The International Chocolate Festival, which is being sponsored by the Toyota Hybrid this year, will transform the historic Sirkeci Train Station in Istanbul into a chocolate heaven. The festival is taking place until May 6 — aiming to bring professional chocolatiers together with chocolate lovers.
Turkey's biggest and most comprehensive festival — the Istanbul Youth Festival (İGF) — targeted at young people kicked off at the Eurasia Show and Art Center. The festival brings Turkey's beloved brands, NGOs and public enterprises to the public though art exhibitions, workshops, sports activities, panel sessions and live concerts.
Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) warned that Turkey was “particularly vulnerable” to rising global interest rates because of the strain of having to finance a debt burden that had widened the current account deficit to $47 billion, above five percent of GDP.
Iran’s first vice president said violent policies should not be allowed to be replaced by dialogue-based solutions, stressing that Tehran strongly supports negotiation as the best solution to problems in the world.