Cyprus

A man looks out to sea from the coastline of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on July 21.

African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren’t Breaking. They Are Organizing.

Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 31.

Israeli Energy Exports Won’t Make Europe More Pro-Israel

The natural gas discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean is so expensive to bring to market that it might never reach European consumers, let alone change the policies of EU governments.

Turkey’s Yavuz drillship, seen from shore of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is one of several operating in Cypriot waters, sparking a rebuke from the European Union.

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab

Ankara is eyeing the gas reserves around Cyprus, causing yet more international tensions.

The African Gold restaurant outside North Nicosia serves as a meeting point for the large foreign student body from Nigeria, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe.

At Europe’s Edge, Unwanted Migrants Are Stranded in an Unrecognized Country

Scammed by opportunistic agents, African students seeking a future in the EU have ended up stuck in Northern Cyprus—some of them left for dead.

The drill ship Ensco DS-7 in Limassol, Cyprus, on Feb. 28.

Gas for Peace

A virtual gas hub could create real cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish-Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci walks alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the northern part of Nicosia in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognised by Turkey, during a welcome ceremony on July 10, 2018.

Turkey Is Hungry for War With Cyprus

Erdogan has rarely been so weak at home—or so aggressive with his neighbors in the Mediterranean.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, located in the Esh Kodesh outpost, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank on November 20, 2018.

If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will

While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.

A Muslim man walks by the "separation barrier" or "security fence" in East Jerusalem on November 27, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Can Work

The two-state solution is dead. Most one-state solutions are unacceptable to the other side. There is, however, a viable peace plan that appeals to both.

U.N. peacekeepers patrol near Juba, South Sudan, on Oct. 4, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia and China See in Trump Era a Chance to Roll Back Human Rights Promotion at U.N.

As the United States retreats from the world, Moscow and Beijing seek to gut U.N. programs, cut staff.

TOPSHOT - Turkish-Cypriots attend a parade in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), on July 20, 2016 to mark the anniversary of of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. 
The anniversary marks the exact moment when Turkish troops invaded in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered military coup to unite Cyprus with Greece. / AFP / Iakovos Hatzistavrou        (Photo credit should read IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

One Last Chance to Reunite Cyprus?

There’s political will. That doesn’t mean there’s a practical way.

FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - MARCH 06:  Former, decaying hotel buildings stand beyond a makeshift barrier and a Turkish military sign inside the "Forbidden Zone" of Varosha district on March 6, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Hundrds of buildings inside Varosha district, which was once a prime Cypriot resort, stand abandoned and decaying in a zone the Turkish military has sealed off ever since Varosha residents fled in the 1974 war. Cyprus has been divided into a Greek south and Turkish north ever since the brief but devastating war of 1974. Since then United Nations peacekeepers have maintained a buffer zone that runs through the capital city of Nicosia and across the entire island to keep the factions apart. In the south the Greek-dominated Republic of Cyprus is internationally-recognized and a member of the European Union, while in the north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey, which also has tens of thousands of troops stationed there. Negotiations over possible reunification have made strident progress over the last few years, though they have stalled in recent months.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Here’s a Win-Win Deal for Trump: Cyprus

There's a short window to make peace in this long-running feud.

TO GO WITH STORY BY SOPHIE DEVILLER A huge Turkish-Cypriot flag painted on the side of the Kyrenia mountain range which overlooks the divided city of Nicosia is seen in the background, as barbed wire marks the dividing "green line" 14 March 2004, on the Greek-Cypriot side of the capital. The "Green Line" which cuts Cyprus in two has become, since the island's entry into the EU in 2004, the least secure land border in Europe, a godsend for clandestine immigrants.  AFP PHOTO/Philip MARK (Photo credit should read PHILIP MARK/AFP/Getty Images)

Cracking the Cyprus Code

The window is still open for a landmark deal to end Cyprus’s conflict and reunify the island. But it could be closing, fast.

Boys pose with placards as they take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
Crunch UN-backed Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland resume on November 20 with hopes that a breakthrough can be achieved this time around. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish-Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci agreed to resume their discussions in the Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin for a crucial deal on territory.

 / AFP / Birol BEBEK        (Photo credit should read BIROL BEBEK/AFP/Getty Images)

The First Good News of 2017 Might Come from … Cyprus?

Economics, geopolitics, and a transitioning American administration have combined to produce a potential breakthrough in one of the longest running frozen conflicts in Europe.

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Is There Still Hope For A Cyprus Reunification Deal?

Negotiators left Cyprus peace talks empty-handed. But a final deal may still be within reach.

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Is the Trump-Farage Special Relationship Replacing the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship?

London rejected Trump’s proposal to make Brexiteer Nigel Farage ambassador to Washington, but their friendship could still leave 10 Downing out in the cold.

Cypriot security forces take a sniffer dog into an EgyptAir Airbus A-320 parked at the tarmac of Larnaca airport after the six-hour hijacking of the plane came to an end on March 29, 2016.
Searches by Cyprus police found no explosives on the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to the island or inside the aircraft, a police source told AFP. The hijacker, who is in custody after surrendering to police following a six-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, had claimed to be wearing an explosives belt, Egyptian officials said.

 / AFP / BEHROUZ MEHRI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sometimes a Hijacking Means a Free Stopover in Beautiful Cyprus

Egyptians are joking on social media that a hijacked flight with a happy ending isn't anything to complain about.

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