Turkey revisits its East Med claims

In what was viewed as another display of nationalistic rhetoric aimed at a domestic audience on Thursday, Turkey announced its intention to proceed with drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, while a university rector and the head of an organization linked to the ruling AK Party set their sights on 12 Greek islands, Western Thrace and parts of Crete.

Istanbul’s iconic Grand Bazaar set to reopen on June 1

Turkey's historic Grand Bazaar will reopen for shopping as of June 1, the chairman of the iconic tourist destination said
on May 8. 

Fatih Kurtulmuş, chairman of the Grand Bazaar's (Kapalıçarşı) board, told reporters inside the 500-plus-year-old building about new measures to step up protections when visitors return.

Turkish Red Crescent aids Greek Orthodox minority

The Turkish Red Crescent delivered 100 food packages to an Istanbul church as part of measures to combat the novel coronavirus, the aid agency said on April 30. 

Altimermer Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul's historic Fatih district received the supplies of basic necessities that will be distributed to the city's Greek Orthodox minority community.

Historical Istanbul mosque robbed by thieves

Plates in the domes of the 432-year historical Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, have been stolen by thieves.
Taking advantage of the lockdown in the late hours of April 27, the suspects removed the plates on the domes and fled from the scene by loading the plates onto a car they brought with them.