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May 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the new relaxations of the restrictive measures against Covid-19 came into force as of yesterday. Under the new rules, it will no longer be necessary to show a SafePass in public areas except for visits to nursing homes, closed areas, hospital outpatient clinics, medical and diagnostic centres. Elsewhere, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou suffered a cerebral aneurysm on Sunday night and has been transported to a hospital in Athens, the government announced. In other news, the latest bout of dust in the atmosphere was due to have dissipated by this morning after light rainfall in many areas over the weekend. According to the met office, April had seen unprecedented amounts of dust at higher-than-permissible pollution levels. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
May 16, 2022
May 13 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the National Guard has launched an internal investigation into the death of a 27-year-old female corporal who died on Thursday following an accident at an army camp in Kornos. In other news, former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has announced his candidacy for the February 2023 presidential elections, and an online platform for Cypriots of the diaspora is being created to bring them closer to their roots, the office of the commissioner for the presidency has announced. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
May 13, 2022
May 12 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, business leaders have called on President Nicos Anastasiades to urgently boost the island’s self-sufficiency in terms of the food supply, warning that based on current data, higher prices, and shortages “will intensify in the near future.” In other news, the interior and justice ministries are requesting that contract police officers be hired as the state steps up its efforts to tackle irregular migration across the Green Line, and the discovery last week of three dead vultures in Paphos is “a huge blow” to the species’ population in Cyprus, the game and fauna service and BirdLife Cyprus said yesterday. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:54
May 12, 2022
May 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Safe Passes will not be required at entertainment centres, nightclubs and events such as weddings and christenings as of Sunday, the Cabinet decided. Elsewhere, three out of five people in Cyprus said Cypriots are “ready to accept” a female president, while more than half believe eligible voters abstain from elections due to a lack of trust in politicians. In other news, the scheduled launch of a ferry service to Greece seems to have been well received by the public with over 2,000 tickets already booked. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:25
May 11, 2022
May 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the British bases, comprising three per cent of the island’s territory, will allow for the construction of houses, shops, restaurants and light industrial facilities while third-country nationals will also be able to live and establish businesses in non-military areas of the bases. Elsewhere, Akel general secretary Stefanos Stefanou rebutted claims that their candidate for president Andreas Mavroyiannis was a lackey of the Anastasiades government. In other news, diseases of the circulatory system remained the top cause of death in 2020, while Covid-19 accounted for two per cent of all recorded fatalities, according to data released by the health ministry. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
May 10, 2022
May 9 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that a key unit of main opposition party Akel voted in favour of Andreas Mavroyiannis as their candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. There’s also the historic deal that boosts development in the British Bases which comes into effect from today and a key meeting between the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the US. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:14
May 09, 2022
May 6 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a 25-year-old Briton has been remanded for six days following a hit and run accident in Ayia Napa in which a 46-year-old woman from Sweden died, police said. Elsewhere, the fire service is on high alert for the upcoming summer season and is relying on the public’s cooperation and new drones to see it through a difficult period. In other news, main opposition Akel narrowed down their options for who will go on their ticket for the 2023 presidential elections to attorney Achilleas Demetriades and former chief Cyprus negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:14
May 06, 2022
May 5 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas expressed his full support to the family of the young man who suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body during violent incidents involving football fans over the weekend in Larnaca. Elsewhere, the House education committee began discussions on longer school days and future plans for all-day schools. In other news, Presidential candidate Giorgos Kolokasides said that Cyprus still suffers from the remnants of English colonial rule and plans for Queen Elizabeth's jubilee must be cancelled. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:32
May 05, 2022
May 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the electricity authority has announced that energy bills will climb by 6.8 per cent by the end of the month. Elsewhere, a school shooting at Kokkinotrimithia lower secondary school was prevented in November, MPs heard on Tuesday. In other news, political parties, the church, and commercial interests have significant influence over the media in the country, according to a Reporters Without Borders study which ranked Cyprus at 65 globally. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:28
May 04, 2022
May 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the foreign ministry is in negotiations with Brussels in the hopes of securing an exemption from EU sanctions against Russia in case Cyprus is unsuccessful in obtaining the necessary aerial support equipment needed for firefighting. Elsewhere, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged support for vulnerable groups in the face of growing inflation and rising costs. In other news, Cyprus has become the first EU member-state to achieve 100 per cent 5G population coverage, even in its most remote areas. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:02
May 03, 2022
May 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, as Labour Day was marked around the world on Sunday to celebrate the progress made by workers, in Cyprus it descended into a spat between the government and main opposition party AKEL. In other news, Nicosia CID is investigating a case of attempted murder after a man was stabbed with a knife in the centre of town Sunday lunchtime, and this summer is looking to be a busy one for Paphos Airport, with 59 destinations in 21 countries connected through flights by 15 airlines that will gradually exceed 250 per week. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:42
May 02, 2022
April 29 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, two children in Cyprus have contracted hepatitis of unknown origin in recent months, the health ministry said on Thursday, adding that it will continue to monitor the situation amid an uptick of similar cases in Europe, the UK and the US. In other news, an 11-year-old boy was treated on Thursday after he underwent surgery following a firecracker injury which led to the amputation of three of his fingers, and twenty five migrants whose inflatable boat was intercepted off the Akamas peninsula on Thursday morning were later in the day transferred to the Kokkinotrimithia Reception Centre for asylum seekers, while police arrested one of the persons on board as the suspected trafficker. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
April 29, 2022
April 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the one-year jail sentence imposed on Turkish Cypriot newspaper publisher Sener Levent by a court in Turkey for offending Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been commuted to a fine of 9,000 Turkish lira, which is the equivalent of 570 euro. In other news, plans to keep state hospitals open in the afternoons suffered a setback after nursing unions turned down the additional pay offered by state health services, and some 8,200 people received the fourth Covid vaccine, with more than 900 vaccinations carried out after its rollout for people over 60 on Tuesday. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:59
April 27, 2022
April 27 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, although no cases have so far been reported in Cyprus of the children’s hepatitis, which has required some to have liver transplants, a local expert has said that infections are expected. In other news, Paphos residents reported they felt an earthquake in the region and other parts of the island on Tuesday night, and graffiti murals will add a splash of colour to six locations in Polis Chrysochous as part of the 7th Fish Festival taking place on Saturday, 30 April. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:13
April 27, 2022
April 26 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that a fourth Covid-19 vaccine is available to the over 60s and some select groups, that Cypriots are getting better at recycling and of the firecracker mayhem caused over the weekend. There's also the latest on the government's push towards greater digital transition and Akel's efforts to secure a candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:18
April 26, 2022
April 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Hellenic Bank will submit a restructuring plan to the Labour Ministry that will include up to 350 compulsory redundancies this year, its CEO Oliver Gatzke has said, a move likely to set it on a collision course with employees’ union ETYK. In other news, Nefeli, a Griffon vulture rescued as a juvenile from a beach in Episkopi in 2019, has been found dead after colliding into power lines, highlighting the risks facing the island’s endangered vulture population, and the case of former Volunteerism Commissioner Yiannis Yiannaki who faces 18 charges relating to the alleged forgery of his high school and university diplomas will be referred to the legal service next month.  All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:59
April 22, 2022
April 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear of the latest loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, a further four Cyprus passports being revoked, and yet another scam involving luxury cars.  There's also the lucky escape of a Greek paratrooper who was left dangling for minutes at 5,000 feet during a military exercise in Cyprus. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:27
April 21, 2022
April 20 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that Covid-19 restrictions are to be further loosened, the government is to enforce new measures to reduce irregular migration and that progress is being made to introduce a national minimum wage.  There's also a strong denial by Cyprus authorities that there is any involvement in the alleged hacking of British government offices.  All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:04
April 20, 2022
April 19 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the trial of a British pensioner who killed his terminally ill wife, and afterwards tried to commit suicide, has been postponed to June 16. In other news, the SafePass rules have been eased, the Flight Pass has been scrapped, and more relaxations are possible, and a €40 million boost aimed at revamping Nicosia’s walled city was presented yesterday which will provide incentives for young families to move into the area and grants for businesses. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:33
April 19, 2022
April 18 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, long-time chief negotiator for the Cyprus problem, Andreas Mavroyiannis, has resigned from his post. In other news, Cyprus and Israel are kick-starting intergovernmental meetings aimed at resolving the longstanding dispute over the Aphrodite/Yishai gas fields, and a man from Russia has been remanded for four days on suspicion of racism and xenophobia, as well as incitement to commit criminal offences. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:31
April 18, 2022
April 15 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged to hold fast amid mounting calls for an increase in government handouts, warning that otherwise the public debt may spiral out of control. In other news, members of the House Transport Committee are calling on the government to work on regulating the use of personal mobility vehicles in Cyprus, most notably electric scooters, and eleven underage, unaccompanied minors are missing, some for up to three years, MPs heard on Thursday as elected officials decried double standards.  All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:50
April 15, 2022
April 14 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that the presidential palace is set for a makeover, that the two communities met to promote the role of women in Cyprus peace talks, and that the justice system faces collapse unless MPs pass reform bills.  There's also the bizarre news that a Cyprus based company will offer masturbation pods to employees while at work.  All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:23
April 14, 2022
April 13 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has predicted long-term inflation, calling it the “most dangerous parameter” of the current economic crisis. The minister also voiced doubts about the planned transition to ‘green energy’. In other news, UN experts have said that the Cyprus Missing Persons issue must be depoliticised, and a survey has found that Cyprus averages four car thefts a day, placing it eighth among 15 countries, according to Eurostat data. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:60
April 13, 2022
April 12 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a man accused of consistently supplying four girls with crystal meth and heroin was remanded for seven days by the Limassol court yesterday. Elsewhere, President Nicos Anastasiades said he is not considering a reshuffle of the national health system Gesy, after repeated calls for a clean sweep. In other news, almost all hotels in Paphos, over 115 units in total, have opened for the season, according the Paphos hoteliers’ association. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:21
April 12, 2022
April 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, as of Monday a raft of relaxations from Covid-19 restrictions come into force following a Cabinet decision last Thursday. Elsewhere, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos on Sunday estimated that Cyprus will see 50 percent more passenger traffic this year compared to 2021. In other news, Nicosia's longest-running Mayor, Lellos Demetriades, passed away at the weekend at Nicosia General Hospital. He was appointed Mayor of the capital in 1971, a position he held until December 2001. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:56
April 11, 2022
April 8 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Cyprus to close its ports to all Russian ships and to deny “privileges” to Russian nationals, as part of an effort to turn the squeeze on Moscow over its invasion of his country. In other news, the health ministry has announced a slew of changes to the Covid-19 restrictions, and prospects for the EastMed pipeline suffered what seems like a final blow on Thursday as a senior US State Department official labelled it expensive and unviable. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
April 08, 2022
April 7 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take an in-depth look to the visit of US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland to Cyprus. Elsewhere, in Covid-19 news, the face mask mandate  in outdoor spaces is expected to be lifted this week as discussions are underway for further relaxations of coronavirus measures. In other news, the European Commission has called on Cyprus yet again to take measures to protect its Natura 2000 sites. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:18
April 07, 2022
April 6 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, traffic cameras appear to be stuck in the ‘pilot’ phase with 50,000 violations recorded since the start of the year but only 2,000 fines handed out. In other news, Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides said on Tuesday that Cyprus will not provide weapons to Ukraine as doing so would create gaps in the Republic’s deterrence capabilities; and five cases of suspicious matches out of a total of 12 investigated by a special branch of the police have been sent for prosecution. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:44
April 06, 2022
April 5 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the Ukrainian president will address Cyprus’ parliament while a request has been made by the US for the National Guard to hand over its Russian-made weapons systems to Ukraine. There’s also new speed cameras which have been fitted in police patrol cars, a further rise in electricity bills and confirmation that March’s unseasonable deep freeze broke a slew of records. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail news team.
