News archive of June 2018

Lower VAT on five Greek islands extended until end of 2018

The reduced value-added tax regime for the five islands of the northeastern Aegean most affected by the refugee crisis will apply until the end of the year, according to the announcement published in the government gazette on Saturday.

The favorable tax rates, that will affect the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros, were due to expire today (June 30).

Hello Kitty bullet train makes first round trip in Japan

A Hello Kitty-themed "shinkansen" bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside and out, it’s a dream ride for fans of the internationally popular character.

The Center of Sofia will be Closed for Extensive Renovation from Monday

On Monday July 2 will begin the renovations in the center of Sofia between Alexander Nevski squares, National Assembly, Tsar Osvoboditel boulevards and Vasil Levski, Crystal garden and Moskovska Street. The repairs will end next year.

The square surrounding the cathedral will be a completely pedestrian area.

Foreign students detained over FETÖ links in Turkey's south

Some 16 foreign students -- 10 from Somalia, three from Djibouti, two from Guinea and one from Syria -- were rounded up for their alleged links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) in the southern Mersin province, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on June 30, citing the Chief Prosecutor's Office.

Turkey opens swimming pool designed for Van cats

Van cats, native to the eastern province of Van, are known for their unusual love of water. A pool has been designed especially for them. Click through for the story in photos...

Turkish woman cadet makes history

For the first time in 55 years, a gendarmerie commando school and training center in Turkey's Aegean province of İzmir saw a woman trainee graduated ranking first on June 29.