‘They want to send me and my baby back to Iraq’

Single mother faces deportation to warzone

A 29-YEAR-OLD Iraqi single mother’s political asylum application was rejected despite police confirming the authenticity of her passport yesterday.

“Her application was denied without even waiting to determine whether her passport was genuine,” KISA president Doros Polycarpou said.

Shakalli’s wings clipped pending probe

CIVIL REGISTRY and Migration Director Anny Shakalli has been stripped of her authority to order deportations, Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said yesterday.
The minister said Shakalli’s duties would continue as normal with the only difference that any deportations first had to be approved by either Permanent Secretary Lazaros Savvides or himself.

Dunking lady makes a splash in Larnaca

WHAT DO you call a dunk tank with a young woman at a Larnaca funfair? An instant hit, that’s what.

Except in this case, where certain upstanding citizens of Larnaca took umbrage when the target game made its debut at the weekend’s Flood Festival.

Parties join forces to protect children from internet porn

PARLIAMENT HAS instructed the Education Ministry to collaborate with the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and other internet providers to filter all computers used by students to stop them from accessing pornographic content.

Who’s it going to be?

Leaders tight-lipped after power lunch

PUNDITS WERE left scratching their heads yesterday when both President Papadopoulos and communist leader Demetris Christofias kept their mouths hermetically sealed about what went on during their meeting.

“I won’t say anything,” said Christofias, as news crews swarmed around him.

‘EU has final call on sodium benzoate’

THE STATE Lab said yesterday it would await directions from the EU and world food bodies before taking any action over a new study that says a common preservative in soft drinks can alter DNA.

Police building file on serial stalker

A NICOSIA serial stalker who has terrorised hundreds of women for at least 10 years now will face criminal prosecution, police chief Iacovos Papacostas said yesterday.

Heart machines destined for island’s public places

THIRTY defibrillators are set to be installed across the island’s public places in an effort to cut the number of deaths from sudden heart attacks.

According to Health Minister Charis Charalambous, the devices will be on site in various places where crowds gather, such as airports, ports and sports stadiums, within the month.

Bank union expels three NBG staff

IN AN APPARENT act of reprisal, the bankers union ETYK has expelled three employees at the National Bank of Greece on charges of “anti-trade union activity.”

Meanwhile seven more employees have been asked to appear before a panel of union delegates to answer similar charges.

Gas storage tenders may come by year end

CYPRUS MAY open tenders by the end of this year for the storage of natural gas as it attempts to switch to cleaner forms of energy, Commerce and Industry Minister Antonis Michaelides said yesterday.