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Deputy special adviser to the UN secretary general on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and  Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades. Photograph: Cypriot Press Office

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed on Friday to intensify efforts to reunify the divided island and to finalise steps that would secure a settle(...)

Rocks block part of a road following an earthquake in Aspropirgos, near Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattled the Greek capital Athens on Friday, briefly knocking out power and telecommunications in parts of the city and sen(...)

Turkish drilling ship Yavuz: set to start work off the  coast of Cyprus within the country’s exclusive economic zone, in violation of international law. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey is set to deploy a fourth ship to explore for gas and oil off the coast of Cyprus in defiance of EU sanctions imposed to end Ankara’s illegal o(...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

In a joint statement, Richard Bruton and Shane Ross expressed “grave concern” about the findings which suggested areas in Dublin city may have higher levels of air pollution than previously indicated. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radical measures to counter rising air pollution due to increased traffic volumes in Dublin will be needed, according to Minister for Transport Shane (...)

Yanis Varoufaki  greets supporters during his main pre-election rally in central Athens on Friday. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Remember Greece’s leather-clad, motorcycle-riding finance minister who clashed repeatedly with his hardline German counterpart during the standoff ov(...)

Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with his predecessor Alexis Tsipras on Monday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Greece’s outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has handed over power to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker who navigated the centre-right New Dem(...)

Greece’s opposition party New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis: describes himself as a progressive and says he will place untested technocrats in prominent positions once in government. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

As the sun sets over the Acropolis, bathing the monument in the gentle light of a dying day, Kyriakos Mitsotakis ascends the podium, punching the air (...)

Drilling vessel Yavuz: set to arrive off the eastern coast of Cyprus to drill for gas. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis

Cyprus has lodged legal proceedings against non-Turkish firms involved in Ankara’s natural gas drilling operations conducted within the island’s conti(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

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