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Peak Tourist Season Begins in Turkey's Famous Cappadocia Region

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Tourists ride hot air balloons near the town of Goreme in Nevsehir, Turkey.

Gulsum Elvan, mother of slain Berkin Elvan, mourns at her son's grave during a rally marking second anniversary of his death in Istanbul, Turkey. Berkin Elvan, 15 years old, died on 11 March 2014 after 296 days in a coma as a consequence of injuries suffered when he was hit by a gas canister during the police crackdown on protesters at Gezi Park in June 2013.

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Gulsum Elvan, mother of slain Berkin Elvan, mourns at her son’s grave during a rally marking second anniversary of his death in Istanbul, Turkey. Berkin Elvan, 15 years old, died on 11 March 2014 after 296 days in a coma as a consequence of injuries suffered when he was hit by a gas canister during the police crackdown on protesters at Gezi Park in June 2013.

Young girls walk next to ruined houses a...Young girls walk next to ruined houses and shops on March 8, 2016 during International Women's day in Cizre district. Residents of Cizre in southeastern Turkey began returning home Wednesday after authorities partially lifted a curfew in place since December for a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels which left many homes destroyed. / AFP / ILYAS AKENGINILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Young girls walk next to ruined houses and shops in Cizre, Turkey. Residents of Cizre began returning home after authorities partially lifted a curfew 

A Kurdish man walks past a destroyed shop front, the day after clashes between Turkish special forces and PKK militants broke out in south-east Cizre district in Sirnak, Turkey.

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A Kurdish man walks past a destroyed shop front, the day after clashes between Turkish special forces and PKK militants broke out in south-east Cizre district in Sirnak, Turkey.

A woman reacts while walking among the ruins of damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurdish fighters in the southeastern Turkey Kurdish town of Cizre, near the border with Syria and Iraq.

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A woman reacts while walking among the ruins of damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurdish fighters in the Kurdish town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Syria and Iraq.

Residents Return To Turkish Town Of Cizre After Curfew...CIZRE, TURKEY - MARCH 02: A boy jumps between sofas in his ruined house on March 2, 2016 in Cizre, Turkey. Turkish authorities scaled down a 24-hour curfew imposed on the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre in southeast Turkey, nearly three weeks after declaring the successful conclusion of military operations there. The curfew was lifted at 5 a.m., allowing residents to return to their conflict-stricken neighborhoods for the first time since December 14. But it will remain in effect between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Residents began trickling back at first light, their vehicles loaded with personal belongings and, in some cases, children. (Photo by Cagdas Erdogan/Getty Images)

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A boy jumps between sofas in his ruined house in Cizre, Turkey. Turkish authorities scaled down a 24-hour curfew imposed on the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre in southeast Turkey, nearly three weeks after declaring the successful conclusion of military operations there

A police officer gestures as he walks at the site of an explosion while firefighters try to extinguish flames after an attack targeted a convoy of military service vehicles in Ankara

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A police officer gestures as he walks at the site of an explosion while firefighters try to extinguish flames after an attack targeted a convoy of military service vehicles in Ankara

Refugees situation in Greece...epa05165620 Volunteers of an NGO direct refugees and migrants arriving in a dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece, 17 February 2016. Around 1 million people, including many refugees from war zones in the Middle East and Central Asia, passed through Greece and along the Balkan route in 2015, most of them in the latter half of the year.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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Volunteers of an NGO direct refugees and migrants arriving in a dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece 

People enter the Eminonu Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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People enter the Eminonu Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

A migrant, identified as a 20-year old Pelen Hussein from Syria, stands on top of a capsized boat as he waits for being rescued by the members of Turkish Coast Guard Air Command in the Aegean Sea off the waters of Edremit bay...A migrant, identified as a 20-year old Pelen Hussein from Syria, stands on top of a capsized boat as he waits for being rescued by the members of Turkish Coast Guard Air Command in the Aegean Sea off the waters of Edremit bay, Turkey February 8, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Turkish Coast Guard Command. Twenty-seven migrants, 11 of them children, drowned on Monday off Turkey's Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island, the Turkish coast guard said. The boat sank in the Aegean Sea near the Edremit area of the northwestern province Balikesir.  REUTERS/Turkish Coast Guard Command/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THE PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

