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8200BC    Archaeologists in 2007 found tools in the seabed off Cyprus at two sites indicating they were used by seafaring foragers who frequented the island well over 10,000 years ago, before the first permanent settlers arrived around 8,200 BC.
    (AP, 7/19/07)

7500BC    A research team in 2004 uncovered a carefully buried cat on Cyprus, placed just inches from a human burial that also contained polished stones, shells, tools and jewelry. The graves were estimated to be 9,500 years old.
    (AP, 4/9/04)

2800BC    In Cyprus the town of Palaepaphos, 11 miles inland from modern Paphos, was founded about this time. It later became the site of a temple of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of beauty who, according to mythology, was born in the sea off Paphos.
    (AP, 3/21/06)

565BC-545BCE    Cyprus was under Egyptian control.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.20)

400BC-300BCE    Tamassos was the capital of one of 11 kingdoms on Cyprus that were abolished at the end of the 4th century and replaced by a unified administrative system.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.20)

285BCE    Ptolemy II (b.c309, Philadelphus) of Macedonia began his rule of Egypt. During his reign (285-247) he founded the Cyprian port of Famagusta.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1162)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)

c30        Lazarus lived in Cyprus as a Bishop after the miracle by Christ.
    (NH, 4/97, p.62)

45CE        The Apostle Paul is said to have preached the gospel in Cyprus at this time and converted the island's Roman governor Sergius Paulus, the first Roman official to undergo conversion.
    (AP, 9/30/11)

632-661    The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height, the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant, Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in history up until that time.

1191        May 12, Richard the Lionheart married (Bernegaria) Berengaria of Navarre in Limassol, Cyprus.
    (NH, 4/97, p.62)(EofA, p.161)

1200-1300    Byzantine murals were painted on church walls. Many were later stripped following the Turkish invasion of 1974.
    (SFEC, 8/28/98, p.C5)

1570        Jul 3, The Turks began their attack on Nicosia, Cyprus, after Venice refused to surrender the island.

1570        Sep 23, The Turks began their attack on Famagusta, Cyprus, which was fortified by Venetian commander Marcantonio Bragadino (1523-1571).
    (http://historicbiography.blogspot.com/2008/01/marcantonio-bragadin.html)(WSJ, 7/21/08, p.A11)

1571        Sep 1, Famagusta, Cyprus, surrendered to Mustafa Pasha commander of the Turkish forces after nearly a one year siege. The terms of surrender appeared agreeable to Venetian Gov. Marcantonio Bragadino (b.1523), but Mustafa Pasha turned on Bragadino and had him violently tortured and finally flayed alive. 

1571        Turks sacked the St. Sophia Cathedral in Old Nicosia, Cyprus, and turned it into the Selimiye Mosque.
    (CNT, 3/04, p.153) 

1865-1876    Gen. Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904) served as the American Consul in Lanarca, Cyprus. He collected antiquities and later sold them to the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1879 he became the director of the museum.
    (WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A44)(AM, 7/00, p.60)

1871        Some 5,000 Cypriot artifacts were lost in a shipwreck.
    (AM, 7/00, p.63)

1872        Luigi Palma di Cesnola made his first sale of Cypriot artifacts to the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    (AM, 7/00, p.62)

1878        Jun 4, The Ottoman Empire turned over control of Cyprus to the British. The Congress of Berlin leased Cyprus to Britain.
    (AP, 6/4/08)(Econ, 10/23/10, SR p.10)

1878        Luigi Palma di Cesnola published “Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples."
    (AM, 7/00, p.62)

1898        Mar 23, Georgios Grivas, Greek General, opposition leader on Cyprus, was born.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1913        Aug 13, Makarios III, [Michail Moeskos], archbishop, president Cyprus, was born.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1925        May 1, Cyprus became a British Crown Colony.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1946        Aug 13, Britain transferred illegal immigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1950        In Cyprus a referendum overwhelmingly approved Enosis (union with Greece), but it had no legal value. The unofficial referendum was held in churches and coffee shops across the island organized by the Cyprus Greek Orthodox Church.
    (AP, 2/16/17)

1955        Mar 21, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desired Cyprus joining Greece.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1955        Apr 1, EOKA-bomb attacks took place against British government buildings in Cyprus.
    (MC, 4/1/02)

1955        Nov 26, An emergency crisis was proclaimed in Cyprus.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1956        Mar 9, British authorities arrested and deported Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to the Seychelles. He was accused of supporting terrorists.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1250)(HN, 3/9/98)

1956        Mar 10, A general strike in Cyprus protested the exile of archbishop Makarios.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1956        Aug 29, French government sent troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1957        Mar 20, Britain accepted a NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejected it.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1957        Sep 12, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus visited the US.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1957        Lawrence Durrell authored “Bitter Lemons." The autobiographical work described the three years (1953–1956) he spent on the island of Cyprus.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Lemons)

1958        Jun 15, Greece severed military ties to Turkey because of the Cypress issue.
    (HN, 6/15/98)

1959        Feb 19, An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
    (AP, 2/19/98)

1959        Mar 1, Archbishop Makarios returned to Cyprus after 3 years.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1959        Dec, Archbishop Makarios was elected president of Cyprus.

1960        Aug 16, Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus. Archbishop Makarios began serving as the 1st post-independence president. He chose Spyros Kyprianou (28) as foreign minister. Under the provisions of the independence settlement, Turkey, along with Greece and Britain, maintained a right to military intervention if the island’s constitutional order is threatened.
    (AP, 8/16/97)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.47)

1961        Cyprus was accepted into the Council of Europe.
    (Econ, 11/18/06, p.21)

1963        Dec 21, The Turk minority rioted in Cyprus to protest anti-Turkish revisions in the constitution.
    (HN, 12/21/98)

1963        Dec 24, Greeks and Turks rioted in Cyprus.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1964        Aug 7, Turkey began an air attack on Greek-Cypriots.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1964        In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots withdrew into enclaves and barbed wire went up in Nicosia, dividing the capital with Greek Cypriots.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.57)

1967        Dec 29, A Turkish-Cypriot government formed in Cyprus.
    (MC, 12/29/01)

1974        Jul 15, Greek troops and the Greek Cypriot National Guard staged a military coup on Cyprus and archbishop-president Makarios fled. Nikos Giorgiades Sampson (d.2001 at 66) served as president for 8 days following the military coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios. PM Bulent Ecevit ordered Turkish troops to invade Cyprus following the Greek Cypriot coup.

1974        Jul 20, Turkey invaded Cyprus.

1974        Jul 22, Only one of the 28 Greek commandos and four crew members survived a fiery crash they came in to land at Nicosia airport in the pre-dawn hours. 19 soldiers were believed to be inside the Noratlas' incinerated fuselage. The plane went down under withering volleys of friendly fire from the airport's Greek Cypriot defenders, who were fearful of an imminent landing by invading Turkish forces to take the strategically important area. In 2015 excavations located the aircraft.
    (AP, 8/6/15)

1974        Jul 23, Greece's military rulers announced they would turn the nation back to civilian rule. Constantine Karamanlis returned from 11 years of self-imposed exile and was sworn in as premier. Karamanlis later won a landslide election and served as prime minister until 1980. The Ioannides regime collapsed after plotting an aborted military takeover of Cyprus.
    (AP, 7/23/97)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.B4)(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A19)

1974        Jul 30, The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey and the British Foreign Secretary signed a peace agreement to settle the Cyprus crisis.

1974        Aug 14, The Turkish army mounted a second full-scale offensive in Cyprus, despite the fact that talks were still being held in Geneva and just as agreement was about to be reached. 37% of the area of Cyprus came under Turkish military occupation.
1974        Aug 14, Greek Cypriots began a 2-day massacre that killed 83 Turkish Cypriot men in Taskent.

1974        Aug 19, US Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek Cypriots.
    (AP, 8/19/04)

1974        Nov 1, The UN General Assembly unanimously passed the first of countless resolutions calling all states to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus.

