Turkish Cypriot authorities have taken emergency action to stop an oil slick blamed on a faulty power plant in Syria from wreaking environmental havoc along some of the island’s finest unspoiled coastline. Environmental officials in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus – internationally recognized only by Ankara – said that 20,000 tonnes of fuel oil had spilled from the Syrian plant.
A Cyprus court on Monday found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago. In a case closely followed by rights groups, a district court in the town of Paralimni ruled that the woman, aged 19 at the time, had lied about being sexually abused by 12 Israeli teenagers. Sentencing was set for Jan. 7.
A suspected Russian-made missile has exploded over northern Cyprus, in an incident which officials believe is linked to military operations in Syria. Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile missiles” launched by Israeli warplanes targeting military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts, the Syrian Defense Ministry said on Twitter on Monday. Russia continues to support the Syrian government in its ongoing conflict against rebel groups.