Gaza mercy mission rammed by Israeli navy

THE SMALL boat carrying doctors, human rights activists and three tonnes of medical supplies from Cyprus to Gaza was rammed by the Israeli navy in international waters yesterday, forcing the damaged boat to dock in southern Lebanon instead.

Minister: no need to order ceiling on fuel prices

COMMERCE Minister Antonis Paschalides said yesterday he would not issue a decree setting a ceiling to fuel prices after the compliance of oil companies in making reductions in prices

Paschalides said two companies had already announced price reductions, and announcements were soon expected from two more companies for “substantial reductions”.

Government approves cash for Gaza

THE CABINET yesterday approved €150,000 in emergency financial assistance to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou once again emphasised the need to end Israeli attacks in the region, causing “carnage and removing the prospect for peace in the region”.

Masked robber knocks on door in bid to rob bank

BANK of Cyprus employees were left laughing when a would-be bank robber actually knocked on the bank’s locked door expecting to be allowed in to rob them.

The incident occurred on Monday afternoon at the bank’s Astromeritis village branch in the Nicosia district.

Burst pipe leaking water for four weeks

FOR four weeks a burst water pipe has been left exposed in the middle of a Nicosia road, with local residents complaining that no one has bothered to fix it.

Earlier this month, technicians of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) dug up several ditches on Glafcou Street, off Nikis Avenue, for the purpose of laying power cables.

Accomplice says Al Capone fled to the north

POLICE were yesterday no closer to catching escaped convict Antonis Prokopiou Kitas.

Despite police assurances that the 42-year-old double rapist and murderer, more commonly known as Al Capone, was most likely in the free areas and would be caught, an associate has placed the high profile criminal in the occupied areas, it emerged yesterday.

Armed raid on Kalavasos co-op

AN ARMED robbery occurred yesterday morning in the Kalavasos Co-op when a masked man with a small firearm got away with €10,930 in cash and €3,391 in cheques.

Questions we need to ask of our hospitals

IT’S MUCH too soon to jump to conclusions regarding the tragic outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at a maternity ward in one of Nicosia’s top private clinics, which has claimed the life of one baby and left another ten newborns fighting for their lives in intensive care at the capital’s specialist paediatric Makarios Hospital.

Beggar’s belief in Ayia Napa

IT TAKES a lot to shock me, but leaving a café in Ayia Napa last night, I was staggered to be confronted by a man openly begging.

I stood staring at him unable to speak – primarily because nothing like this has ever happened to me before in Cyprus. I was not shaken, but had a problem digesting what was actually going on.