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07 August 2017

1. Cyprus ranks 64th in Global Peace Index

Cyprus ranks 64th in the 2017 Global Peace Index, among 163 independent states and territories, according to their level of peacefulness.Compared to the 2016 index, Cyprus improved by seven positions.The Index, which is prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), ranks Iceland as the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008 while Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, preceded by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

2. Number of applications to register new companies rises to February 2013 levels

The number of applications to register new companies rose in July this year to the same level as in February 2013, prior to the “haircut” on deposits, according to figures from the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver.The number of applications to register new companies rose to 1.304 in July, compared with 1.288 a year ago, showing an increase of 1.24%. July 2017 was the third month in the past four years since March 2013 in which applications exceed 1.300.

3. Relatives of victims of HELIOS 2005 air disaster mark 12th anniversary

August 14 this year marks the twelfth anniversary since the fatal air crash of an Helios 737 Boeing, which killed all 121 people on board, many of whom Greek Cypriots going on holiday.A memorial service for the victims of the Helios air crash will be held on Sunday, 14 August 2017, on the mountain of Grammatikos, north of Athens, where the Boeing 737-300 crashed twelve years ago. Memorial services will also be held in churches in Cyprus.

4. Busy Cyprus airports to accommodate around 2,000 flights this week

A total of 1,960 flights to and from Cyprus’ two international airports are scheduled to take place until Sunday, August 13, marking the first wave of increased passenger traffic in August. Hermes Airports Spokesman Adamos Aspris told CNA today that Larnaca and Paphos airports are expected to accommodate a total of 320,000 passengers this week.

5. Sky-gazers in Cyprus prepare for full moon and partial eclipse

A spectacular celestial phenomenon will take place this evening since the most popular full moon of the year will be followed by a partial lunar eclipse.The August full moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow by 25%. In statements to CNA, President of the Astronomical Society of Cyprus, Chrystanthos Fakas, said that the partial lunar eclipse will be visible from Cyprus after sunset.CNA