Cyprus Financial Crisis

December 17, 2012 - 2:33 PM
A man smokes a cigarette as he passes in front of a sign advertising a retail location for rent as another man parks his motorcycle outside a clothing shop at central Nicosia, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Cyprus’ state coffers are depleted and government workers may go unpaid this month unless state-owned companies urgently lend the government some €250 million ($329 million) from their pension funds, the finance ministry’s top civil servant warned Monday. (AP Photo / Petros Karadjias)