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Clashes in Istanbul during anti-government protests

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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 tear gas to disperse a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. Turkish police used water canon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who tried to defy a Labour Day ban on demonstrations on Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months.

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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, on March  4, 2014. 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 March 5. Syria's war has since March 2011 killed more than 140,000 people and forced millions more to flee.

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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.

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods hits a shot during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul November 5, 2013. Woods is in Turkey to attend the tournament, which will take place in Antalya, southern Turkey, between November 7 to 10.

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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, Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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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 on the landmark Taksim square in central Istanbul on June 14, 2013. Anti-government protesters said on June 13 that they would remain in Istanbul's Gezi Park despite a "last warning" by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to evacuate the green patch at the centre of deadly anti-government unrest. The protest movement sprang up after police on May 31 brutally cracked down on a small campaign to save Gezi Park, sparking a mass outpouring of anger against Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, seen as increasingly authoritarian. Tens of thousands have since clashed with police in demos across Turkey, leaving some 5,000 people injured and four dead.

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A rain soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on Friday. Read more

Turkish riot police rest in front of a damaged bank at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 June 2013. Turkish police took up posts 12 June 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 12 June with a group of public figures and artists to discuss two weeks of protests against his government.

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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 protestor flashes V sign in front of burning excavations during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  defended the police's latest show of force against demonstrators, as numerous arrests and injuries were reported in Turkey on 11 June after police and anti-government protesters clashed anew across Istanbul and authorities deployed tear gas, water cannon and armoured vehicles to clear demonstrators. In Istanbul's Taksim Square, which has become the centre of the anti-government protests, police moved in from the city's Besiktas district in the early morning, when only a few thousand demonstrators remained on the square after more than a week of occupation. Anti-government protests started there as a demonstration against a building project in the square's Gezi Park but have since grown into widespread condemnation of the government's conservative policies.

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A protester stands defiantly in front of burning wreckage during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday evening. Read more

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail a riot police during clashes at Taksim Square Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013. Turkey's crackdown on opposition protesters that reports said left at least two dead and more than 1,000 injured was 'truly disgraceful,' Amnesty International said 02 June, on a third day of the demonstrations. Demonstrations against the Islamic-conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began on 31 May when a police crackdown against a peaceful sit-in staged by environmentalists angered over a development project in Istanbul escalated into larger battles between law enforcement and demonstrators.

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during clashes that raged for more than two hours in Taksim Square, Istanbul, on Tuesday. Read more

Supporters of the Turkish prime minister await his arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul with placards and Turkish flags late on Thursday.

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Supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan await his arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul late on Thursday.