1974        Cyprus was divided into Greek and Turkish sectors with a UN no-man’s land in between. Turkish troops had invaded the island after an Athens-based coup by Greek Cypriots. 1,619 Greek Cypriots were said to be missing following the July, 1974, Turkish invasion. 160,000 Greeks and 40,000 Turkish Cypriots were forced to abandon their homes.  
    (SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)(Econ, 3/13/10, p.64)(Econ, 4/23/15, p.41)
1974        Dr. Anastassios Simonidis (d.2000 at 75) was made the honorary consul general of Cyprus.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A23)
1974        Cyprian Maronites, descendants of Christians from Syria and Lebanon who came to Cyprus centuries ago, fled four villages when Turkey invaded following a coup by Cypriots wanting to unite the island with Greece.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
1974        Antiquities smugglers looted 13th century frescoes from the Ayios Themomianos church in northern Cyprus following the Turkish invasion that split the island into a Turkish-speaking north and a Greek-speaking south. Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil obtained the frescoes in 1983, and struck an agreement with the Cyprus church to keep and exhibit them in a purpose-built chapel in Houston. The Cyprus church granted the museum a loan extension until Feb. 2012 in recognition of its efforts to reassemble and restore the fragmented frescoes.
    (AP, 9/30/11)

1976        Spyros Kyprianou became president of the Cyprus House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)

1977        Aug 3, Archbishop Makarios (b.1913), president of Cyprus, died.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makarios)

1977        Sep 3, In Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou (1932-2002) was elected president with no opposition in order to serve the remaining term of Archbishop Makarios.

1977        Tassos Papadopoulos (1934-2008), former leader of the Greek Cypriot guerrilla group EOKA, submitted a proposal for a federated Cyprus tying together two distinct zones. The proposal became the basis for all subsequent settlement initiatives.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

1978        Feb 28, Spyros Kyprianou was elected president of Cyprus with no opposition.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)

1983        Feb 13, Spyros Kyprianou was re-elected president of Cyprus.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)

1983        Nov 15, Turkish Cypriots declared the northern third Cyprus a separate republic, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It was only recognized by Turkey.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Republic_of_Northern_Cyprus)

1984        The UN Security Council adopted a resolution which said any attempts to settle any part of Varosha in northern Cyprus by people other than its original inhabitants is “inadmissible." It called “for the transfer of that area to the administration of the United Nations." A 1992 resolution reaffirmed the 1984 resolution and called for Varosha to be put under control of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus — but that did not happened. In 2020 Ankara announced the opening of the coastline of Varosha.
    (AP, 10/10/20)   

1988        Apr 10, The hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jetliner vowed to carry out a "slow, quiet massacre" of their hostages, one day after one captive was killed aboard the plane parked in Larnaca, Cyprus.
    (AP, 4/10/98)

1988        Apr 11, Hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jetliner killed a second hostage, dumping his body onto the ground in Larnaca, Cyprus.
    (AP, 4/11/98)   

1988        Apr 13, A commandeered Kuwaiti jetliner took off from Cyprus for Algeria, after the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim hijackers on board freed 12 hostages.
    (AP, 4/13/98)   

1991        In Cyprus the Democratic Rally won 20 seats in the 56 seat parliament.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)

1993        In Cyprus Glafcos Clerides (1919-2013) was elected president. He had lost presidential elections in 1983 and 1988.
    (AP, 11/15/13)

1993        Asil Nadir (52), a Turkish Cypriot, went to northern Cyprus after being charged with 66 counts of theft involving 34 million pounds. He ran Polly Peck, one of Britain's biggest companies with interests in sectors from textiles to electronics, before its collapse. In 2010 Nadir's lawyers indicated he would be willing to come back and face trial if he was granted bail.
    (AFP, 7/30/10)

1994        Sep 13, In Cyprus 3 British soldiers abducted tour guide Louise Jensen (23). Her body was found 2 days later. In 1996 they were sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of abducting, conspiring to rape, and killing Louise Jensen. In 2006 the former soldiers were released and deported to Britain after serving only 12 years.
    (www.hri.org/news/cyprus/cmnews/1998/98-06-17.cmnews.html)(AP, 8/22/06)

1996        May 26, In Nicosia the center-right coalition of Pres. Glafcos Clerides, the Democratic Rally, lost support but maintained a slim majority in the Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections. Spyros Kyprianou was elected President of the House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)

1996        Jun 3, Turkish soldiers shot and killed a Greek Cypriot soldier in the no-man’s zone.
    (SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)

1996        Aug 12, It was reported that a Greek Cypriot man was killed and 41 injured in a border clash, after Greek Cypriot motorcyclists defied orders to halt a rode across the line to protest Turkey’s 1974 invasion.
    (WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)

1996        Aug 14, In Cyprus another man was killed in demonstrations when Turkish troops opened fire on Greek Cypriot demonstrators.
    (SFC, 8/15/96, p.C2)

1997        Jul 9, Cypriot Pres. Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash were scheduled to meet in a 4-day session in New York to resolve their disputes.
    (SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)

1997        Aug, UN talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials broke down when the EU reaffirmed that it would begin membership talks with the Greek-led Cypriot government. Lower level talks continued.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.A22)

1997        Oct 14, Aydin Dikmen (60), Turkish art dealer, was arrested in Germany for selling antiquities plundered from Cyprus since 1974.
    (http://turkeyhumanrights.fw.bz/religion/TurkThief.htm)(AM, 11/04, p.13)

1997        Dec 27, Lower level talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials were suspended by the Turkish Cypriots to protest the inclusion of the Greek side in EU membership.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.A22)

1997        Gunvor, a Cyprus-registered commodities dealer, was created by Russian oil trader Gennady Timchenko and Swedish oil trader Torbjorn Tornqvist. By 2011 its revenues had grown to $80 billion.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.59)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunvor_%28company%29)

1998        Feb 15, Pres. Glafcos Clerides (1919-2013) won a 2nd 5-year term in Cyprus elections with a 50.8% margin.
    (SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)(AP, 11/16/13)

1998        May 27, It was reported that the planned delivery of a Russian missile system to Cyprus would contain a “Tombstone" radar system, to be operated by 70 Russian experts. This was a threat to the existing West’s exclusive monitoring.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)

1998        Aug, Russia planned to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to the Greek Cypriot government for about $200 million. Later Pres. Glafcos Clerides said the missiles would be deployed in Nov. if Turkey did not accept a proposal for demilitarization.
    (SFC, 4/29/98, p.A11)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D4)

1998        Oct 26, Cyprus announced that it had begun building a naval base, apparently destined for use by Greek warships.
    (WSJ, 10/27/98, p.A1)

1998        A Norwegian newspaper claimed that police on Cyprus routinely dismissed rape claims, treating the victims as liars.
    (The Telegraph, 1/6/20)

1999        Apr 7, Spyros Kyprianou, the acting president of Cyprus, planned to fly to Belgrade to negotiate the release of the 3 American soldiers held by Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Helios Airways was founded as Cyprus' first private airline. By 2005 it operated a fleet of Boeing 737 jets to cities including London; Athens; Sofia, Bulgaria; Dublin, Ireland; and Strasbourg, France.
    (AP, 8/14/05)

2001        May 28, The AKEL, a communist party, won parliamentary elections in the Greek Cypriot portion of the island.
    (SFC, 5/29/01, p.A12)

2001        Sep 2, Dr. Christiaan Barnard (78), South African cardiologist, died in Paphos, Cyprus. He performed the world’s 1st human heart transplant in 1967, authored a distinguished text on cardiology, a scandalous autobiography and 4 minor novels.
    (SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)

2002        Jan 16, Rival Cyprus leaders, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, met on the border in Nicosia in the 1st formal negotiation in 4 years.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A8)

2002        Mar 12, Spyros Kyprianou (b.1932), former Cyprus president (1977-1988), died of pelvic cancer.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://cyprus.sa.utoronto.ca/main.htm)

2002        Jul 10, In Cyprus a military helicopter crashed during a nighttime training exercise, killing the commander of the east Mediterranean island's military and the air force chief. Two crew members and a navy officer on board were also killed.
    (AP, 7/10/02)

2002        Oct 9, The European Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among candidates.
    (AP, 10/9/02)

2002        Nov 11, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented Greek and Turkish Cypriots with a plan to unite their divided island into a single country modeled on Switzerland, with two equal states.
    (AP, 11/11/02)

2002        Nov 18, The Greek Cypriot government said it accepted "as a basis for negotiations" a U.N. plan for the reunification of the divided eastern Mediterranean island.
    (AP, 11/18/02)

