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Demonstrators, some wearing face masks for protection against coronavirus, are pushed into a police bus after they were arrested by Turkish police officers during May Day protests in Istanbul. Police in Istanbul detained several demonstrators who tried to march toward Istanbul's symbolic Taksim Square in defiance of the ban by the government, citing security concerns and the coronavirus lockdown.

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In this handout photo provided by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkish soldiers prepare to load a military cargo plane with Personal Protection Equipment donated by Turkey to help United States combat the new coronavirus outbreak, at the Etimesgut airport outside Ankara, Turkey. Turkey is sending a planeload of surgical masks, N95 masks and hazmat suits to U.S. to help the country battle the coronavirus outbreak.

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In this photo, healthcare workers tend to a patient at one of the intensive care units for COVID-19 patients (ICU) of the Akdeniz University hospital in Antalya, Turkey. The country currently ranks seventh in the world in the number of confirmed infections, surpassing Iran and China. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has refrained from imposing a total lockdown, fearing its negative impact on the already fragile economy. It has opted for piecemeal measures instead, including weekend curfews and banning people above the age of 65 and below the age of 20 from leaving their homes.

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Turkish theatre actor Halid Karadag, 35, wearing a mask depicting the coronavirus walks in an open air market in Ankara, Turkey. The country is imposing weekend curfews and among other measures, has banned people above the age of 65 and below the age of 20 from leaving homes.

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Antalyaspor's players and team members celebrate their victory against Sivasspor following a Turkish Super League soccer match in Antalya, Turkey. Antalyaspor won the match 1-0.The match was played without spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey. Koca said he will announce more coronavirus cases later in the day. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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Greek police take positions near the border fence as migrants gather on the Turkish side, during clashes at the Greek-Turkish border in Kastanies, Evros region. Thousands of migrants headed for Turkey's land border with Greece after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government said last week that it would no longer prevent migrants and refugees from crossing over to European Union territory.

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Greek police and army guard as migrants gather at a border fence on the Turkish side, during clashes at the Greek-Turkish border in Kastanies, Evros region. Thousands of refugees and other migrants have been trying to get into EU member Greece in the past week after Turkey declared that its previously guarded borders with Europe were open.

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This photo provided by Turkey's IHA news agency purports to show a group of some 100 migrants near the Turkey-Greece border, in Uzunkopru, Edirne, Turkey. The agency says the migrants were sent back to Turkey from Greece by Greek security forces after allegedly being stripped of their clothes on Thursday. The Associated Press has not been allowed into the area.

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Migrants sit around a fire in Edirne near the Turkish-Greek border. Turkey said Thursday it would deploy special forces along its land border with Greece to prevent Greek authorities from pushing back migrants trying to cross into Europe, after Turkey declared its previously guarded gateways to Europe open.

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A migrant lifts a child in Edirne near the Turkish-Greek border on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to seek justice for a migrant it says was killed on the border with Greece after Greek authorities fired tear gas and stun grenades to push back dozens of people attempting to cross over. Greece had denied that anyone was killed in the clashes.

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Legislators push each other as a brawl breaks out in Turkey's parliament in Ankara, Turkey. A fight broke out in the Turkish parliament between lawmakers from opposing parties during a tense discussion about Turkey's military involvement in northwest Syria.

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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands before a meeting, in Ankara, Turkey. Raab expressed solidarity with Turkey, "We support Turkey's efforts to re-establish a cease-fire agreed in 2018 and to protect those civilians fleeing the regime's monstrous assault," he said during a news conference in Ankara.

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Migrants walk on the road near the Ipsala border gate in Edirne, at the Turkish-Greek border. Migrants and refugees hoping to enter Greece from Turkey appeared to be fanning out across a broader swathe of the roughly 200-kilometer-long land border Tuesday, maintaining pressure on the frontier after Ankara declared its borders with the European Union open.

