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2006-07-22 08:11:08

By Michele Kambas LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Ships and aircraft on Saturday whisked more exhausted people fleeing the fighting in Lebanon to safety in Cyprus in a mass international effort that has so far evacuated more than 25,000 people. Cypriot Foreign Minister Georgios Lillikas, inspecting a French-chartered boat in Larnaca port that had just brought in 1,200 people, said he expected many more evacuees to arrive on the tiny holiday island, straining its limited resources. "We...

2006-07-22 02:19:48

By Michele Kambas and David Clark LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Ships and aircraft toiled through the night into Saturday whisking more shell-shocked fugitives from the fighting in Lebanon to safety in Cyprus in a mass evacuation now exceeding 25,000 people. Cypriot Foreign Minister Georgios Lillikas, inspecting a French-chartered boat in Larnaca port that had just brought in 1,200 people, said he expected many more evacuees to arrive on the tiny holiday island, straining its limited...

2006-07-21 19:29:29

By Michael Winfrey LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Ships and aircrafts worked through the night into Saturday scooping more tired and scared people from war-ravaged Lebanon and bringing them to safety in Cyprus and Turkey. The Pentagon said 4,400 Americans had escaped from Lebanon on Friday by sea and air, the largest single day total to date in the operation to save foreign nationals trapped in the relentless cross-fire between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas. France said it had...

2006-07-19 19:49:09

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummelled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. Three ships docked in the port of Larnaca late on Wednesday -- a U.S.-chartered cruise liner carrying 1,044 people, mostly Americans, a United Nations ship with an unknown number aboard and a French ship with 320 on board. The U.S. ambassador to Cyprus said the operation to bring...

2006-07-19 19:43:58

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummelled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. Three ships docked in the port of Larnaca late on Wednesday -- a U.S.-chartered cruise liner carrying 1,044 people, mostly Americans, a United Nations ship with an unknown number aboard and a French ship with 320 on board. The U.S. ambassador to Cyprus said the operation to bring...

2006-06-08 08:13:21

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus denied on Thursday any knowledge of the CIA using its airports for secret operations moving around suspected militants, but said however that "private American aircraft" had used its facilities in 2004. A human rights watchdog on Wednesday named Cyprus with more than 20 other states as colluding with the CIA in the transfer of suspects for interrogation. Cyprus's Larnaca airport was identified in the report by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty as...

2005-08-29 17:46:09

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus's president said on Monday his administration would take full responsibility if a Greek team investigating the country's worst air disaster found that Cypriot aviation authorities were to blame. A Greek accident investigation team arrived in Cyprus to pursue its search for the cause of the August 14 crash in which a Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 crashed on a mountain near Athens, killing all 115 passengers and six crew, almost all...

2005-08-17 10:01:37

By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) - Investigators believe the key to discovering what caused a Cypriot plane to crash in Greece, killing all 121 people on board, may be found in the flight's final 23 minutes. On Wednesday, four days after the Sunday tragedy, there were as many questions as answers about why Helios Airways Boeing 737 flight from Larnaca to Prague, with a stop in Athens, crashed into mountains near Athens. Autopsy findings so far have indicated that all 115...

2005-08-14 13:12:56

By Yannis Behrakis GRAMMATIKO, Greece (Reuters) - A Cypriot airliner crashed into a mountainous area north of Athens on Sunday, killing all 121 people on board, after apparently suffering a loss of cabin pressure or oxygen. "The pilot has turned blue," a passenger said in a mobile phone text message to his cousin, according to Greek television. "Cousin farewell, we're freezing." The crash was the worst airline disaster in Greek history. Greek TV station Alpha said the pilot told air...

2005-08-14 10:38:55

By Yannis Behrakis GRAMMATIKO, Greece (Reuters) - A Cypriot airliner crashed into a mountainous area north of Athens on Sunday killing all 121 people on board after apparently suffering a loss of cabin pressure or oxygen. "The pilot has turned blue," a passenger said in a mobile text message to his cousin, according to Greek television. "Cousin farewell, we're freezing." Greek TV station Alpha said the pilot told air traffic controllers the Helios Airways Boeing 737 was experiencing...