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Number of flu-related deaths raises to 12 after three more deaths in the past 48 hours in Cyprus 

Three more people died in the past two days in Cyprus from type A flu, thus raising the number of flu related deaths to 12, a Ministry of Health press release says.

 The Ministry notes that all three patients were being treated in state hospitals and had serious underlying health problems.

Since December 1, 56 serious flu cases have been recorded and patients were treated in major hospitals.

The Ministry notes that although flu activity continues, overall, the disease is in recession for the last three weeks. This decrease is particularly noticeable in the child population, it adds.

The Health Ministry reiterates that the situation is being closely monitored and recalls that the flu vaccine remains the best way to prevent the disease, especially for vulnerable population groups. 

It calls on the public to strictly follow preventive measures.

Potters Bar couple are ‘still in shock’ after the keyless theft of their car, which followed four previous burglaries of their home.

Katrin Cates Selby and her husband Nigel returned home to discover their distinctive orange, late-model Nissan X-Trail was gone from their Highfield Way drive.

CCTV footage at the property showed an unknown man stepped on to their driveway shortly before …

Cypriot bond yields tumble after stellar bond sale

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Government bond yields in tiny Cyprus tumbled on Wednesday and stood out as the star performer in euro zone debt markets, a day after a 15-year bond sale drew solid demand in a further sign …

Cyprus to EU: Speed up granting name protection for halloumi

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus is urging the European Union to speed up the process granting full name protection to halloumi cheese, the east Mediterranean island nation’s top culinary export.

Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told The Associated Press on Wednesday …

Independent Group: Three MPs quit Tory party to join

Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.

Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure.

The three held …

Appeal to trace missing Lisa Elias in London

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a woman who has gone missing from Borehamwood.

Lisa Elias, aged 54 and from the town, left her home at around midnight today (Wednesday) and was last seen in Porchester Road …

Turkish Cypriot driver fined €250 for picking up passengers

A Turkish Cypriot driver was fined €250 for picking up a fare at Larnaca Airport without having a licence to carry fee-paying passengers, Phileleftheros reported on Wednesday.

Taxi drivers at Larnaca Airport have complained of unfair competition  from taxi drivers …

Man crushed to death by water tank in Kato Drys, Cyprus

A 69 year old man died of his injuries in Kato Drys village in the Larnaca district at around noon on Tuesday when a water tank toppled off a tower, crushing him underneath.

Philenews said the man was trying to …

Family’s pet budgie has lucky escape from kitchen fire in Tottenham

A pet budgie had a lucky escape after it was rescued from a fire at a house in Tottenham.

By another stroke of luck, the house was directly opposite Tottenham Fire Station and the home-owner only had to cross the …

Cypriot and Russian FMs to discuss Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, EU-Russia relations and E.Mediterranean issues 

The Cyprus problem, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Russia, relations between the EU and Moscow as well as developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region will be the focus of the talks which the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides, will …