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Migrants walk to reach Pazarakule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, at the Turkish-Greek border. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's borders with Europe were open Saturday, making good on a longstanding threat to let refugees into the continent as thousands of migrants gathered at the frontier with Greece.

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An honour guard carries the coffin of Muhammed Ali Ozer, one of the 36 Turkish soldiers killed on Thursday in a Syrian army attack in the Idlib area of Syria, in Hatay, Turkey. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's borders with Europe were open Saturday, making good on a longstanding threat to let refugees into the continent as thousands of migrants gathered at the frontier with Greece. It came amid a military escalation in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province that has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians to flee fighting between advancing Syrian government forces backed by Russia and rebel fighters supported by Turkey.

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Security officials walk at the entrance of Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital where 17 passengers of a Turkish Airlines flight from Tehran, suspected of having coronavirus, were to be quarantined, in Ankara, Turkey. All 132 passengers of Tehran-Istanbul flight and crew on board will be quarantined for 14 days at the same hospital where Turkish citizens returning from China had been quarantined.

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Turkish military convoy drives through the village of Binnish, in Idlib province, Syria. Several Turkish armored vehicles and tanks entered rebel-controlled northwestern Syria since Friday, the latest reinforcements sent in by Ankara amid a Syrian government offensive that this week brought the two countries' troops into a rare direct confrontation.

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Emergency service members work in the snow around overturned vehicles, near the town of Bahcesaray, Van province, eastern Turkey. An avalanche slammed into a mountain road in the province, which borders Iran, wiping out a huge team of rescue workers sent to find two people missing in an earlier avalanche.

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Rescue members and firefighters work around the wreckage of a plane after it skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul.

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Rescue members and firefighters work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul. The plane skidded off the runway, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces. Authorities said at least 52 people were injured, and passengers were seen evacuating through the cracks in the plane.

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In this image provided by the Turkish Ministry of Health, medical personnel work around a ambulance plane commissioned from the military at the airport in Ankara, Turkey shortly after it landed after flying from Wuhan, China. The Turkish government evacuated 42 people amidst the gathering nationwide concern on Coronavirus.Fahrettin Koca, Turkish Minister of Health said that among the 42 passengers 32 of them are Turkish, 6 are Azerbaijani, 3 are Georgian and one is Albanian. The evacuated passengers will be kept under quarantine for 14 days and will be subject to periodic analysis.

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Emergency workers embrace each other as they gather to pay respect for the victims of Friday's earthquake before the search-and-rescue mission was formally called off, in Elazig, eastern Turkey. Turkish emergency teams on Monday recovered the bodies of the last two missing quake victims from the rubble of a collapsed building, raising the death toll from the powerful tremor that hit eastern Turkey to 41. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Friday night also injured more than 1,600 others, authorities said.

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Rescue workers continue to look for people trapped under debris following a strong earthquake that destroyed several buildings on Friday, in Elazig.

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In this image taken from video made available by Ankara Municipality Fire Department shows a rescuer pulling out a girl from the rubble of a collapsed building, in Elazig, Turkey. A two-year-old girl and her mother were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building on Saturday more than 24 hours after an earthquake struck eastern Turkey. Various earthquake monitoring centres gave magnitudes of the quake ranging from 6.5 to 6.8.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan carries a coffin of a victim after an earthquake hit Elazig, eastern Turkey, during the funeral procession for Salih Civelek and Aysegul Civelek.

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Rescuers work on searching for people buried under the rubble on a collapsed building, after an earthquake struck Elazig, eastern Turkey. Rescue workers were continuing to search for people buried under the rubble of apartment blocks in Elazig and neighbouring Malatya. Mosques, schools, sports halls and student dormitories were opened for hundreds who left their homes after the quake.

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Rescuers work on a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck in Elazig in the eastern Turkey. The earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing scores of people, Turkish officials said.

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A view of a collapsed building after a 6.8 earthquake struck Elazig city centre in the eastern Turkey. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least four people, Turkish officials said.

