Author: Eltan Halil

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North Cyprus minister in mourning after relative killed in London smash

A senior politician in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was in mourning this week after a close relative was killed by a pensioner driving the wrong way down a major road in East London. Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoğlu was left grief-stricken after receiving news that Ruşit Ataoğlu had died in the […]

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Cheesed off: minister grilled as bureaucratic blunder costs Greek Cypriots ‘halloumi’ trademark

A minister has resisted calls to resign after the Greek Cypriot government suffered an embarrassing blow in its efforts to monopolise the name of traditional Cyprus cheese in the UK. Georgios Lakkotrypis, the South’s Commerce and Industry Minister, faced calls to quit after it was recently revealed that South Cyprus had “lost” its UK trademark […]

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Hero finally laid to rest at spot where he fell half a century ago as Turkish Cypriots mark ‘Bloody Christmas’ anniversary

The remains of a legendary Turkish Cypriot resistance fighter killed while defending his home town were yesterday brought to their final resting place – on the spot where he was shot dead exactly 55 years ago. Hüseyin Ruso – a talented sportsman, footballer and PE teacher – was just 28 when he became a martyr […]

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Cyprus massacre victims laid to rest with military honours

The remains of 15 Turkish Cypriots – including 14 women and children – slaughtered by EOKA-B gunmen in the North Cyprus village of Muratağa on 14 August, 1974, have been finally laid to rest in their own graves. The victims, ranging in age from just four to 79, were among 126 people massacred in the […]

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Three dead, one missing, as storms lash North Cyprus
 

Three young people have died and another is missing after heavy rain lashed parts of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Wednesday, 5 December, in some of the worst storms for years. The three victims – one female and two male – were named by Turkish Cypriot police as Gaye Soyutok, 18, Tolga Bekçi, […]

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North Cyprus introduces plastic bag charge
 

Shoppers in North Cyprus now have to pay for plastic carrier bags under a new law aimed at tackling pollution. Under the changes, which came into force on 1 December, shops must now charge 25 kuruş – nearly 4p based on current exchange rates – for each single-use plastic carrier bag issued. Businesses caught flouting […]

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Turkish nationalists to support AK Party in three biggest cities in 2019 local poll

Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will support President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the country’s three largest cities in next year’s local elections, it has been reported. MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said that his party would not put forward any mayoral candidates in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir for the elections due […]