04:25
April 05, 2022
April 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has called on the public to be patient until Thursday when announcements are expected to be made over the relaxation of coronavirus measures. Elsewhere, as the war rages on in Ukraine, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said that almost 15,000 Ukrainians are currently being hosted in Cyprus, a third of whom were living here when Russia invaded. In other news, a man has been arrested in Limassol for allegedly causing damages to the hotel he was staying in to the tune of €20,000. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:08
April 04, 2022
April 1 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Cyprus faces a serious problem coping with the number of migrants arriving here daily, while the current Ukraine refugee crisis means less attention and resources diverted to people coming in from other countries, the interior minister has said. Meanwhile, another 50 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from Pournara reception centre for asylum- seekers to a Paphos-based facility, with with more expected to be taken there in the coming days. In other news, Parliament on Thursday passed legislation establishing a junior ministry of culture under the umbrella of the education ministry. All this and more in today’s briefing.
03:52
April 01, 2022
March 31 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, said that while Cyprus would inevitably be affected by rising inflation and deteriorating growth, its economy was better equipped to handle the crisis than it was previously. In other news, the cabinet has approved a bill giving trade and energy minister, Natasa Pilides, the power to set a maximum gross profit margin for traders in an attempt to stem price gouging as the cost of basic items continue to soar; and Nicosia police have arrested a 32-year-old woman in connection with a case of obtaining €24,000 from a couple under false pretences. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:36
March 31, 2022
March 30 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a senior government official said that three individuals subject to the EU sanctions in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine hold a Cyprus passport, adding that checks are ongoing. Elsewhere, the British High Commission has apologised for a UK defence ministry video which displayed a truncated map of Cyprus that did not include the north or the British bases. In other news, a volunteer group of Cypriot doctors and nurses arrived in the Romanian town of Siret, close to the border with Ukraine early on Tuesday to provide medical assistance to refugees fleeing Russia. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:24
March 30, 2022
March 29 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus will have to examine all citizenships and residency permits given to Russian or Belarusian nationals "significantly supporting the war in Ukraine" under orders from Brussels. Elsewhere, a new record of 6,494 Covid-19 infections were detected on Monday from 115,930 tests, a positivity rate of 5.6 per cent. In other news, legendary rock band Scorpions will be performing at Limassol's Tsirion Stadium on July 12, as part of their 50th anniversary tour and the release of their album 'Rock Believer'. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:11
March 29, 2022
March 28 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris will discuss the increased migration flow from Turkey with EU officials in Brussels on Monday. Elsewhere, ahead of visit her visit to Cyprus tomorrow, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said she was optimistic Cyprus can weather the current economic storm brought about by the war in Ukraine. In other news, police are warning the public that there has been an increase in various kinds of cyberfraud and a rise in complaints, especially in Nicosia, related to electronic fraud. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:05
March 28, 2022
March 24 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Cyprus supermarkets are not expected to experience stock shortages due to the war in Ukraine, executive secretary of the Supermarkets Association (PASYPE) Andreas Hadjiadamou has said.  In other news, the highest number of first-time asylum applicants relative to the population in the EU in 2021 was recorded in Cyprus, with 14,799 first-time applicants per million residents, according to the latest Eurostat report, and the education ministry has unveiled a national fitness assessment programme for secondary school children as part of concerted efforts with the health ministry to combat child obesity. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:14
March 24, 2022
March 23 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, nine young Somali migrants camped outside the Hope for Children shelter in old Nicosia say they will not leave until their situation is resolved. The boys have been in the Pournara reception centre for between five and seven months. Elsewhere, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the administration of a Covid booster jab to children aged 12 and over and the rollout of a fourth vaccine to those aged 70 and over and the immunocompromised. In other news, cannabis use in Cyprus in 2021 increased, whereas cocaine use decreased, the annual report presented by the Cyprus National Addictions Authority showed. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:23
March 23, 2022
March 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum - consortium partners in Block 10 of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone - have found "high-quality natural gas" in the ‘Glaucus-2’ appraisal well, the energy ministry said yesterday, but there appear concerns over quantity. In other news, bus drivers in Nicosia and Larnaca yesterday decided to continue strike action launched on Saturday after they were sent redundancy letters, and the latest British Post Office annual holiday costs barometer has found Paphos to be the fifth best value holiday destination for British travellers. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:28
March 22, 2022
March 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Disy leader Averof Neophytou was unanimously ratified as the party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming elections, during Disy’s Supreme Council session on Sunday. His candidacy was ratified unanimously by a show of hands. Elsewhere, The Test-to-Stay measure went into effect on Monday morning at kindergartens, pre-primary and special schools. The decision was taken by the council of ministers last week as part of a series of measures to curb the coronavirus. In other news, the World Happiness Report ranked Cyprus at 41 out 146 nations and territories, slipping slightly since the last report but ahead of its neighbours such as Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:26
March 21, 2022
March 18 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, procedures have been set in motion to help some 8,000 Ukrainians who have come to Cyprus as refugees or are stranded here because of Russia’s invasion of their country. In other news, a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose has been deemed “inevitable” amongst the general population and not just for the elderly or vulnerable groups, while the current testing programme may be trimmed, and government services on the web are set to be centralised into a single portal within the next two months. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:47
March 18, 2022
March 17 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Energy Minister Natasa Pilides has expressed caution over prospects for reviving EastMed pipeline as she said that, even if the pipeline project kicked off immediately, it would not provide a solution to the energy crisis that Europe is experiencing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Elsewhere, House president Annita Demetriou unveiled the monument for the four Egyptians who lost their lives in the devastating fire that destroyed lives, businesses and homes in the area of Odou last July. In other news, the journalists union on Wednesday said they had held a meeting with the government spokesman seeking more access to the palace and called for an end to a ban on questions following announcements by senior officials. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:60
March 17, 2022
March 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the finance ministry has revised its forecast for inflation this year from an initial 1.5 per cent to 4 per cent, as petrol prices surge in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Elsewhere, annual vaccinations against Covid-19 are on the cards for the elderly, vulnerable and immunosuppressed as part of a return to normality, state epidemiologist Michalis Voniatis said on Tuesday.   In other news, the Cypriot tourism industry is now operating with a worst-case scenario and will need to tap alternative markets and domestic custom to recover around one third of what will be lost this year, according to Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:35
March 16, 2022
March 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear how the government has vowed to resolve the seemingly chronic challenge of overcrowding at the Pournara reception centre.  President Anastasiades visited Pournara yesterday after criticism from other officials. The government subsequently announced changes to the procedures at the centre. Elsewhere, the NGO Hope for Children announced that it has teamed up with volunteer network Cyprus For Ukraine (CY4UA) on several humanitarian initiatives offering support to Ukrainian families stranded in Cyprus.  And finally, fuel prices are rising again due to the increasing cost of importing fossil fuels as a result of the war in Ukraine, Energy Minister Natasa Pilides said yesterday - offering advice as to how consumers can try to find a better deal.  All this and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:31
March 15, 2022
March 14 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, President Nicos Anastasiades was this morning due to visit the Pournara migrant camp in Kokkinotrimithia to see for himself the conditions there, after they have been widely criticised over the last few days. In other news, the British Bases have said they are proud of the “fantastic job” pilots operating out of RAF Akrotiri were doing defending the skies above Eastern Europe, and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar accused the Greek Cypriots of using sport to underline hackneyed complaints after F1 driver Sebastian Vettel had a Turkish Cypriot flag on his helmet.  All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:44
March 14, 2022
March 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the president is in Brussels attending an EU meeting to address the sanctions on Russia - where he said Cyprus fully understands what is now happening in Ukraine as the island is itself an occupied country. He accused Turkey of undermining sanctions and serving its own interests. Elsewhere, authorities have said they are investigating the possibility of abuse of a second child belonging to a couple who have been remanded on suspicion of forcefully shaking their two-month baby - leading to her death.  And in Covid-19 news, amid an uptick in infections, an expert advising the government on the pandemic has cautioned against further relaxations. All this and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:47
March 11, 2022
March 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, police have hailed a whopping 132kg cannabis drugs bust at Limassol port which they say is a “major blow to drug traffickers." And still on crime, four arrests were made on Wednesday and one on Thursday in the case involving officials at the transport department allegedly doctoring documents to pass off damaged second hand luxury cars as new. In other news, almost 3,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Cyprus since February 25, the day after the Russian invasion. The interior ministry announced the figures in attempt to counter criticism that it had not adequately responded to the crisis. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:30
March 10, 2022
March 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, following an increase in the price for many goods and a shortage of grains on the market, the council of ministers is set to approve the government purchase of 36,000 tons of barley and corn. Meanwhile, a merchant ship carrying fourteen 40-foot containers of food and medical aid for Ukraine left Cyprus on Tuesday. In other news, the cost of renovating the facades of the buildings on Larnaca’s Piale Pasha has risen to €1 million, a sum five times higher than the one originally estimated. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:26
March 09, 2022
March 8 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Cyprus has collected enough donations for the war-torn people of Ukraine to fill 15 shipping containers, in its biggest-ever humanitarian drive. In other news, the Covid SafePass requirement is to be lifted from certain businesses as of today, and the owners of homes in Pissouri that have either been destroyed or seriously damaged by an ongoing landslide and are still crumbling, have been asked by their lenders to restart payments, even though issues with compensation from the government have not been resolved.  All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:10
March 08, 2022
March 4 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the problems Cyprus is facing from the EU ban on Russian flights and the wider implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the island’s economy are set to be a key point of debate in a series of upcoming top government meetings. In other news, tax on petrol is to be cut by seven cents a litre while the period for the reduced VAT on electricity costs is to be extended, the finance minister has announced, and the Covid SafePass requirement is to be lifted from certain businesses while the self-isolation period has been reduced from ten to seven days. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:25
March 04, 2022
March 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues as we hear that local volunteers are helping out stranded tourists in Cyprus, as over 100 Ukrainians were on holiday when the tanks rolled in.  And as for Covid-19, there are further relaxations of the restrictive measures as PCR and rapid test requirements for vaccinated person crossing the green line has been scrapped. Elsewhere, the cabinet is set to meet later today to discuss changes to the SafePass. The entity charged with running Gesy has announced major changes to the way in which the healthcare system will function, such as a time limit being imposed on how often patients can switch GP. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:08
March 03, 2022
March 2 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Cyprus’ goal of attracting more tourists this year than last is achievable, Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios has said. Meanwhile, the first evacuation of 42 civilians, including children and elderly, has been successfully completed, Cyprus foreign ministry spokesman Demetris Demetriou said on Tuesday. In other news, the further easing of coronavirus restrictions including the lifting of SafePass requirements to enter certain places, are expected to be announced later this week. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
March 02, 2022
