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People walk under heavy snow in the Asian side of Istanbul, on February 18, 2015.

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People walk in heavy snow in Istanbul on Wednesday

Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul February 11, 2015, 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. At least 3.7 million people have fled Syria's almost four-year conflict and are registered as refugees, mainly in neighbouring states. Jordan hosts 622,000 Syrian refugees, Lebanon 1.16 million, Turkey 1.6 million and Iraq 233,000, UNHCR figures show.

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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

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde chats with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew after the family photo during the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governor at the finance ministry in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 February 2015.

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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

A man walks past Syrian people sitting o...A man walks past Syrian people sitting on the sidewalk as snow falls in Istanbul on January 7, 2015. Heavy snowfall descended on large parts of Turkey on January 6, snarling road and air traffic and leading to closures of schools, reports said. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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A man walks past Syrian refugees in Istanbul. Heavy snow across large parts of Turkey on January 6 snarled road and air traffic and led to school closures.

A supporter of Zaman holds a copy of the...A supporter of Zaman holds a copy of the newspaper behind a Turkish flag during a demostration against the arrest of journalists outside the Istanbul police headquarters on December 15, 2014. The Turkish government faced accusations of eroding democracy and press freedoms after over two dozen people were arrested in raids against media critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporter of Turkey’s Zaman demonstrate against the arrest of journalists, outside the Istanbul police headquarters. The Turkish government has been accused of eroding democracy and press freedoms after over two dozen people were arrested in raids against media critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara, becoming the second foreign dignitary after the Pope Francis to be hosted at the lavish, 1000-room complex.

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Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara on Monday

Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobane's Kurdish defenders and air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes

Pope Francis visits the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey founder Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, in Ankara on November 28, 2014. Pope Francis arrived in Turkey for his first visit to the overwhelmingly Muslim but officially secular state, in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East.

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Pope Francis visits the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. Pope Francis arrived in Turkey for his first visit to the overwhelmingly Muslim but officially secular state, in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East

Participants present creations during the country's first ever transgender/transsexual fashion show in Istanbul. The fashion show was organized by Istanbul's LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community to raise funds to improve the facilities of a local LGBTI shelter.

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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

.A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 20, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 17, 2014.

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Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

A woman cries during the funeral of a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter in Suruc, Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on November 6, 2014. Turkey is pursuing a delicate but dangerous strategy after allowing peshmerga fighters to transit its soil to the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, fearing Kurdish domination of northern Syria but also risking the collapse of the peace process with Turkish Kurds.

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A woman cries during the funeral of a Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighter in Suruc, Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on Thursday

Forced to Work...epa04477017 (01/11) Syrian refugee boy Celal Iso, 13, poses for photographs as he works in a bakery shop at Suruc district in Sanliurfa, Turkey, 28 October 2014. Celal Iso and his family immigrated to Suruc, where they are living in a warehouse. Celal's father worked in construction but now is jobless. Celal Iso found a job in a bakery to support his family. Every morning, after cleaning the store, he is responsible for packing bread. He works 7 to 12 hours a day for a weekly salary of 20 Turkish liras (7 euros).  EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE (epa04477016) FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT

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Syrian refugee boy Celal Iso, 13, poses for photographs as he works in a bakery at Suruc district in Sanliurfa, Turkey. Celal Iso and his family immigrated to Suruc, where they are living in a warehouse. Celal’s father worked in construction but now is jobless. Celal Iso found a job in a bakery to support his family. Every morning, after cleaning the store, he is responsible for packing bread. He works 7 to 12 hours a day for a weekly salary of 20 Turkish liras (7 euros). 

A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 3, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

A Syrian Kurdish woman walks with her baby on October 23, 2014,  in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Turkey said on October 21 that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. It was seen as a major switch in policy by Turkey, which until now has refused to interfere in the over month-long battle for Kobane between Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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A Syrian Kurdish woman and her baby on Thursday in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey. This week Turkey decided to allow Kurdish forces to cross into Syria to fight in the pivotal border town of Kobani that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, has been on the cusp of overtaking amid a month-long battle .

Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire early in the morning in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province, on October 21, 2014. Turkey dropped its refusal to allow Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, saying it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga to cross the frontier in a major policy shift.

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A Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey on Tuesday. Turkey has dropped its opposition to allowing Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Syrian town of Kobani.

A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani holds a bread in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014. The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

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A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani holds a bread in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on Monday

A Syrian Kurdish woman walks in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 17, 2014. Kurdish rebels have been infuriated by the lack of action by Turkey against Islamic State (IS) jihadists trying to take the mainly Kurdish town of Kobane just across the Syrian border.

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A Syrian Kurdish woman walks in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey on Friday

People watch from a hill in Turkish territory as the International anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition continues to carry out airstrikes on the town of Kobani, Syria, as seen from Turkey, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey, 16 October 2014. According to media sources Kurdish fighters have made gains against militants from IS in their defence of the besieged town of Kobane, following over 50 airstrikes carried out over the past 48 hours in areas east and south of Kobane by the international anti-IS coalition which according to the Pentagon have killed hundreds of IS militants in the operation now named Inherent Resolve.

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People watch from a hill in Turkish territory as the International anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition continues to carry out airstrikes on the town of Kobani, Syria, as seen from Turkey, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey

A Syrian Kurdish child sits in the yard of a mosque where refugees have taken shelter in the Turkish town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province on October 15, 2014. US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

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A Syrian Kurdish child sits in the yard of a mosque where refugees have taken shelter in the Turkish town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday