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Russia to Suspend Visa-free Travel for Turkish Citizens from 2016

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Russia will suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey from the beginning of next year.

"This is directly linked with the security of Russia and our citizens," TASS quoted Lavrov as saying following a meeting with Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Moscow.

Cabinet gathers before vote of confidence

Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu convened the first cabinet meeting of 64th government on Nov. 27 before receiving a vote of confidence for the new cabinet, which parliament will vote on Nov. 30.

French FM says can work with Syrian regime forces after transition

France's foreign minister said on Nov. 27 that troops loyal to Bashar al-Assad could be used to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) , but only in the framework of a political transition without the Syrian President, as France and Russia has agreed to coordinate strikes against ISIL. 

More people infected with HIV in Turkey this year

The number of patients infected with the HIV virus has increased in Turkey over the past year, according to Hayati Demiraslan, an academic at the Medical Faculty of Erciyes University in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri.

The number of patients infected with HIV increased from 1,400 in 2013 to 1,967 in 2014, Demiraslan said during an address to students. 

Tones of explosive material seized in city bordering Syria

Turkish police seized 120 tons of ammonium nitrate, a common explosive used in making improvised explosive devices, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Nov. 27, while four suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul.

Bulgaria Opens Tender for Oil/Gas Exploration in Varna Region

Bulgaria has opened a tender for prospecting for oil and gas in Block 1-24 Kitka in Varna Region.

The tender is part of the government's efforts to reduce Bulgaria's almost complete dependence on Russian gas imports by increasing domestic production.

Block 1-24 Kitka spreads over 704 square kilometers in the southwestern part of Varna Region, in northeastern Bulgaria.

Tourism players praise ties between Russians, Turks

Turkish tourism representatives have praised the ties between Turks and Russians, adding they believed any political tensions between the two countries could be overcome. 

Galatasaray set for first test under new coach

Defending Spor Toto Super League champion Galatasaray will play its first game under its new coach on Nov. 29 when it makes a short trip to city rival Kas?mpa?aspor.

Mustafa Denizli signed a one-and-a-half year contract with the Istanbul club on Nov. 26 and is ready to lead the troubled team against Kas?mpa?a.