2002        Dec 13, The EU reached agreement to accept 10 new countries in 2004. These included Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
    (SFC, 12/14/02, p.A3)

2003          Feb 16, In Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was elected the country’s 5th president over Glafcos Clerides. He opposed current reunification plans.
    (AP, 2/17/03)(WSJ, 2/18/03, p.A1)

2003          Feb 28, Tassos Papadopoulos took office as the fifth Greek Cypriot president, pledging to strive for reunification.
    (AP, 2/28/03)

2003          Mar 11, Talks to unify the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus collapsed after rival Greek and Turkish leaders failed to agree on a UN power-sharing agreement.
    (AP, 3/11/03)

2003        Apr 16, Greek Cypriots signed a treaty to join the European Union.
    (SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)

2003        Apr 23, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriot leaders lifted travel restrictions across the 1974 buffer zone separating the Greek and Turk sides.
    (SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)

2003        Jul 14, The Cyprus parliament voted unanimously to approve the accession of the Mediterranean island to the European Union.
    (AP, 7/14/03)

2003        Dec 14, Elections in northern Cyprus ended in a deadlock with the pro-EU opposition and pro-government parties splitting the 50 parliamentary seats. EU members have said that Turkey must help reunite the island before it can realize its own membership aspirations.
    (AP, 12/15/03)(WSJ, 12/15/03, p.A13)

2004        Feb 13, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on May 1.
    (AP, 2/13/04)

2004        Apr 8, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed disappointment after Cypriot leaders on both sides rejected his reunification plan.
    (AP, 4/8/04)

2004        Apr 15, The United States pledged $400 million to support a U.N. plan for reunifying Cyprus, but stressed no money would come unless voters on the divided island approve the settlement in a referendum next week.
    (AP, 4/15/04)

2004        Apr 22, Tens of thousands of Cypriots turned out in a final show of support for a U.N. plan to end the 30-year division of their island.
    (AP, 4/23/04)

2004        Apr 24, Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan, the Annan Plan, to reunite Cyprus. The European Union pledged to start searching for ways to extend a hand of friendship to the island's long-ostracized Turkish side. It meant that only the Greek side of Cyprus would join the European Union on May 1.
    (AP, 4/25/04)(WSJ, 4/26/04, p.A13)(Econ, 5/1/04, p.49)

2004        Apr 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU officials signed an accord extending the EU-Russia partnership accord to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta, which join May 1.
    (AP, 4/27/04)

2004        May 1, Revelers across ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry to the European Union. 10 new members (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) joined. Malta joined with 70 exemptions to EU rules. Poland had 43 exemptions. Latvia had 32. The Turkish occupied area of Cyprus was suspended from entry.
    (AP, 5/1/04)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.50)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.16)

2004        Dec 17, European Union leaders and Turkey agreed on a compromise formula to overcome differences over Turkish recognition of Cyprus' government as a condition for opening EU membership talks.
    (AP, 12/17/04)

2005        Feb 20, Nearly 150,000 Turkish Cypriots and illegal mainland settlers voted in a parliamentary election for a government only recognized by Turkey but which is seen as a barometer of prospects for reunification of the war-divided island. The pro-reunification governing party of Mehmet Ali Talat won.
    (AP, 2/21/05)

2005        Apr 17, Mehmet Ali Talat (53) captured 56% of the vote for the presidency of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, replacing its 81-year-old founder, Rauf Denktash. Talat pledged to work to reunite this divided Mediterranean island and restart peace talks with Greek Cypriots following a resounding win he labeled "a silent revolution."
    (AP, 4/18/05)

2005        Apr 23, The government of the Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus resigned, making way for PM Mehmet Ali Talat to take over as president following his election win.
    (AP, 4/23/05)

2005        May 8, The new Turkish Cypriot government of Premier Ferdi Sabit Soyer won a vote of confidence in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state.
    (AP, 5/8/05)

2005        Jul 29, Turkey signed an accord extending its customs union with the EU to Cyprus and other new EU members, a key step toward opening membership talks with the bloc.
    (AP, 7/29/05)

2005        Aug 14, A Cypriot airliner, Helios Air 737, crashed into a hill north of Athens, killing all 121 people on board. An inquiry in 2006 ruled pilots erred in setting pressurization controls. On April 20, 2012, three executives of a defunct Cypriot airline and a British engineer were each sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for their role in Greece's worst air crash. The ruling came four months after a Cypriot court acquitted the three executives during a separate hearing over the accident.
    (AP, 8/14/05)(WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 4/21/12)

2005        Dec 22, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to put in place within three months an effective reparations mechanism for Greek Cypriots who were stripped of their possessions in the 1970s.
    (AP, 12/22/05)

2006        May 21, Greek Cypriots voted to elect a new parliament on this divided island, their first vote since rejecting a UN reunification plan. Voters put their weight behind parties in President Tassos Papadopoulos' governing coalition, a result likely to be seen as an endorsement of his rejection of a UN plan to reunify this war-divided island.
    (AP, 5/21/06)

2006        Jun 12, EU foreign ministers reached agreement with Cyprus on a formula to enable Turkey to take its first step in detailed accession talks with the 25-nation bloc.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jul 16, Hundreds of exhausted evacuees flew into Cyprus as Western countries moved their citizens from the Middle East amid continued Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.
    (AP, 7/16/06)

2006        Sep 4, In Cyprus 3 British holidaymakers were charged with willful manslaughter over the death of a Cypriot teenager in a hit-and-run accident in the coastal resort of Protaras last month. A rented Opel "repeatedly rammed" the moped in what police described as a revenge attack following a fight outside a Protaras disco in which a friend of the accused was beaten up.
    (AFP, 9/4/06)

2006        Sep 7, Cyprus impounded a Panama-flagged vessel on arms smuggling suspicion. It carried 18 North Korean mobile radar units and 3 command vehicles due for delivery to Syria.
    (WSJ, 9/8/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 9/11/06)

2006        Oct 12, Scientists said a mouse living in the Troodos Mountains of western Cyprus, that predates the arrival of man, represents a new species, Mus cypriacus.
    (SFC, 10/13/06, p.A13)

2006        Dec 5, The EU presidency backed a proposal to partially suspend EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara's refusal to open up to trade with Cyprus.
    (AP, 12/5/06)

2006        Dec 7, Turkey offered to open a major seaport and an airport to longtime foe Cyprus to try to keep its EU entry talks on track. The EU called the step positive but insufficient.
    (AP, 12/7/06)

2006        Dec 11, European Union foreign ministers decided to suspend 8 out of 35  parts of entry talks with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to open its ports to trade with EU member Cyprus.
    (AP, 12/11/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.53)

2007        Mar 9, Greek Cypriots demolished a wall along the boundary that for decades has split Europe's last divided capital, a dramatic gesture that officials hope will kick-start reconciliation on the Mediterranean island. Plastic and metal screens replaced the wall.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.A3)

2007        Jul 2, Thomas Mooney (45), a senior American diplomat who disappeared four days ago with his car, was found dead on Cyprus in a rural area outside the capital.
    (AP, 7/2/07)

2007        Jul 10, Cyprus and Malta received approval from EU finance ministers to join the euro.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.57)

2007        Aug 18, Two men hijacked a Turkish passenger plane from Cyprus bound for Istanbul, holding several people hostage for more than four hours before surrendering.
    (AP, 8/18/07)

2007        Aug 30, A cargo ship, anchored about 2 miles from Israel's coast near the port city of Haifa, when it was hit by the Salamis Glory, a Cypriot passenger ship. 11 crew escaped from the sinking cargo ship. The first mate and engineer, both residents of Slovakia, were missing.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Dec 20, Conservationists said illegal trappers on Cyprus killed more than half a million protected birds this fall for sale at local restaurants.
    (AP, 12/20/07)

2008        Jan 1, EU newcomers Cyprus and Malta adopted the euro, bringing to fifteen the number of countries using the currency with increasing clout over the slumping US dollar.
    (AP, 1/1/08)

2008        Feb 17, Communist party leader Demetris Christofias (61) led in exit polls in Cyprus elections. Pres. Tassos Papadopoulos was eliminated in the first round and Christofias will face former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (59) in a run-off on Feb 24.
    (AP, 2/17/08)(SFC, 2/18/08, p.A6)

