Ukrainian, Russian delegations hail ‘constructive’ talks in Turkey

The Ukrainian and Russian delegations praised the “constructive” talks that took place in Istanbul on Tuesday, in separate statements made after the meeting. Ukraine wants to see eight countries, including Turkey, as guarantor states, according to a negotiator who spoke after meeting with the Russian delegation in Istanbul on Tuesday. Ukraine proposed adopting a neutral … Read more

Kalyon consolidates the first place as a shareholder of the Istanbul airport as a departure from Limak and Mapa

Two investors in the Istanbul airport have decided to sell their shares, a report said on Tuesday, in a departure that will see Kalyon Holding secure its place as majority shareholder in the joint venture that operates the airport. Limak Yatırım Holding and Mapa Inşaat are selling their 20% stakes each in IGA Havalimanı Işletmeleri, … Read more

Sri Lanka lifts curfew as anger flares over economic crisis

Police in the Sri Lankan capital lifted the curfew on Friday after protests in which dozens of people were arrested and several policemen injured near the home of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over his handling of an economic crisis. Hundreds of protesters gathered near Rajapaksa’s residence in a Colombo suburb on Thursday night before police dispersed … Read more

Bach in session: musicians move Ukrainians under Russian bombardment

Time stood still for a brief moment at a metro station that serves as a bomb shelter in Kharkiv, Ukraine, when a group of Ukrainian musicians moved listeners with a classical music concert amid continuing daily Russian bombardments. Three violinists, a cellist and a bass player delighted an audience of a few dozen people for … Read more

‘Reevaluate things’: Lionel Messi hints at Argentina retirement

Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi said on Saturday that he will reassess his future as a player with the national team after the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year. Messi, who did not rule out retiring, was one of the scorers on Friday when Argentina, already qualified, beat Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers … Read more

Consensus reached on some issues between Russia and Ukraine: Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said a consensus on some issues had been reached between Russia and Ukraine after peace talks in Istanbul on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Çavuşoğlu hailed the Russia-Ukraine peace talks, saying Tuesday’s meeting marked the “most significant progress since the beginning of negotiations.” “The Russia-Ukraine meeting shows the confidence of both countries … Read more

India, China and Bangladesh will help Sri Lanka overcome the economic crisis

India, China and Bangladesh have stepped in to help Sri Lanka overcome a foreign exchange shortage that has forced it to devalue its currency amid skyrocketing inflation, and to seek help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in decades is the result of government finance mismanagement and ill-timed tax cuts, … Read more

Russia plans to cut off offensives near kyiv and Chernihiv after Istanbul talks

Russia has decided to drastically reduce its military activity around kyiv and Chernihiv in Ukraine, one of its deputy defense ministers said on Tuesday, after talks between the Russian and Ukrainian negotiating teams in Istanbul. “In order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieve the ultimate goal of … Read more

Oscar Goes To, Turkish Food: Chef Puts Turkish Cuisine On Oscar’s Menu

For the first time in its history, this year Turkish dishes will be the highlight of the after party attended by world famous movie stars and producers after the Academy Awards ceremony. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who has been preparing the menu for the Oscars party, known as the Academy Awards Governors Ball, since 1995, … Read more

Max Verstappen strikes back with victory at the Saudi GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen bounced back from his disappointment in Bahrain to take a thrilling victory ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at Sunday’s Saudi Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Dutchman, who failed to finish due to a fuel problem in the first race, won by just half a second after the pair swapped positions in a … Read more