March 1 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to dominate the headlines. Russia’s ambassador to Cyprus bluntly said that the EU and the island have shot themselves in the foot by imposing sanctions. Meanwhile, prominent Nicosia lawyer Achilleas Demetriades officially announced his candidacy for the 2023 presidential elections. In other news, British actress Elizabeth Hurley and other cast members of a film being made by a Cypriot company are set to visit the island later this year to promote it. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:54
March 01, 2022
February 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, thousands of Ukrainians and Russians living in Cyprus are concerned about the war and the impact it will have on loved ones back home, including the relations between Ukrainians and Russians living in Cyprus. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades is departing for Saudi Arabia today and will meet for talks with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and Film on Screen Holdings is planning to build a complex of five studios in Cyprus. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
02:43
February 28, 2022
February 25 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the House of Representatives has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling for an immediate ceasefire there and urging Russian troops to depart Ukrainian territory. President Nicos Anastasiades has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” actions violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent country, after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and around 100 Ukrainian nationals demonstrated outside the Russian Federation’s consulate in Limassol on Thursday afternoon. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:32
February 25, 2022
February 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis will represent Cyprus at today’s emergency European Council meeting on Ukraine instead of President Nicos Anastasiades, who is currently in Dubai and is due to speak at Thursday’s international business forum Expo 2022. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot politicians voiced their opposition to the charges faced by journalist Ali Kismir for an article he wrote a year-and-a-half ago which criticised Turkey’s alleged role in the elections in the north. In other news, dancing has finally got the official stamp of approval as the health ministry announced its much anticipated protocol. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
February 24, 2022
February 23 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios has reportedly assured the tourism industry that the government is devising a contingency plan in the event of a flare-up in Ukraine and possible sanctions on Russia, adversely impacting tourist arrivals from the two countries. Meanwhile, the further easing of restrictions should take place over the course of weeks, not months, one of the government’s advisors said, emphasising the need to learn to live with the virus. In other news, the ‘spy van’ affair that broke out in late 2019 ended with the Larnaca criminal court imposing a €76,000 fine on Israeli company WiSpear Systems Limited. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:26
February 23, 2022
February 22 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a memorandum of understanding which attempts to alleviate Cyprus’ migration pressures was signed with the EU yesterday. There’s also the latest Covid-19 measures which will now permit dancing at entertainment venues with more than 150 people, provided that those present - vaccinated or unvaccinated - have a 24-hour negative test. Elsewhere, the transport ministry has defended criticism from the Cyprus consumers association over the government’s intention of introducing fixed taxi fares to and from Paphos and Larnaca airports. All these and more in your daily news briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:47
February 22, 2022
February 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the Ministry of Health has announced that weekly rapid tests for children aged four and above in preschool will begin today. In other news, Archbishop Chrysostomos has called on members of the Synod to behave within the framework of decency and seriousness, after some members were already campaigning for who would be his successor, and opposition to the British Bases being involved in the crisis in Ukraine was expressed by demonstrators on Sunday who held a protest at the entrance to the Akrotiri base. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:19
February 21, 2022
February 18 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, following a lengthy debate on the House floor, parliament yesterday passed a law establishing an anti-corruption authority. Meanwhile, the finance minister warned Gesy, the national health system, is currently in danger of collapsing due to flawed implementation. In other news, four additional UK Typhoon jets have landed in RAF Akrotiri as part of Britain’s Nato contribution amid the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But the arrival of the fighter planes angered left-wing Akel, which spoke of a provocation by the UK to Cyprus and its people, and a threat to the island’s security. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:52
February 18, 2022
February 17 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the interior minister has said that more European aid will be given to Cyprus to help deal with increasing migrant flows. Elsewhere, the police have procured 96 new vehicles, most of which are ‘smart vehicles’, 42 connected to the ANPR system. There’s also the report by the Cyprus Labour Institute, which showed that the purchasing power of the average salary in Cyprus is currently 6.8 per cent below 2006 levels. All this and more in your morning briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:16
February 17, 2022
February 16 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a search that lasted much of the day for a missing three-year-old girl after her twin was found alone in the buffer zone early on Tuesday morning, finally located her in the Pournara migrant camp. In other news, UK House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who is on a three-day official visit to the island, has praised the long history of friendship and common values between Cyprus and Britain, and the ban on the entry of unvaccinated people to restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs will be lifted as of next week, the cabinet decided. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:32
February 16, 2022
February 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus’ legal system was tested and failed in its handling of the 2019 Ayia Napa gang rape case, the chairwoman of the House human rights committee said yesterday. In other news, Turkey has said it will not extradite three suspects arrested in Istanbul in relation to last week’s assassination of Turkish Cypriot businessman, Halil Falyali, and the cost of the damage caused by fires last year came to a staggering €512 million, more than double that of 2020. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:27
February 15, 2022
February 14 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Cypriot citizens living in the Ukraine are advised to leave the country due to increased risks of escalating tension. In other news, British citizens have now been classed as third country nationals as a result of Brexit and are therefore no longer allowed to vote in local elections, and a documentary by Netflix titled “Tinder Swindler” has hit the Top 10 in Cyprus after it appears the main character – a con artist – started off in Cyprus. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:25
February 14, 2022
February 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, after news emerged that a doctor was facing criminal charges for allegedly sending fictitious invoices for payment, it has now been revealed that a number of such investigations are underway. Meanwhile, traffic violations have dropped by half ever since speed cameras went ‘live’ compared to the period during which they were used on a pilot basis. In other news, any relaxations of the Covid-19 restrictions will depend on the suggestions of the advisory team, the health minister has said. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:22
February 11, 2022
February 10 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, shocking scenes were captured at the Pournara migrant reception centre as dozens were injured during a mass fight. And in the health care sector, a Gesy doctor is set to be prosecuted as claims were made for payments for services which were never provided. Elsewhere, the finance minister criticised the Health Insurance Organisation over its claims of understaffing, despite the fact that it has not yet filled all its vacancies. And in the north, it was reported that a man has been arrested after the assassination of a well-known Turkish Cypriot businessman with alleged links to the underworld. All this and more in today’s briefing.
04:38
February 10, 2022
February 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, farmers working near the village of Denia in the buffer zone on Tuesday reported they were threatened by five soldiers from the north, some of whom were armed. Meanwhile, the ministry of health said that thousands of children had the opportunity to attend lessons in person thanks to the Test to Stay policy, as secondary school teachers criticised the measure, saying it will lead to school closures. In other news, the government has announced it will channel 15 per cent of its revenue from the operation of the casino resort in Limassol to finance housing scheme. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
February 09, 2022
February 8 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the government said yesterday it will use any safeguards in the contract governing the long-awaited liquefied natural gas import terminal, sounding an upbeat note that any differences with the contractor would get ironed out. In other news, the police confirmed yesterday that the US university from which the former volunteerism commissioner claims to have graduated says it has no knowledge of his existence, and a man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison following the biggest ever drugs bust with links to Cyprus. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:14
February 08, 2022
February 7 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, three police officers in Paphos have been suspended pending an investigation into how two suspects escaped detention cells at the city’s police headquarters. In other news, an 18-year-old man has been arrested in Nicosia after losing control of his car and smashing into four teenage girls standing in front of a supermarket wall, and Centre-right DIKO will be the ruling party or a main part of a coalition government to bring about change after the presidential elections in 2023. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:29
February 07, 2022
February 4 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that major delays are now expected in the construction of the LNG import terminal at Vasilikos, in Limassol. There’s also the third earthquake to be felt in Cyprus in less than a month. Elsewhere, MPs have criticised the government’s proposed infectious disease bill - saying it has not addressed their concerns over inadequate checks and balances on the state. But on a happy note, the latest data showed that tourism arrivals in 2021 hovered just below the 2 million mark. All of that and much more in your daily news briefing.
05:25
February 04, 2022
February 3 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Akel MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek has said he will challenge in court the claim that he is violating the constitution by holding an unpaid teaching post at the University of Cyprus while simultaneously serving in the European parliament. In other news, police said they will investigate whether mistakes were made in their handling of the 2019 Ayia Napa gang rape case after the supreme court overturned the conviction of the woman who filed and later retracted a complaint she had been raped, and two doctors at the Apollonion Hospital in Nicosia are facing criminal charges in relation to incidents of contamination of patients during eye surgeries. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:17
February 03, 2022
February 2 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the expected loosening of some Covid-19 restrictions appear to have been shelved, amid reports that the BA.2 Omicron subvariant has been detected in Cyprus. Meanwhile, an online petition has been launched calling for the immediate resignation of Archbishop Chrysostomos after he placed a dozen priests on mandatory three-month leave because they are unvaccinated. In other news, after the urban taxi sector was not included in the one-off grant announced by the finance ministry for this year, taxi drivers have said they will go ahead with a six-hour work stoppage next week to demand state financial support. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:19
February 02, 2022
February 1 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the Supreme Court on Monday overturned a conviction against a young British woman who was accused of lying about being gang-raped in 2019. In Covid-related news, fully vaccinated children and those who recently recovered from the virus will now be excluded from the test-to-stay policy, and the largest cruise ship in the world, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Wonder of the Seas arrived at Limassol port yesterday morning. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:47
February 01, 2022
January 31 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the current epidemiological picture in Cyprus is good and the issue of relaxations will be on the table during a meeting tomorrow, a member of the government's scientific team has said. Epidemiologist Michalis Voniatis said that epidemiological indicators show a decrease in cases but more importantly, a decrease in hospitalisations. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said he was ready for an informal dialogue with the Greek Cypriot side and suggests it take place in London, according to reports. In other news, a new BBC documentary airing on Wednesday revisits the famous 1966 case in Britain which prosecuted Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos who was the last artist successfully prosecuted in Britain under the Vagrancy Act 1938. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:16
January 31, 2022
January 28 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a three-year-old boy, who has been hospitalised with serious heart disease at the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia, has been denied treatment abroad because his parents are unvaccinated. Meanwhile, the EuroAsia Interconnector, the most expensive project Cyprus has ever been involved in has been approved for €657 million in funding from the EU. In other news, commuters in Nicosia and Larnaca will soon be able to use 5G-powered internet in buses and stops, operator Cyprus Public Transport (CPT) announced on Thursday. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
January 28, 2022
