Tassos plays down hope for Paris talks

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday sought to play down expectations as he flew out to Paris where he is to meet with UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan in talks to test the water for a resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus problem.

Heart bypass for Talat

TURKISH Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was in an Istanbul hospital yesterday for major heart surgery after tests showed he was suffering from a blocked artery.

House turns the spotlight on CyTA-LTV deal

THE HOUSE Watchdog Committee convened extraordinarily yesterday to pore over a disputed deal between the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and subscriber channel LTV.

Enthusiastic response for online road tax

NO MORE bureaucracy and waiting in long queues at the Road Transport Department for the renewal of road tax and a number of other activities, such as the issuing of MOT and car registration, with the Department putting its services onto the internet.

Matsakis appears in court to deny charges

MEP MARIOS Matsakis yesterday appeared in a Nicosia court charged with compounding a felony and corruption in connection with allegations that he offered to change his pathologist’s report in a case involving the shooting of a drug suspect.
He denied both charges.

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A 28-YEAR-old man from Bangladesh was found bleeding on the side of the road on Limassol’s coastal strip on Sunday night. He had been injured in the face with a sharp object during a brawl between a group of Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis, police said.

Bank of Cyprus profits surge

THE BANK of Cyprus, the country’s largest financial group, made 88 per cent more after-tax profit in 2005 and said cost containment, a growing market for consumer credit and an improvement in net interest margins would boost profits further in 2006.

Immigrants demand rights under EU directive

MORE than 800 people took part in a demonstration on Sunday demanding the immediate enforcement of the European Directive allowing legal immigrants from third countries to gaining residency rights after completing five years on the island.

The protest was organised by the Movement for Equality, Support and Antiracism (KISA).

Onus on Tassos for Paris talks

SPECULATION about today’s meeting in Paris between President Papadopoulos and UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan has been rife. Ever since the meeting was fixed, politicians and media pundits have been contributing to the speculation, which has confused rather than enlightened.