Turkey warns Lebanon and Egypt on oil and gas deal

TURKEY YESTERDAY warned Lebanon and Egypt not to go ahead with deals on oil and gas exploration with Cyprus, claiming Ankara and the Turkish Cypriots had rights in the region.

A statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the Cyprus government had no right to sign international agreements and warned that the issue might negatively affect the resolution of the Cyprus issue.

Cyprus bourse rejects Marfin bid for BoC

AT ONE fell swoop, the Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday threw out Marfin Popular Bank’s takeover bid for the Bank of Cyprus, saying it was in contravention of stock market procedure, and gave the nod to Piraeus’ rival offer for Marfin.

BA tries to clear up confusion after strike called off

BRITISH AIRWAYS yesterday operated its full flying programme after a strike by cabin crew strike was called off at the last minute.

The two-day strike, officially announced last week, had been scheduled for yesterday and today.

British Airways in Cyprus said travellers had been informed that the strike was off by email, as well as press and trade announcements.

Minister calls for EU help to deal with drought

PHOTIS PHOTIOU yesterday asked the EU to intervene and support the member states that are facing the negative consequences of drought, adding that the government, as part of its water policy, is planning and implementing desalination and water recycling projects.

El Al withdraws from region over security costs

ISRAELI NATIONAL carrier El Al Israel Airlines said yesterday it was discontinuing flights to Turkey and Cyprus from the end of next month.

El Al runs three weekly flights to Istanbul and Larnaca and plans to cancel the service from March 1, it said in a statement.

EAC staff plan warning strike

TWO-THIRDS of all Electricity Authority (EAC) staff will hold a two hour stoppage next week to protest the semi-government organisation’s delay in implementing their collective agreements.

Men fined after Nicosia brawl

A NICOSIA COURT found two men guilty yesterday of creating a public disturbance, following a brawl in 2004.

Jordanian national Feres Alsadek Hamzeh and Palestinian national Jihad Abdoi Samer had been charged by State Prosecutor Margarita Avraamidou of brawling and causing public affray after they were arrested back in March 2004 in central Nicosia.