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RAF jets in Cyprus for possible Iraq surveillance work

RAF Tornado jets have landed in Cyprus overnight where they are on standby for possible surveillance missions over northern Iraq.

An RAF Tornado jet lands in Cyprus Credit: ITV News

Four RAF Chinooks are also due to arrive at the British airbase on the island later today, although it is not clear what their role in Iraq would be.

Tourist battled to save drowned British girl

Police in Cyprus said a tourist battled to save a five-year-old British girl who was found drowned in a hotel swimming pool.

Adam Kirk, a spokesman for Famagusta police, said:

At about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon a five-year-old girl from England was found drowned in the pool of a hotel in Protaras.

A tourist saw the child in the bottom of the pool. He dived in and took her out but it was already too late.

It seems that the parents had not seen the child. She was in the bottom of the pool for around five minutes.


Five-year-old British girl drowns in Cyprus hotel pool

A five-year-old British girl has drowned in a swimming pool in Cyprus.

Police said the child died yesterday afternoon at the Evalena Hotel in Protaras on the south-east coast of the island.

A map showing the resort town of Protaras in Cyprus where the girl died Credit: Google Maps

A post-mortem examination carried out at Larnaca General Hospital today confirmed the cause of death was drowning.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance.

RAF jets scrambled in 'Syrian' planes response

RAF jets, here pictured in Cyprus last month, are investigating Syrian planes. Credit: REUTERS/Yiannis Nisiotis

Two RAF jets have been scrambled from their base in Cyprus to urgently investigate Syrian planes that had crossed into international airspace, it has emerged.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that unidentified planes legally crossed into Cypriot skies from the east of the country last Monday.

It is understood the behaviour of the aircraft raised suspicions at RAF Akrotiri, less than 200 miles from Syria, prompting the rapid response.

The aircraft retreated before any action was taken.


British tourist jailed for Cyprus soldier manslaughter

A British tourist has been jailed for the manslaughter of a British soldier in Cyprus. 19-year-old David Lee Collins from Manchester was stabbed to death during a fight in Ayia Napa last year November.

Fusilier David Collins died after being stabbed in Club Black ’n’ White Credit: Press Association

Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman admitted manslaughter and has been sent to prison for eight years. Collins served with 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and was killed the day before he was due to fly out to Afghanistan.

15,000 UK customers to escape Cyprus levy

Around 15,000 savers in the UK arm of stricken Cypriot bank Laiki will see their deposits protected under British rules and will escape the Cyprus banking levy.

Branch of the Cypriot bank, Laiki, in Palmers Green, north London Credit: Press Association

The Bank of England's new City watchdog, the Prudential Regulation Authority says around £270 million in deposits from Laiki Bank UK had been transferred to Bank of Cyprus UK. It will come under the UK compensation scheme, guaranteeing up to £85,000 per saver.

Customers, including those with current accounts in credit, will not be hit by any Cypriot levy on their accounts - potentially as high as 60% for large depositors - after the transfer and will be able to access their accounts as normal.

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