January 27 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus’ imports from the UK have plunged a whopping 43 per cent as a result of Brexit, making the UK fall from third to seventh place. Meanwhile, Cyprus has seen the last of the Elpis weather system that brought freezing temperatures, storms and gale force winds, but the cold front accompanying it will remain in the area until Saturday. In other news, the cabinet has also approved a special €1.5 million plan to support local authorities build improved animal shelters for stray dogs. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:14
January 27, 2022
January 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the island’s traffic camera system has suffered from an early setback as no fines have yet been issued despite thousands of violations having been recorded. In other news, a bill to remedy the island’s unregulated hostel tourism industry is set to be ready within one month, and Alpine skier, Yiannos Kouyoumdjian, will be Cyprus’ sole representative at the Winter Olympics next month in Beijing. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:55
January 26, 2022
January 25 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the supreme court yesterday declared null and void a parliamentary resolution last April that had called on the attorney-general and the deputy attorney-general to abstain from taking legal action over the findings of a report into the defunct citizenship-by-investment programme. In other news, MPs have begun discussing the sensitive issue of legalising euthanasia, and the ‘Elpis’ weather system from Greece continues to bring below average temperatures, storms, and snow, with yet another yellow weather warning in place until 4pm today. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:19
January 25, 2022
January 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, deputy leader of the Green Party Efi Xanthou said the "Test to Stay" scheme to be introduced in schools today to allow close contacts to stay in lessons will only create more problems. Meanwhile, the full picture of the new "parliament" in the north, for which elections were held on Sunday, is also expected on Monday. In other news, no information collected so far indicates that people in Cyprus were involved in the well-publicised rape of a 24-year-old woman in Thessaloniki, police said. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:48
January 24, 2022
January 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, following pressure from opposition lawmakers, the government has agreed to amend certain provisions of the ‘Dangerous Infectious Diseases Law of 2021’, which will repeal and replace the current Quarantine Law under which the health minister has issued the coronavirus decrees. Meanwhile, the government is also thinking of expanding the ‘test to stay’ programme to other population groups as a step towards learning to live with the virus, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has said. In other news, according to a Greek lawyer, Cypriots were present at the hotel party where a 24-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped in Greece. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:53
January 21, 2022
January 20 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the cold snap continues across Cyprus with temperatures overnight falling to -9 °C in some areas, while mountain communities have repeated their complaints about inadequate heating subsidies. In other news, authorities are starting to investigate claims that a connected group, including a well-known Cypriot family, is involved in drugging and raping women in collaboration with perpetrators in Greece, and work on the Larnaca marina and port development project is due to commence in April 2022. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:57
January 20, 2022
January 19 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, confirmed Covid cases will no longer be able to use their SafePass to enter shops and restaurants before their self-isolation period is complete. In other Covid-related news, a 53-year-old man asked to pick up his daughter who had gone to class despite being positive with coronavirus is under police investigation for assaulting a head teacher, and six illegal bird trappers were arrested in the past two weeks, according to numbers published by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) on Tuesday. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:53
January 19, 2022
January 18 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the Molnupiravir anti-Covid pill became available yesterday and will protect high risk patients from severe Covid-19 disease. In other Covid-related news, the health minister said yesterday that the ‘test to stay’ policy will be applied in schools for students who are close contacts. Meanwhile, mixed signals came from the government yesterday over the mooted EastMed natural gas pipeline, with President Nicos Anastasiades censuring those prematurely heralding the project's demise, while his foreign minister stated that he always regarded the project as politically problematic. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:60
January 18, 2022
January 17 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, decisions on the implementation of ‘test to stay’ at schools will be finalised on Monday as teachers and the education ministry remain at odds over the policy that will allow children who are contacts of Covid cases to stay in school if they test every day for five day. Meanwhile, Syrian nationals living in a particular property development in the Paphos village of Chlorakas and who have been given just days to leave and find new homes, have urged the government to solve the situation peacefully. In other news, as of today, people will be able to choose the vaccine of their choice among the four available jabs at walk-in vaccination centres. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:49
January 17, 2022
January 14 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, aced with the prospect of teacher strikes, the government has walked back the launch date for the ‘test to stay’ policy in schools that aims to provide for the daily testing of close contacts of confirmed cases instead of self-isolation. Meanwhile, the future viability of general health scheme Gesy was discussed on Thursday in a meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades, attended by several stakeholders including health officials, the auditor-general and the attorney-general. In other news, Cyprus registered the third lowest decrease in passenger flights among European Union member states in December, according to new data published by Eurostat. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:56
January 14, 2022
January 13 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the cabinet on Wednesday decided to introduce a ‘test to stay’ at schools, with the aim of keeping them operational and detecting positive cases in a timely manner. Under the rule, close contacts of confirmed cases that have no history of vaccination, instead of having to isolate, will undergo a daily rapid test for a period of five days. Meanwhile, 11 people arrested in connection with a mass brawl in Chlorakas last week were charged and released conditionally. They will appear at Paphos district court for a hearing on February 24, police said on Wednesday. In other news, British bases police sergeant, Loucas Panayiotou, has been awarded the Overseas Territories Police Medal by the queen on the New Year’s Honours list. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:14
January 13, 2022
January 12 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Paphos residents have spoken of a “nightmare earthquake” yesterday after one of the strongest quakes recorded in Cyprus rattled the island in the early morning. In other news, the United States has confirmed media reports of its misgivings over the EastMed subsea natural gas pipeline, in an apparent U-turn over a project supported by the former Trump administration, and Ioannis Kasoulides was sworn in as foreign minister yesterday, returning to active service nearly four years after deciding to leave public office. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:45
January 12, 2022
January 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Disy leader Averof Neophytou yesterday submitted his candidacy as party nominee for the 2023 presidential elections, asserting confidently that his party will win and retain power for five more years. Meanwhile, to replace the former Foreign Minister and possible presidential candidate Nikos Christodoulides, President Nicos Anastasiades has appointed veteran politician Ioannis Kasoulides. In other news, schools reopened after an extended Christmas holiday yesterday, but 20 per cent of secondary school students and hundreds of younger pupils were unable to attend, either because they have Covid or are self-isolating as close contacts. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:03
January 11, 2022
January 10 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has announced his resignation, expressing an interest in running for president in 2023. In other news, dozens of people gathered outside the Archbishopric in Nicosia on Sunday to protest the ultimatum given to unvaccinated priests to get jabbed or be punished, and a 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged with circulating a forged SafePass document. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:03
January 10, 2022
Daily News Briefing January 7
In today’s episode and following expanded Covid measures that came into effect yesterday, President Nicos Anastasiades said the aim had been not to impose a new lockdown. In more Covid news, Cyprus is among a list of countries projected to achieve the vaccination target of 70 per cent of the total population by mid-2022 set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In other news, Two men from Cameroon were found dead on Thursday morning at a house in Lakatamia in Nicosia, after they reportedly lit a charcoal fire to keep themselves warm. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
January 07, 2022
Daily News Briefing January 5
In today’s episode, final decisions over tightening measures against coronavirus will be taken by the Council of Ministers this morning after President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday met the advisory team. In more Covid news, the health ministry yesterday appealed for patience as huge queues again formed at both rapid test and vaccinations sites, saying that nursing staff shortages were partly responsible. In other news, it is believed that stray dogs account for more than 15 per cent of Moufflon deaths on the island. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:09
January 05, 2022
January 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Covid-19 continues to plague the island as 5,024 tested positive to the virus on Monday and two men aged 84 and 62 died. Hospitalisations have risen to 201, 75 of whom are in serious condition Archbishop Chrysosotmos, meanwhile, has expressed concern that possible new measures, which have so far largely excluded church-going activities, might threaten the January 6 Epiphany ceremonies. In other news, Limassol criminal court sentenced a 33-year-old man to five years in jail yesterday after finding him guilty of the manslaughter. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
January 04, 2022
January 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, within the next few days 100 per cent of Covid-19 cases on the island are expected to be due to the Omicron variant, health minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said on Sunday. Elsewhere, a total of 640 children received the vaccine as one centre at the State Fair in Nicosia was open only to them in the weekend. Finally, investigations are ongoing after the Big Potato erected at the entrance to the village of Xylophagou was chopped down at the start of the new year. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:09
January 03, 2022
December 31 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, coronavirus hit a new all-time record on Thursday with 3,851 people testing positive continuing the upward trend that began on Monday. In other news, a new orange weather warning is in place until 5pm today as the met office expects extended bouts of rain coupled with downpours in some areas. Elsewhere, police are reminding public that, as of January 1, the new speed cameras system will be fully operational. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:24
December 31, 2021
December 30 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, five deaths and a new record of 3,002 Covid-19 infections were announced yesterday as the government further tightened restrictions in an attempt to halt the unprecedented spread of the virus. In other news, a family tragedy unfolded on Wednesday when a man was accidentally shot dead by his teenage son while the two were out hunting. Elsewhere, the met office has issued a yellow alert, warning of heavy rainfall today and tomorrow. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:22
December 30, 2021
December 29 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a 53-year-old man was murdered in central Larnaca on Tuesday evening, police said after they were called to investigate reports of gunshots in the Touzhane area of Mackenzie. In other news, earlier warnings of a further rise in coronavirus cases came true on Tuesday as the health ministry announced a new record of 2,241 positives, breaking Monday’s record of 1,925. Elsewhere, a nurses union has warned that conditions for patients and staff alike at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital are at breaking point, which could lead to a disaster. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:02
December 29, 2021
December 28 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus recorded a daily record of Covid cases on Monday with 1,925 people testing positive. A new record for the number of tests done in one day was also recorded at 121,127 PCR and rapid tests. This resulted in a positivity rate of 1.5 per cent. In other news, a 44-year-old man who was detained for six days in connection with a hit-and-run in which a 60-year-old woman died has been referred by the Paphos court for trial on February 3. Elsewhere, around 130 Turkish Cypriots will be interviewed on Tuesday for jobs in the Republic under a recent deal between the main trade unions on both sides to help ease labour shortages, especially in the hospitality sector. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
December 28, 2021
December 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has urged the public to adhere to health protocols amid a surge in new Covid-19 infections and concerns that the Omicron variant could send numbers spiraling. In other news, a 30-year-old man has admitted to breaking into the home of the victim of Sunday’s hit-and-run and the case has been submitted to the district court. Elsewhere, President Nicos Anastasiades tiptoed around questions on the presidential elections on Thursday, as he reiterated that he would not be seeking a third term. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:08
December 24, 2021
December 23 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a new archaeological museum - dubbed the 'biggest cultural project in the country' - is to be built in Nicosia at a cost €121m. On a related note, eminent Cypriot archaeologist and Emeritus Professor Vassos Karageorghis had died at the age of 92. There's also Disy leader Averof Neophytou's announcement that he will run for president. Elsewhere, the president vetoed a bill which would indefinitely lower VAT on electricity bills. All this and much more. 
