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Hal Traherne, a young officer in the British army, is hungry for active service. Posted to Cyprus in 1956 at the height of the Emergency, he's accompanied by his wife, Clara, and twin daughters. Within weeks of exchanging the grey-green fields of England for the glaring heat of Limassol, Hal's visions of decency and duty start to crumble in the face of a dirty war for which he is totally unprepared.

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MPs broke Commons rules on luxury foreign trips

More than 20 MPs broke Commons rules by failing fully to declare luxury trips paid for by foreign governments, it was claimed today.

Man held after archbishops' tombs vandalised

Police in Cyprus arrested a Romanian man yesterday on suspicion of desecrating the tombs of three archbishops and possibly taking remains from one of them.

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Stolen body of former Cypriot leader found in wrong grave

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Cyprus police confirm corpse is ex-leader

A body discovered in a Nicosia cemetery is the stolen corpse of Cyprus' ex-president Tassos Papadopoulos, police said Tuesday.

MoD delays Cyprus contract decision to 'complete analysis of the offers'

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the awarding of a £200m contract to support British servicemen in Cyprus as officials take extra time to evaluate the bids.

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Best for island escapes: Cyprus

From up there, you can see everything," said the speedboat's grizzled captain, pointing skywards with a grin and a wink. And with that, he snapped me into my parachute, leant on the boat's throttle – and lifted me gently from the deck and into the air, attached only by the slenderest of ropes to the back of his craft as it bounced through the waves beneath me.

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