Hopes ‘diminishing’ for Turkey miners: More than 200 killed

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Scenes of grief and heartbreak played out at a Turkish mine Wednesday after an explosion and fire killed more than 200 workers and trapped hundreds of others more than a mile under the earth’s surface.

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Scores of Turkish miners killed after deadly fire

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'Standing Man' goes viral, inspires silent protests in Turkey

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A Turkish man has staged an eight-hour silent vigil on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, scene of violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in recent weeks, inspiring hundreds of others to follow his lead.

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Tear gas fired inside hotel in Turkey protest crackdown

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Police fired tear gas inside a hotel being used as a protest base late Saturday as authorities forcefully cleared Taksim Square ahead of a Sunday rally by the ruling AK Party.

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Riot police move to quash Turkey protests

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Violence surged in Istanbul’s Taksim Square Saturday as police vehicles began clearing the area in preparation for a response rally set to be held Sunday by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party.

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Riot police storm Taksim Square as Turkey cracks down on protesters

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Hundreds of riot police clashed with protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Tuesday, as protests against the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan intensified.

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Turkish riot police fire tear gas in effort to clear Istanbul protesters

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Turkish riot police fired tear gas and used a water cannon against anti-government protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square Tuesday, driving out thousands of demonstrators after a day of clashes.

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Photographer documents Istanbul ‘war zone’ in his own backyard on Facebook

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Charles Emir Richards, an American living in Turkey, took to the streets of Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul on June 1-4 not to join protesters, but to document the events between demonstrators and police in what he describes as a “war zone.” The images in this blog post come from Richards’ Facebook page and are used with permission. NBC News’s Director of Photography, Jim Collins, contacted Richards via email to collect first-person reaction to his photos and the events that are occurring in his backyard.

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Taksim Square and the battle for Turkey – What’s next?

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Emir Ay doesn’t live on the fringe of Turkish society. Nor does he cavort with terrorists.

He does go to graduate school, majoring in information technology. And he’s been on Taksim Square every day — and night — since he began a sit-in with a couple of dozen others, in late May, to protest the planned demolition of the iconic square’s leafy park to make room for yet another shopping mall and mosque.

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‘Woman in red’ sprayed with teargas becomes symbol of Turkey protests

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Endlessly shared on social media and replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers, the image of the “woman in red” has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.

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Tear gas, pepper spray fired at youths as hundreds riot in Turkey

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Protesters lit fires and scuffled with police in parts of Istanbul and Ankara early on Sunday, but the streets were generally quieter after two days of Turkey’s fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years

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'Unite against fascism': Anti-government protesters clash with Turkish police

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan made a defiant call for an end to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years on Saturday as authorities arrested almost a thousand people in protests across the country. 

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Turks angry with demolition of beloved park faceoff with riot police

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul, wounding scores including tourists in the harshest crackdown so far on days of anti-government unrest.

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