Weeping skies keep the faithful away from ‘crying’ icon

REALITY or hoax? Visitors who have seen the Virgin Mary’s ‘tear tracks’ running down the 1,500-year-old icon in the church of Arakapas in the Limassol district are undecided.

But Father Demetrios, caretaker of the small but impressive 19th century church in the remote village, did not try to offer any explanation of the phenomenon yesterday.

Tsiakourmas relatives stage Bases protest

FRIENDS and family of abducted Greek Cypriot contractor Panicos Tsiakourmas yesterday staged a peaceful sit-down protest at the Sovereign Bases Area (SBA) police station at Dhekelia.

Hope for a more stable market in the new year

THE BOURSE ended the year with overall losses of 64 per cent as the index fell a further 2.18 per cent yesterday to close at 244.5 points, a far cry from the 700 points with which it began the year.

It’s a penalty!

`Totting up’ system that can lead to a driving ban starts Monday

Doctors prepare to strike

DOCTORS AT state hospitals and emergency departments will walk out for 24 hours on January 12, if their demands for higher salaries are not met.

This was the warning issued yesterday by the State Doctors’ Union (PASIKY).

Cyprus gets £5.1m on the EU trail

FINANCE MINISTER Takis Klerides yesterday signed two financial memoranda, under which the government will receive 9 million euros (£5.1 million) from the EU as part of the pre-accession aid allocated to Cyprus for the year 2000.

New ambulances for Cyprus

THE HEALTH service was yesterday given a shot in the arm with the unveiling of four state-of-the-art ambulances bringing the government-operated fleet to 60 vehicles.

Health Minister Frixos Savvides received the £100,000 vehicles during a special ceremony outside the casualty department of Nicosia general hospital.

Irish PM to visit

IRISH PRIME Minister Bertie Aherne has announced a visit to Cyprus.

Arriving on January 9, Aherne will spend two days meeting with President Glafcos Clerides, Foreign Minister Takis Klerides and Commerce Minister Nicos Rolandis.

Paphos Bishop denounces icon `tears’

WHILE AN eighth century icon continues to shed `tears’ in a small Limassol district church, the Bishop of Paphos has dismissed any possibility of a miracle and directed an attack against his Limassol counterpart.