March 18, 1956

CYPRIOT STRUGGLE: Nicosia, 17 – A small group of Cypriot patriots staged a daring offensive against a British patrol which they ambushed at dawn today near the village of Handria, 56 kilometers southwest of Nicosia in the rugged passes of Mt Troodos. Five British soldiers were injured in the fighting and one Greek patriot was killed. CHURCHILL-ONASSIS: Monaco, 17 – Sir Winston Churchill, who is staying on the French Riviera in the company of the Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis, paid a visit to an old estate belonging to the Societe des Bains de Mer that had been out of operation for some 20 years. (…) No announcement was made regarding the reason for Mr Churchill’s visit to the estate. RESOLUTIONS: In Greece, vociferous demonstrations continue to take place following the deportation and exile to the Seychelles of the Cypriot Ethnarch, Archbishop Makarios, and other Cypriot clerics by the British rulers of Cyprus. KHRUSHCHEV DENOUNCES STALIN: London, 16 – In a speech at a closed meeting at the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has denounced his late predecessor Joseph Stalin.