04:27
December 23, 2021
December 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, around 600 migrants were transferred out of the Pournara holding camp on Tuesday after 82 people were found positive to Covid-19. In other news, the cabinet tightened coronavirus regulations meaning weekly tests will have to be taken by all workers, except those who have had the booster jab. Elsewhere, Larnaca is a step closer to getting the island’s biggest development project as an environmental impact study greenlighted the proposed €1.2bn port and marina. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:18
December 22, 2021
December 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, changes to coronavirus measures are on the table during a council of ministers meeting this morning that could see restrictions tightened, and, as of today, fully vaccinated people will be able to pick up self-test kits from pharmacies. In other news, the transport ministry has said that measures to stem bloodshed on the roads are being reviewed, and the supreme court has categorically rejected the notion that judges in Cyprus are not objective. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:35
December 21, 2021
December 20 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the orange weather warning issued by the met office remains in place until 1pm today as Storm Carmel hit the island yesterday. In other news, a 74-year-old man who confessed to killing his wife, 75, on Saturday evening was remanded by the court for eight days, and authorities have identified the remains of a seven-year-old boy killed by British soldiers in 1956. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
December 20, 2021
December 17 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios unveiled details of the ‘National Strategy for Tourism' for 2022 after two devastating years. In other news, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 begins in Cyprus today, and police are investigating one of their own after he sought to fly to Athens from Larnaca without going through security checks. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:07
December 17, 2021
December 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the state’s 2022 budget looks set to get the green light, as Diko and Dipa expressed support for ruling Disy’s proposal. In other news, as of yesterday, only people who received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be permitted entry areas such as cafes and bars, as well as social events such as weddings and baptisms. They also have to have a negative test. Elsewhere, the government sought to defend its handling of the migration crisis after MPs criticised the living conditions at the Pournara reception centre. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
December 16, 2021
December 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, parents keeping their primary school children away from class in protest over Covid-19 restrictions could face legal sanctions In other news, newly appointed UNSG Special Representative Colin Stewart pledged to work towards finding “a mutually accepted way forward” during his term. Elsewhere, over 20 per cent of footballers in Cyprus that took part in a survey said they had taken part in a fixed official game. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:11
December 15, 2021
December 14 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, mandatory self-isolation for Omicron cases and their close contacts will come into effect from tomorrow to prevent the spread of new variant of concern. In other news, the cabinet has approved cuts in VAT on household power bills as part of its policy to tackle the fallout from the rise in the price of electricity, and Lefkara has been recognised as one of the ‘Best Tourism Villages’ by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail
04:48
December 14, 2021
December 13 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, will present to the European Union Foreign Affairs Council the options document for the Union's response to illegal actions of Turkey in Varosha. In other news, a 30-year-old man from Syria arrested in connection with the double murder of two Russian tourists in Limassol was remanded for eight days. Elsewhere, an additional 55 kilometres of bicycle lanes are to be developed around the island to promote cycling as a means of transport All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:53
December 13, 2021
December 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the government plans to go ahead with taxation reform, including raising the corporation rate and introducing carbon tax and fossil fuels taxes to achieve the country’s environmental objectives. In other news, two inmates at the central prisons in Nicosia held their nuptials on Thursday, and a Netflix crew has filmed the wedding for a documentary set for release in 2022; a Greek Cypriot man has been arrested in the north after he unfurled a Greek flag over a monument just outside Varosha. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:16
December 10, 2021
December 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that an action plan envisages over 300 Covid-19 beds and 65 ICU beds, while a 51-year-old primary school teacher died yesterday after reportedly refusing hospital treatment.  There's also over 100 students and teaches from a single Limassol school reportedly self-isolating. Elsewhere, Diko MP Zaharias Koulias has called for parliament to finally have a say on the pandemic restrictions.  Akel, meanwhile, has officially stated that it will reject the 2022 budget unless major amendments are introduced.  On a lighter note, there's also the latest on the snow in Troodos and Christmas events in Paphos.
04:34
December 09, 2021
December 8 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Nicosia's mayor proudly unveiled the revamped Makarios Avenue just in time for Christmas. There's the latest on Covid-19: all over 18s are now eligible for boosters, while the government has said that there are fewer absences at schools over the measures. All this and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:15
December 08, 2021
December 7 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a Syrian man was remanded in custody for eight days in Limassol yesterday over the premeditated murder of two women whose bodies were found in Kato Amiandos village. In other news, Covid-19 cases continue to rise with 706 new infections reported on Monday, a day which also saw the also saw the introduction of stricter measures aimed at stopping the recently identified and potentially more transmissible Omicron variant. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
December 07, 2021
December 6 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the bodies of two Russian women missing since November were found early on Sunday morning at a holiday home in Kato Amiantos after a man suspected of abducting them confessed to their murder. In other news, torrential rains and hail that fell in a short period of time in and around Larnaca created problems in several communities and at Larnaca airport. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
December 06, 2021
December 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Pope Francis began his visit by praising Cyprus as being geographically small, but historically great. The latest Covid measures were also announced, while police are investigating attacks at primary schools across the island. There's also the latest on the death of a 77-year-old in Polis and the announcement that police have issued a public plea for information to help locate a 23-year-old man, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of two Russian women in mid-November.  
05:21
December 03, 2021
December 2 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we bring you the latest on the Covid-19 restrictive measures which are to be discussed during the council of ministers meeting - such as a work-from-home order for up to 20 per cent of a business' workforce.  Disgruntled parents are also continuing their protests over the measures imposed at schools, such as the mask mandate.  There's also an investigation into possible medical negligence after a pensioner died in Paphos, the Pope's visit to Cyprus, the first snowfall in Troodos and potential Disy candidates in the 2023 election. 
04:55
December 02, 2021
December 1 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus continues to reel under the pressure of increasing migrant arrivals, as the interior ministry said yesterday the figures are 70 per cent higher than the previous year. In other news, teachers’ and parents’ associations have condemned threats against educators as some parents continued to protest against Covid measures for schoolchildren. Elsewhere, a shot went off from a soldier’s gun inside Larnaca airport yesterday morning, prompting an immediate police investigation into the incident. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:05
December 01, 2021
November 30 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, stricter measures at airports and the crossing points with the north are likely, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said yesterday. EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said stopping flights from southern Africa was a necessary step in trying to deal with the new Omicron variant. In other news, investigations are continuing into the disappearance of two women from Russia, who were reported as missing since November 17 from their residence in Larnaca. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:45
November 30, 2021
November 29 Daily News Briefing
In today’s news, the health ministry has announced that non-urgent operations are to be postponed as the state healthcare services organisation OKYPY is preparing for a possible increase in hospitalisations following the emergence of the new Coronavirus variant. Elsewehere, the association of recreation centres Osika has called on the state to support the businesses that have remained open and reassess the new Covid measures announced last week. Meanwhile, the education ministry announced that schools will operate normally this week, following reports about the decision of parents to keep their children from school for one period on Monday to protest the new Covid measures. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:06
November 29, 2021
November 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Covid-19 once again dominates the news cycle as it was announced that children from the age of five will be eligible for the vaccine. There’s also the fallout following the announcement of new restrictions, as parents plan to protest. On a positive note, there’s the latest on Cyprus’ push for electric car use.
03:46
November 26, 2021
November 25 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the government has announced new measures to fight the Covid surge, including mask mandates for children aged six and above and a SafePass for those between six and 11. In other news, police are cracking down on immigrants residing in Cyprus without the proper permits and, in the north, Turkish Cypriot newspapers have described the continued freefall of the Turkish lira as a total nightmare. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:16
November 25, 2021
November 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has said the aim of the new Covid-19 measures to be announced on Wednesday is to save the Christmas holidays. In other news, some six million kilos of Halloumi remain unsold mainly because of the pandemic and Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos accused his town’s police of turning a blind eye to the activities of a well-known drug dealer and a trafficker in migrants. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:27
November 24, 2021
November 23 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the European Commission will be drafting proposals to harmonise the duration of the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate, while Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has discussed new measures with his scientific advisory team as infections continue to spiral. In other Covid-related news, the first antiviral pill for the virus is expected to be made available in Cyprus mid-December.  In other news, the European Commission’s VAT committee has approved the government’s proposal to cut VAT on household electricity bills. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:40
November 23, 2021
November 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's news, a subsidy scheme for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is set for approval next month, however there are some concerns with certain aspects of its feasibility. In other news, an apparent tweak to the UK’s Covid travel rules could dampen plans for those Cypriot residents hoping to visit the UK for Christmas, and Cyprus' health minister is meeting the virus scientific advisory committee today to discuss new restrictive measures in the wake of the spiralling number of positive cases. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
November 22, 2021
November 19 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that further cuts to electricity bills are on the way to help households tackle the rise in prices. There are also positive developments on the offshore natural gas projects. Another arrest has been made in the bizarre alleged plot to murder the chairman of the Limassol school commission Dinos Ellinas. And from Monday, vaccinated people crossing to and from the north must present a seven-day negative Covid-19 test.
03:40
November 19, 2021
November 18 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the remains of a woman initially reported to have been removed from her grave have been finally located inside it. Elsewhere, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis watched yesterday as the first batch of halloumi made according to protected designation of origin specifications was produced and 25 Griffon vultures are set to arrive in Cyprus from Spain tomorrow in an effort to strengthen their diminished population. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:34
November 18, 2021
November 17 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a new neonatal ICU is to be created to facilitate the work of medical professionals and to allow parents to spend more time with their premature babies. Staying with health, coronavirus boosters will be available for all those aged 40 and above as of today. Elsewhere, a music video for a pop song shot in Varosha has caused offence among Greek Cypriots. All this and more in today's briefing.
04:16
November 17, 2021
November 16 Daily News Briefing
In this episode, we outline the rollout of booster shots for all adults in Cyprus, which was approved by the cabinet on Monday. No additional restrictive measures will be introduced for the time being. Elswehere, student demonstrations marked the 38th anniversary of the Turkish Cypriots unilateral declaration of independence and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the options paper on possible EU responses to Turkey’s actions in opening up part of Varosha will be presented at the next EU Foreign Affairs Council in December. All this and more in today's briefing.
04:24
November 16, 2021
November 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, DNA tests are set to confirm the identity of the driver of a car killed in a crash early Sunday morning. In other news, a blue Black Friday looms as a chip shortage bites, leaving shoppers in Cyprus with fewer products to choose from, and a crucial government plan to improve treatment for dementia sufferers is still being assessed. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
November 15, 2021
November 12 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode we discuss Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas' upcoming meeting with the coronavirus advisory team in an apparent bid to hash out differences of opinion. We also look at the migration issue in the island, as Interior Minister Nicos Nouris on Thursday said there was no magic solution to tackling the problem. Meanwhile, authorities were forced to mobilise on Thursday to re-apprehend 61 irregular migrants who tried to abscond on the same boat which police had intercepted a day earlier. All this and more in today's episode.
05:03
November 12, 2021
November 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the government will seek the European Commission's permission to suspend asylum applications from irregular migrants entering the country via the buffer zone. We also discuss the Covid-19 situation in Cyprus and the strong winds in Nicosia on Wednesday. This and more in today's briefing.
04:34
November 11, 2021
November 10 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that a price rise for fresh milk has been avoided but there is continued speculation that increases for other goods are expected. Police are also investigating the case of a 26-year-old who claims that she was given a fake Covid-19 vaccine certificate, while the suspect claims that she was in on it. There’s also the latest on the gender pay gap in Cyprus, the impact of the pandemic of the youth’s mental health and promises of cleaner energy use on the horizon.
03:37
November 10, 2021
November 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris has told MPs that Cyprus is in a state of emergency as regards irregular migration, mainly coming through the buffer zone via the north. In other news, the government has given the nod to almost 400 passports for foreign nationals applying under the now-defunct citizenship-by-investment scheme, and new signs warning motorists of the presence of traffic cameras and speed limits will be installed across the island. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:59
November 09, 2021
November 8 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear how the island's reservoirs are only at just over 50 per cent capacity due to the dearth of rainfall for this time of the year. In other news, opposition AKEL has called for a meeting of the National Council to discuss a six-page document for a decentralised federation that was drawn up by the Greek Cypriot side, and a 38-year-old man was remanded by the court on Sunday after an alleged attempt to kill another man aged 47. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:56
November 08, 2021
November 5 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the WHO is gravely concerned over rising Covid-19 infections in Europe, as Cyprus is also undergoing a noticeable increase. The government has announced new measures such as the mandatory implementation of the CovScan application and the over 50s now being eligible for boosters. There’s also the deal signed with Israel for the installation of a high-tech surveillance system to monitor the buffer zone. All this and much more.
