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EU countries urge suspension of air passenger rights to refunds

Twelve European Union governments including Cyprus urged the EU executive on Wednesday to suspend rules forcing cash-drained airlines to offer full refunds for cancelled flights instead of vouchers for future travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airlines across Europe, including …

We sadly announce that Pediandros Zacharias Pilalis has passed away

 † DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT Pediandros Ζacharias Pilalis 

(From Leonarisso, Cyprus) 

With heavy hearts we sadly announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Bapou and Brother on Tuesday 21st April 2020. 

Andreas leaves behind his wife Eleni, his sons Zak, and …

The EU’s absence in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic crisis is too obvious

Article by AKEL MEP Giorgos Georgiou


The coronavirus pandemic is claiming many lives in the EU, leaving behind a carnage of victims and appalling poverty. The pandemic has prevailed, given that from the very first day it found the …

Apostolos Andreas restoration continues, no time to pause despite COVID-19

The bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage issued a call for tenders to proceed with the next phase in the restoration of Apostolos Andreas Monastery, in the occupied northeastern tip of Cyprus, and continues to plan projects despite practical problems

“I trust the scientists”, says Covid-19 vaccine volunteer

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused grief but has also brought into light many unsung heroes.

One of them has to be Dr Edward O’Neill. A 30-year-old Australian postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University’s Oncology Department, he was one of the first …

UK death toll 27,241, opposition Labour leader Starmer says

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll is probably higher than 27,241 making it one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said on Wednesday as he questioned the government’s response to the …

It’s a boy – PM Johnson and fiancée thrilled by birth of son

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, gave birth to a healthy baby boy at a London hospital on Wednesday, slightly earlier than had been expected.

Symonds, 32, had said previously that their baby was due to “hatch” in the

Enfield fire

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat on Foxglove Close in Edmonton.

Half of a two-roomed flat on the ground floor was damaged by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.…

Cyprus: 2nd cell phone antenna torched despite no 5G plans

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus’ telecoms authority said on Tuesday unknown arsonists have torched a second mobile telephone antenna despite government efforts to quell “groundless” fears that it’s moving to install a 5G antenna network.A small, but vociferous, online campaign

UK on track for one of Europe’s worst virus death tolls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is on track to record one of the worst coronavirus death tolls in Europe, after data published on Tuesday showed nationwide fatalities topped 24,000 nine days ago.
A day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of