De Soto gets his own plane for direct flights to Ankara

THE UN has given its Cyprus special envoy Alvaro de Soto a chartered private plane to ease travelling difficulties between Cyprus and Turkey and save time during the intensive talks he is conducting between Athens, Ankara and Nicosia.

Police raid house in drugs bust

POLICE last night said they had arrested three suspects and seized around 2,000 Ecstasy tablets during an afternoon raid in a house in Nicosia.

What happens next in the race to solve the Cyprus problem

THE next steps in the Cyprus negotiations should become clear by the weekend, informed sources said yesterday, with time running out for the signing of an initial agreement by the December 12 EU summit deadline.

Both leaders are expected to hand in their comments on the UN plan by tomorrow.