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07 April 2017

1. Cyprus condemns chemical attack in Syria

The use of chemical weapons amounts to a war crime and perpetrators should be held accountable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus said on Thursday, as it condemned a chemical attack that took place earlier this week in the town of Khan Sheikhoun of Idlib Province, in northern Syria.

2. President sends condolences to Russia over "hideous attack" in St. Petersburg

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has sent a letter of condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressing sorrow for the victims of the "hideous" terrorist attack in St. Petersburg and condemning "this cowardly act".

3. Exploratory drilling to take place in block 11 of Cyprus` EEZ in first two weeks of July

Exploratory drilling is set to take place in block 11 of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the first two weeks of July, a top Total official said, on Thursday.

4. Greek FM and British Foreign Secretary discuss the Cyprus problem

Greece seeks "proper, just and smart solutions" for the Cyprus problem, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Thursday after holding talks, in Athens, with his British counterpart Borris Johnson. He reiterated Athens` consistent position that no third countries should have intervention and guarantee rights or military presence on the island.

5. Germany fully supports negotiating process for a Cyprus solution, Gabriel says

Germany fully and wholeheartedly supports the negotiating process on the Cyprus problem, for the reunification of the island which would be a huge success for everyone involved and for Europe as a whole, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday after a meeting he had in Berlin with the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

6. House plenary passes DISY bill on school celebrations

The Cyprus House plenary passed on Friday, by 30 votes in favour and 20 against, a bill tabled by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party for a legislative amendment to shift decision-making power on school celebrations from the Parliament to the Ministry of Education.

7. Holy Cross church in Karpasha returned to the Maronite community

In a simple, yet inspiring ceremony, the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme delivered on Thursday afternoon the oldest Maronite church on the island to the community of Karpasha in the Turkish occupied Kyrenia district.

8. Council of Europe`s "Strategy 21" unveiled in Limassol

The "European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century" was unveiled on Thursday, during a conference in Limassol, in an effort to promote diversity and highlight the contribution of cultural heritage in the sustainable development of Council of Europe member states.

9. Inflation up 1.9% in March due to higher electricity prices

Inflation climbed 1.9% in March this year compared with March 2016, recording the highest rise since October 2012. Average labour costs at €15.8 in Cyprus for 2016, marking a 0.6% increase since 2015. In 2016, average labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €15.8 in Cyprus, up from €15.7 in 2015 (0.6% increase in total and 17.0% in the non wage cost of the labour hour).CNA

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