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Six men convicted over sophisticated UK-North Cyprus car smuggling racket

Six men have been sentenced to a total of 20 years for their part in supplying and exporting stolen vehicles to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). The City of London Police, which led the investigation, identified in excess of 120 stolen vehicles linked to the organised crime group. The theft of the high […]

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EU’s coronavirus ventilator aid arrives in North Cyprus 

Turkish Cypriots have received with vital medical equipment from the European Union  to help them fight against COVID-19. The European Commission, in close partnership with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in Cyprus, successfully delivered 10 ventilators to North Cyprus on Tuesday, 30 June. This batch of equipment is in addition to the 30 ventilators previously […]

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Turkey’s Volkan Bozkır is the new President of the UN General Assembly

A distinguished Turkish diplomat has been elected President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Volkan Bozkır becomes the first Turkish national to hold the office. He was unopposed for the position, and elected through a secret ballot on 17 June, receiving 178 votes, with 11 abstentions. Taking over from incumbent Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, […]

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One of Manchester’s first Turks, Beyhayettin ‘Uncle Jimmy’ Mentesh dies aged 86

Manchester’s Turkish Cypriot community was plunged into mourning after learning that one of their oldest members, Beyhayettin Ali Mentesh has died. Affectionately known as ‘Uncle Jimmy’, Mr Mentesh passed away peacefully in his sleep at Lefkoşa Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital in North Cyprus on Wednesday, 24 June. He was admitted to hospital last weekend with […]

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President Akıncı snubbed by EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell

The President of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Mustafa Akıncı was left fuming after Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, failed to meet with him during an official visit to Cyprus. Mr Borrell (pictured top) had travelled to the island on Thursday after holding meetings in Athens, Greece, to discuss Cyprus’ offshore […]

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North Cyprus reveals coronavirus risk categories for all countries

The government of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has confirmed the coronavirus risk category for all countries ahead of re-opening its borders to the world next week. All visitors have the right to enter North Cyprus from 1 July onwards, according to a Council of Ministers decree at the end of May. There […]

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We owe British residents an apology
 

On June 23 at around 6pm a disabled woman in her 80s stood on the tarmac at Ercan Airport, supporting herself on crutches, heart heavy with the fear of deportation. She and her husband were one of a number of people who had been asked to step off the passenger transit bus by the police […]