American officials warn of an imminent security threat to the US consulate in the western Turkish city of Istanbul.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that it was surprised by the "blindness" of US authorities in regard to trucks delivering ISIS oil to Turkey.

Ban Ki-moon said that the third round of talks on Syria crisis settlement is likely to take place in New York.

The war of words over Turkey's downing of a Russian jet shows no sign of abating.

The US military refuses to attack Islamic State trucks that carry stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil to Turkey, arguing that these are civilian targets, a prominent Iraqi politician said.

According to Turkish media reports, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday that the body of a killed Russian Su-24 pilot had been brought to Turkey late Saturday and would later be handed over to Russia.

The Obama administration is apparently urging Ankara to secure its border with Syria to prevent ISIL and other terrorist groups from smuggling people, weapons and supplies in and out of the war-torn country, but Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer Tony Cartalucci is convinced that the US and Turkey have nefarious goals in mind.

The suspension of visa-free regime between Russia and Turkey will not in any way affect the tourism component of the Russian economy since the influx of Turkish citizens coming to Russia is comparatively low, a Russian Federal Tourism Agency spokesperson said Friday.

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