04:26
November 05, 2021
November 4 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that Cyprus has topped 125,000 reported Covid-19 cases. Still on the virus, a father has lost a case to vaccinate his two teenage children despite their mother’s objection. There’s also shenanigans involving civil servants, a debate on femicide, and the need for Cyprus to reduce its emissions - or risk paying even higher electricity bills.
03:55
November 04, 2021
November 3 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, President Nicos Anastasiades has told the 26th UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow that more than €500 million will be allocated by the Cyprus government by 2026 for policies to tackle climate change. In covid-related news, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said the stepping up of measures against the coronavirus is not on the cards right now, though concerns have been voiced over the recent uptick in infections and a possible link to the Delta plus variant. In other news, “Halloumi is not the means to achieve political goals,” a state official said yesterday after reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar tried to get the European Commission to appoint a competent authority in the north for the certification of Turkish Cypriot producers. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:58
November 03, 2021
November 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said the government had planned to further relax Covid-19 measures, but this was scuppered by the emergence of the Delta Plus sub-variant. In other news, Limassol district court has found a doctor guilty of medical negligence and ordered to pay compensation to a patient of more than €230,000, and officials have expressed alarm at the current rates of violations being recorded by the newly installed traffic cameras. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:52
November 02, 2021
November 1 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, importers and manufacturers are warning that while some price increases have so far been kept from the consumer, they cannot remain so, and the full impact will be felt in the new year. In other news, Paphos district court has remanded two people for five days in connection with a stabbing incident over the weekend; the remains believed to belong to a seven-year-old boy killed by British troops during a protest against the former colonial rulers in 1956, have been found. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:16
November 01, 2021
October 29 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that Russians are booking hotels in Cyprus to avoid a harsh lockdown back home. There’s also a Eurostat report which shows that 19 per cent of Cypriot children are at risk of poverty, a supreme court case on phone data which has upset the police, and Ochi day celebrations.
04:04
October 29, 2021
October 28 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Larnaca district court has found three teenagers guilty in the bullying death of a 16-year-old who died from alcohol poisoning in April 2019. In other news, Cypriot citizenship will be granted to two children with a Greek Cypriot mother and Turkish Cypriot father on humanitarian grounds, and the Bar Association is investigating two Cypriot law firms included in the so-called Pandora Papers, which exposed the offshore financial dealings of many leaders worldwide. All these stories and more brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:01
October 28, 2021
October 27 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we take a look at the spiralling costs for energy, raw materials and basic goods which were discussed in a House commerce committee meeting. We also take a look at the naturalisation of two children of a bicommunal couple who have so far been refused Cypriot citizenship as well as Pope Francis’ up coming visit to the island. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:44
October 27, 2021
October 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the health ministry has announced that the Delta Plus sub-variant has now officially arrived in Cyprus. In other news, the pilot operation of eight traffic cameras started on Monday morning with the aim of reducing road accidents, and an inquest into the death of a 29-year-old man from Greece is set for November. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:48
October 26, 2021
October 25 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a 30-year old man suspected of people smuggling has been arrested after a boat with irregular migrants arrived in Paralimni in the early hours of Sunday. In other news, police have issued over 1,000 fines over the weekend after conducting intense traffic checks in all districts. All these stories and more on your daily news briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:40
October 25, 2021
October 22 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that parliament has passed legislation regulating the use of traffic cameras on roads. There’s also the latest from the diplomatic efforts between Cyprus and Russia, a move by the health minister to update the 1932 law on infectious diseases and a revision of the ‘pay-as-you-throw’ programme. All this and much more.
04:32
October 22, 2021
October 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the transport ministry has delayed the rollout of fines after newly installed traffic cameras recorded about 500 violations in just two hours at a junction in Nicosia. Elsewhere, Turkish Cypriot "prime minister" Ersan Saner resigned after a compromising video went viral on social media and MPs in Cyprus started discussing the introduction of electronic tags to alleviate the overcrowding of the central prison. All this and more in today's episode. 
04:27
October 21, 2021
October 20 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take a look at the cost that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had on the island's health service. Elsewhere, a sex education programme is about to be implemented in primary schools starting next November and a new tenders procedure inviting bids for a Cyprus-Greece ferry link should be rolled out soon. All this and more in today's briefing.
04:18
October 20, 2021
October 19 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the government has announced that it will investigate the possibility of price caps on essential goods, in a bid to deal with spiralling price increases. In other news, the defence minister has called for Cyprus to boost defence spending, in light of what he described as Turkey’s inflexible and increasingly hostile attitude. In covid-related news, people aged 60 and over will be able to get a booster shot against Covid-19 as of today.
04:53
October 19, 2021
October 18 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the issues surrounding the opening up of the fenced-off area of Varosha in the north of the island, is on the agenda of the Council of Foreign Affairs of the European Union in Luxembourg later today. In other news, Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar has said, "There are no grounds for the start of new Cyprus talks." All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:30
October 18, 2021
October 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, there's the latest on the coronavirus as booster shots for those aged 60 and above are expected. There's also the latest on worrying reports of surging costs, while the foreign minister has discussed the Varosha developments. Finally, the independent police watchdog has recommended the launch of criminal and disciplinary procedures against police officers in connection with a violent crackdown on a protest last February.
04:16
October 15, 2021
October 14 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we discuss the temporary suspension of government support to the farmers hit by the massive increase in the price of animal feed. Elsewhere, the Turkish Cypriot side began a new phase of the opening up of Varosha and MPs are considering banning fireworks in the island altogether. All this and more in today's briefing
04:18
October 14, 2021
October 13 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, President Nicos Anastasiades said he is determined to solve all problems in the island's public hospitals. Elsewhere, Covid-19 booster shots are now available to the over 65s and controversial MP Andreas Themistocleous said he will not give up his parliamentary seat after his expulsion from Elam. All this and more in today's briefing
04:14
October 13, 2021
October 12 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the state health services organisation has said “effective planning” proved decisive in ensuring the country’s low coronavirus mortality rate. In other news, police in Cyprus have arrested a so-called high value suspect as part of a European operation against an organised crime group involved in binary fraud; the state Audit Office has taken the Olympic Committee to task in a new report, and a version of Samuel Beckett’s iconic play 'Waiting for Godot', adapted into both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot dialects, has won two major awards at a theatre festival in Istanbul.
05:09
October 12, 2021
October 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, state hospitals are facing serious issues, as patients say they are suffering the consequences of tensions between health professionals and the organisation in charge of running them. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades said that despite pressure, the Turkish demand to recognise the occupied areas so talks on solving the Cyprus problem can resume cannot be met. Education minister, Prodromos Prodomoou said zero tolerance will be shown for sexual offences in schools, and specialised tests are expected to show a cause of death for the one month old baby that died last week at the Makarios hospital.
04:40
October 11, 2021
October 8 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we discuss the latest on the coronavirus measures as some restrictions are expected to be tweaked. There’s also the ongoing coronavirus booster shot campaign, the continued fallout for former Elam MP Andreas Themistocleous and the reopening of the case linked to the death of a 26-year-old soldier in 2005, which appears to have been the result of foul play.
04:19
October 08, 2021
October 7 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, passports take centre stage, as the Cambodian government has rejected reports that Prime Minister Hun Sen has Cypriot nationality and passports from the island ranked 15th globally in terms of ease to travel to other countries. Meanwhile, President Nicos Anastasiades denied any wrongdoing connected to the Pandora Papers and a couple is being accused of sexually abusing and exploiting three children. All this and more in today's briefing.
04:15
October 07, 2021
October 6 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take a look at the upcoming discussion on euthanasia in Cyprus. Moreover, 17 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in the island following a Europol investigation into labour exploitation and three men were remanded for allegedly hunting mouflons, a protected species. All this and more in the briefing.
04:16
October 06, 2021
October 5 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the Cyprus presidency has said that there is nothing objectionable attributed to Anastasiades in the Pandora Papers. In other news, hundreds of people attended the funeral of prominent lawyer, businessman and owner of the Cyprus Mail, Andreas Neocleous, on Monday; Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating an attempted attack against Israelis in Cyprus, and a secondary school teacher has been remanded in custody as police investigate a complaint he sexually abused an underage female pupil.
06:27
October 05, 2021
October 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, prominent lawyer, former Eoka fighter and owner of the Cyprus Mail, Andreas Neocleous, who died on Friday, will be buried in Limassol this afternoon. In other news, Nicosia has given its consent to the appointment of Canadian Colin Stewart as the new UNSG special representative in Cyprus; despite the so-called ‘opening up’ of the electricity market, the jury’s still out on whether consumers will pay less, and Astro-tourism is the new travel trend, whereby tourists can hike by day and stargaze by night. 
05:20
October 04, 2021
Daily News Briefing October 1
In today’s episode, we take a look at prominent lawyer Achilleas Demetriades’ announcement to launch consultations with political parties and civil society groups to assess their views on the problems facing Cyprus before he decides whether to run for president in 2023. We also discuss the protest of the suspension of the English School’s union chair and the release of music by Cypriot artists which will be featured on a popular Netflix series. All this and much more in today’s new briefing.
04:52
October 01, 2021
September 30 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we take a look at Elam MP Andreas Themistocleous’ accusation of disrupting a House committee meeting. We also discuss state doctors’ three-hour stoppage yesterday morning, threatening to step up measures if their demands are not met as well as the new operation of a specialised clinic for post-Covid patients. All this and more in today’s briefing.
04:51
September 30, 2021
September 29 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take a look at the visit that European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson paid to Cyprus. We also discuss the strike called by government hospital doctors and the island's ongoing struggle to reuse recycled materials in the economy. All this and more in the briefing.
04:25
September 29, 2021
September 28 Daily News Briefing
In today's news, President Nicos Anastasiades said his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar and UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was creative, and that the differences were recorded. In other news, the health insurance organisation said it is receiving calls daily  from people complaining about GESY doctors or service providers; the 11-month-old Turkish Cypriot infant, Asya Polatli, was admitted to the Makarios hospital for children yesterday to undergo gene treatment for rare, life-shortening spinal muscular atrophy. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:10
September 28, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 27
In today’s news, we hear about a Simou resident's brave efforts in saving the lives of the dogs she was looking after while their owners were on holiday, when the fire broke out between Simou and Yiolou villages last week. In other news, readers have reported to the Cyprus Mail that hunters are firing far too close to their homes since the beginning of the current hunting season; in covid-related news, the rollout of the third jab for those over 83 starts today. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:26
September 27, 2021
September 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode we take a look at the legal framework for opening up the electricity market passed by the House of Representatives and the damning report by the state audit office regarding irregularities at Paralimni municipality. We also bring you the latest on coronavirus in the island. All this and more in the briefing.
04:25
September 24, 2021
September 23 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, there’s the latest from the president’s visit to New York, the health ministry’s urgent call for blood donations and an alleged scandal focused on a gynecologist who was remanded in custody. There’s also updates on the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme and much more.
