Cyprus declares 3 days of mourning for deceased ex-president

The Cypriot government has declared a three-day period of mourning for the east Mediterranean island's former president, Dimitris Christofias, who died at the age of 72.
Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Saturday that Christofias' funeral will be held with honors befitting a sitting head of state.

Former president of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias dead at 72

The former president of the Republic of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias, died today at age 72 after a long hospitalisation in the ICU of the General Hospital of Nicosia. Christofias had been in critical condition since May 20.

In 2008 he was elected president of the Republic of Cyprus, a position he held until 2013, when Nicos Anastasiades defeated AKEL candidate Stavros Malas.

PM lauds EU stance on Turkey

In the wake of what Athens has hailed as a successful European Union summit for Greece and Cyprus, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Friday that Turkey could face consequences from the bloc if it did not desist from its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean island's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Tsipras: Deal with ExxonMobil to be signed, EU sanctions on Turkey key

Amidst mounting Turkish threats around Cyprus and in the Aegean, Prime Minister Alexis has announced that that the government will sign a gas exploration deal with ExxonMobil for blocks of Greece's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) south and west of the island of Crete during the week of 24 June.