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Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands after a meeting at U.N. buffer zone at Ledra Palace Hotel in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus in September. The heads of Cyprus' Christian and Muslim communities are meeting with the ethnically divided island's rival leaders to lend their support to ongoing reunification talks. (Associated Press)

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This photo taken May 3, 2013, shows a longtime exposure showing the stars in the sky over a cross of "Panagia Chrisospiliotissa", a Christian Orthodox monastery outside of capital Nicosia, Cyprus. The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Russia and Cyprus have signed a military cooperation agreement that would allow Russian navy ships to make regular port calls on the island. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates with Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Northern Cyprus: Land of Peace and Tranquility - A Special Report PDF cover (10/2/2014)

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North: Cyprus: Karpaz Gate Marina

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Traces of a historic and cultural heritage in the 1,310-square-mile Northern Cyprus go back 10,000 years. The first signs of human occupation on the island date from 8,000 B.C.

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North Cyprus: Beautiful mosaics in Soli and Salamis

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Higher education is an integral part of governmental policy and why Northern Cyprus is considered an oasis of higher education.

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Özdil Nami, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

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An ambitious pipeline project linking reservoirs in Turkey to the parched, isolated Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is on track to bring much needed drinking water to the island by year's end.

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Illustration on the ongoing Turkish occupation of Cyprus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the ongoing Turkish occupation of Cyprus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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** FILE ** A man with a flag dances during a first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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** FILE ** A man with a flag dances during a first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)