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Early this morning, Turkish riot police stormed Taksim Square, the center of recent anti-government protests in Istanbul, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today he had "no more tolerance" for the mass anti-government demonstrations that have engulfed the country and killed three protesters and one police officer. [40 photos]

A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)     

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An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. -- Lane Turner (29 photos total)
Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as he takes part in protests against the Turkish Prime Minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)     

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IN MOURNING
IN MOURNING: Women wept Friday at the grave of a victim of an air raid in the Turkish village of Gulyazi, near the Iraqi border. Kurds buried 35 victims of the Wednesday airstrike, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised an in-depth investigation. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLDING TIGHT
HOLDING TIGHT: Garrett Jackson, an aide to GOP presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, steadied a chair for the candidate at a campaign stop Thursday at Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

MEETING IN PRAYER
MEETING IN PRAYER: Pastors met late Thursday to pray outside the Minneapolis home of Terrell Mayes, a three-year-old killed by a stray bullet this week. The Revs. Harding Smith of Brooklyn Center, left, and Prince Williams of Brooklyn Park were among the attendees. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press)

CALLING HOME
CALLING HOME: Victims of a car bombing Friday in Quetta, Pakistan, called their relatives from a hospital. Nine people died in the explosion outside the home of a local politician. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

DANGEROUS BUSINESS
DANGEROUS BUSINESS: Firefighters sprayed water on the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine in a dock at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region of northwestern Russia Friday. The fire was put out late Friday; officials said there was no radiation leak. (Ru-RTR/APTN/Associated Press)

A VETERAN’S DAY
A VETERAN’S DAY: A member of the former Kosovo Liberation Army peered through an ice-covered window in Pristina while taking part in a peaceful protest on Friday, a day dedicated to War Veterans in Kosovo. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

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GRAND PALACE GRAND PALACE: A young shepherd walked with his livestock past the Darul Aman palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

DANGEROUS RAIN DANGEROUS RAIN: Volunteers helped people cross through a strong current as they evacuated to safer grounds after massive flooding in the Calumpit Township of the Philippines, Friday. After being pummeled by Typhoon Nesat, the Philippines was bracing for a new typhoon. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

LARGE LANTERN LARGE LANTERN: Chinese People’s Liberation Army officers ushered visitors Friday from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where a giant red lantern was on display. China observes the start of the National Day holiday Saturday, marking the 62nd anniversary of independence. (How Hwee Young/EPA)

TURKISH VISIT TURKISH VISIT: A boy watched from behind two men wearing shirts with the national symbol of Turkey during a visit Friday by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gostivar, Macedonia. An estimated 80,000 ethnic Turks live in Macedonia, making up just more than 3% of the population. (Boris Grdanoski/Associated Press)
BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK: A model walked in a show displaying clothing by Polish fashion designer Natasha Pavluchenko and amber jewelry by Ambermoda at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest Thursday. (Peter Kollanyi/European Pressphoto Agency)

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