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Cyprus president sees market return end '15, wary on more Russia sanctions

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus expects to return to international markets late next year but cannot rule out testing the waters earlier to gauge the appetite for Cypriot debt, the president of the bailed-out Mediterranean nation said on Wednesday. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said an "economic dependency" on Russia - common with other EU member states - could have an impact should the bloc decide to tighten sanctions on Moscow in its standoff with Ukraine.

Cyprus police chief fired over extremist attack on Turkish Cypriot

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades fired his police chief Thursday after extremists attacked a former Turkish Cypriot leader, drawing an angry response from his successor just days before a new round of peace talks. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and seized its northern third in response to a Greek-engineered coup in Nicosia to unite the island with Greece.

Cyprus to relax its "citizenship for investment" program

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced measures on Sunday night to partly compensate Russian businessmen who lost large amounts of money because of a haircut imposed by the Eurogroup on bank deposits.In prepared remarks to a meeting of Russian businessmen in the southern port city of Limassol, Anastasiades said those who suffered a loss of at least three million euros (3.9 million U.S. dollars) on their deposits have a right to immediately apply for citizenship.The haircut was imposed in return for a 10-billion-euro bailout for Cyprus.

President thanks 'maturity' of Cypriots as banks reopen

President Nicos Anastasiades thanked Cypriots Thursday for showing "maturity" after an unexpected calm prevailed when banks reopened after a 12-day shutdown as his government negotiated a bailout deal. "I would like to thank the Cypriot people for their maturity and collectedness shown in their interactions with the Cypriot Banks," Anastasiades said in English on his official Twitter account.

Cyprus leader defends bailout as markets take fright

President Nicos Anastasiades said Monday a bailout he secured from international creditors had saved Cyprus from collapse but world markets took fright it might become a model for other larger economies. The agreement he struck averts a chaotic eurozone exit for the island and allows a partial reopening of bank branches from Tuesday after a 10-day shutdown imposed to avoid a run on accounts while the talks dragged on. But it comes at the expense of job losses in the key financial sector and a massive drying up of credit that threatens a protracted recession.

Cyprus bailout 'painful' but averted collapse: president

President Nicos Anastasiades admitted the eurozone bailout deal he struck in Brussels on Monday was painful but said Cyprus could now make a fresh start after having come a "breath away" from collapse. He had taken "painful decisions to save the country from bankruptcy" and pledged that Cyprus "would find its feet again".

Bank levy 'least painful' option for Cyprus: president

President Nicos Anastasiades said Sunday that a controversial bank levy on private depositors in Cyprus banks as part of an EU bailout deal was the "least painful" option for the financially embattled island. "I chose the least painful option, and I bear the political cost for this, in order to limit as much as possible the consequences for the economy and for our fellow Cypriots," Anastasiades said in a televised address to the nation.

Cypriot presidential victor turns "Nasty" to "Nice"

* Conservative leader seals victory in crucial Cyprus poll * No-nonsense lawyer wants swift bailout for debt-ravaged island * Political gamble almost cost him career in 2004 By Michele Kambas NICOSIA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Conservative chief Nicos Anastasiades's victory in Cyprus's presidential elections on Sunday marks a stunning comeback for a politician whose career was almost destroyed by a political gamble in 2004.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Anastasiades elected Cyprus president: final results

Rightwing leader Nicos Anastasiades won Sunday's presidential election in Cyprus, securing a mandate to seal a crucial bailout for the EU state on the brink of bankruptcy, the electoral commission announced. Disy party head Anastasiades, who was to make a statement at 1900 GMT, won 57.5 percent of the vote in a second round runoff against 42.5 percent for communist-backed Stavros Malas. str/hc/db

Bruiser Anastasiades, new Cyprus president

Lawyer Nicos Anastasiades, elected on Sunday as Cyprus's new president, has earned a reputation as a political bruiser in a long career in the unforgiving spotlight of the east Mediterranean island's politics. During campaigning, he painted himself as a safe pair of hands trusted by the movers and shakers in Europe, and as a man who can rebuild a national reputation tarnished under the stewardship of communist Demetris Christofias.
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