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Rescue workers search on a collapsed building after a 6.8 earthquake struck Sivrice town in Elazig in eastern Turkey. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least 14 people, Turkish officials said.

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Swimmers pull a Greek Orthodox faithful who lost consciousness out of the water as he swam with others to retrieve a wooden crucifix during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul. Media were told the man is alive and recovering at a hospital. More than a dozen Orthodox men raced to retrieve the cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

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People demonstrate against the air and ground bombardment by Syrian government forces in southern and eastern Idlib province, the last rebel-held bastion in the country, during a rally in Istanbul. Syrian government forces had launched the renewed effort to take the province, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants and is also home to 3 million civilians.

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Turkish and Russian patrol is seen near the town of Darbasiyah, Syria. Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion.

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TV cameras are seen on a hilltop in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, as in the background smoke billows from fires in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. Turkey's defense ministry says one soldier has been killed amid sporadic clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Defence Minister Hulusi Akar give a military salute toward supporters in Kayseri, Turkey. Turkish Red Crescent says it has delivered humanitarian aid for 2000 people in Syrian town of Ras Al-Ayn and says it also provided aid to Tal Abyad and will continue to do so in areas cleared from Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, smoke billows from targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive, defying pressure on him to call a ceasefire and halt its incursion into Syria, now into its eighth day.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, flames and smoke billow from a big fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters on pick-up trucks celebrate as they drive in Tal Abyad, Syria. State-run Anadolu news agency reported Tal Abyad had fallen to a Turkish military offensive on Sunday. Even after the announcement, sporadic gunfire and the occasional mortar round could still be heard in the town, which is on the border with Turkey, while smoke could be seen rising from several points in the town.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from fires on targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected offers for mediation with Syrian Kurdish fighters as the Turkish military continues its offensive against them in northern Syria.

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A police forensic officer collects evidence from a building damaged by a mortar fired from inside Syra, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Incoming shells fired from northeastern Syria hit the house. Two residents were at the house and were evacuated.

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A local resident uses his mobile to take photos of the damages on a house, caused by a mortar fired from inside Syria, on the Turkish town of Akcakale, southeastern Turkey.

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Local residents look on as a convoy of Turkish forces' trucks transporting tanks is driven on a road towards the border with Syria in Sanliurfa province. Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment as its offensive against Kurdish fighters pressed into its fourth day with little sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism.

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People in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch smoke billowing from targets inside Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all "terrorists are neutralized," a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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People run to take cover after mortars fired from Syria, in Akcakale, Turkey. An Associated Press journalist said at least two government buildings were hit by the mortars in Sanliurfa province's border town of Akcakale and at least two people were wounded.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials, in Ankara, Turkey. Erdogan says that there have been 109 "terrorists killed" — a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters — since Ankara launched an offensive into Syria the previous day. Erdogan also warned the European Union not to call Ankara's incursion into Syria an 'invasion,' and renewed his threat of letting Syrian refugees flood Europe.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.

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British passengers with Thomas Cook wait in long queue at Antalya airport in Antalya. Hundreds of thousands of travellers were stranded across the world Monday after British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed, immediately halting almost all its flights and hotel services and laying off all its employees. According to reports Monday morning some 21,000 Thomas Cook travellers were stranded in Turkey alone.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his supporters at a technology fair in Istanbul. Erdogan expressed frustration with what he said was the United States' continued support to Syrian Kurdish forces that Turkey regards as terrorists and reiterated that Turkey had completed all preparations for a possible unilateral military operation in northeast Syria, along the Turkish border east of the Euphrates River.

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From left, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey. The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in the Turkish to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the northwest of the country and finding a lasting political solution to the 8 1/2 year civil war.

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Turkey's Forces officers parade for Victory Day, in Istanbul. Friday's events commemorate the 97th anniversary of Victory Day, marking the end of a battle with Greek forces in western Anatolia. The conflict was part of the Turkish War of Independence led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.