2008        Feb 24, Greek Cypriots elected Dimitris Christofias, leader of the Communist Akel Party, as its new president with just over 53 percent of the vote, ahead of conservative former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides with 46.6 percent. Christofias had campaigned on a pledge to act quickly to restart long-stalled talks to reunify the island.
    (AP, 2/25/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.53)

2008        Mar 21, The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to restart peace talks on reunifying their ethnically split island, and to open a crossing in the heart of the divided capital.
    (AP, 3/21/08)

2008        Apr 3, Ledra Street, a main shopping street in Cyprus' divided capital that had come to symbolize the island's ethnic partition, reopened for the first time in 44 years, boosting hopes for a renewed drive to reunify Cyprus. Authorities were forced to close it for nearly two hours following a dispute over how to police the street.
    (AP, 4/3/08)

2008        Apr 11, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat crossed over to the Greek Cypriot part of the island's ethnically divided capital, the first head of the Turkish Cypriot north to do so in more than three decades.
    (AP, 4/11/08)

2008        Apr, In Cyprus human bones from mass graves of some 100 individuals dating back 30-40 years were laid out for relatives to collect for reburial. Almost 1500 Greek-Cypriots and some 500 Turkish-Cypriots had long been listed as missing persons.
    (Econ, 4/19/08, p.71)

2008        Jun 13, An int’l. bird conservation group reported that over 1 million birds had been illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus over the past year to be served as local delicacies.

2008        Jul 3, The Cypriot parliament approved the European Union treaty, making Cyprus the 20th EU member to ratify the document aimed at streamlining decision-making in the bloc.
    (AP, 7/4/08)

2008        Sep 3, Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish leaders, Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, started new peace talks and said they hoped for a deal soon aimed at reuniting an island divided by war 34 years ago.
    (AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.68)

2008        Sep 10, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said he accepts a reduction of Turkey's military contingent but that his side will still need security guarantees from Ankara as part of a deal to unite the divided island.
    (AP, 9/10/08)

2008        Oct 30, Scientists reported that 1 in 17 men living on the coasts of North Africa and southern europe may have a Phoenician direct male line ancestor. Evidence was based on Y-chromosomes collected in Cyprus, Malta, Morocco, the West Bank, Syria and Tunisia.
    (SFC, 10/31/08, p.A14)

2008        Dec 12, Tassos Papadopoulos (b.1934), Cyprus' hardline former president (2003-2008), died of lung cancer in Nicosia. He had ushered the divided island into the European Union (2004) after rallying Greek Cypriots to reject a UN peace deal.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

2009        Jan 29, The ship Monchegorsk arrived in Cyprus. It was examined twice after it arrived under suspicion of ferrying weapons from Iran to Hamas fighters in Gaza, and detained. The US military had stopped the ship last month in the Red Sea, and said it found artillery shells and other arms on board. But it could not legally detain the ship, which continued to Port Said, Egypt, and then to Cyprus.
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2009        Apr 19, Turkish Cypriot nationalists won a parliamentary election that could stifle a promising effort to reunite Cyprus, an ethnically divided island. The right-wing National Unity Party (UBP), led by Dervish Eroglu, garnered 44% of the vote. The ruling leftist Republican Turkish Party (CTP), of Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, won 29%.
    (AP, 4/19/09)(Econ, 4/25/09, p.56)

2009        Apr 28, An EU court ruled that judges in Cyprus can compel the return of land seized after the 1974 Turkish invasion.
    (WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A1)

2009        Sep 22, A sharply divided EU failed to protect the threatened bluefin tuna, as the bloc's Mediterranean nations refused to back even a temporary a ban on catching the fish prized by sushi aficionados. Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, France and Italy, with strong fishermen's lobbies at home, insisted on continuing the hunt despite the precarious state of the species. Conservation groups had earlier criticized the EU for not pushing to list the bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
    (AP, 9/22/09)

2009        Nov 11, Cypriots gave a guarded response to Britain's offer to hand back half its remaining three percent of Cyprus's landmass if rival sides on the ethnically split island reach a peace deal.
    (Reuters, 11/11/09)

2009        Dec 11, Cyprus police said grave robbers over night had stolen the corpse of former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos after digging up his coffin on the eve of the first anniversary of the statesmen's death. Police discovered the missing body of former President Papadopoulos in another grave on March 8.
    (AP, 12/11/09)(AP, 3/9/10)

2010        Jan 11, In Cyprus Andy Hadjicostis (41), the director of the Dias publishing group, was fatally shot outside his home in central Nicosia, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a contract killing. The gunman fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 3 men were soon arrested and held pending formal charges. On Feb 5 Cyprus police formally pressed murder charges against TV host Elena Skordelli, her brother Anastasios Krasopoullis and Andreas Grigoriou in the suspected Jan 11 contract killing of Andy Hadjicostis (41), the island's most powerful publisher.
    (AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/15/10)(AP, 2/5/10)

2010        Jan 25, Cyprus police said they have busted a smuggling ring in Cyprus and recovered dozens of ancient artifacts it planned to sell for euro11 million (15.5 million), including a miniature gold coffin, silver coins and terra-cotta urns. Ten Cypriots were arrested during the raids over the weekend, and authorities were searching for another five suspects, including a Syrian man.
    (AP, 1/25/10)

2010        Mar 21, Cyprus police said grave robbers stole the remains of 3 Cyprus Archbishops who led the island's Greek Orthodox church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sofronios III and Kyrillos II led the Cypriot church between 1865 and 1916 during Ottoman and British colonial rule. Police arrested a Romanian man suspected of vandalizing the tombs.
    (AP, 3/21/10)

2010        Apr 18, Turkish Cypriots voted for a new leader, aware that their choice could lead to a deadlock in peace talks and possibly jeopardize Turkey's bid for EU membership. Nationalist Dervis Eroglu narrowly defeated leftist incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat in the election with 50.38 percent of the vote, promising to continue reunification talks with rival Greek Cypriots. Talat drew 42.85 percent. With a clear mandate, there is little incentive for Eroglu to abandon his support for two separate states on the island.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AP, 4/19/10)

2010        Jun 4, Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage to Cyprus bringing a message of peace to the region as Greek Cypriot leaders made a blistering attack on Turkey for its occupation of northern Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 29, In Cyprus the alleged paymaster of a Russian spy ring was arrested on an Interpol warrant while trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary, two days after his 10 alleged co-conspirators were arrested in the United States. His companion, a beautiful younger woman, was allowed to fly out. The suspect, who called himself Christopher Metsos, vanished after handing over a Canadian passport that claimed he was 54 and got released on bail.
    (AP, 7/11/10)

2010        Aug 26, Asil Nadir (69), a Turkish Cypriot businessman, returned to London to face charges of fraud. He had fled Britain almost two decades ago following the spectacular collapse of his business empire. Nadir fled the country in May of 1993, four months before he was scheduled to face trial.
    (AP, 8/26/10)

2010        Sep 26, A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Europe and the US set sail from Cyprus bound for Gaza, in a bid to run Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)

2010        Oct 14, Rival Cypriot leaders opened a new crossing point linking the ethnically split island's Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, offering a boost to plodding reunification talks.
    (AP, 10/14/10)

2011        Apr 4, A Cyprus court found a jailed murderer, his brother and another man guilty of unlawfully exhuming the body of Tassos Papadopoulos, the island's former president (2003-2008). Papadopoulos’s body was snatched from a Nicosia cemetery in 2009 and was reburied three months later after police arrested the suspects and found the body.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

2011        Jul 11, In Cyprus a massive explosion ripped through a naval base after a brush fire detonated gunpowder stored in containers, killing 13 people, wounding 62. The Vasilikos power station was destroyed taking out half the country’s electricity supply. Defense Minister Costas Papacostas and the country's top military official, National Guard chief Brig. Gen. Petros Tsalikides, resigned over the incident. On Aug 2, 2013, Papacostas (74) was sentenced to 5 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter and causing death through negligence.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/15/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)(Reuters, 8/2/13)

2011        Jul 28, Cyprus Pres. Demetris Christofias dismissed his cabinet.
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)

