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A U.N. official says that ethnically divided Cyprus remains "very, very close" to an agreement to reunite the island despite a breakdown in talks last week between the Greek Cypriot president and Turkish Cypriot leader
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The U.N. envoy for Cyprus warns that an "international crisis" over oil-and-gas drilling could cause the reunification talks to collapse. "To see that go to waste because of an international crisis would be very sad for all of us," Espen Barth Eide said Thursday in Nicosia. "We may be looking forward to rather dramatic times." Turkey has demanded the Greek Cypriot government suspend its search for oil and gas in the Mediterranean until there is a power-sharing deal with the Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday that Turkey's "threats" will not work. He accused Turkey of trying to wreck the peace talks. Eide called on all parties to do their "utmost to reduce any kind of tension that can make the talks problematic." Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded after a military coup it says was aimed at unifying the island with Greece.
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"George left such a mark on a lot people and I felt like we needed to do something for him. The fans needed somewhere to grieve. "I put this together for George, for the fans. I wish his family were here to be able to see this." Michael's cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter. Dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by substance abuse, affects the heart's ability to pump blood due to the muscle becoming enlarged and weakened. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart wall. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London in 1963, Michael shot to fame with Wham! and sold more than 100 million records. — AFP
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"George left such a mark on a lot people and I felt like we needed to do something for him. The fans needed somewhere to grieve. "I put this together for George, for the fans. I wish his family were here to be able to see this." Michael's cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter. Dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by substance abuse, affects the heart's ability to pump blood due to the muscle becoming enlarged and weakened. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart wall. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London in 1963, Michael shot to fame with Wham! and sold more than 100 million records.
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A Greek Cypriot court on Friday remanded four men in custody over the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl believed to have been whisked away to breakaway northern Cyprus, police said. Three Greek Cypriots and a Syrian were remanded in police custody for three days in connection with Thursday's kidnapping of the Cypriot-Norwegian child from outside a nursery school in the capital Nicosia. One of the men is believed to have organised the kidnapping, while the suspected vehicle used for the abduction was found in possession of the 33-year-old Syrian national, said police. Police also told a Nicosia district court that the Norwegian father had emailed the mother to say the girl was with him somewhere in Cyprus, safe and in good health. The girl would stay one week with him, then he would instruct his lawyers to arrange custody of the child. Police said they had indications the girl had been taken across the island's UN-patrolled ceasefire line to the Turkish-controlled north via an unofficial crossing point from the south.
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Masked men abducted a four-year-old girl outside a nursery in the Cypriot capital on Thursday, sparking a search by police who issued an arrest warrant for her Norwegian father. The girl was snatched and forcibly taken from her mother as she was dropping her off at the nursery in Nicosia, police said. The two masked men got into a black jeep with a getaway driver before they sped away, they said. Police issued an arrest warrant for the girl's father, who is separated from her Greek Cypriot mother and lives in Norway. "A big operation is currently underway to locate her and police are on alert at all the crossing points, ports and airports within the Republic of Cyprus," said police spokesman Andreas Angelides. The girl was wearing a pink T-shirt and leggings at the time of the abduction. "We are calling on the public with any information as to the vehicle in question or the whereabouts of a girl matching the description to contact us at once," Angelides told state television.
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Rival Cypriot leaders on Tuesday rebooted stalled UN-backed reunification talks for the island and agreed to pick up lost momentum after a two-month suspension. The leaders agreed to schedule four new meetings, in a new phase of talks, with the first beginning on April 20. "I hope this new round of negotiations will take us to a point where we can say there are convergences that lead us to a Cyprus solution," Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades told reporters after Tuesday's three-hour session. "I welcome the resumption of dialogue during which there was a fruitful exchange of views." He said there was no time frame for a when a settlement should be reached but any solution could not "ignore the fears" of either community. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed the talks in the UN-controlled buffer zone that divides the island, under the guidance of UN envoy Espen Barth Eide.
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Rival Cypriot leaders on Sunday failed to set a date to restart stalled peace talks on reunifying the island after meeting for dinner in the UN-controlled buffer zone, the United Nations said. The dinner was hosted by UN envoy Espen Barth Eide for Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who met for the first time since talks were suspended in February. A UN statement issued afterwards said more "groundwork" needed to be done after the two leaders "had an open and constructive exchange about the challenges experienced over the last months". It said the pair "exchanged ideas about the way ahead". "As the two leaders will be abroad in the coming days... Mr Eide, will be continuing his interaction with them in order to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible," said the statement.
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