission in Saudi Arabia, said the government spokesman.

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