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In 'Party Town,' an Alleged Gang Rape. Now, Accuser Is Sentenced

Teen gets 4-month suspended sentence for lying about Cyprus rape; she says retraction was coerced

(Newser) - A judge in Cyprus says he's giving a "second chance" to a young woman who came before his bench, handing down a four-month sentence that's been suspended for three years after she was convicted of lying about being gang-raped. Per the BBC and the Sun , the unidentified... More »

She Made an Explosive Claim. Now She Faces Jail Time

British teen who alleged July gang-rape found guilty of making false claims

(Newser) - An unnamed British 19-year-old made an explosive claim in July: that she was gang-raped by 12 Israelis in a hotel room in Cyprus. On Monday she was found guilty of "public mischief," or lying to officials about the rapes—which she now maintains did happen. Inside a case... More »

Guy Actually Did This. Then Posted the Video

Driver in Cyprus allegedly drove his heavy vehicle with only 2 feet ... in socks

(Newser) - Cypriot police have charged a man who allegedly drove his heavy vehicle on a main highway with only his feet on the wheel and live-streamed footage of the stunt, the AP reports. Police said Friday they managed to identify the 43-year-old suspect from the video, which was shown on social... More »

Serial Killer's 7th Victim: Girl Wrapped in Bed Sheet

Discovery brings 2-month search in Cyprus to a close

(Newser) - Authorities in Cyprus say they've found the bodies of all seven victims of the island nation's first known serial killer —including that of two young girls. Decomposing remains believed to be of Sierra Granze, 6, were found wrapped in a bed sheet and tied to a cement... More »

In This Toxic Lake, a Serial Killer's Victims

Cyprus is dealing with 'a form of crime unprecedented' for the country

(Newser) - Investigators in Cyprus are currently looking for at least two suitcases at the bottom of a toxic lake. What they believe to be inside is gruesome: the remains of murdered females, two of seven women and girls that an unnamed Cypriot army captain allegedly admitted to killing. He has not... More »

He Found Hitler's Horses. Now, a New Find for Art World's 'Indiana Jones'

Stolen Byzantine mosaic of St. Mark recovered by Arthur Brand, returned to Cyprus

(Newser) - Cyprus got quite a gift this weekend: a sixth-century mosaic that had been stolen in the '70s from a church about an hour outside the country's capital. The BBC reports that Arthur Brand—an investigator known as "the Indiana Jones of the art world"—recovered the... More »

Region Known for Healthy Diet Now Known for Overweight Kids

For children, the 'Mediterranean diet is gone,' says researchers

(Newser) - The Mediterranean diet is seen as one of the world's healthiest. Now, however, a new report suggests a surprising irony: Kids who live in the Mediterranean region are among the most overweight children in the world. For example, 43% of 9-year-old boys and girls in Cyprus are overweight or... More »

Manafort Had Murky Dealings Routed Through Cyprus: Report

Treasury investigating ex-Trump campaign chief's offshore financial transactions

(Newser) - US Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, the AP reports. Information about Manafort's transactions was turned over earlier this year to agents... More »

One of Europe's Longest Conflicts May Finally End

After 40 years, talks could reunify island of Cyprus

(Newser) - It may not generate the headlines of other global conflicts, but the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has the distinction of being home to Europe's last divided capital city. After four decades, however, that might soon change. The island has been split between a Greece-controlled area and a smaller Turkey-controlled... More »

Suspected Meteor 'Explosion' Rocks Cyprus

Witnesses say it shook the ground

(Newser) - Officials in Cyprus are baffled by reports that a meteor streaking across the nighttime sky exploded overhead with a thunderous bang. Police say eyewitnesses reported seeing a blue glow emanating from the object that raced over the east Mediterranean island's Troodos mountain range shortly before midnight Thursday, per the... More »

Priest Punches Best Man for Following Old Tradition

Irate priest in Cyprus lands more than one punch

(Newser) - The best man slapped the groom on the back, which is an old Cypriot wedding custom. The priest punching the best man would be an innovation. But Cyprus police said Monday they are investigating an allegation that this happened at a wedding over the weekend, the AP reports. Police say... More »

Egypt Hijacker's Motive May Be 'Love'

It's now over: He's under arrest

(Newser) - An EgyptAir plane with about 60 people aboard was hijacked Tuesday while flying from the coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo, and then forced to land in Cyprus, reports the AP . Fortunately, it appears to have ended without violence after hours of negotiations, with all aboard freed and the hijacker... More »

Rare Black Flamingo Seen in Cyprus

It's hard to miss among its peers

(Newser) - Bird watchers in Cyprus were doing double-takes this week at the sight of a black flamingo feeding at a salt lake. The bird was impossible to miss among its peers, and one conservation expert tells the Telegraph that it's the first one to visit the Mediterranean island in, well,... More »

Amulet Offers Up 1.5K-Year-Old Palindrome

But ancient artifact discovered in Cyprus has a few mistakes

(Newser) - It seems that palindromes—phrases that read the same forward and backward—have been popular for a very long time. Researchers have discovered an amulet in Cyprus dating back some 1,500 years, and the words inscribed form such a phrase, LiveScience reports. Translated from Greek, the words say, "... More »

University: Pay Us in Bitcoin

Drums up interest with master of science degree in digital currency

(Newser) - First you could buy a condo with Bitcoin and now you can pay your tuition using the digital currency, too—if you attend Cyprus' University of Nicosia, that is. The school says it's the first university to offer fees payable in the currency feds are praising , and those with... More »

Big Cyprus Depositors May Lose 60% of Money

That's way higher than first reported

(Newser) - They call it a "haircut," but it's more like a scalping now. The Bank of Cyprus might end up taking 60% of the money held by rich depositors—about double previous estimates —reports the Financial Times . As part of the bailout deal, the bank will first... More »

Cyprus Banks Finally Reopen —for 6 Hours

Customers face heavy restrictions on transactions

(Newser) - After nearly two weeks shut amid a bailout scramble , Cyprus has just cautiously reopened its banks for six hours today—but it's not exactly business as usual. Trucks full of cash arrived at the central bank last night as rifle-bearing police and a helicopter stood guard. Private security guards... More »

'Superhuman' Effort Under Way in Cyprus

Authorities scrambling to get capital controls in place

(Newser) - Banks are set to open tomorrow in Cyprus, and that's not a task as easy as just unlocking the doors. As the AFP reports, a "superhuman" effort is under way to ready the banks in time, per the central bank governor. He made the comment yesterday, and not... More »

Cyprus Bank Grab Happening in US, Slowly

Thomas Sowell: The fed is subtly making the money you've saved less valuable

(Newser) - When Cyprus came up with its plan to take money out of its citizens' bank accounts, many Americans were aghast. Could such a thing, they wondered, ever happen here? "Yes and no," writes Thomas Sowell at RealClearPolitics . "The US government is very unlikely to just seize money... More »

Cyprus Keeping Banks Closed Until Thursday

Transaction limits staying in place after bailout

(Newser) - Cypriots hoping to get their hands on what is still technically their money are going to have to wait at least another couple of days. The government has ordered the country's banks, which have been closed since March 15, to stay closed until Thursday to prevent a run on... More »

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