As Turkey is now slowly approaching the first centenary of the Republic's foundation on 29 October 1923, some critics appear to fear that the country has assumed an outlook most incongruous with the legacy of Atatürk.
This year, for the first time in history, Russia and Britain are holding a ‘Year’ of each other's culture. It means that already substantial exchanges in this area will be taken to a higher level, with plans laid for over 250 events in both countries.
The far-flung celebrations of Chinese New Year around the world are a reminder of how growing popularity and expanding international recognition of Chinese culture and traditions demonstrate the progress of China's soft power.
In a time of austerity, countries that have ditched the Eurovision think that the once a year “infomercial of poor taste pop” has turned into a “political and cultural irrelevance,” Srdja Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles Magazine, told RT.
Popular airline carrier Lufthansa was forced to pull the plug on a wacky ad campaign after Swedes took it too seriously. The idea was to change one’s name to Klaus-Heidi in return for a new life in Berlin.
Swiss or Swedish? As people in China keep confusing the two European states, their consulates in Shanghai have launched a humorous competition to finally sort out the confusion and keep Sweden and Switzerland apart.
A Grand Inquisitor’s villa, a Pope’s fort and a Venetian island will be sold off to fill Italy’s depleted state coffers, local media reports. It’s hoped the 50 historic sites will raise 500 million euros needed to obey strict EU austerity rules.
Security concerns are growing on the Hindu-majority holiday island of Bali, where the Miss World final is due to take place Saturday, despite hardline protests from Muslim groups and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant they deem un-Islamic.
Supporters of Bitcoin spent Saturday engaging in personal exchanges in Berlin, taking place in a mobile art space which supports the cryptocurrency. Its official recognition by the German state earlier this month is only aiding its expansion.
As Egypt plunges deeper into the political turmoil, looters take advantage of the situation – and the latest robbery of the Malawi Museum in the city of Minya, 300km from Cairo, has been the biggest of its kind in the Egyptians’ living memory.