03:55
September 23, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 22
In today’s episode we take a look at President Anastasiades’ response to his meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres early this morning. In other news, the Interior Minister yesterday waved off demands for a Syrian asylum seeker to be reunited with her family, saying it might open the floodgates to thousands of similar requests and a CABS member was threatened with a shotgun and attacked by a group of bird trappers in the district of Famagusta last week. All this and much more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:44
September 22, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 21
In today's episode, the Consumers’ Association has accused the government of being unwilling to spend a single euro for the relief of its people. In other news, the 2021 capital statements of the president, government ministers, other senior state officials and the House president were published on the parliament's website yesterday, and the fire that raged in the Paphos villages of Yiolou and Simou on Sunday evening was not accidental. All this and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:56
September 21, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 20
In today's episode, we hear about the massive fire that raged on two fronts between the Paphos villages of Yiolou and Simou for most of Sunday that was brought under control later in the evening. In other news, as of this week, more than 80 types of retail businesses must also accept plastic money in line with a decree issued by the finance ministry in a wider effort to fight tax evasion, and much more.
04:56
September 20, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 17
In today’s episode, the Supreme Court reserved its decision on whether to uphold or remove the conviction of a British woman who was convicted of lying about being gang raped in Ayia Napa. The House plenum also voted to postpone local government elections as part of the sector’s reform, while supermarkets hit out against the SafePass requirement in food stores. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
04:59
September 17, 2021
September 16 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a protest was held outside the Supreme Court to support the appeal of a British woman convicted of lying about being gang raped in Ayia Napa. There’s also the fallout from the disciplinary procedures against a controversial artist, archaeological finds in Protaras and the ongoing debate over elecricity prices. All this and much more.
04:19
September 16, 2021
September 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take a look at how the government is trying to lower the country's sky-high electricity bills. Elsewhere, we bring you the latest on the House committee meeting incident involving Elam MP Andreas Themistokleous and on two UK Cypriots taking part in the popular show "The Great British Bake Off".
04:18
September 15, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 14
In today's episode, the income and asset declarations of currently serving deputies were posted Monday on the website of the House of Representatives, showing DISY leader Averof Neophytou to be the wealthiest of the party leaders. In other news, opposition parties have slammed the comments made by British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie in an interview published on Sunday in which he voiced support for a decentralized federation; Bahrain’s Tourism minister, Zayed Rashid al Zayani, said the country’s national airline, Gulf Air was considering making Cyprus a transit hub for Europe, and much more.
05:14
September 14, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 13
In today's episode, a total of 330 primary schools will open today, making this the second school year that began during the coronavirus pandemic and the third one affected by it. In other news, the relatives of a British woman whose body has lain unclaimed in the morgue of Paphos hospital since her death in January have been found; Britain is discussing a largely decentralised federation when it comes to the Cyprus problem, and much more.
05:44
September 13, 2021
September 10 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the president met with the Holy Synod to discuss statements from bishops seen as discouraging vaccinations. There’s also the EU funding boom for Cyprus, an Akel group discusses the demographic issue, efforts to prevent developments in Akamas and the president’s praise for Cypriot firefighters in Greece.
04:15
September 10, 2021
September 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the withdrawal of an English textbook celebrating Turkey's Kemal Ataturk from state high schools, the ongoing battle to have halloumi registered as a PDO, an incident between a Green party parliamentary assistant and Elam MP Andreas Themistokleous and much more.
04:13
September 09, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 8
In today’s episode, health minister has given the state health services organisation (Okypy) ten days to smooth out the problems regarding long waits in A&E departments in state hospitals. In other news, lawmakers reviewed various ways in which electricity bills might be reduced after August dues shot up by 38 per cent, while yesterday over 45,000 high school pupils returned to school under strict measures to combat Covid-19. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
05:10
September 08, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 7
In today's episode, over 45,000 students return to state secondary schools having to present a SafePass to be allowed entry. In other news, the €1.3bn Recovery and Resilience Scheme could add seven per cent to Cyprus’ GDP and create thousands of jobs, according to Finance Minister, Constantinos Petrides, a public outcry forces the Paphos municipality to abandon plans to paint historic neoclassical buildings, and much more.
05:38
September 07, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 6
In today's episode, we hear of the 1,300 traffic violations that were recorded in all districts over the weekend during police checks aimed at reducing serious and fatal road accidents. In other news, an invasive species of mildly poisonous sea urchin appears to be thriving across the island, Archbishop Chrysostomos is to suggest to the Holy Synod that clergy who urge people not to get vaccinated be punished, and much more.
05:09
September 06, 2021
September 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the rollout of the third dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccines is due to start at nursing homes all over Cyprus. Meanwhile, the island mourns the death of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and traffic at the two airports has finally gained some steam. All this and more in today's episode.
04:39
September 03, 2021
September 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we cover the latest from the Syrian oil slick threatening the north-eastern coast of Cyprus, the island’s vaccination coverage, MPs’ plans to crack down on online offense and much more.
03:48
September 02, 2021
Daily News Briefing September 1
In today’s episode, the European Court of Human Rights has awarded nearly €60,000 in damages and legal costs to the family of a Greek Cypriot killed during the Turkish invasion.In other news, a massive oil slick which had been expected to hit Cape Apostolos Andreas in the Karpasia peninsula is now heading back to Syria. This and much more in today’s briefing.
05:13
September 01, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 31
In today's episode, a massive oil slick which originated in Syria is expected to hit Cyprus’ eastern coast early this morning. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday bestowed Cyprus' highest order of merit to Robert Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the shock over the 38 per cent hike in electricity prices compared to last August is still sparking outrage.
04:54
August 31, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 30
In today's episode, the body of a missing diver was found off Larnaca airport following an intense search operation. In other news, state health services organisation Okypy has found itself in trouble with the health minister, a new policy of increased and more detailed checks on Greek Cypriots at crossing points with the north, Cypriot Paralympic medalist Carolina Pelendritou takes third place at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics, and much more.
05:31
August 30, 2021
August 27 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that Cyprus remains on the UK’s amber coronavirus list, consumers face a 38 per cent higher electricity bill and the busy work of ambulance drivers during the pandemic. There’s also the civil weddings in Peyia and 21-year-old who was rescued from a ship after being electrocuted.
03:59
August 27, 2021
August 26 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we take a look at the controversial decision taken by the University of Technology to allow only vaccinated and recently recovered students on campus for the new semester. We also discuss Covid-19 booster shots and President Anastasiades' decision to revoke Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar's Cypriot passport.
04:32
August 26, 2021
August 25 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear more about the revoking of Cyprus Republic passports of 14 Turkish Cypriots, including comments by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar. In Covid-related news, the Government is edging towards meeting its target of giving a first dose of the vaccine to 80 percent of the population by the end of the month. We also take a look at a political project by a young local artist, which celebrates freedom of speech. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
04:44
August 25, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 24
In today's episode, we hear from government spokesman, Marios Pelekanos in regard to the revoking of Cyprus Republic passports of 14 Turkish Cypriots, including Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar. In Covid-related news, police have charged four people in connection with a fake post on social media, and the hunting season kicks off with fines of over €10,000 issued against three hunters alone.
04:51
August 24, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 23
In today's episode, President Nicos Anastasiades is set to chair an important meeting of the cabinet at the presidential summer residence with a host of issues up for discussion. We take a look at all the developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in Cyprus, including the looming humanitarian crisis after the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan.
04:56
August 23, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 20
In today’s episode, we cover the future of tourism in Cyprus and the government’s issuance of EU Digital Covid Certificates to vaccinated Turkish Cypriots. There’s also the president’s response to comments made by former Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. All this and much more.
04:27
August 20, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 19
In today's episode, we take a look at all the developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in Cyprus, including the case of the Bishop of Morphou Neophytos, who tested positive on Wednesday. We also discuss the island's EU cohesion funds and the state of the water reservoirs.
05:16
August 19, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 18
In today’s episode, we bring you the latest Covid-19 updates and other measures related to the virus. We also take a look at the reintroduction of traffic cameras after 15 years of technical and legal setbacks as well as new regulations in light of the upcoming hunting season. All this and much more in today's briefing.
04:57
August 18, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 17
In today’s episode, we bring you the latest Covid-19 updates and other health-related news. Aglandjia municipality’s pioneering pay-as-you-throw scheme sees a massive 40 per cent reduction in unrecycled waste; a meeting at the justice ministry regarding the changing of procedures over the execution of police search warrants, and much more.
04:42
August 17, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 16
In today's episode, we hear from industry professionals how most Cypriots are choosing to 'staycation' this summer, with the district of Paphos being the preferred location. In other news, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou has issued a decree increasing the number of sectors in which third country students can work part-time. A man has been remanded for eight days after authorities discovered cannabis in his luggage, and much more.
03:46
August 16, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 13
In today's episode, we discuss the return of the Cypriot firefighting mission from its efforts in Greece and the strike at the Limassol port. Meanwhile, conservationists are calling for a comprehensive policy for the safe movement of visitors within the Akamas national forest. All this and more in today's episode.
04:41
August 13, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 12
In today's episode, we take a look at the gruesome details of a murder in Yeri that took place after an argument between neighbours. We also discuss Covid-19 hospitalisations in the island and the aftermath of a documentary aired by Al Jazeera linking Cyprus to dodgy football deals in the UK. All this and more in today's episode.
04:41
August 12, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 11
In today’s episode, we take a look at the government’s denial of a minister assisting a foreign national to obtain a Cypriot passport, as alleged in a new expose by the al Jazeera media network. In other news, the nameplate of Demetris Christofias avenue in memory of the former president has been vandalised. All this and much more in today’s news briefing.
04:46
August 11, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 10
In today’s episode, the Cyprus Medical Association and the attorney-general look into possible measures that could be put in place to prevent unethical behaviour, such as the issuing of fake vaccination cards by doctors. In other news, the fallout from Al Jazeera’s revelations, which led to the government ending Cyprus passport scheme, rumbles on. All this and much more in today’s news briefing.
04:28
August 10, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 9
In today's episode, we hear about the various memorial services held across the island with ceremonies for the killings of two men during anti-occupation demonstrations in August 1996, and the deaths caused by the battles in the Tylliria region in August 1964. We also report on a fatal buggy accident in the Akamas area, resulting in the death of a 59-year-old man from France, and we also bring you the latest Covid-19 related news.
04:26
August 09, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 6
In today’s episode we take a look at the announcement of the opening of an additional ICU ward at the Nicosia general hospital, which is expected to relieve some of the current strain on resources. We also take a look at the surge in the number of third-country nationals attempting to travel to the EU with forged documents. All this and much more in today’s news briefing.
05:15
August 06, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 5
In today's episode, you'll hear of the Cypriot firefighters aiding efforts in Greece. An epidemiologist has also offered his analysis on the Covid-19 situation, while more incentives to get vaccinated are now on offer. Meanwhile, the Bishop of Morphou's case for violating Covid-19 decrees has been adjourned. 
03:51
August 05, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 4
In today's episode, we hear the complaints from some in the tourism industry over the need for unvaccinated tourists to take a Covid test on the seventh day after their arrival. There's also the rapid test situation, the latest from the Sigma TV attacks, an update on the heatwave and much more. 
03:58
August 04, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 3
In today’s episode, we bring you the latest Covid-19 updates and other health-related news. There’s little end in sight to the ongoing heatwave with temperatures set to hit 43C inland today.
04:56
August 03, 2021
Daily News Briefing August 2
In today’s episode, we bring you the latest Covid-19 news, Olympic achievements, and the launch of Ayia Napa's Museum of Underwater Sculpture, which aims to put the island on the world diving map.
