Hollywood star visits historic Grand Bazaar

Academy Award-winning Hollywood star Michael Douglas visited Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar on Jan. 5.

The 75-year-old actor was accompanied by his children Dylan, 19, and Carys, 16, during the Istanbul tour.

The Hollywood couple, award-wining actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Douglas are in Istanbul to celebrate their 20th anniversary of marriage.

Turkey’s Orthodox community celebrates Christmas

Turkey's Orthodox community celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on Jan. 6, recognized as Christmas according to the Julian calendar.

Many Turkish Armenians living in the İskenderun district of the southern border province of Hatay attended a Christmas mass held at the Karasun Manuk Armenian Church on Jan. 5.

The mass in the church was led by the priest Avedis Tabaşyan.

Turkish State Railways to pay around $10,000 for graffiti cleaning

The Turkish State Railways (TCDD) held a tender for cleaning graffiti drawings on Marmaray, the rail connection between European and Asian Istanbul via a tunnel beneath the Bosphorus Strait.

The tender and the signature process for cleaning the exterior surfaces of the train sets painted by graffiti makers was concluded on Jan 3.

Turkey responds to sanctions with drilling

Ankara's announcement on Friday that it is dispatching a vessel to conduct drilling operations off northeastern Cyprus coupled with a spike in Turkish violations of Greek airspace is being seen as a response to, if not an outright snub of sanctions announced a few days ago by the European Union Foreign Affairs Council over its activities within the Eastern Mediterranean island's territorial wat