2011        Aug 3, In Cyprus the junior party in the ruling coalition left the government.
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)

2011        Sep 19, Turkey escalated a dispute with Cyprus over oil and gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, saying that it would send warships to protect its claims to resources off the coast of the divided island. US energy firm, Nobel Energy, had just exploratory drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus despite strong warnings from Turkey not to do so.
    (AP, 9/19/11)

2011        Sep 21, Turkey’s Pres. Erdogan signed a deal with Turkish-controlled north Cyprus to begin drilling for oil and gas.
    (Econ, 9/24/11, p.63)

2012        Jan 13, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash (87) died. He was the driving force behind the Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence in 1983.
    (AP, 1/14/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.106)

2012        Jan 27, Fitch ratings downgraded the debt of Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain even as European finance chiefs gathering in Davos sought to reassure global business leaders that Europe is on track to solve its debt crises.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A4)

2012        Feb 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu paid a historic visit to Cyprus, declaring the two countries' warming ties a "natural relationship" in a reflection of the rapidly shifting alliances in this turbulent part of the world.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

2012        Mar 4, Israel and Cyprus signed an accord to lay an underwater electricity cable between the Mediterranean nations, the first stage in a bid to transfer power between the Jewish state and mainland Europe. Additional underwater cables are to connect Cyprus and mainland Europe via Greece, which was also part of the agreement signed in Jerusalem. The deal is still subject to final approval by Israel, Cyprus and Greece, that is expected to follow the completion of a feasibility study within a year.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)

2012        Jun, The Cypriot government asked for a bail-out after two of its largest banks, stacked with Greek bonds, fell victim to the 2011 write-down of Greek debt.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.48)

2012        Oct 4, London listed steelmaker Evraz, part-owned by tycoon Roman Abramovich, is to gain control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half stake in Cyprus-based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an undisclosed sum.
    (AP, 10/4/12)

2012        Nov 4, In Cyprus David Lee Collins (19), an off-duty British soldier, was stabbed to death  in a nightclub. On Nov 5 a court in Cyprus remanded three British tourists in custody on suspicion of the fatal stabbing. On May 17, 2013, Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman (19) of London was jailed for eight years for the fatal stabbing. Charges against two other men arrested with him were dropped in a plea bargain.
    (AP, 11/5/12)(Reuters, 5/17/13)

2012        The population of Cyprus was about 850,000.
    (Econ, 7/7/12, p.53)

2013        Feb 24, Greek Cypriots voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
    (AP, 2/24/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.50)

2013        Mar 16, In Cyprus anxious depositors drained cash from ATMs after European officials ruled that part of a new 10-billion-euro bailout must be paid for directly from the bank accounts of ordinary savers. An emergency deal in Brussels set a one-time levy of 9.9% on Cypriot bank deposits of more than 100,000 euros. Deposits under that would be taxed at 6.75%.
    (SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A3)

2013        Mar 17, Cyprus Pres. Nicos Anastasiades urged lawmakers to approve a tax on bank deposits to save the country from bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 3/18/13, p.A3)
2013        Mar 17, Britain's Treasury chief said the government will compensate UK troops who lose money to Cyprus's bailout tax, a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13 billion) in rescue money. British residents of Cyprus not working for the UK military or government could be out of pocket.
    (AP, 3/17/13)

2013        Mar 19, Cyprus lawmakers unanimously rejected a proposed rescue package that included taxes on bank depositor accounts.
    (Econ, 3/23/13, p.75)

2013        Mar 21, A Cyprus criminal court found Hossam Taleb Yaacoub (24), a Swedish-Lebanese citizen and Hezbollah member, guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis in Cyprus.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 22, Cyprus lawmakers approved 3 key bills aiming to secure a broader bailout package and stave off imminent bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 3/23/13, p.A3)

2013        Mar 25, Cyprus clinched a last-minute solution to avert imminent financial meltdown early today after it agreed to slash its oversized banking sector and inflict hefty losses on wealthy depositors in troubled banks to secure a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout. Under the terms of the bailout deal, the country' second largest bank, Laiki — which sustained the most damaged from bad Greek debt and loans — is to be split up, with its nonperforming loans and toxic assets going into a "bad bank." The healthy side will be absorbed into the Bank of Cyprus.
    (AP, 3/25/13)(AP, 3/30/13)

2013        Mar 28, Cypriots get their first chance to access their savings in almost two weeks when the country's banks reopened, albeit with strict restrictions on transactions.
    (AP, 3/28/13)

2013        Mar 30, Officials said big depositors at Cyprus' largest bank may be forced to accept losses of up to 60 percent, far more than initially estimated under the European rescue package to save the country from bankruptcy.
    (AP, 3/30/13)

2013        Apr 2, Cyprus finance minister Michalis Sarris resigned after only 5 weeks on the job. He had agreed in negotiations with the EU to impose a “haircut" on samll savers with less than €100,000 in their accounts.
    (Econ, 4/16/13, p.61)

2013        May 8, Iran withdrew its ambassador in Cyprus to protest the country's decision to extradite an Iranian to the United States for prosecution. Iranian Saeid Mohabat (45) was extradicted to the US last month to face charges of breaching UN sanctions against Iran.
    (AP, 5/10/13)

2013        Jul 9, A Cyprus criminal court found former defense minister Costas Papacostas guilty of manslaughter in the explosion of confiscated Iranian munitions in 2011 that killed 13 people and wrecked his country's main power station. On Aug 2 Papacostas was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/9/13)(AP, 8/2/13)

2013        Sep 2, A court in Cyprus ordered the extradition of Dinos Michaelides, a former Cypriot interior minister, to Greece for questioning related to corruption charges against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful Greek politician, who is now in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)

2013        Oct 7, In Cyprus an independent judicial inquiry said former communist president, Demetris Christofias, and his government bear chief blame for the island's financial meltdown in March after they failed to control spending and behaved in an imperious manner.
    (AP, 10/7/13)

2013        Nov 12, In Cyprus the largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated were officially welcomed after a nearly four-decade journey. Police discovered the religious treasures in a 1997 raid on the apartment of Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen in Munich, Germany.
    (AP, 11/12/13)

2013        Nov 15, Cyprus’ former Pres. Glafcos Clerides (b.1919) died. He was widely regarded as a world-class statesman who guided Cyprus into the EU.
    (AP, 11/15/13)

2014        Jan 28, A Cyprus Forestry Department official said illegal logging in the bailed-out island nation has picked up sharply as people turn to firewood to save on heating bills.
    (AP, 1/28/14)

2014        Feb 11, Cyprus Pres. Nicos Anastasiades met with Dervis Eroglu on the UN’s “green line" and put forward a “road-map" where their two communities would unite under a federation but run their affairs as “constituent states."
    (Econ, 2/15/14, p.48)

2014        Mar 4, Cyprus's parliament approved plans for privatizations, averting a showdown with international lenders who insist on state selloffs as part of a 10 billion-euro ($13.77 billion) bailout.
    (Reuters, 3/4/14)

2014        Mar 10, Cypriot Central Bank governor Panicos Demetriades, whose testy relations with island's government dogged a tumultuous tenure when Cyprus teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, resigned.
    (Reuters, 3/10/14)

2014        Apr 30, Cyprus said it has raised 100 million euros ($137 million) through its first bond issue since international lenders rescued the country from near-bankruptcy a little over a year ago.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2014        May 12, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($124 million) in damages for its 1974 invasion of Cyprus, the largest such ruling in its history. Turkish officials the next day said that the country will not pay the fine.
    (CSM, 5/13/14)

2014        May 17, Cyprus' finance minister said that international creditors have given a fourth straight positive review to the country's financial rescue program and are projecting that its economy will shrink this year slightly less than earlier forecasts.
    (AP, 5/17/14)

2014        Jun 18, Cyprus raised 750 million euros ($1.017 million) from international markets with its first public issue of bonds since last year's international bailout saved it from bankruptcy.
    (AP, 6/18/14)

2014        Oct 7, Cyprus' president suspended talks on reunifying the ethnically divided island in response to Turkey's plans to search for oil and gas in waters where the Cypriot government has already licensed Italy's Eni and South Korea's Kogas to drill.
    (AP, 10/7/14)

