China shuts down its consulate in İzmir amid Uighur row

Chinese Embassy to Turkey has announced that the country's general-consulate in Izmir was closed as of Feb. 28 due to general arrangements with regard to consular activities. The move comes amid an ongoing row between Ankara and Beijing over the Uighur problem in which the former has harshly criticized Chinese government of assimilating the Muslim Turkic minority.

'Others should join Turkey and defend China's Uighurs'

This picture taken on June 25, 2017 shows police patrolling in a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The prefecture in the region's south has seen an explosion in the construction of “vocational training" centres for the region's Muslim minorities.

Bulgarian Energy Minister to Visit Azerbaijan

Bulgaria's Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova will visit Baku in February, Trend learned from a diplomatic source.

Petkova will attend the 5th meeting of the Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor to be held on February 20 in Baku, noted the source.

The source added that Petkova will visit the country with a large delegation from Bulgaria.

168 Afghan women police candidates being trained in Turkey's Sivas

Some 168 Afghan women cadets are currently being trained in the Police Vocational Education Center in Central Anatolian province of Sivas as part of a memorandum signed between Turkey and Afghanistan regarding the training and capacity enhancement of the Afghan National Police.

Silk Museum | Soufli | Year-Round

The town of Soufli, near Greece's border with Turkey in the region of Evros, was one of Greece's major silk-producing centres up until the early 20th century. Today it is home to the Silk Museum, where you can find out about the history of the pre-industrial procedure of silk farming and processing.