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.
Turkey has released from prison two Greek soldiers held on charges of military espionage and illegally entering the country. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said it was "an act of justice."
Greek Cyprus leader Nicos Anastasiades has announced a presidential bid for the January 2018 election, pledging to revive reunification talks that collapsed in July. Anastasiades promised he would not seek a third term.
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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