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Bid to reunite Europe’s last divided capital with it’s open to doubt economy

Bid to reunite Europe’s last divided capital – Europe – Al Jazeera English.

  • Cyprus says no talks while Turkish ships go up a challenge on finding gas into the Cypriot EEZ.

Media reported that Cyprus’s president vowed on January the 5th to not resume peace talks with the North part of Cyprus occupied by Turkey as long as Turkish ships remained off the island, threatening its right to explore fornatural gas offshore (Reuters).

 Turkey, which supports a breakaway state in northern Cyprus, dispatched a research vessel to the south of the island late last year while companies commissioned by the internationally recognized government explored offshore.


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Israel pitches ‘massive’ natural gas pipeline plan to Europe

Source : Times of Israel Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent, noting that the supply from Israel would reduce Europe’s current dependence on natural gas from Russia.

A proposal for the “massive” project was introduced by Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom to energy ministers from Euro-Mediterranean countries who met in Rome earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Thursday.

It said the project would require a multi-billion euro investment from Europe to build a pipeline from Israel’s Mediterranean cost to Cyprus, from where the gas would be carried on to Greece and Italy.

The TV report said Cyprus, Greece and Italy were all supportive of the idea, and that Israel would make a formal presentation of the project to European representatives in Brussels in three weeks’ time.

The Sunrise – Famagusta, Cyprus 1972 – Victoria Hislop

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Famagusta, Cyprus 1972

The Sunrise is the remarkable story of Famagusta.

History comes to life  – Famagusta was once the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean.  A couple are planning to open a luxury hotel such is the desire to enjoy the sun and good fortune that the island is enjoying. Greeks and Cypriots work and live in harmony and life is good.

However elsewhere on the island, life is not so good and in fact many of Famagusta’s  40 000 inhabitants  are those who have escaped the ethnic violence of elsewhere.

With tensions rising as well as the heat, a Greek coup destroys the peace and Turkey invades to protect its people. People are forced from their homes and their lives are in danger. Two families remain. Victoria Hislop tells their story.

Place and setting

The map as seen in the novel The map as seen in the novel

In 1972 Famagusta…

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