2014        In Cyprus more than two million migratory songbirds were indiscriminately slaughtered this year to be served as delicacies in local restaurants. Although trapping is illegal, authorities had yet to introduce a comprehensive action plan against bird trapping.
    (Reuters, 3/9/15)

2015        Feb 25, Cyprus signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island.
    (AP, 2/25/15)

2015        Mar 20, Europol, the European Union's policy agency, said that raids earlier this week in Austria, Cyprus, Slovenia and Switzerland led to 26 arrests and the identification of 14 possible victims of the smugglers. The raids of brothels and restaurants targeted Chinese criminal networks that reportedly smuggled people to the continent.
    (AP, 3/20/15)

2015        Apr 2, The Cyprus parliament legislated to criminalize the denial of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago.
    (AP, 4/2/15)

2015        Apr 19, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots voted for a new leader for the breakaway north in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month.
    (AP, 4/19/15)

2015        Apr 26, Voters in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went to the polls to choose a new president in a runoff that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to unify the island. Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa Akinci swept to victory with 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent conservative Dervis Eroglu.
    (AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)

2015        Apr 29, The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation on combatting terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.
    (AP, 4/29/15)

2015        Jun 29, Cyprus jailed Hussein Bassam Abdallah (26), a member of the armed wing of Hezbollah, for six years after he pleaded guilty to charges of stockpiling explosives to attack Jewish targets abroad.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)

2015        Jul 17, Cyprus' largest bank said it has sold off more than three quarters of its Russian operations to limit its exposure to risk and to concentrate on its core, domestic business.
    (AP, 7/17/15)

2015        Sep 7, Cyprus said it would be willing to take in up to 300 migrants fleeing upheaval in the Middle East under new EU quotas, but would prefer them to be Christians.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)

2015        Oct 15, Cyprus decried an undersea pipeline carrying fresh water from Turkey to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, saying it aims to further cement Ankara's grip on the ethnically-divided island.
    (AP, 10/15/15)

2015        Oct 21, More than 100 migrants crowded into two boats landed at a British airbase on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, bringing the crisis that has rocked much of Europe to British sovereign soil.
    (AFP, 10/21/15)

2015        Dec 21, The Central Bank of Cyprus revoked the operating license for the local branch of Tanzania's FBME Bank Ltd. In July the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCen, concluded that FBME was used by customers involved in money laundering, fraud and terrorist financing.
    (AP, 12/22/15)

2015        Financier Low Taek Jho obtained Cyprus nationality under the country’s investment for passport scheme after buying a mansion for 5 million euros ($5.6 million) in the resort town of Agia Napa. He immediately left the island after purchasing the property and getting the passport. This was reported in 2019. Low has been painted by prosecutors as the mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, which saw more than $4.5 billion allegedly misappropriated from the Malaysian investment fund.
    (Bloomberg, 11/4/19)

2016        Jan 27, The International Monetary Fund said it has made another 126.3 million euros ($136.87 million) available to Cyprus after completing what it said was its second-to-last review of the Eurozone country's rescue deal.
    (AP, 1/27/16)

2016        Mar 29, EgyptAir flight MS181 took off from Bourg el-Arab airport just outside Alexandria on a regular route to Cairo when it was hijacked to Cyprus. Hijacker Seifedeen Mustafa wore a fake explosives belt and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew.
    (AP, 3/29/16)

2016        May 22, Cypriots voted for a new parliament amid public disillusionment with what many see as a discredited political establishment.
    (AP, 5/22/16)

2016        May 26, In Cyprus UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said he has asked Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to help "rectify" the new policy that reportedly limits worship in any church to once a year.
    (AP, 5/26/16)

2016        Jun 20, In Cyprus  a large forest fire continued to rage out of control and so far has scorched 15 square km (5.8 sq. miles) of trees and countryside.
    (AP, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 21, In Cyprus 2 firefighters were killed and a third was critically injured in the foothills of the Troodos mountain region while tackling one of the largest forest fires in Cyprus in years.
    (Reuters, 6/21/16)

2016        Jun 23, Cyprus finally brought a massive wildfire under control after a five-day battle that saw two firefighters killed and five foreign governments send aircraft to help. The blaze destroyed at least 15 square km (six square miles) of orchards and forest in the Solea valley in the northern foothills of the Troodos mountains.
    (AFP, 6/23/16)
2016        Jun 23, Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa told a Cypriot court that he hijacked the domestic EgyptAir flight in March intending to seek asylum in Italy in order to "point the finger" at the Egyptian military regime. Mustafa  claimed he saw Giulio Regeni being interrogated in a Cairo prison.
    (AP, 6/23/16)

2016        Jun 23, In Cyprus 4 people were killed in a shootout outside a packed restaurant in the resort of Ayia Napa that had the hallmarks of a gangland vendetta.
    (AFP, 6/24/16)

2016        Aug 31, Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement that paves the way for the supply of gas to the Arab nation via an undersea pipeline that officials hope will create a regional energy hub. The first gas through the new pipeline was expected to reach Egypt sometime between 2020 and 2022.
    (AP, 8/31/16)

2016        Nov 29, In Cyprus two female high school students and the driver of their school bus were killed when the vehicle collided head-on with a truck along a busy mountain road in the northern, Turkish Cypriot half of the island's capital, Nicosia.
    (AP, 11/29/16)

2016        Dec 2, In Cyprus the leaders of the ethnically split island ended a two-week stalemate by agreeing to meet next month in Geneva for a summit to tackle the most difficult issues in the way of a peace deal.
    (AP, 12/2/16)

2016        In Cyprus trappers killed some 2.3 million birds this autumn, up from 1.4 million in 2010. Trappers can catch thousands of birds a season, selling a dozen for up to $45 (40 euros) to restaurants, which serve a traditional dish called ambelopoulia, for nearly twice the price.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)

2017        Jan 5, Cyprus' biggest bank said it has fully repaid 11.4 billion euros ($11.9 billion) of emergency cash it received to stay afloat during a 2013 banking crisis that forced the island to need a multibillion euro rescue deal from its eurozone partners.
    (AP, 1/5/17)

2017        Jan 10, Rival Cypriot leaders returned to the negotiating table in Geneva to press on with an ambitious bid to end decades of conflict, with talks centered on the island's future system of government.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)

2017        Jan 15, Turkey's state-run news agency said nine Turkish colonels have been detained in northern Cyprus as part of the investigation into the movement allegedly responsible for a failed coup in July.
    (AP, 1/15/17)

2017        Jan 26, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to keep the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months and urged Greek and Turkish Cypriots "to grasp the current opportunity" to reunite the divided Mediterranean island.
    (AP, 1/26/17)   

2017        Feb 16, A feud over Cyprus' troubled history led to the abrupt halt of reunification talks between the ethnically split island's rival leaders, with confusion and much finger pointing over who walked out on whom.
    (AP, 2/16/17)

2017        Mar 8, The leaders of Cyprus' Christian and Muslim faithful banded together in a pledge to work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls on the ethnically divided island.
    (AP, 3/8/17)

2017        Apr 11, Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus restarted with rival leaders hoping to claw back diminished trust and lost momentum after a two-month halt.
    (AP, 4/11/17)

2017        May 19, An international convention targeting the illicit trade in cultural artifacts took effect today, a move to curb what is regarded as a major source of funding to militant groups in conflict zones. Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico became the first countries to sign the convention drafted by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe during a meeting in Nicosia.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)

2017        Jun 15, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and Greece.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jul 7, A week of UN-mediated talks in the Swiss Alps to end the partition of Cyprus collapsed in acrimony, throwing the prospect of any reunification between Greek and Turkish Cypriots into disarray.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 26, Authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in villages that have been under Turkish military control since 1974.
    (AP, 7/26/17)

2017        Sep 10, Cyprus police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly driving one of two boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island's northwestern coast.
    (AP, 9/10/17)

2017        Oct 4, The UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said that it regrets a decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to start imposing taxes and fees on humanitarian goods delivered to Greek Cypriots in the breakaway north of the ethnically split island.
    (AP, 10/4/17)

2017        Oct 20, In Cyprus a senior Orthodox Christian cleric announced that couples who marry in civil ceremonies are banned from taking wedding photos outside places of worship, after an uproar over a lewd photo taken in a chapel courtyard. The region is known for hosting destination weddings.
    (AP, 10/20/17)

