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World Vision, an international Christian relief and development agency with offices based in Cyprus is sending relief staff to assist the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were ravaged by the tsunamis in South Asia.

No customs union, no EU talks

IF TURKEY does not sign the protocol adapting the Ankara Agreement to extend to all 10 new members of the European Union, it cannot begin accession negotiations, President Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday.

He also pointed out that the EU sets out the conditions a candidate country must meet and that it is up to that country to meet them.

CY turns down Helios offer to lease Hellas Jet planes

CYPRUS Airways (CY) yesterday confirmed that it had rejected a proposal by private Cypriot carrier Helios Airways to lease three planes belonging to the loss-making national carrier’s Athens-based subsidiary Hellas Jet.

“A proposal was made but it was rejected,” a spokesman told the Cyprus Mail, but declined to elaborate.

Penal system is in dire need of reform

EVERY day, our court system churns out a steady diet of remands, convictions and sentences to an ever-growing army of criminals – petty or hardened.

Hardly a case of racism

I refer to a letter sent to you a while back by a Dutch correspondent, regarding work in Cyprus.

Why did we not veto?

I am a little confused. What is our president doing? I saw him on television before Christmas, all smiles, celebrating with pro-Turkish EU leaders, after a date was given to Turkey to start accession talks.

Greek Press

ALITHIA: “Terror number two” As if the death and destruction left behind by the tsunami was not enough, a new danger has emerged from the spread of infectious disease, the daily said. The whole globe has mobilised to help those suffering in south-east Asia, whose residents are sifting through the rubble to find their friends and relatives.

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New Year’s Events
Saturday Night Fever
Formerly Versus club in Nicosia, the venue has had a facelift and has reopened in time for the party season. New Year’s dance party £20 with two drinks. Capital Centre, cnr Makarios and Evagorou sts, Nicosia. Tel. 22-765348.

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Tsunami could hit Cyprus, geologist warns

GOVERNMENT geologist Polis Michaelides warned yesterday a tsunami could hit Cyprus if a powerful enough earthquake occurred around the island.

Some people have dismissed the possibility of a powerful tidal wave hitting the island’s coast as highly unlikely, but Michaelides told the Cyprus Mail those people would have to prove their theory.