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A pigeon, known as Siyah Kinifirli, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016. As night-time approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city's old bazaar are emptying out of buyers and vendors, except for one. The bustle of daytime trading has died down, but on this little street, a stream of men carry cardboard boxes filled with pigeons to a cluster of three teahouses. Here, they sell the birds at Sanliurfa's famed auctions to a dedicated band of pigeon keepers and breeders, a pastime that has been thriving for hundreds of years across the region and over the nearby border into war-torn Syria. In a country where the minimum wage is about 1,400 Liras ($367) a month, enthusiasts regularly easily spend hundreds of dollars for one bird. “I once sold a pair of pigeons for 35,000 Turkish Lira”, says auctioneer Imam Dildas. “This is a passion, a hobby you cannot quit. I've been known to sell the fridge and my wife's gold bracelets to pay for pigeons”. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)

A pigeon, known as Siyah Kinifirli, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016. As night-time approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city's old bazaar are emptying out of buyers and vendors, except for one. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)
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17 Jan 2017 12:05:00
Wrestling camel “Faytoncu” adorned with colourful ornaments is escorted by his groom as he waits for the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the annual Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, near Izmir, Turkey, January 14, 2017. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Wrestling camel “Faytoncu” adorned with colourful ornaments is escorted by his groom as he waits for the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the annual Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, near Izmir, Turkey, January 14, 2017. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)
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16 Jan 2017 10:14:00
Medics carry a wounded person at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, early Sunday, January 1, 2017.  Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said that an armed assailant has opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul attack within Turkey. (Photo by IHA via AP Photo)

Medics carry a wounded person at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, early Sunday, January 1, 2017. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said that an armed assailant has opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul attack within Turkey. (Photo by IHA via AP Photo)
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01 Jan 2017 09:02:00
Anti-government demonstrators perform in front of burning barricades as they attend a protest against a constitutional amendment, known as PEC 55, that limit public spending, in front of Brazil's National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, November 29, 2016. (Photo by Adriano Machado/Reuters)

Anti-government demonstrators perform in front of burning barricades as they attend a protest against a constitutional amendment, known as PEC 55, that limit public spending, in front of Brazil's National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, November 29, 2016. (Photo by Adriano Machado/Reuters)
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01 Dec 2016 12:43:00
Police detain Sebahat Tuncel, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), during a protest against the arrest of Kurdish lawmakers, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, November 4, 2016. (Photo by Sertac Kayar/Reuters)

Police detain Sebahat Tuncel, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), during a protest against the arrest of Kurdish lawmakers, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, November 4, 2016. (Photo by Sertac Kayar/Reuters)
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05 Nov 2016 12:24:00
A protesting student runs past a burning bus off campus outside the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, October 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education, forcing student into the neighbouring city streets. (Photo by AP Photo)

A protesting student runs past a burning bus off campus outside the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, October 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education, forcing student into the neighbouring city streets. (Photo by AP Photo)
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12 Oct 2016 10:40:00
Brave slackliners have been pictured walking the ropes above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 15, 2016, with the half a mile drop showing the city in all its glory. The stunning shots show the daredevils tread across an eighty-two-foot-long high line on Pedra da Gvea mountain with an amazing sunrise illuminating the city landscape behind. (Photo by Rafael Moura/Caters News Agency)

Brave slackliners have been pictured walking the ropes above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 15, 2016, with the half a mile drop showing the city in all its glory. The stunning shots show the daredevils tread across an eighty-two-foot-long high line on Pedra da Gvea mountain with an amazing sunrise illuminating the city landscape behind. (Photo by Rafael Moura/Caters News Agency)
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25 Aug 2016 09:55:00
A soldier beaten by the mob (C) is protected by plain chothes policemen after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)

A soldier beaten by the mob (C) is protected by plain chothes policemen after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)
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17 Jul 2016 11:55:00