2017        Nov 2, The European Court of Human Rights blocked Cypriot authorities from extraditing Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa to his homeland until it can examine the case. Mustafa hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in March 2016 using a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Nov 21, The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece met in Cyprus and pledged closer cooperation on migration. They also sought to get the European Union more actively engaged in efforts to get a grip on migration, much of which stems from war-torn Syria and Libya.
    (AP, 11/21/17)

2017        Dec 14, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

2018        Jan 6, Kosovo police said Moshe Harel, Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers, has been arrested in Cyprus. He was suspected of organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic in the capital Pristina in 2008.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 7, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots voted in a snap parliamentary election overshadowed by last year's failure to reach a peace deal for the divided island in UN-backed talks. The conservative National Unity Party (UBP) of PM Huseyin Ozgurgun came out on top with 36 percent of the vote and 21 seats, short of the 26 seats needed for a majority in the 50-member house.
    (AFP, 1/7/18)    (AFP, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 16, The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership with tighter cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 22, In Cyprus dozens of people waving the Turkish flag smashed windows and hurled stones, eggs and other items at the office of Afrika, A left-wing Turkish Cypriot newspaper in Nicosia. Editor Sener Levent said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had incited supporters to attack the publication's office because the paper had criticized Ankara's military offensive in Syria.
    (AP, 1/22/18)

2018        Jan 24, In Cyprus some 350 Kurds burned images of the presidents of Turkey and Russia as they marched on the US and Russian embassies in Nicosia to protest Turkey's "invasion" of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
    (AP, 1/24/18)

2018        Jan 28, Voters in Cyprus headed to the polls for a presidential election. Opinion polls put conservative incumbent Nicos Anastasiades (71) ahead as he pledged to restart negotiations with the Turkish-backed north quickly after the vote. No candidate received an outright majority. Pres. Anastasiades will face Stavros Malas, backed by the communist-rooted AKEL party, in a runoff on Feb. 4.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)(SFC, 1/29/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 4, Voters in Cyprus cast ballots in a presidential run-off, with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades and his leftist challenger sparring over who is best placed to reunify the island and boost a fragile economic recovery. Anastasiades defeated Stavros Malas 565 to 44%.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A5)

2018        Feb 8, Cyprus’ energy minister said that exploratory drilling off the southern shore has shown indications of a potentially sizeable gas deposit that raises hopes for more discoveries.
    (AP, 2/8/18)

2018        Feb 9, Turkish warships stopped a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed toward an area southeast of Cyprus.
    (AP, 2/11/18)

2018        Feb 13, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warning to neighboring Greece, Cyprus and international companies exploring for gas in the eastern Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's rights.
    (AP, 2/13/18)

2018        Feb 22, Turkey said it will not allow Cyprus' government to carry out a "unilateral" gas search off the east Mediterranean island as long as breakaway Turkish Cypriots don't also reap the benefits.
    (AP, 2/22/18)

2018        Mar 7, The EU’s executive branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands for "aggressive" tax policies designed to undercut others to attract multinational companies.
    (AP, 3/7/18)

2018        Mar 27, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades hailed as "unprecedented" the EU's condemnation of Turkey for blocking his government's search for offshore oil and gas.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)

2018        Apr 3, The Cyprus government deposited 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 billion) into the island-nation's troubled Cooperative Bank in an attempt to dispel any uncertainty over its future.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 5, Cyprus said it will lodge protests over the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant a few dozen kilometers from the island nation. One worry raised is that the Akkuyu area, where the plant is to be built, is earthquake-prone.
    (AP, 4/5/18)

2018        May 8, The leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said they're determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
    (AP, 5/8/18)

2018        Jun 22, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said their countries must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2018        Jul 10, An official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe defended the creation of a glossary that offers journalists on both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus alternatives to words that are deemed offensive or negative in their reporting of the island's long-standing conflict.
    (AP, 7/10/18)

2018        Jul 18, Nineteen people died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people. 103 migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and northern Cypriot coast guards.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)

2018        Aug 1, Cyprus' government said it is asking the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help defend two Turkish Cypriot journalists investigated in Turkey over an article deemed "insulting" to that country.
    (AP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 18, Cyprus extradited Seif Eddin Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in March, 2016, and ordered it to land in Cyprus. He was transferred to Egyptian custody and flown to Egypt after giving up a drawn-out legal fight.
    (AP, 8/19/18)

2018        Aug 29, Turkish Cypriot media reported that smugglers attempted to use a drone to fly illegal drugs over the frontier separating Turkish Cypriot northern Cyprus with the rest of the island, one of the most heavily guarded areas in Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)

2018        Sep 19, Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)

2018        Oct 26, The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus agreed to open more checkpoints along the militarized frontier that separates them, marking a rare sign of cooperation in the deadlocked conflict.
    (Reuters, 10/26/18)

2018        Nov 12, Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.
    (AFP, 11/12/18)

2018        Nov 18, Turkey warned energy companies against working with the Greek Cypriot government in carrying out exploratory drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, saying such activities could damage regional stability.
    (Reuters, 11/18/18)

2018        Nov 21, Cypriot authorities said that 47 Syrian migrants had been found on the island's northwestern tip after being dropped off by suspected people smugglers.
    (AFP, 11/21/18)

2018        Dec 5, In northern Cyprus at least four people were killed in flooding late today as hail and rain hammered the island.
    (Reuters, 12/6/18)
2018        Dec 5, Russia warned authorities in Cyprus not to allow the US military to deploy on their territory, saying such a move would draw a Russian reaction and result in "dangerous and destabilizing consequences" for the Mediterranean island.
    (Reuters, 12/5/18)

2018        Dec 19, In Cyprus Jordan's foreign affairs minister said his country is seeking closer ties with Greece and Cyprus as part of a strategy to bolster regional peace and security and promote economic cooperation.
    (AP, 12/19/18)

2019        Jan 24, About three dozen Cypriots who alleged they were tortured while in custody during fighting against British colonial rule more than 60 years ago said that they feel vindicated after the UK government agreed to pay them 1 million pounds ($1.3 million).
    (AP, 1/24/19)

2019        Feb 5, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras visited Turkey where he will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks to ease tensions over bilateral disputes and the long-running Cyprus problem.
    (AFP, 2/5/19)

2019        Feb 13, Cyprus' finance minister said his government is tightening rules for the country's lucrative scheme granting passports to wealthy investors, making it ineligible to anyone who has already been rejected by another European Union country running similar plans.
    (AP, 2/13/19)

2019        Feb 28, Cyprus said ExxonMobil has made the world's third-biggest gas find in the last two years off its coast.
    (AP, 2/28/19)

2019        Mar 6, An inquiry into the demise of Cyprus' Co-operative bank faulted senior executives for bad judgment, inaction and ineptitude in dealing with a mountain of bad loans, while blaming the finance minister for failing to take corrective actions.
    (AP, 3/6/19)

2019        Apr 14, In Cyprus the bound body of 38-year-old Mary Rose Tiburcio, from the Philippines, was found down a flooded shaft near a toxic man-made lake. The discovery triggered a homicide investigation that led to the arrest of a Cypriot military captain.
    (AP, 4/28/19)

2019        Apr 22, Cypriot authorities searched a flooded mineshaft where two dead female bodies have been discovered as well as a nearby lake for further bodies. A suspect in the killings, a 35 year-old Greek Cypriot military officer, remained in custody.
    (AP, 4/22/19)

2019        Apr 25, In Cyprus Nicos Metaxas (35), a Greek Cypriot army officer, admitted to killing four more people than he had previously admitted to. The suspect also pointed investigators to a military firing range, where they discovered another unidentified body.
    (AP, 4/26/19)

2019        Apr 28, Cypriot investigators hunting for victims of a suspected serial killer retrieved a suitcase containing the decomposing remains of a woman from the bottom of a man-made lake. The retrieved suitcase is one of two that were located in the lake a day earlier.
    (AP, 4/28/19)

2019        May 2, Cypriot justice minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned as criticism of police mounted for mistakes that may have led a serial killer claim more victims.
    (SFC, 5/3/19, p.A2)

