EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 695 12345 AFPNicosiaEuropean Council chief Charles Michel pledged on Wednesday that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights.Michel’s visit to the island comes a day after Turkey said its Yavuz drillship would continue its search for oil and gas off Cyprus until October 12, despite international calls to withdraw.The top EU official is in Cyprus ahead of an emergency meeting of EU leaders next week that will address Turkish actions in the eastern Mediterranean with sanctions a possibility.“The European Union stands in solidarity with Cyprus as it faces a grave situation. That is why we have decided to call a summit on relations with Turkey,” Michel told reporters after meeting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.“I believe we must be very firm when it comes to defending the rights of all member states, including Cyprus.”Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have been locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights and maritime borders in the region, with Ankara infuriating the EU allies by sending research ships with naval escorts to work in contested waters.Although Cyprus has been an EU member since 2004, its jurisdiction is not recognised by Turkey, which dismisses the island’s internationally recognised government as an exclusively Greek Cypriot administration. RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 366 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 717 Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state Sep 17, 2020 0 1506 Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ AFP Paris Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast AFP Mobile, US Sluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. The slow-moving .. US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers AFP Washington The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a .. UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM AFP London Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 ..