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Main dates in troubled history of modern Cyprus

Voters in Cyprus head to the polls Sunday for a tight presidential run-off with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades facing off against leftist challenger Stavros Malas. Here are the key dates in the eastern Mediterranean island's history since it gained independence from Britain in 1960: - Independence and unrest - On August 16, 1960 Cyprus becomes independent from Britain after a guerrilla campaign waged by fighters aiming to unite the island with Greece.
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