2019        May 3, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades fired the small island nation's police chief, saying botched missing person investigations might have allowed a self-confessed serial killer to claim more victims.
    (AP, 5/3/19)

2019        Jun 4, Cypriot authorities recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial killer. The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing Filipina Maricar Valdez.
    (AFP, 6/4/19)

2019        Jun 7, Cyprus renegotiated a contract with a consortium made up of Shell, Texas-Based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek that paves the way for the exploitation of an offshore field that is estimated to hold 4.1 trillion cubic feet of gas. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is determined to protect Turkish Cypriots' rights to gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.
    (AP, 6/7/19)

2019        Jun 15, Turkey criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
    (AP, 6/15/19)

2019        Jun 18, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied calls for it to cease drilling in the region.
    (AFP, 6/18/19)

2019        Jun 20, Turkey launched a second drillship that will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus' east coast despite European Union warnings to refrain from such illegal actions or face sanctions.
    (AP, 6/20/19)

2019        Jun 24, In Cyprus Greek Cypriot army captain Nikos Metaxas (35), who murdered five women and two girls, was handed seven life sentences.
    (AFP, 6/24/19)

2019        Jul 11, In Cyprus mobile phone coverage was extended to both sides of the divide on the east Mediterranean island nation.
    (AP, 7/11/19)

2019        Jul 15, The EU imposed sanctions on Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters around Cyprus.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.46)

2019        Jul 18, A Cyprus court ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped a day earlier at the popular resort of Ayia Napa. On October 15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive" police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
    (AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)

2019        Jul 26, A Cyprus court extended the detention of seven Israeli teenagers out of the 12 who were arrested as suspects in the rape of a 19-year-old British woman. Five suspects were released a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/26/19)

2019        Jul 28, Police in Cyprus arrested a 19-year-old British woman on suspicion of filing a false complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been detained as suspects. A lawyer said Cyprus police will release all seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the alleged rape of a British woman. Investigators questioning the woman concluded that her allegations "didn't stand to reason." On October 15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive" police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)

2019        Jul 31, Egypt's foreign minister said hydrocarbon finds in the eastern Mediterranean have bolstered an already "strong partnership" with neighboring Cyprus.
    (AP, 7/31/19)

2019        Aug 7, Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the United States have agreed to enhance cooperation in energy, cyber and infrastructure security following a meeting of the ministers from the four countries in Athens.
    (AP, 8/7/19)

2019        Oct 8, On the island nation of Cyprus a new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is equally funded by the European Union and Cyprus.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
    (AP, 10/8/19)

2019        Oct 15, Lebanon's defense minister said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation.
    (AP, 10/15/19)

2019        Oct 23, Cyprus said it would investigate the circumstances under which relatives of Cambodia's prime minister were granted citizenship and did not rule out revoking passports if necessary.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)

2019        Nov 4, Cyprus Pres. Nicos Anastasiades pledged to revoke any of his island republic's passports found to have been "mistakenly" granted to wealthy overseas investors under a controversial cash-for-citizenship program.
    (AP, 11/4/19)

2019        Nov 6, Cyprus said that it had started a process to strip 26 individuals of citizenship they received under a secretive passports-for-investment scheme, admitting it had flaws.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)

2019        Nov 22, Several hundred Cypriots from both sides of the divided island marched to demand reunification as the Mediterranean country's two leaders prepared to meet for talks.
    (AFP, 11/22/19)

2019        Dec 21, Cyprus hailed the new US Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 geared toward boosting energy and security cooperation in the east Mediterranean saying it is indicative of the significance that Washington attaches to the region.
    (AP, 12/21/19)

2019        Dec 30, A Cyprus court found a 19 year-old British woman guilty of fabricating claims that she was gang raped last July 17 by 12 Israelis in a hotel room at a tourist resort in the east Mediterranean island nation, saying that her story lacked credibility. The woman says she is innocent and will appeal the ruling.
    (AP, 12/30/19)

2020        Jan 6, A Scandinavian woman said she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest in 1998, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island.
    (The Telegraph, 1/6/20)

2020        Jan 7, A Cypriot court handed a four-month suspended sentence to a 19-year-old British woman who was found guilty of public mischief after authorities said she made up claims that she was raped by up to a dozen Israelis.
    (AP, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan 8, Cyprus approved a request from the US authorities via the American embassy in Nicosia to temporarily deploy on the eastern Mediterranean island a rapid response unit to evacuate personnel working in US diplomatic missions in the region, as well as US citizens, if the need arises.
    (Bloomberg, 1/8/20)

2020        Jan 16, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine established a bloc called the East Mediterranean Gas Forum.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EastMed_Gas_Forum)    (Econ., 8/22/20, p.50)

2020        Jan 19, Turkey called for the European Union to end what it said was the bloc's prejudice against Turkish Cypriots, defending its launch of a fresh round of hydrocarbons drilling off the Mediterranean island.
    (Reuters, 1/19/20)

2020        Feb 5, Cyprus said it is preparing new legislation to curb the large number of sham marriages that are being conducted to help individuals obtain residency permits and potentially easier access to the European Union.
    (AP, 2/5/20)

2020        Feb 28, Cyprus' interior minister accused Turkey of deliberately channeling migrants for months to the ethnically-divided island's Greek Cypriot south to change the composition of its population.
    (AP, 2/28/20)

2020        Feb 29, In Cyprus dozens of people pushed aside police barriers to protest the closing of a crossing point in the medieval core of the capital of ethnically divided island. There have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus found so far on either side of the divide.
    (AP, 2/29/20)

2020        Mar 7, Cyprus riot police used pepper spray to thwart Turkish Cypriot protesters trying to shove their way through a barricaded crossing point in the heart of the ethnically divided island nation's capital.
    (AP, 3/7/20)

2020        Mar 28, Northern Cyprus reported its first death from the coronavirus after a 67-year old German tourist died in hospital in Nicosia.
    (AP, 3/28/20)

2020        Mar 29, Cyprus recorded 35 new coronavirus cases, more than double the number reported a day earlier. This brought Cyprus' total to 214 cases and six recorded deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/30/20)

2020        Mar 30, Cyprus imposed a curfew to contain the spread of coronavirus, extending a broad lockdown introduced two weeks ago after a weekend spike in recorded cases.
    (Reuters, 3/30/20)

2020        May 11, Turkey was denounced by ministers of five countries for drilling in an offshore area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, France and the UAE also protested a maritime border delineation and military cooperation agreement that Turkey signed last year with Libya's UN-backed government.
    (SFC, 5/13/19, p.A3)

2020        Jun 9, Cyprus reopened its airports following an 11-week ban aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Cyprus permitted 19 countries with low coronavirus infection rates for commercial flights.
    (AP, 6/9/20)

2020        Aug 21, In Cyprus thousands of motorcyclists staged simultaneous rides through cities and towns to protest a police decree that they claim infringes on their constitutional right to unfettered mobility. Police say a ban on large-displacement motorcycles from some city streets during the predawn hours on certain days is needed to combat noise pollution that has gotten out of hand because of illegally modified motorcycles.
    (AP, 8/21/20)

2020        Sep 6, Cyprus police said that four vessels appeared off Cyprus’ eastern and southern coast over the last two days carrying a total 123 migrants and about half of them have been permitted to disembark.
    (AP, 9/6/20)

2020        Oct 2, EU leaders finally agreed to hit Belarus with sanctions early today before warning Turkey it faced the same punishment if it continued oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. Cyprus had vetoed agreement on the sanctions, which do not hit President Alexander Lukashenko personally, until it was satisfied the EU's condemnation of Turkey was strong enough.
    (The Telegraph, 10/2/20)

2020        Oct 6, Cyprus and Lebanon reaffirmed an agreement for Lebanese authorities to take back migrants aboard boats trying to reach Cypriot shores.
    (AP, 10/6/20)

2020        Oct 21, During a trilateral regional summit in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive" actions related to Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 22, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations" that they maintain are threatening regional peace.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 26, Turkey’s Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ersin Tatar, the newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader, voiced their support for the resumption of peace talks for Cyprus based on a solution envisioning two separate states — departing from a formula followed for decades.
    (AP, 10/26/20)

2020        Nov 12, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared, help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.
    (AP, 11/12/20)

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