CNA News – CNA – Kyriaki Christodoulou – Nicosia 24/01/2018 11:24

House President strongly condemns Turkish invasion against Syria

President of the House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris, has strongly condemned Turkeys invasion against Syria. “I strongly condemn Turkeys invasion of Syria, on the pretext of addressing the situation with the Kurds,” in the area, Syllouris said in a written statement. Yesterday, the ?uropean Parliament S and D group condemned the assault via a statement of its VP.

Afrika under attack after reporting on Turkey’s assault on Afrin

Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Afrika, formerly known as Avrupa, came under attack on Monday, after referring to yet another invasion on behalf of Turkey, following its assault on Afrin, Syria. The attack has been condemned by political parties and other organisations on both sides of the divide in Cyprus, saying it was an affront to freedom of speech and constituted interference by Ankara.

GUE expressed Solidarity with ‘Afrika’, editor Sener Levent and sent letter to EU Commission.

Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary meets with his Belgian counterpart

Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon met on Tuesday, in Nicosia, with the Secretary General at Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for the Kingdom of Belgium Dirk Achten, whom he briefed on the current situation as regards the Cyprus problem as well as Cyprus regional initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean

Cyprus ranks 64th in Global Competitiveness Index

As world leaders gather this week to the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, among the issues they will discuss will be global economy. According to the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018, Cyprus ranks 64th, up 19 places compared to the previous report, among 137 countries.

We rushed to pass a bill on plastic bags without a detailed debate, MP Theopemptou tells CNA

No thorough discussion has taken place on the bill on plastic bags, which provides for a charge of 5 cents beginning of July 2018, and which the government had tabled at the eleventh hour and the House of Representatives rushed to pass it, Cyprus Greens Parliamentarian Charalambos Theopemptou has told the Cyprus News Agency. Cyprus will be introducing the charge of 5 cents this coming summer, following a number of countries in the EU which have already taken strict measures in order to reduce the usage of plastic bags or have banned them completely.

Total population in prison in Cyprus stood at 668 persons in 2016

The total population in prisons in the Republic of Cyprus was 668 persons in 2016, with 614 men and 54 women, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Statistical Service. Convicted Cypriot prisoners in 2016 numbered 287 men and 14 women, while foreign convicted prisoners were 154 men and 16 women.

Cypriot Professor of University of Cyprus becomes member of CARM in China

Cypriot Professor of the Department of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience of the University of Cyprus, Dr Fofi Constantinidou, has been appointed member of the Advisory Board of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine -CARM. A press release by the University of Cyprus says that the Chinese Association is made up of 20,000 members and 37 different specialized scientific teams. Its aim is to upgrade the science and rehabilitation services in the country with the largest population of the earth that exceeds 1.3 billion.

Anna Ioannou broke the world record in 1000m of indoor rowing

The Cypriot world champion rower Anna Ioannou, broke on Monday the world record in the 1000 metres of indoor rowing in the age category of 19-29 of lightweight women.

Source: Cyprus News Agency