People walk in heavy snow in Istanbul on Wednesday
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Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul on Wednesday, at the start of a day’s begging. The civil war, which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, has killed 200,000 people and turned 3 million more into refugees
Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, chats with Jack Lew, US treasury secretary, after the family photo of G20 finance ministers who met in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday
Participants present creations during the country’s first ever transgender/transsexual fashion show in Istanbul. The show was organised by the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex community to raise funds for a local LGBTI shelter
Protesters run away from tear gas fired by Turkish riot police during a demonstration against the government in Istanbul, on Thursday, by those who hold the state responsible for the Soma mine explosion
Turkish protesters run for cover as riot police fire teargas to disperse a May day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Thursday, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months
A Syrian refugee woman looks out from a window with no glass, in a house in the Kucukpazar area of Istanbul. Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of its military strategy, a UN-mandated probe said on Wednesday.
US golfer Tiger Woods hits a shot on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul on Tuesday, during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament
Ali Fuat Kalkan, a former Turkish screenwriter, enjoys his evening cigarette as he sits in a small alleyway in downtown Istanbul, Turkey.
A rain soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on Friday.
Turkish riot police rest in front of a damaged bank at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Turkish police took up posts around Taksim Square, a day after continuous clashes in which police tried to clear the central plaza of anti-government protesters. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to meet later with a group of public figures and artists to discuss two weeks of protests against his government.
A protester stands defiantly in front of burning wreckage during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday evening.
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during clashes that raged for more than two hours in Taksim Square, Istanbul, on Tuesday.
Supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan await his arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul late on Thursday.
People take photographs while others read anti-government graffiti on the ground in front of the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, at Taksim Square in Istanbul, the site of anti-government protests. Many of the demonstrators have reacted with humour, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments
A Turkish art group preforms in support of protesters at Taksim Square on Wednesday in Istanbul. The protests began initially over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the last significant green spaces in the centre of the city. The heavy-handed viewed response of the police, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government’s increasingly authoritarian agenda has broadened the rage of the clashes.
Protesters clash with Turkish riot policemen on the way to Taksim Square in Istanbul on Wednesday, as part of ongoing protests against the ruling party, police brutality and the destruction of Taksim park for a development project. Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has apologised to injured protesters and said it had ‘learnt its lesson’ after days of mass street demonstrations that have posed the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade in office.
A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian policies