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An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in Soma...An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa, late May 13, 2014. Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from the coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday more than 12 hours after an explosion, bringing the death toll to 201 in the nation's worst mining disaster for decades. Hundreds more were still believed to be trapped in the mine in Soma, around 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. The explosion, which triggered a fire, occurred shortly after 3 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday. REUTERS/Emre Tazegul Emre Tazegu/Reuters

An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa. Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from the mine on Wednesday, more than 12 hours after an explosion, bringing the death toll to more than 200, in the nation’s worst mining disaster for decades. Hundreds more are believed to be still trapped inside the mine. 

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

Relatives of Berkin Elvan cry as his cof...Relatives of Berkin Elvan cry as his coffin of is carried on March 11, 2014, in Istanbul. Berkin Elvan, who has been in a coma since June 2013 after being struck in the head by a gas canister during a police crackdown on protesters, died March 11, his family announced via Twitter. The young teenager, the eighth person to be killed in the Gezi Park protests, went into a coma after sustaining a head injury from a gas canister as he went to buy bread during a police crackdown in Istanbul's Okmeydanı neighborhood last June. Elvan has since become one of the prime symbols of violence faced by protesters throughout the nationwide Gezi demonstrations.

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Relatives of Berkin Elvan cry as his coffin is carried on Tuesday in Istanbul. The teenager died on Tuesday after being in a coma since June 2013 after being struck in the head by a gas canister during a police crackdown on protesters. The teenager, the eighth person to be killed in the Gezi Park protests, has become one of the prime symbols of violence faced by protesters throughout the nationwide Gezi demonstrations. 

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.

Demonstrators take cover from a police water cannon as fireworks, thrown by other protesters, explode around them during a demonstration against the opening of a new road including a part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara...Demonstrators take cover from a police water cannon as fireworks, thrown by other protesters, explode around them during a demonstration against the opening of a new road including a part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara February 25, 2014. Erdogan opened the road across the Middle East Technical University campus and uprooting a large number of trees in the area in Ankara on Tuesday.

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Demonstrators take cover from a police water cannon as fireworks, thrown by other protesters, explode around them during a protest against the opening of a road that intersects part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara.

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

Turkish protesters use fireworks as riot policemen take position during clashes in Istanbul following the death of a 22 year old demonstrator in the southeastern city of Antakya.

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Turkish protesters use fireworks as riot policemen take position during clashes in Istanbul on Tuesday, following the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in the southeastern city of Antakya

Fighters of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stand in a trench holding a position about 30 kms south of the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. In recent weeks dozens of militants were killed as Kurdish and Arab rebels clashed in Syria's northeastern Hasaka province.

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Fighters from the People’s Protection Units of the Committee for the Protection of the Kurdish People stand in a trench holding a position about 30 kilometres south of the Kurdish town of Derik, in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. In recent weeks dozens of militants were killed as Kurdish and Arab rebels clashed in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province

Wrapped in a Turkish flag and holding an...Wrapped in a Turkish flag and holding another one with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a protestor sits in front of police forces blocking the access to a courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, on August 5, 2013, where clashes erupted after a court decision to sentence a former army chief and other top brass to life in prison in a high-profile trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, along with several other army officers, were sentenced to life in prison, while 21 people were acquitted, according to the verdicts issued so far. The trial has been seen as as a key test in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's showdown with secularist and military opponents during his decade-long rule. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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A protester sits in front of a police line blocking access to the courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, on Monday, where clashes erupted after the court handed down sentences in the Ergenekon trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government 

Turkish riot police and secular protestors clash after hearing verdict of Ergenekon trial in Silivri, near Istanbul, Turkey 05 August 2013. Turkey's former military chief, Ilker Basbug, sentenced to life imprisonment, retired colonel Arif Dogan was sentenced to 47 years; former North Sea field commander Mehmet Otuzbiroglu was sentenced to 20 years and journalist Erol Manisali was sentenced to nine years.The defendants include military officers, journalists and academics accused of membership in Ergenekon, a right-wing underground organization that allegedly plotted to destabilize the government and stage a military coup.

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Turkish riot police clash with protesters following verdicts in the Ergenekon trial in Silivri, near Istanbul, one of the most politically charged trials in the country’s history

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 woman walks past an anarchy sign as she covers her face to protect from the tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. on July 8, 2013. Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of the unrest that engulfed the country last month.

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A woman walks past an anarchy sign as she covers her face to protect herself from the tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul. Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of the unrest that has engulfed the country

Portugal's Joao Mario, right, and Ghana's Richmond Niketiah jump for the ball during their Under-20 World Cup round football match at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, central Turkey.

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Portugal’s Joao Mario, right, and Ghana’s Richmond Niketiah jump for the ball during their Under-20 World Cup round football match at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, 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. 

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. 

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. 

A Muslim man is seen after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara...A Muslim man is seen after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (TURKEY - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A man sits alone after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday 

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.

People take photographs and others read anti-government graffiti painted on the ground in front of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's statue, founder of Turkey, at the Taksim square in Istanbul, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The reasons behind Turkey’s eight day of protests are serious enough. But demonstrators have also reacted with humor, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments

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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