Syrian Man Shot Near Central Sofia 'Involved in People Smuggling'

The Syrian national wounded in a shooting on Monday was involved in a people smuggling affair, Interior Ministry sources say, cited by daily 24 Chasa.

The retailer who owns a stand at Iliyantsi, a bazaar on the outskirts of Sofia, allegedly took EUR 100 000 for services that included organizing migrant groups and acting as a broker between them and the smugglers themselves.

Looking through the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul means the Grand Bazaar in a sense. The bazaar was first built by the Byzantine Empire, but the Ottomans carried on and expanded the building further. The bazaar was one of the first covered markets of the world. Nearly 600 years later, the building still stands. The bazaar symbolizes how Istanbul has been a business center of the Middle East and the Balkans.

Thousands mark International Workers' Day in Turkey amidst heavy security

Thousands of people gathered in the bazaar area in Istanbul's Bak?rköy district to mark International Workers' Day on May 1. 

The celebrations started around 1 p.m. with the participation of political parties, unions and non-governmental organizations. 

The police conducted security checks in the entrance of the bazaar area, while the police helicopters patrolled the area. 

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to get much-needed facelift

Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar is about to undergo a much-needed renovation that will last a decade and cost tens of millions of dollars. But the revamp is not without controversyIt's over 500 years old, has survived fire and earthquakes, welcomes up to 400,000 people a day and takes pride in being the world's most visited destination, making it more popular than the Eiffel Tower.

Istanbul's 560-year old Grand Bazaar holds first ever board election

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest surviving shopping centers in the world, has a new president and board following the first elections in its nearly six-century history. 

The election over the weekend came at a time when the discussion over renovating the facility, a top tourism spot in the city, has heated up. 

Grand Bazaar named Istanbul's 'most valuable point'

The Grand Bazaar has been named the ?most valuable spot? in Istanbul, with rent worth around $3,500 per square meter per month, according to a new study by Turkey?s Eva Real Estate Valuation Consultancy. 

The Kalpakç?lar Caddesi, a street in the Grand Bazaar full of jewelry and gold shops, is the most expensive street in the Grand Bazaar, according to the study.