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A migrant, identified as a 20-year old Pelen Hussein from Syria, stands on top of a capsized boat as he waits for being rescued by the members of Turkish Coast Guard Air Command in the Aegean Sea off the waters of Edremit bay, Turkey 

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture as they look from a balcony during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey 

A resident gestures as she talks standing on the rubble of a destroyed house in the mostly-Kurdish town of Silopi, in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Turkey's prime minister announced Tuesday that military operations against Kurdish rebels have ended in one mainly Kurdish southeastern town. The military is still fighting militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in two other urban areas. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

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A resident gestures as she as she stands on the rubble of a destroyed house in the mostly-Kurdish town of Silopi, in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq. Turkey’s prime minister announced on Tuesday that military operations against Kurdish rebels have ended in one mainly Kurdish southeastern town

Turkish police search through the wreckage of a blast damaged building on January 14, 2016 in Diyarbakir. Six people died and 39 others were wounded in a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish rebels that ripped through a police station and an adjacent housing complex for officers and their families in southeastern Turkey, security forces said on January 14, updating an earlier toll of five.

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Turkish police search through the wreckage of a blast damaged building on Thursday in Diyarbakir. Six people died and 39 others were wounded in a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish rebels that ripped through a police station and an adjacent housing complex for officers and their families in southeastern Turkey

Police secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul...Police secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2016. Turkish police sealed off a central Istanbul square in the historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday after a large explosion, a Reuters witness said, and the Dogan news agency reported several people were injured in the blast. REUTERS/OsmanOrsal

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Police secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police sealed off a central Istanbul square in the historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday after a large explosion 

Shop Keepers And Hundreds Of Years Of Tradition In The Grand Bazaar...ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 07: Ekrem Turkmen poses for a portrait in his store selling Ottoman Traditional clothing inside the Istanbul Grand Bazaar on January 7, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered markets in the world and hosts more than 3,000 stores. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people visit the bazaar each day. Despite an increase in new modern shopping malls, the beauty and tradition of the Grand Bazaar continues to be an advantage, in 2014 it was listed as the world's most visited tourist attraction.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Ekrem Turkmen poses for a portrait in his store selling Ottoman Traditional clothing inside the Istanbul Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered markets in the world and hosts more than 3,000 stores. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people visit the bazaar each day 

Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey...Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (not pictured) to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, January 6, 2016. Greek Orthodox faithful swam to retrieve the wooden crucifix thrown by Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I into the Golden Horn in Bosphorus during Epiphany Day celebrations.

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Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Greek Orthodox faithful swam to retrieve the wooden crucifix during the Epiphany Day celebrations

People chant slogans during a protest against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey cities Cizre and Silopi, in Sirnak on December 22, 2015

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People chant slogans during a protest against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey cities Cizre and Silopi, in Sirnak on Tuesday

An armed Kurdish militant walk...TOPSHOT - An armed Kurdish militant walks in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul during a demonstration against recent curfews imposed on Kurdish towns on December 15, 2015.  The Turkish government has been waging a relentless offensive aimed at crippling the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has staged a string of attacks against security forces in Turkey since a two-year-old ceasefire fell apart in late July. Clashes have been erupting in Turkey amid growing anger over the imposition of curfews to back up anti-PKK operations. / AFP / CAGDAS ERDOGANCAGDAS ERDOGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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An armed Kurdish militant walks in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul during a demonstration against recent curfews imposed on Kurdish towns 

Cars drive past during the first snowfal...Cars drive past during the first snowfall of the season in Ankara on December 2, 2015.

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Cars drive past during the first snowfall of the season in Ankara on Wednesday

Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "Putin, killer!" during a demonstration against Russia on November 27, 2015, in Fatih district in Istanbul. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on November 27 said that Ankara has crossed the line by shooting down a Russian warplane this week and warned the incident could severely undermine Turkey's interests

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Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading “Putin, killer!” during a demonstration against Russia on Friday, in Fatih district in Istanbul