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Ottomanesque Trend in Tables

There is no question that there is an augmenting quest for anything Ottoman in the recent years. Thanks to historical soap operas on TV channels, everything with an Ottoman tag sells, more so in the Ramadan period.

New road map will give fresh momentum to EU-Turkey ties

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit to Brussels was positive because both Turkey and the EU decided to maintain dialogue, said retired ambassador Ünal Çeviköz. 

Main opposition CHP offers non-PKK path for PYD relations

If the Democratic Union Party (PYD) condemns the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it may provide a way for Turkey to open a channel with the group that is cooperating with the U.S. in Syria, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chair Öztürk Yılmaz told reporters in Washington over the weekend.

Russia awards Turkish businessman for role in normalizing ties

Russia has awarded a Turkish businessman for his efforts in the normalization of ties between Ankara and Moscow after a major row between the two sides last year.   

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted the Order of Friendship award to Turkish businessman Cavit Çağlar on May 26 with a decree he signed. 

The award was given to a Turkish citizen for the first time.

Fitch grants Turkey's İzmir top investment grade

Fitch ratings agency has increased its national long-term rating on İzmir, the third largest province in Turkey on the Aegean coast, to its top grading "AAA" from the current "AA+" with a stable outlook. 

So far, the industrialized tourism destination achieved the top "investable" rating from two top agencies, Fitch and Moody's. 

'A Season of Daphne' wins best picture award in 9th Montreal Turkish Film Festival

"A Season of Daphne," directed by Mehmet Öztürk, won the award for best picture at the 9th Montreal Turkish Film Festival on May 21.  

The film depicts a love triangle between a girl and two brothers living in Hatay, a southern province bordering Syria which has been hosting a number of different communities for many years.  

Turkey concerned over escalation of violence in Libya

Turkey has voiced its concerns over the escalation of violence that took place in Libya's capital Tripoli on May 26.

The clashes between forces loyal to the U.N.-backed and unity government - based in the capital - and forces loyal to the Tobruk-based government left at least 25 people dead and 50 others injured in Tripoli.

French photojournalist held in Turkey ends hunger strike: Press freedom group

A French photojournalist detained by police in Turkey for nearly three weeks has ended a week-long hunger strike, press freedom body Reporters Without Borders (RSF) stated on May 27.
Photographer Mathias Depardon was detained on May 8 while working on a report in Hasankeyf in the southeastern Batman province for National Geographic magazine.

Army hits PKK targets in northern Iraq, eastern Turkey

Turkish warplanes hit outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in Turkey's eastern province of Van and northern Iraq on May 27 and 28. 

Air strikes were carried out in the Avaşin-Basyan region of northern Iraq between 8:45 and 9:05 a.m. on May 28 after the military received intelligence, according to the Turkish General Staff. 

5.1-magnitude earthquake hits Turkey's Manisa

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Saruhanlı district of the Aegean province of Manisa on May 27 at 6.53 p.m., the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has announced.

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, AFAD said.