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Cars and trucks line up to enter Turkey as hundreds of protesters gather during a demonstration at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, Syria demanding that Ankara either open the border or end attacks by the government. Opposition activists said Turkish borders guards fired tear gas at the protesters.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes as he delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the 948th anniversary of the Battle of Manzikert in Mus province, eastern Turkey. Turkish Seljuks beat the Byzantine forces at the Battle of Manzikert (now Malazgirt, Turkey) in 1071, gaining entry into Anatolia and opening the road to Europe.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, right, plays with a child following a training session at the Besiktas Park Stadium, in Istanbul. The winners of Champions League, Liverpool and Europa League, Chelsea will play at the Super Cup soccer match on Wednesday.

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A young disabled boy heads the ball at the end of Chelsea's training session at the Besiktas Park Stadium, in Istanbul. The winners of Champions League, Liverpool and Europa League, Chelsea will play at the Super Cup soccer match on Wednesday.

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People pray at the memorial to honour the victims of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, during a ceremony to mark the 3rd anniversary, in Istanbul. Turkey is marking the third anniversary of the July 15 failed coup attempt against the government with prayers and other events remembering its victims.

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People run to avoid the effects of tear gas, fired by police to disperse activists on a street in central Istanbul, after a Pride march event was banned by authorities, in Istanbul. Activists gathered in Istanbul to promote rights for gay and transgender people Sunday before police dispersed the crowd at a pride event that Turkish authorities had banned for the fifth year.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul. Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he talks regarding Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Oct. 2, 2018 killing, in Istanbul. An independent U.N. human rights expert investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi recommended an investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing "credible evidence", and suggested sanctions on his personal assets.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center right, attends funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Funeral prayers were held in mosques across Turkey for Morsi, who had close ties to Erdogan. The former president, who was ousted by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a military coup in 2013, collapsed in a courtroom in Egypt during trial on Monday and died.

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While being a proud German, midfield maestro Mesut Ozil wore his Islamic and Turkish identities on his calves, visited President Erdogan in sup­p­ort when the ‘free world’ was castigating him, then let go of all in disgust at the mou­nting criticism. When he married lov­­­ely Amine, an actress, recently, the prez was best man.

Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.

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Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.

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Soldiers march during a changing of guard ceremony as thousands of people visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, to pay respect on the day marking the 100th anniversary of the start of Turkey's War of Independence under the leadership of young Ottoman army general, Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk), 38, in Ankara, Turkey.

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Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, addresses CHP members in Ankara, Turkey. Protesters assaulted the leader of Turkey's main opposition party during a funeral held Sunday for a soldier who was slain during clashes with Kurdish rebels. The politician was not hurt, party officials said.

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A Turkish Airlines plane takes off from Istanbul Airport near the Black Sea shores, in Istanbul. Turkey's main Ataturk International Airport is closing and moving to its new base at Istanbul Airport on the Black Sea shores, in a massive logistical operation.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, casts his ballot during the local elections, in Istanbul. Mayoral elections are underway in 30 large cities in Turkey along with other municipal races that are seen as a barometer of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity amid a sharp economic downturn in the nation straddling Europe and Asia.

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Election officials start counting ballots at a polling station during the local elections in Turkey. Mayoral elections are underway in 30 large cities in Ankararaces Sunday that are seen as a barometer of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity amid a sharp economic downturn in the nation straddling Europe and Asia.

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Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), gather for a rally in Istanbul ahead of local elections scheduled for March 31, 2019.

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A damaged house in the town of Acipayam in Denizli province, southwestern Turkey after a moderately-strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit the area, Turkish authorities said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

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To mark International Women's Day, Turkish female gendarmerie officers pose for pictures with the flowers they received after they rappelled off Istanbul's "July 15th Martyrs' Bridge", formerly known as Bosporus Bridge spanning the Bosporus Strait, in Istanbul.

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Turkish police block protesters wanting to hold a march for the International Women's Day, at Istiklal street, the main shopping street in Istanbul.