04:49
August 02, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 30
In today's episode, we bring the latest on the expected updates to the SafePass policy. There's also the latest on the vaccine uptake, a stabbing attack in Nicosia and some good news for wildlife. All this and much more.
03:48
July 30, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 29
In today's episode, we bring you the news that England is set to scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from Cyprus from next Monday. We also take a look at Varosha, a new vaccination policy and much more. 
04:09
July 29, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 28
In today’s episode, Varosha is once again our key news item as we look ahead to EU’s upcoming meeting. We also take a look at a €90m national action plan aimed to ease Cyprus into a less wasteful, eco-friendly circular economy. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
04:50
July 28, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 27
In today’s episode, Varosha remains the key news item as world powers condemn recent developments – with further statements expected soon. And while all eyes are on the ghost town, we also bring the latest Covid-19 news.
04:27
July 27, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 26
In today's episode, we take a look at the good and the bad for Cyprus at the Olympic Games. Cyclist Antri Christoforou has tested positive for coronavirus and will have to return to the island after a 10-day quarantine in a hotel in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Pavlos Kontides is currently in third overall place in the laser competition and remains in the race for the second Olympic medal of his career. In other news, hotel bookings from the British market remain worryingly low in Cyprus. All this and more in today's episode.
04:19
July 26, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 23
In today’s episode, the rise of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in Cyprus and the developments on the Varosha situation during a UN Security Council meeting. Meanwhile, the Bishop of Morphou strikes again. All this and more in today’s episode.
04:16
July 23, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 22
In today’s episode, Varosha remains the key news item as world powers condemn recent developments – with further statements expected soon. And while all eyes are on the ghost town, we also bring the latest Covid-19 news and a brazen crime case in Limassol.
04:10
July 22, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 20
In today’s episode, we go in detail about the aftermath of the attack on Sigma TV station’s building in Nicosia on Sunday night. We also analyse Turkish President Tayyp Erdogan’s visit to the north and his plans regarding the fenced-off town of Varosha. All this and more in today’s episode.
03:59
July 20, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 19
In today’s episode, we analyse in detail the attack on the offices of media group Sigma on Sunday night, which was heavily condemned by President Nicos Anastasiades. We also discuss the possible plans for Varosha, due to be announce during Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the north on Tuesday. All this and more in today’s episode.
05:38
July 19, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 16
In today's episode, we take a look at the government plans to impose stricter measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 among young people in Cyprus. We also discuss President Nicos Anastasiades' statements on Varosha and the decision by the US to downgrade the island as far as people trafficking is concerned. All this and more in today's episode.
05:18
July 16, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 15
In today’s episode we take a look at the current surge in coronavirus cases as well as the fate of Varosha after yesterday’s national council meeting. We also look back on yesterday’s release of two protected turtles into the sea. This and much more in today’s briefing.
04:45
July 15, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 14
In today’s episode we take a look at UK’s travel lift advice as well as the local increase in Covid-19 cases. We also take a closer look at a human trafficking case, along with a glance at the upcoming annual Summer Dance Festival in Limassol. All this and much more in the briefing.
04:54
July 14, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 13
In today's episode we take a look at the incentives offered to people in Cyprus to get vaccinated, included discounted stays at hotels. We also tell the horrific tale of a father who had to fight for two years to prove his daughter was murdered by her husband. All this and much more in the briefing.
04:25
July 13, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 12
In today's episode, we take a look at the rising Covid-19 hospitalisations in the island, President Nicos Anastasiades' message to the UN on the issue of Varosha, the funerals of the four workers who lost their lives in the fires last week, and much more. 
03:39
July 12, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 9
In today's episode, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis tells MPs the response to last week's fire was adequate, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praises Cyprus for its recovery and resilience plan. We will also take a look at a new and positive approach adopted at the Cyprus prison.
04:03
July 09, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 8
In today's episode, we cover the record 952 cases which were identified last night and plans from the tourism industry to increase vaccination rates amongst their staff. There's also the aid for the families of the four Egyptian men who died in the fires. Finally, there's a fraudster with €100 notes. All this and much more.
03:58
July 08, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 7
In today’s episode we take a look at President Anastasiades’ crucial meeting on the issue of the fenced-off area of Famagusta, as well as some of the aftermath of last weekend’s fire. We also hear the short story about one of the survivors of the fire whose life was saved by his dog. All this and much more in today’s news briefing.
04:40
July 07, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 6
In today’s episode, we focus on the continued fallout from the devastating fires which over the weekend ravaged ten communities and 55 square kilometers. We also cover the latest coronavirus news, vaccination inducements and travel.
03:56
July 06, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 5
In today's episode, more details on the devastating fire that burnt over 55 square kilometres of land and forests in the Limassol and Larnaca districts. We also feature Akel's newly elected leader Stephanos Stephanou and the incentives which the government hopes will push more young people to get vaccinated.
04:27
July 05, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 2
In today's episode, we hear that the island is at a "critical juncture" in the pandemic amid a continuous rise in cases, while a major announcement is due today on the incentives for the vaccinated. Other items include Varosha, a supreme court decision and the weekend's expected temperatures.
03:57
July 02, 2021
Daily News Briefing July 1
In today's episode, we take a look at the EU Digital Covid Certificate - a tool to reopen travel within the EU - which officially launches on July 1. We cover the continued spike in coronavirus cases, the future of Varosha and much more.
04:02
July 01, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 30
In today’s episode, we take a look at some of the impacts of the pandemic on tourism and education, as well as Friday’s upcoming cabinet meeting. We also take a look at Larnaca tourism Boards’ Honey Road initiative that aims to support tourism development and revitalise life in the countryside. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
05:11
June 30, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 29
In today's episode, the government maintains the pressure on young people to get vaccinated as the number of positive Covid-19 cases rises. We also take a look at the plight of those people who lost their belongings in the Tala fire.
03:46
June 29, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 28
In today's episode, the government assessment of the damages created by a large fire in the Paphos district, the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the issues faced by boat owners in the Latchi harbour and much more.
03:58
June 28, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 25
In today's episode, Cyprus receives a blow from the UK as it remains on the amber list of safe countries for travel, the worrying spike of the Delta variant, a strike announced by doctors working at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital in Nicosia and much more.
04:34
June 25, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 24
In today’s episode, we take a look at the surge in coronavirus cases which has alarmed the government’s advisors. We also feature an Instagram hotspot in Paphos, the cost of living in Cyprus and much more.
04:13
June 24, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 23
In today’s episode, we take a look at President Anastasiades' appointment of two new ministers. Aiming at finding some common ground for further talks on the Cyprus Problem, we also take a look at UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute’s visit to the island yesterday. All this and much more in today’s briefing.
05:17
June 23, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 22
In today's episode, the upcoming cabinet reshuffle, more discussions on the Cyprus issue, the new country guidelines for travel, a special Sunday Mail report on mushrooms and much more.
03:58
June 22, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 18
In today’s episode, we take a look at startling developments in the 2005 case in which a national guardsman died. We cover the major shakeup following Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis’ resignation as well as positive news for international travel. All this and much more.
04:10
June 18, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 17
In today's episode, a large fire that burned over three square kilometres of forest area in the island, the issues faced by Cyprus' battered tourism industry, the ongoing fallout from serial killer Nicos Metaxas and much more.
04:21
June 17, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 16
In today’s episode, we take a look at bills needed to be passed in parliament in order to access Cyprus’ share of money from the EU recovery fund. Looking ahead to the European Council summit later this month, we also take a look at Turkey’s stance. All this and much more.
05:01
June 16, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 15
In today’s episode, we explore the future of the Cyprus problem, the continued fallout from Cyprus’ serial killer Nicos Metaxas, the real estate market and the vaccination portal. All this and much more.
04:21
June 15, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 14
In today's episode, President Anastasiades' pledge to find a common ground for talks on the Cyprus problem, the 2021 census, which will be the last one to be carried out door-to-door, the increased sightings of snakes in the island, and more.
03:48
June 14, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 11
In today's episode, the election of Disy MP Annita Demetriou as the first-ever female House president, an issue heavily affecting the sea in the north, a turtle heroically recued in Ayia Napa and much more.
04:13
June 11, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 10
In today's episode, the race for the hotly contested House president seat, the end of the curfew along with the reopening of nightclubs all over the island, the issue concerning the Bishop of Morphou and much more.
03:54
June 10, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 9
In today’s episode, we take a brief look at the recent citizenship by investment scheme report. As more people turn online as a result of the pandemic, we also look at Cyprus looking to invest money in a drive to transition into the digital era. All this and much more.
05:16
June 09, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 8
In today's episode, the long-awaited results of the inquiry on the citizenship by investment scheme, more news on the fenced-off town of Varosha, the race for the House President seat after the parliamentary elections and much more.
04:18
June 08, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 7
In today’s episode, we take a look at developments in Varosha and the ongoing battle for the leadership of the House. With summer in full swing we also check out what’s happening with nightclubs. All this and much more.
03:49
June 07, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 4
In today's episode, the long-awaited reopening of crossings between the two sides, a serious incident at Polemidia social welfare office, the latest relaxations on the Covid-19 measures in the country and much more.
03:50
June 04, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 3
In today’s episode, we recap the major breakthrough in reopening the crossings between the north-south divide. All crossings are due to open on Friday. There’s the latest coronavirus news, which includes an update on the Indian variant in Cyprus, along with a brazen attempt to cheat in the end-of-year exams. All this and much more.
03:59
June 03, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 2
In today's episode, the race for the House President seat, the issue of mask-wearing in the island, Cyprus' stunning result following a European study on beaches and a new exciting exhibition at Ledra Palace in Nicosia. All this and more in today's briefing.
04:12
June 02, 2021
Daily News Briefing June 1
In today's episode, we bring you the most important take-aways from the parliamentary elections: who is in, who is out - and what does it all mean? We also have some positive coronavirus news: further relaxations are on the way. All this and much more in today's briefing. 
04:06
June 01, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 31
In today's episode, we take a look at the results of Sunday's parliamentary elections. There's also some news from Nicosia's Eleftheria Square, a warning from government officials about potential future cyberattacks and a charity initiative launched by children in Limassol. All this and much more in today's briefing.
03:50
May 31, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 28
In today's episode, we take a look at the new round of relaxations which are set to deliver a more normal summer. There's also some big news for British expats' voting rights. The president has also promised a huge spending boost for the Makarios hospital. All this and much more in today's briefing. 
03:24
May 28, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 27
In today's news briefing, we take a look at the new guidance for the AstraZeneca vaccine along with the latest on the so-called golden passport investigation. We also have an update on the long-awaited ferry from Cyprus to Greece, special holiday deals for Cypriot residents and other important local news.
04:15
May 27, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 26
In today's episode, a black day for the National Guard after the death of an officer, the situation with the migrants who arrived from Syria by boat last week, an online tool helping people vote and much more...
04:02
May 26, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 25
In today's episode, a case of possible Covid-related thrombosis death in Nicosia, the upcoming parliamentary elections, calls for a murder case that took place in 1996 to be reopened and much more...
03:51
May 25, 2021
Daily News Briefing May 24
In today's episode, the migrants' situation in the island, the improving epidemiological picture, the issue of corruption in politics ahead of the elections and much more
03:25
May 24, 2021