OPINION

The week-long Russia-Belarus joint military drills Zapad-2017 (West-2017) ended Wednesday, and yet anxious speculations around them from western countries are still continuing to hover.

The negotiations between Britain and the European Union (EU) over Brexit could become a prisoner of the politics of the UK's ruling Conservative Party, according to a leading expert with world's top think tank Chatham House.

Known as the Heart of Europe, Brussels easily captures the heart of newcomers with its thousands of hectares of green spaces and neoclassical style buildings.

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would propose to stop Turkey's accession talks at an upcoming EU summit, Turkish analysts are divided over whether the 28-nation bloc would end Turkey's membership negotiations, a prospect that would cost Ankara dearly economically.

Turkey is seeking for the return of thousands of historical Anatolian artifacts smuggled abroad during the Ottoman Empire and in modern times, which is paying off despite many challenges.

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