Hopes are growing in Cyprus for the reunification of the island. The Turkish north and Greek south have returned to the negotiating table, giving locals renewed belief in the overcoming of borders and fences – after decades of separation.
The EU has unlocked €3 billion ($3.7 billion) for projects to help Syrian refugees in Turkey in a second payment from the 2016 migration deal. More than a million refugees have already benefited from the funds.
Turkish authorities detained two Greek servicemen last week after they crossed the shared border during a patrol. A Greek court in turn has rejected a Turkish extradition request for a suspected Kurdish militant.
Incumbent Nicos Anastasiades has defeated leftist challenger Stavros Malas, claiming 59.6 percent of the vote. State television has reported that Malas conceded defeat around an hour after polls closed.
Voting has concluded in a presidential poll in the Republic of Cyprus, with no candidate expected to win outright. The poll comes as Cypriots continue to hope for a resolution of the country's ethnic divisions.
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