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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, illegally trapped on limestick for use as Ambelopulia, Cyprus

Political row flares over 'brutal slaughter' of three million birds a year in Cyprus

Migrating birds caught in the deadly middle of political spat over responsibility for 'cruel practice' of illegally trapping birds to use in local delicacy

Asil Nadir outside the Old Bailey with his wife Nur

Asil Nadir's creditors unlikely to see a penny

Former personal banker says most assets were taken years ago

Mark Leftly: Hubris led Nadir from his Cypriot villa to 10 years in a prison cell

Polly Peck's ex-boss could have opted to live out his life in luxury with his young wife, instead he arrogantly believed he could beat £28m theft charges
Asil Nadir: The tycoon, 71, has been living in a £20,000-a-month home in Mayfair since his return to UK

'You stole out of pure greed' – judge gives Asil Nadir 10 years for £30m Polly Peck theft

Tycoon has 'shown no remorse' and 'refused to accept responsibility' for Polly Peck collapse

Nadir's office in Mayfair earned him the nickname of the Sultan of Berkeley Square

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There was a period when the City was transfixed by Asil Nadir. He was the poster boy of the Thatcher generation, whose rise followed her own and seemingly stood for the same values of hard work and enterprise.

Time capsule: Fenced off and left to crumble since 1974, Varosha today is a far cry from when it hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman

Ghost town may hold the key to Cyprus reunification talks

Once a Mediterranean playground for Hollywood stars, Varosha is now a no-go zone between Turkish and Greek communities

Jury retires in Asil Nadir Polly Peck trial

Jurors in the eight-month trial of former tycoon Asil Nadir for allegedly stealing millions from the Polly Peck business empire today retired to consider their verdicts.

Expats see cost of living rise

Living costs for UK expatriates are rising at almost four times the rate of inflation for British residents, research suggests.

Odds are against Betfair as Cyprus plans to ban exchanges

The word controversial is never far away from Betfair, the online betting exchange which allows users to act as bookies by "laying" horses to lose as well as backing them to win. It is the latter which causes a fuss, most recently in Cyprus where the Government has included provisions in a crackdown on online gambling that appear aimed directly at the company.

James Moore: The odds could be against Betfair as Cypriots plan to ban a losing bet

Outlook: The SFO has sometimes given the impression that it lacks the stomach to take this on

Asil Nadir denies stealing £150m from Polly Peck business empire

Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir denied today that he stole £150 million from his business empire.

Cyprus seeks European bailout

Cyprus became the fifth eurozone country to request financial aid from its partners in the European currency union as it struggles to shore up its banks, which took heavy losses on Greek debt.

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