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Demonstrators offer their prayers during a protest against the execution in Egypt of nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, in front of Egypt's consulate in Istanbul. Ties between Egypt and Turkey have been tense since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Egypt accuses Turkey of becoming a refuge for Muslim Brotherhood members who fled Egypt.

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A Turkish army helicopter lands commandos close to a mock enemy positions during army's annual " Winter 2019 Exercises " in a mountainous area near Kars, eastern Turkey.

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Turkish rescue workers carry a 16-year-old boy after they pulled him out from the rubble of an eight-story building which collapsed two days earlier in Istanbul.

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Rescue workers and people try to remove debris of an eight-story building which collapsed in Istanbul.

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Rescue workers carry a woman from the rubble of an eight-story building which collapsed in Istanbul. The eight-story building collapsed, killing at least two people and trapping several others inside the rubble, Turkish officials said.

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A woman reacts after rescue workers had pulled her out the rubble of an eight-story building which collapsed in Istanbul. The eight-story building collapsed, killing at least two people and trapping several others inside the rubble, Turkish officials said. The building had 43 people living in 14 apartments, with a street-level ground floor and seven higher floors, Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said, adding that the top three floors had been built illegally.

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A convoy of Turkish military trucks carrying tanks and armoured personnel carriers destined for Syria in preparation for a possible military offensive, moves in Hatay province, southeastern Turkey, near the border with Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners.

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A woman walks in snow in Ankara. Winter storms and snowfalls effect a large swath of Turkey.

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A Turkish police officer stands next to damaged tree outside the German embassy school in Ankara, Turkey. Winter storms and snowfalls that began Tuesday remains in effect for a large swath of Turkey, damaging trees, causing road accidents and closure of schools in many cities, including Istanbul and Ankara, hours after the snow falls blanketed the country.

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A crew member of a cargo ship that ran aground carrying a suitcase is rescued with the help of a winch system extended from the shore, off the Black Sea coast of Sile, Turkey.

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A crew member of a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile, Turkey, is rescued with the help of a winch system extended from the shore. Turkish coastal safety teams have rescued 16 crew members from the in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours. The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early en route to Istanbul from Russia.

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This image made from video shows aftermath of a high-speed train crash at a station in Ankara, Turkey. The train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at the station.

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Members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident in Ankara, Turkey. A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara killing more than 5 people and injuring more than 40 others, officials and news reports said.

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The debris of a military helicopter which crashed with five soldiers on board is seen on the ground in an Istanbul neighborhood. A military helicopter with five soldiers on board crashed in an Istanbul neighborhood killing four of them, officials said. The fifth soldier was rushed to a hospital with injuries.

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A phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, right, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Protesters, mostly women, display various placards calling to end violence towards women, and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, shake hands after attending an event marking the completion of one of the phases of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, in Istanbul.

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Seen through a yellow haze caused by sand, Turkish Airline planes are seen at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul. The airport, which according to reports is among Europe's five busiest airports, will be closed to scheduled flights later this year in line with the planned full opening of the new Istanbul airport.

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An aerial view of the European side of Istanbul with the Ambarli port in the foreground, the biggest port in Turkey.

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People from the Uyghurs community living in Turkey carry flags of what ethnic Uighurs call 'East Turkestan', during a protest in Istanbul against what they allege is oppression by the Chinese government to Muslim Uighurs in far-western Xinjiang province.

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Activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stage a protest outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Activists, protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hold a candlelight vigil outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Candles, lit by activists, protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, are placed outside Saudi Arabia's consulate, in Istanbul, during a candlelight vigil.

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Activists, protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hold a candlelight vigil outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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An activist wearing a mask depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, holds up his hands painted with fake blood during a candlelight vigil for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold a candlelight vigil outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. The poster reads in Arabic:' Khashoggi's Friends Around the World'. A group of Arab and international public, political and media figures are establishing a global association called "Khashoggi's Friends Around the World"; "to achieve justice for the freedom martyr".

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